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, March 19th
5:00-7:30 pm (afternoon) – Guided primary with traditional Vinyasa counting, pranayama and meditation
Friday, March 20th
6:00-8:00 / 8:00-10:00 am – Mysore
5:00-6:30 pm (afternoon) – Workshop opening, Petri’s teaching method, Astanga yoga tradition and goals.
Saturday, March 21th
7:00-9:00 / 9:00-11:00 am – Mysore
1:00-4:00 pm (afternoon) – Additional workshop: Lengthening the body – how to create a maximum length of the limbs in the asanas. How stretching is strengthening and balancing our mind. Theory and practice.
Originally a bone setting technique (a healing method) called “limb lengthening”, which Petri modified for asana adjustments to create a maximum length for limbs. This will not only take you to the next level in the asana, but also release the tensions and pains from the body. In this workshop we are practicing how to find the space in a gentle and safe, but effective ways.
Sunday, March 22th
7:00-9:00 / 9:00-11:00 am – Mysore
1:00-4:00 pm (afternoon) – Additional workshop: Gentleness and softness in the asana adjustments and practice – the safe way to practice Ashtanga Yoga.
Astanga Yoga is a safe, effective and beneficial method…which all too often can become a painful, pressure-filled, stressful physical exercise. In this workshop, we will focus on the therapeutical aspects of the practice for the body/mind; namely, how to release tension, stretch the body without pain and keep the mind in a peaceful, but awakened state.
Feeling comfortable and meditative during the practice will influence the level of calmness and health for life outside the practice and keep the Yoga in your life all the way to the end of days.
4:00-4:20 pm (afternoon) – Thank you and goodbye 🙂
September 1st 2019 – opens registration of the Full Workshop
December 1st 2019 – opens registration of the Weekend Package
February 1st 2020 – opens registration of the Single Classes
(limited to 20 students per class – so book your spot)
1) Follow this link: Sign in / Pay 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: 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 February 19th 2020 you can cancel the workshop with a 20% administration fee. There are no refunds for cancellations made after February 19th 2020 (one month 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