Juha Javanainen (born 22nd July 1963) has practiced Astanga Yoga since 1989. He founded the Astanga Yoga School of Helsinki with Petri Räisänen in 1997. Juha has translated the book Yoga Mala, the primary work of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois on Astanga Yoga into Finnish. He has practiced long time with Radha and Derek Ireland, Lino Miele, and visited Mysore, India, many times to study and practice Astanga with Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois.
Juha teaches regularly in the Astanga Yoga School of Helsinki, where he works also as the CEO and director. He continues to study and to practice Astanga Yoga as taught by Pattabhi Jois and T. Krishnamacharya. He is also currently studying the Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali.
In this retreat Juha will guide and assist the yoga practitioners in the morning mysore and teaching some afternoon special classes with Petri. Juha wishes to share his long time practice and teaching experiences about how to work with the body&mind for healing purposes within the yoga practice. Here below he shares some of his thoughts on this:
“I’m very happy, and grateful, that I found Astanga yoga and started to practice it already the very first year with competent teachers, when they started to teach in Finland in 1989. That time was very different from today – only a few people practiced dynamic yoga in Finland: there was no yoga studios in Helsinki, no Astanga yoga books or you tube videos. The only way to learn Astanga was to find a teacher, and after his/her teachings one had to develop a self practice.”
“The first Astanga workshops were really intensive: within one week we went through the whole primary series. That was very demanding both physically and psychologically even if the teachers did not demand ‘perfect’ asana performance. That attitude was working very well on me: it helped me to create enthusiasm towards regular practice for opening my stiff body and deepening my breathing.”