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Petri 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
Thursday, August 29th
5:00-7:30 pm (afternoon) – Led class Primary Series. The traditional Vinyasa counting, Sanskrit asana names, and counting with a continuous rhythm guided by Petri.
Workshop opening Guided primary + (chanting) and introduction to Ashtanga Yoga tradition and goals. Light pranayama and meditation.
Friday, August 30th
6:00-8:00 / 8:15-10:15 am – Mysore
5:00-6:30 pm (afternoon) – Workshop: 3rd chapter (Vibhūti-Pāda) of Patanjali Yoga Sutras.
The teachings of the siddhis, the yogic powers, which are gained through the practice of Patanjali’s Ashtanga system. Patanjali explores deeply into the human mind and its possibilities. How much we can sense the nature and which kind of mind state we will need to dive all the way to the source of the creation. This class will be partly a lecture and partly the practice how to use the Patanjali’s techniques in the hands on asana adjustments.
Saturday, August 31st
7:00-9:00 / 9:15-11:15 am – Mysore
1:00-4:00 pm (afternoon) – Workshop:
Primary and Intermediate series techniques, alignments and adjustments
Petri is introducing a safe, gentle and beneficial adjustments for chosen Primary and Intermediate series asanas.
Petri wrote two books in collaboration with K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois between 2004 – 2007. Petri will introduce the Pattabhi Jois’ vinyasas and details from the last years of his life. The technique class follows the books vinyasa method and alignments and will give a good understanding about the changes in the asanas and history of the asana alignments.
4.15 – 5.15 pm – Workshop:
Breathing into the silence (based on Pranayama and mind work)
We create the space for the body with the Yoga Asanas. Lengthening, stretching, rotating, twisting, pushing, pulling, balancing..
Is that what Sage Patanjai meant with Yoga, or the old sages like Vasistha or Yajnavalkya? The body control, yes, but where the mind dwells in the Yoga practice? Are we able to hear the breathing, sense the energy flow inside the nadis – energy channels. Are we able to sense the holiness, the quiet force of the Universe?
Sunday, September 1st
7:00-9:00 / 9:15-11:15 am – Mysore
12:30-2:00 pm (afternoon) – Workshop:
Petri will introduce some healing and injury preventive back and hip exercises which anyone can start to do beside the Ashtanga practice. We are using Ashtanga asanas and special therapy techniques to strengthen and stretching the body.
2:15-3:00 pm (afternoon) – Workshop closing Healing meditation. Thank you and see you soon 🙂
If you have any trouble signing up please contact us – we are happy to help.
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.
Full payment is required to reserve your spot. Until July 29th 2024 you can cancel the workshop with a 20% administration fee. There are no refunds for cancellations made after July 29th 2024 (one month prior to the workshop start date). If the workshop is cancelled due to force majeure 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