Petri Räisänen Workshop 2021

Workshop 2021 completed.

Please save the dates for the next workshop: August 18th-21th 2022. Details are in the making…


Ashtanga yoga - Astanga yoga - Mysore Yoga CPH - Copenhagen - København - FrederiksbergPetri Räisänen is an internationally renowned and respected yoga teacher. A devoted student of K. Pattabhi Jois (1915– 2009) and R. Sharath Jois, who both authorized Petri to teach in 2001. Petri carefully passes on teachings of Ashtanga tradition.

Petri started practicing Ashtanga yoga in 1989 and teaching in 1991. He is co-owner and director of Astanga Yoga Helsinki, one of the world’s most established Ashtanga Yoga shalas. K. Pattabhi Jois blessed the school to teach the traditional Ashtanga method in 1997.

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.

Petri focuses on integrating healing and therapy with yoga, meeting student’s individual needs and guiding their progress. Petri’s yoga pose adjustments are gentle, effective, therapeutic and, according to some, almost magical, and originate (besides his own practice and teaching) from his past work as a traditional Finnish folk healer and naturopath. His friendly, relaxed behaviour and intuivite perception give an open, energetic and meditative atmosphere to his classes.

Petri has been written two books on the subjects of Ashtanga Yoga. First one “Ashtanga Yoga – In the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois” was first published in Swedish in 2005 and in English in 2013. The intermediate series book “Nadi Sodhana” was released in Finnish in 2008 and English in 2017. Both books are written from the interviews with K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois, the masters of Ashtanga Yoga system. They illustrate uniquely the Primary and Intermediate series practice, benefits and tradition as it is taught in Mysore, India.

Petri’s variety of body-therapy work

Petri started studying the Finnish Folk-healing tradition called Jäsenkorjaus (Bone-setting), with the Finnish healing masters in 1988. In his 12 years of studies and 10 years of Folk-healing work he learned – besides of variety of Bone-setting adjustments – energy healing and cupping. He also studied Swedish massage, Naturopathy, Natural Cosmetics, Reiki, Reflexology and Hawaiian Shamanism. Petri has 30 years of Ashtanga Yoga-teaching experience and 33 years of personal Yoga practice.

Petri's website           Interview with Petri

Please save the dates for the next workshop: August 18th-21th 2022. Details are in the making…

Schedule 2021 (workshop completed) :

Thursday, August 12th

5:00-7:30 pm (afternoon) – Guided primary with traditional Vinyasa counting, pranayama and meditation


Friday, August 13th

6:00-8:00 / 8:15-10:15 am – Mysore

5:00-6:30 pm (afternoon) – Workshop opening. How do we change the culture og hierarchy in yoga?


Saturday, August 14th

7:00-9:00 / 9:15-11:15 am – Mysore

1:00-4:00 pm (afternoon) – Additional workshop:

The Vinyasa technique and Asana tips for the Primary and Intermediate series.

Ashtanga yoga is a clear system which shows how to enter into, and exit from, the state of the asana. The Primary series is built on five different vinyasa types which are also the base for the Intermediate and Advanced sequences. Forward bends, twists, back bends, poses where we lie on the back and inverted (viparita karani) asanas all have their own vinyasa types. This information will provide clarity and peace in your Ashtanga Yoga practice.

Some people claim that the Ashtanga Yoga Guru, Pattabhi Jois, didn’t care about asana alignments or didn’t correct people’s ”wrong” poses. During my time with Pattabhi Jois and the book writing process, I found that it was not that he didn’t care, but it was about his way of seeing the students’ needs. He expected the students to show interest in the alignments and ask questions as they arose. If students were not actively interested, they would not receive the information. To be in Mysore, India, and practice with him alone didn’t always give the answers. I asked many questions and got just as many answers. We will go through these answers during this workshop.


Sunday, August 15th

7:00-9:00 / 9:15-11:15 am – Mysore

1:00-4:00 pm (afternoon) – Additional workshop:

Finishing sequence, alignments and therapeutical benefits for the asanas.
Theory, vinyasa, healing aspects and hands on adjustments for the Finishing sequence.
TRE – Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises

TRE is a “shaking therapy” created by David Berceli is Petri’s favourite technique to release the tensions and empty the mind after the practice. We will practice the technique and experience the free movement of the body..which looks like Kundalini release, but is a natural way for the body and mind to work with the tensions and traumas.

4:00-4:20 pm (afternoon) – Thank you and goodbye 🙂



  • Full Workshop (1 Guided Primary + Workshop opening Friday + 3 Mysore classes + 2 Additional workshops Saturday and Sunday) DKK 1.950 (This one is now filled up. You can join the waiting list by clicking on ‘Full Workshop in Mindbody – or you can book a spot in ‘Full Workshop except Guided Thursday)
  • Full Workshop except Guided Thursday DKK 1.800
  • Weekend Package (Workshop opening Friday + 2 Mysore classes + 2 Additional workshops Saturday and Sunday) DKK 1.600
  • Saturday additional workshop: “Finishing sequence, alignments and therapeutical benefits for the asanas” DKK 600
  • Sunday additional workshop: “Theory, vinyasa, healing aspects… &
    TRE – Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises” DKK 600
  • One class (Morning Mysore) DKK 400
  • Two classes (Morning Mysore) DKK 800
  • Three classes (Morning Mysore) DKK 1200

If you have any trouble signing up please contact us – we are happy to help.


How to pay and enroll in 2 easy steps :

1) Follow this link:  Register and pay here  and scroll down to the combination you choose – either ‘Full Workshop’ or some of the other combinations.

   Then return to this page

2) When you have signed in and payed, you’re not quite done yet: We have to know which Mysore classes you want to attend – so now you just go to classes and book your spots through this link:  Choose your Morning Mysore classes

There are two morning Mysore classes Friday-Saturday-Sunday. You choose which ones you want to join. Then it says “Free Class”. Thats only because you have already paid by choosing one af the packages or a number of classes.

If any questions please contact us. We may fix the enrollment for you.


Payment and cancellation policy:

Full payment is required to reserve your spot. Until July 12th 2021 you can cancel the workshop with a 20% administration fee. There are no refunds for cancellations made after July 12th 2021 (one month prior to the workshop start date). If the workshop is cancelled due to Corona Virus you will get your full payment back.


”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