Petri Räisänen is an internationally known and respected Ashtanga yoga teacher. He started practicing Ashtanga in 1988 and teaching in 1990. Petri is co-owner and director of Ashtanga Yoga Helsinki, one of the world’s largest Ashtanga yoga shalas, blessed by Sri K Pattabhi Jois to teach the traditional yoga method. Petri was a devoted student of Pattabhi Jois, and was authorized by him to teach in 2001.
Petri has been teaching internationally around the world for over a decade and he lived in New York City for several years until 2008. His teaching style and adjustments are gentle, effective, therapeutic and originate, besides his own practice and teaching, from his past work as a traditional folk healer and naturopath.
In 2004, Petri wrote “Ashtanga – The Yoga Tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois” in collaboration with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson, R. Sharath Jois. His intermediate series book “Nadi Sodhana” was released in 2008. Both books are written as part of Petri’s ongoing pilgrimage into Ashtanga yoga’s inner world, with a great sense of respect towards Sri K Pattabhi Jois and the Ashtanga tradition.
Petri focuses on integrating healing and therapy with yoga, meeting student’s individual needs and guiding their progress. His friendly, relaxed behaviour and intutivite perception give an open, energetic and meditative atmosphere to his classes.
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Interview with Petri
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). This workshop is suitable for all levels of students with an established Mysore style Ashtanga yoga practice.
This additional workshop will explore the solutions for healing the basic physical injuries through stretching, strengthening and right alignment. We will cover a wide range of techniques including mind work, energy healing work, visualisation and self-hypnotism.
Petri has studied and practiced various healing modalities over the years and in addition to teaching yoga, he worked as a folk healer and naturopath and ran a natural treatment business in Helsinki, Finland from 1991-1998.
The workshop is for students of all levels. All you need is motivation to learn more about the practice and yourself.
Full payment is required to reserve your spot. There will be a 20% administration fee on refunds for cancellations made one week in advance. There are no refunds for cancellations made less than one week prior to the workshop start date.
”Do your practice and all is coming.” ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.” ― Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
"Astanga yoga is 99 percent practice, one percent theory." ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”Everyone can practice Astanga yoga. Except lazy people.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
"Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is." ― Bhagavad Gita
“The mind is restless and difficult to restrain, but it is subdued by practice.” ― Bhagavad Gita
“Asana practise is for 2 hours. Yoga practise is for 24 hours.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
”When the mind is quiet, the asana is correct.” ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”This is not a gym, you are not here to work out. You are here to bring peace to yourself, to know who you are.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
”With practice anything is possible.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
“The mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it.” ― Bhagavad Gita