Astanga Special Workshop December 13-15, 2019

Petri Räisänen and Juha Javanainen teaching in Helsinki :
Ashtanga Mysore & Special Classes

Petri and Juha have practiced Astanga Yoga since 1988 and founded the Astanga Yoga School of Helsinki in 1997. Since then they have been focusing on practicing and teaching yoga and to live a family life.

In this intensive workshop Petri and Juha guide and assist the yoga practitioners in the morning mysore from Friday to Sunday.

Petri and Juha will also give special classes on Astanga Yoga and the view of awakening consciousness for peace in mind.

Reserve your spot

Workshop Schedule

Friday 13.12.

06:00 – 09:15 Ashtanga Mysore Practice
(Annankatu 29B)

16:30 – 18:30 Special Class: Yogic psychology and world view  presented in Classical Yoga.  Lecture series by Petri & Juha
(Annankatu 29B, downstairs, -1st floor)

Saturday 14.12.

07:00 – 10:15 Ashtanga Mysore Practice
(Annankatu 29B)

11:00 – 13:00 Special Class:  Abhyasa, foundations of a stable practice / Petri
includes chanting, pranayama, and meditation
(Annankatu 29B, downstairs shala -1st floor)

Sunday 15.12.

07:00 – 10:15 Ashtanga Mysore Practice
(Annankatu 29B)

11:00 – 13:00 Special Class:  Vairagya, the gatekeeper of Spirituality / Juha
includes chanting, pranayama, and meditation
(Annankatu 29B, downstairs shala -1st floor)

All workshop teaching, lectures and discussions are held in English.

In this workshop yoga asanas are practiced on a daily basis as taught by K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. Bring your own yoga mat and a small towel with you.
PS. Eddie Stern’s new book One Simple Thing is available for 19,95 €

Special Classes: Lecture series on the Gift of Consciousness, Part 2 – December 2019

In this lecture series we will continue the study of the Classical  Yoga, its philosophy and psychology as taught by the Sage Patanjali through the Yoga Sutras and the commentaries of Vyasa to examine the mechanisms of mind and consciousness that make yoga practices effective for self-study, self-regulation, positive interaction, and transcendental experience.

Friday lecture: Yogic psychology and world view  presented in Classical Yoga by Juha and Petri

In this class we will study the ideas presented in the Classical Yoga on the psychology of the human mind and life experiences, and how this is reflected on the view of the external world:
1) We will have an overview of the Classical Yoga to understand better one’s own mind, and how to work on the transformation of consciousness.
2) In the West consciousness is associated with the brain and the head, but could intelligence actually exist as an potential within every cell and every part of our body? In this class we will also study, how the concept of citta, or the mind field is related to this question.

Saturday lecture: Abhyasa, foundations of a stable practice

(Includes Pranayama, Chanting and Meditation)
What is abhyasa? This question leads to the very essence of yoga practice. In this class we will study, what are the qualities, that must be present for our practice to bear fruit towards self development and transformation. This is especially important, when we are experiencing moments of hopelessness and melancholy in our lives, through our mind and emotions. How the practice of classical yoga could be helpful to establish the inner balance?  In this class we will explore some methods and principles by which we can build up a yoga practice towards balance and stillness.

Sunday lecture: Vairagya, the gatekeeper of Spirituality

(Includes Pranayama, Chanting and Meditation)
What is vairagya? This question leads to another essential aspect of yoga, which is an important patner of abhyasa. In this class  we will study the concept of vairagya, non-attchment. Detachment, or constantly letting go, is according to Patanjali a necessary part of the inner journey towards spiritual ascension: What is vairagya, or non-attachement in practice? How to examine it, and even in our daily life. And why it is essential to safely progress on the path of Yoga.

Workshop fees

All Workshop 3 days from Friday to Sunday:

– All program 169 / 145
– Yoga ONLY
Friday-Sunday:  80 / 70 €
– Specdial Classes ONLY
Friday-Sunday: 95 / 80 €

Single days

including Yoga and Special Classes from Friday to Sunday:
– One day: 60 / 50 €

– Two days: 119 / 99 €
– Three days: 169 / 145 €


– Morning practices: 29 / 25 €
– Special Class  35 / 30 €

To be noticed

* Practices can be photographed, audio- or videorecorded only by permission.
* Lectures can be attended by anyone who is interested, see the drop-in fees.

Prices include VAT 10%

Registration fee is the workshop price according which classes you will attend, and it should be paid due to the registration. Prepaid registration fee
confirms your spot at the workshop.

Payment method
All payments into the workshop account:
IBAN: FI16 1011 3000 2694 06
Astanga Yoga Helsinki
Reference number (viite) 7401
or Message ”December 2019” and the attendee’s name.

Registration to Astanga Yoga Special Workshop with Petri and Juha
13.-15. Dec 2019 , Helsinki, Finland


All workshopSingle DaysDrop-in classes

Choose your preferred practice starting times:

Friday 13.12. mysore: 5:45-6:156:45-77:15-7:30no

Saturday 14.12. mysore: 6:45-7:157:45-88:15-8:30no

Sunday 15.12. mysore: 6:45-7:157:45-88:15-8:30no

Choose the Special lectures you want to attend :

Friday 13.12. 16:30-18:30 Special Lecture: yesno

Saturday 14.12. 11:00-13:00 Special Lecture: yesno

Sunday 15.12. 11:00-13:00 Special Lecture: yesno

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