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Adam Keen
Adam Keen

Ashtanga Yoga – Beyond The Blueprint .Adam talks quite freely about the history as well as the modern inception and influences upon the practice of Ashtanga.



31 August – 7 September 2024

Description of the retreat

Adam talks quite freely about the history as well as the modern inception and influences upon the practice of Ashtanga. While appreciating the tradition based on his own years spent in Mysore, he is convinced that the practice needs to be made to work for individuals and not vice versa.

It must make life easier, more comfortable, not harder! There is a way to practice that’s equally dynamic and effective for progress yet safe, gentle, effective, and suited to the uniqueness of each body. Adam’s retreat will show you how to incorporate these principles in this unique setting.

You can expect:

  • A friendly and inclusive group with a range of ages and abilities.

  • To make new discoveries in your practice

  • Delicious and nutritious meals.

  • To make new friends and engage with a support group.

  • To have lots of laughs.

  • Time to explore this stunning region of Puglia.

  • To return with renewed enthusiasm and energy for your practice.

Weekly Schedule

10.00 am: Brunch

7.00 pm: Dinner

Mysore: Sunday to Friday, 7.00 to 9.00 a.m.

Adam teaches traditionally as he learned and experienced it in Mysore, defined by subtle, inner techniques. Following the sequences as they are in Mysore, adaptations will be given to keep you moving forward.


Practitioners will be approached individually and offered a gentle and holistic approach to physical assistance (if you want that). All are welcome to the Mysore class. Adam is happy if you need practice sheets, or he or Theresa will show you the postures.

Monday, 4.30 to 6.00 pm: Fundamentals of An Effective Practice

The building blocks of the work in asana are deeper than just making shapes. Using asanas from the primary series Adam will show how you can move forward in the series effectively and safely. We will discuss using active as opposed to passive stretches and how to best work with them using right tension to set up with forces structured within the body.

Tuesday, 4.30 to 6.00 pm: Jump Through Jump Back

Jump through and jump back are more than just for fun, they engage the core and use the breath in the most basic way. Everyone can attain some form of this movement instead of skipping or ignoring it and get the benefits, which are great.


These movements are more important than the postures they link together. Firstly, because it is an incredibly efficient movement through which to mobilise the shoulder blades (which are the seat of our functional mobility). Second, because of its effect on the digestive system, the seat of our organic health. This doesn’t mean we have to be floating back and forth necessarily (though with these tips we may build up to it). Through understanding the basic components, which can be done by everyone we can each develop our version of it.

Wednesday, 4.30 to 6.00 pm: Hip Openers for all Levels

The hips are the foundation of the yoga practice, without exaggeration, every asana targets them. However, in terms of opening the hips, it’s not the as we think of them as being in the front for doing lotus or getting knees to the floor in badha konasana.


It is actually the back of the hips we are looking to work with. In other words, the sacrum area. This is more subtle than the external rotation of the hip joint. In this workshop we will look carefully at the effective work to be found here, whether your challenge is lotus, marichyasana D or leg(s) behind head, you will find a new approach to solving your personal challenge. 

Thursday, 4.30 to 6.00 pm: The Meaning of Tradition

A run-through of the modern history of asana and the more recent tradition of Pattabhi Jois’ Ashtanga yoga. Just because what we practice may be more recent than we think, it does not render it less valid. Rather, it allows us to see what we want to keep as effective, and what was political, cultural, or circumstantial that is now confusing or surfeit to purpose.

Saturday, 4.30 to 6.00pm: Open Q and A (recorded)

An open discussion on the workshops and anything else that’s on your mind. A hugely enjoyable finale where Adam always talks honestly about his own background, experiences in practice, and what his practice has evolved to as well as giving his ideas (and often further resource tips), on all the questions you bring to the table.

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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

Adam Keen

Adam Keen

Adam has been practising yoga since 1999 and teaching since 2004. He is one of only a few students to have completed the Advanced A series in Mysore with Sharathji and received Level 2 Authorisation in 2012.

Equally at home teaching all levels, he gives all students attention and interest. He is democratic in his approach and kind and believes that the practice should not feel like a test. Coming from an academic background in philosophy and a professional one as a chef, he is knowledgeable, practical, and relatable in his approach. Many consider him humorous too.

Adam and his wife Theresa run the online yoga platform Keen on Yoga and he hosts the Keen on Yoga Podcast & YouTube channel, interviewing many of the world’s most renowned Ashtanga teachers and philosophical academics.

Instagram: @adam_keen_ashtanga & @keen_on_yoga


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