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How can we build a solid foundation in our yoga practice and life? With the Ashtanga yoga
method, it starts from the very beginning. As we connect to our breath our internal energy rises,
the ability to concentration increases, and our conscious awareness extends throughout the body.


Ashtanga Yoga Retreat

with David Fredriksson

7 – 14 SEPTEMBER 2024

Description of the retreat


Description of the retreat

How can we build a solid foundation in our yoga practice and life?
With the Ashtanga yoga method, it starts from the very beginning.
As we connect to our breath our internal energy rises, the ability to concentration increases, and
our conscious awareness extends throughout the body.

We will discover how each posture
interrelates to the next, with purpose and the intention, to awaken and align parts within
ourselves yet to be discovered. In this retreat, we will explore and experience the powerful
physical, mental, and energetic effects that the Ashtanga Yoga sequences can have on us.

Who can take part in this retreat?

If you are new to Ashtanga yoga, practicing Half Primary Series, Full Primary Series, or if you are
working on the beginning stages of the Intermediate Series, then this retreat is for you.

The schedule

Day 1
Intro to Mysore 08:00 – 10:00
Vinyasa Integration WS 16:30 – 18:45
During this workshop, we will thoroughly go through the Standing sequence and the integration of
Vinyāsa in the Ashtanga Yoga Method. As well as a deep dive into Tristhānam.

Day 2
Mysore – 08:00 – 10:00
Bandhas & Core WS 16:30 – 18:45
In this workshop, the Primary Series is introduced.
As well as the significance of Bandhas and Core integration.
With a special focus of techniques for Jumping back and Jumping through.
Day 3
Mysore – 08:00 – 10:00

Day 4
Mysore – 08:00 – 10:00The Peak poses of Primary Series 16:30 – 18:45
During this workshop will break down the techniques for the Marīcyāsana C & D, Supta Kurmasana
and Garbha Pindasana. These core postures in the Primary series are integral to opening and
strengthening the body and mind connection. Setting the stage to grow and evolve in the practice
more intelligently.

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 take a close look at the cornerstones of Purvottanasana, Setu Bandhasana, and Urdhva
Dhanurasana. We will also preview some of the backbends in the Intermediate Series.

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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

David Fredriksson

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.

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