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Yoga Courses.

The best place to learn Ashtanga yoga in Goa, India.

Prayer in yoga class, Goa

Yoga Journey Ltd in association with Purple Valley specialises in Ashtanga yoga courses, and is the best place to learn Ashtanga yoga in Goa, India.

The usual yoga course is 2 weeks and offers 6 morning yoga classes and 3-4 afternoon classes weekly of various content according to the teacher and session. It is most beneficial for students to take the full 2-week yoga course, if life schedules do not permit this, we take one week bookings for the first week only. Students should aim to arrive on Saturday between 14:00 and 17:00, the first class of the yoga course is Sunday morning and the last class is on a Friday morning, with departures on the last Saturday by 10:00.

All course prices include a light fruit breakfast plus 2 delicious vegetarian meals a day.

We can only accept guests for the 2nd week of a 2 week retreat if they have memorised the Primary Series and can practise without guidance from a teacher.

Our workshops and retreats are designed for people with normal physical and mental conditions. If you are on medication, are currently taking therapy and/or counselling, or have any known mental condition(s) that would in any way hinder your participation in a workshop or retreat, please let us know before registering. We do not provide any specialists at our workshops/retreats who would be able to help, should the need arise. If a student’s behaviour causes disruption for other workshop participants and the teachers, he or she will be asked to stop participating in the workshop and to seek appropriate help. In such a situation, we do not offer refunds, but are available to provide any documents necessary for insurance claims.

Season 2019/2020

C1 Ellen Johannesen -
12th Oct 2019 - 25th Oct 2019
Ellen Johannesen,

Ellen Johannesen, originally a professional dancer, has practice Ashtanga yoga for more than 20 years. Her first meeting with Ashanga Yoga took place during a tour to New York in 1994, since then this has been her daily practice. Ellen first visited Mysore and Pattabhi Jois in 1997, she is now Authorized Ashtanga level 2 by Sharath Jois, and she has also completed a two-year Teacher Training with John Scott.

In 2002 Ellen became one of the founders of Ashtanga Yoga Oslo, one of the first studios offering daily Mysore practice in Norway and is the Principal teacher at her own studio.

An increasing interest in Buddhist practice brought her to Bylakuppe, South India, where she spent almost three years in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Ellen presently teaches Ashtanga and Buddhist Practices internationally as well as running her own Mysore Program in Kathmandu.

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C2 Isabella Nitschke -
26th Oct 2019 - 8th Nov 2019
Isabella Nitschke,

Isabella Nitschke is the owner and manager of Ashtanga Yoga Malmö/Lund in south Sweden. She met yoga more than 15 years ago following an injury from running. The practice has since helped her heal on many levels. Isabella has devoted much of the past eight years of her yoga practice and teaching to study end explore how yoga affects our nervous system, our mental health and in particular how the practice can help increase our resistance resilience and ability to self-regulate.

Her teaching style is inclusive and aims to create a safe space for all students. She follows a gentle approach with particular focus on breath to cultivate sensitivity and awareness of the body and mind. Her teaching method allows students to practice yoga safely through a step by step approach. Isabella has Sharath Jois’ blessing to teach the primary and intermediate series of Ashtanga Yoga and has assisted him twice at the main shala in Mysore. She is also a qualified yoga therapist for mental health, a lifestyle coach and relaxation therapist. She has over 19 years of experience from working in health and fitness worldwide and has studied both anatomy and movement mechanics extensively.

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C3 Joey Miles, Rachel Woolhouse -
9th Nov 2019 - 22nd Nov 2019
Joey Miles, Joey Miles, Rachel Woolhouse,

Grounded and approachable, Joey’s ‘common sense’ approach stems from his deep respect for the practice, combined with experimental knowledge of alignment and anatomy. Joey brings fresh eyes to your practice, giving guidance on how to make the sequence work for you. His pragmatism, humour and caring nature will leave you feeling inspired and deeply connected with your practice.  Joey began yoga 20 years ago, practising for many years with Hamish Hendry in London and travelling frequently to Mysore to dedicate himself to practice at the KPJAYI. He has also studied Iyengar yoga in depth with Alaric Newcombe and this greatly informs his teaching.

