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On the retreat we are focusing for the quiet and healing power of the ancient practice of Ashtanga Yoga. The retreat is meant for everyone who want to deepen their practice in a soft and meditative way.

Ashtanga Yoga WITH Petri Räisänen

17-24 June, 2023
24-01 July, 2023

Description of the retreat

The retreat is based on Traditional Ashtanga Yoga practice in a quiet, gentle and therapeutic environment. Petri focusing for a therapy and mind work as well as the vinyasa system and asana alignments. The days start with Mysore style practice. Beginners are also welcomed. We will have a guided first two mornings only for beginners on the both weeks. In the afternoon we do asana techniques, pranayama (breathing), yoga philosophy and discussions. The evenings are dedicated for meditation and yoga film showing.

There will be time to explore the surroundings in the mornings and in one or two free afternoons. The retreat will be relaxing and informative Ashtanga experience.

Welcome all level of yogis and yoginis!


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The YIS retreat centre is located in Zollino, in the heart of the Salento. Twenty minutes from both coasts and from cultural centres such as Lecce, Otranto and Gallipoli.

Our yoga retreats are also an opportunity to get together, share good moments, pamper yourself and enjoy the beauty of the Salento in a peaceful environment. Give yourself an energetic recharge through vegan and vegetarian organic food, eco-sustainable tourism and relaxation in our spaces.

Our staff are at your disposal for the entire duration of the retreat to advise you about the must–see places in the Salento, organise excursions, guided tours, gastronomic tours, transfers, rentals and anything else to make your stay enjoyable.

For all information, call +39 0836 600284 or send an email to info@yogainsalento.com.



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The Location

Our retreats take place at Agricola Samadhi, a unique organic farmhouse because it proposes something more than just recreation.

In this charming oasis, the lifestyle revolves around well being: you can combine your stay with a SPA, Ayurvedic consultations and treatments, and a wide range of massages and more.

You can regain your well being through a variety of top–level yoga classes. There is also a SPA Healing Centre and the HQ of YIS, Yoga In Salento, a European leader in yoga retreats, for years a favourite destination of the best internationally renowned teachers in the world.

An energy recharge and psycho–physical well being will be the most precious gifts of your stay that you’ll take home with you, together with the new friendships you’ve made during the retreat.


7 or 14 nights

6 brunches per week

7 vegetarian dinners per week

1 breakfast per week

double, single or shared rooms

A very wide swimming pool and beautiful gardens

Spa Healing Center. Treatments and massages on request

Petri Räisänen (born August 13, 1967) is an internationally renowned
and respected yoga teacher. A devoted student of his guru Sri K.
Patthabi Jois (1915– 2009) and Paramaguru R. Sharath Jois. Petri
carefully passes on his Guru’s exact teachings.
Petri started practicing Ashtanga yoga in 1989 and teaching in 1991. He
is co-owner and director of Ashtanga Yoga Helsinki, one of the world’s
most established Aṣṭāṅga Yoga shalas. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois blessed the
school to teach the traditional Ashtanga method.
In his yogic path Petri has studied with respected Ashtanga yoga
instructors such as Derek Ireland (his first certified teacher), Radha
Warrell, Lino Miele, Gwendoline Hunt, Eddie Stern, R. Sharath Jois and
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
Petri focuses on integrating healing and therapy with yoga, meeting
student’s individual needs and guiding their progress. His friendly,
relaxed behaviour and intuitive perception give an open, energetic and
meditative atmosphere to his classes. Petri’s Mysore teaching gives you
an opportunity to experience the wholeness of the practice, and his
teachings aims to lead to an experience of deep concentration
(pratyahara) and meditation (dhyana).
Petri has been written two books on the subjects of Ashtanga Yoga. First
one “Ashtanga Yoga – In the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois” was first
published in Swedish in 2005 and in English in 2013. The intermediate
series book “Nadi Sodhana” was released in Finnish in 2007 and English
in 2017. Both book are written from the interviews with Sri K. Pattabhi
Jois and R. Sharath Jois, the masters of Ashtanga Yoga system. They
illustrate uniquely the Primary and Intermediate series practice, benefits
and tradition as it is taught in Mysore, India.
Petri’s variety of body-therapy work
Petri started studying the Finnish Folk-healing tradition called
Jäsenkorjaus (Bone-setting), with the Finnish healing masters in 1988.
In his 12 years of studies and 10 years of Folk-healing work he learned –
besides of variety of Bone-setting adjustments – energy healing and
cupping. He also studied Swedish massage, Naturopathy, Natural
Cosmetics, Reiki, Reflexology and Hawaiian Shamanism. Petri has 25
years of Ashtanga Yoga-teaching experience and 28 years of personal
Yoga practice.

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