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Learn the basic tenets of the Ashtanga Vinyāsa Yoga method in addition to the Mysore style of practice as taught by Paramaguru Sharath Jois


Ashtanga Yoga Retreat

with David Fredriksson


Description of the retreat

Delve inside the transformational attributes of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga method during this 6 day retreat centered around connecting conscious movement with conscious breath, cultivating the inherent, meditative qualities of the practice.

Starting with the three important points of attention: posture, breathing, and gaze, otherwise known as Tristhānam. We will learn how to unite all three elements in which the practice effortlessly flows, and feelings of lightness, fluidity and strength are combined into one.

Participants will first and foremost learn the importance of breathing as the gateway to a healthier, more energized relationship with the body, as the mind begins to calm and center. The practice on the outside looks to be dynamic and challenging, however, it is a powerful tool for inward exploration. In other words, the practice assists those in living a more heart-centered, conscious life, allowing one to feel more alive and focused in daily activities.

The Mysore style of practice will be stressed and thoroughly covered.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is Mysore practice and Mysore practice is Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Mutually, both are one and the same, and perhaps is the best way for students to advance thoroughly and safely with proper skill. This method of practice at first feels intimidating, however throughout the retreat we would like to dispel those myths for it is a time-honored tradition of practice that is for people of all levels of experience, all ages and backgrounds. No one is excluded. All can learn this practice, and the Mysore experience allows students to learn each posture with the careful guidance of a qualified teacher, step by step, building upon conscious awareness and internal alignment.

Benefits of practice include: Increased strength, improved digestion, improved sleep, increased energy levels, improved posture, greater well-being, increased health, calm mind and beyond.

All that is needed is an open mind and a willingness to learn!

Day 1

Intro to Mysore 08:00 – 10:00

Vinyasa Integration WS 16:30 – 18:45

During this workshop we will thoroughly go through SURYANAMASKARA A&B and the Standing sequence. And experience a deeper understanding of Tristhānam, Vinyāsa and Drsti.

Day 2

Mysore – 08:00 – 10:00

Bandhas & Core WS 16:30 – 18:45

In this workshop the Primary Series get introduced. As well as the significance of Bandhas and Core integration.

Day 3

Mysore – 08:00 – 10:00

Day 4

Mysore – 08:00 – 10:00

Twisting WS 16:30 – 18:45

During this workshop will break down the technique for the twisting poses in the Standing and Seated sequence.

Day 5

Mysore – 08:00 – 10:00

Day 6

Mysore – 08:00 – 10:00

Backbending WS 16:30 – 18:45

The focus in this workshop will be on the backbends that are interwoven in the Ashtanga practice. We will also take a close look at the cornerstones of Setu Bandhasana and Urdhva Dhanurasana.

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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.

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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 nights

6 brunches

7 vegetarian dinners

1 breakfast

double, single or shared rooms

A very wide swimming pool and beautiful gardens

Spa Healing Center. Treatments and massages on request

Yoga In Salento - ritiri yoga, corsi di yoga Lecce

Via Stazione, 116, 73010 Zollino LE, Italy
David is one the most experienced Ashtanga teachers in Sweden.


He’s first contact with yoga was back in 1993 while exploring ways to find alternative forms of healing when western medicine and physical therapy failed to heal a foot injury.

A spiritual seeker from his teens, he decided to try out Hatha yoga.

Right away, David felt the deep benefits of asana and meditation practice.

Miraculously, yoga healed him physically, however what blew David away the most, was the deep, sustaining well-being, that in turn, wasn’t fleeting, like other sensory pursuits. Yoga gave a greater sense of clarity, calmness and internal focus more than anything he had previously experienced. Here David’s yoga journey began.

His asana practice has been on and off through the years, but David always kept his seated meditation practice going the entire time.

Early 2006, David took his first Ashtanga Yoga class. From that point on, he has not stopped. When David embarked on his first trip to Mysore, India, in February 2008, practicing with R. Sharath Jois, he delved even deeper into the practice, and fully committed himself to the method. Ever since then, David has been back to India every year to continue his studies and deepen his practice. In January 2011 he had the honor of receiving his Level 1 Authorization to teach from his teacher, R. Sharath Jois.

In Sweden, David teaches and assist alongside his teacher, Laruga Glaser (Certified -Advanced B). When Laruga travels around the world to teach workshops and retreats.

David is the one who runs and oversees the Mysore program at Yogayama Östermalm, in Stockholm.

David regular gets invitations to teach internationally and in other Swedish cities.

He also teams up and teach together with Laruga during her workshops and retreats all over the world.

For David it’s a great honor to help hold a space for students from all walks of life, where they can explore who they are, and grow as human beings with the help of this dynamic practice.

He invites all of you who feel inspired by this practice to walk this path with him.