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Join Scott Johnson for a 1-2 week immersion into your personal Ashtanga yoga practice, where he will shine a light on how you can practice with space, freedom and openness.


05 – 12 October  2024

12 – 19 October  2024

Description of the retreat

A 1 – 2 week Ashtanga Yoga Self Practice, Mindfulness  and Workshop Immersion

For many of us our yoga practice is deeply important. 

All of us have a personal reason as to why we step on a mat or a cushion. Why we learn to breathe deeper and why we explore moving with more freedom. 

The ancient teachings share that practice is cultivated for a long time and without interruption, yet to do so with enthusiasm and with reverence.

When we are reminded of these principles can we look again at the process of yoga we have undertaken in our own lives? How has the practice unfolded itself in us over time? Has it’s fruits landing with patience? Importantly, can we see the type of awareness we have brought, that we are currently bringing, to our practice? 

The way we practice is so important. If we practice with that sense of enthusiasm, reverence and care, with a kind and mindful awareness, a new and more open approach to our practice is possible. 


Whoever you are, whatever you bring, this Ashtanga Yoga and mindfulness immersion will shine a light on your practice. 

It will illuminate what’s coming up for you; what you’re going through and help you to explore different ways of moving through it. 

Whether you are working with an injury, feel a little stuck in your practice, or feel like you’re flying, this immersion will meet you where you are. 

This immersion is for all practitioners of Ashtanga, whether beginner or advanced, to discover their own way of practicing this profound system of yoga.

Scott will draw on his 20 years of experience teaching Mysore-style Ashtanga Yoga and Mindfulness to shine a light on your yoga practice and help you discover something fresh…

The immersion will include:


  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Pranayama/breathing techniques
  • Ashtanga yoga – Self practice and guided classes
  • Chanting
  • Philosophy
  • Movement technique and theory



What you will gain from the immersion:

Over the intensive you will gain insight into your own patterns of practice and how to move in your own unique way. If working with pain or injuries there will be fresh light on how to alleviate and work with these issues. We will use the wider context of anatomy, mindfulness and philosophy to see how we can notice things in a fresh way. This will also help you to see the practice of yoga in a wider context to your life. 


Scott Johnson Teaching Yoga at YIS Retreat
Scott Johnson Teaching Yoga at YIS Retreat
Scott Johnson Teaching Yoga at YIS Retreat

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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

Scott has been director and senior teacher at Stillpoint since he co-founded it in 2009 as Stillpoint Yoga London, with the late Ozge Karabiyik. He has dedicated himself to sharing the practice of yoga each weekday morning since then.

Scott has been practising yoga since 1998, and teaching Ashtanga yoga since 2003. He’s one of only a few Ashtanga teachers to both be authorised in the primary and intermediate series by Manju Jois and be given senior teacher status by John Scott.

Scott is registered as a senior yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance UK and has also undergone extensive training with Clear Mind International, gaining their level 1, 2 & 3 certificate in Mindfulness and Compassion.

Scott’s years of dedicated and committed teaching each morning has led Stillpoint to become a highly respected central London Ashtanga yoga shala. He meets everyone who comes and looks to create long-term relationships, integrating the practice of yoga and embodied mindfulness as a way of meeting the world.

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