Rachel had the good fortune to stumble across Ashtanga yoga in 2009, whilst studying French and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham. She has since travelled to Mysore, India, on four occasions, to study with Sharath Jois at the KPJAYI and trained to teach with senior teachers at TriYoga London. She has been assisting Joey since 2013 and now co-teach the Leeds Mysore programme with him, as well as teaching her own classes at their home studio in Yorkshire. She has also been practising Vipassana meditation for a number of years.  Her intention is to teach with warmth, clarity and an open heart.

 

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C4 Kia Naddermier, Scott Johnson -
23rd Nov 2019 - 6th Dec 2019
Kia Naddermier, Kia Naddermier, Scott Johnson,

Scott has over 16 years of experience with Ashtanga Yoga.  He is the co-founder and main teacher at Stillpoint Yoga London.  Scott's teaching is greatly inspired and influenced by John Scott, Lucy Crawford and Manju Pattabhi Jois.  Scott met John in 2002 and instantly felt the deep connection to the ashtanga lineage through John's teaching and his relationship with K. Pattabhi Jois. Scott is authorised to teach the primary and intermediate series of ashtanga yoga by Manju Jois and has also undergone extensive training with Clear Mind Institute, gaining their level 3 certificate in Mindfulness and Compassion.

Kia has over 20 years experience of Ashtanga Yoga and is the main teacher & director of Mysore Yoga Paris where she upholds the daily Mysore-program.  She is a dedicated advanced practitioner and teaches Ashtanga Yoga, Pranayama and adjustment techniques.  She mentors teachers, runs long-term apprentice programs and gives workshops and trainings internationally.  Kia is certified to teach Pranayama directly by Shri O. P. Tiwariji in the lineage of Kavalyadham.

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C5 John Scott -
7th Dec 2019 - 20th Dec 2019
John Scott,

ASHTANGA VINYASA YOGA & SACRED SOUND

Join John Scott and team and guest teacher Nada Yoga Guruji Pandeet Ritwik Sanyal for a two week intensive in Ashtanga Vinyasa and Nada yoga, the yoga of sacred sound.

This Two Week Intensive provides a great opportunity to broaden and build a diverse approach to the content and meaning of what it is to practice Yoga, yoga for the heart-mind, yoga for the song within the breath and yoga for the grace of movement. The two weeks will extend you beyond the attachment to just body, it will give you a physical grounding and foundation developing holistic stability in body, breath and mind to dance and sing through life.  

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A TWO-WEEK COURSE LIMITED TO 40 STUDENTS

 

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C6 Nancy Gilgoff -
21st Dec 2019 - 3rd Jan 2020
Nancy Gilgoff,

Nancy began practicing Ashtanga Yoga over forty years ago with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, in Mysore, India. As a result of their long and close association, Nancy is able to teach with a style and touch that comes directly from Pattabhi Jois. When Nancy asked Jois how she should teach, he told her to "teach the way I taught you"—advice which she took to heart and continues to follow today.

Nancy’s studies over the years have also led her to other teachers, including Baba Hari Das and, for asana, instructors of Iyengar. In addition, she has and continues to pursue the dharma teachings of the Dalai Lama. Nancy spends much of her time touring the United States, Europe, and Asia, teaching with a view to fostering loving-kindness and to sharing her love and experience of yoga.

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C7 Dena Kingsberg, Jack Wiseman -
4th Jan 2020 - 17th Jan 2020
Dena Kingsberg, Jack Wiseman,

Dena had been studying and practicing traditional Ashtanga yoga for over 30 years. She is a devoted long term student of the late Sri K.Pattabhi Jois. 

She remains committed, deeply inspired and continuously amazed by the vast healing potential of this life-changing practice. Dena has a disciplined, yet lyrical style of teaching. Her authentic and holistic approach looks beyond external form to guide the individual residing within, inspiring passion for self-discovery and reflection.

Assisted by Jack, family warmth & love of the practice shine through to create a safe yet provoking class atmosphere.

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C8 Ty Landrum -
18th Jan 2020 - 31st Jan 2020
Ty Landrum,

Ty Landrum teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa in the experimental style of his mentors, Mary Taylor and Richard Freeman.  With a PhD in Philosophy, Ty has a special touch for explaining the theory of yoga with color and creativity.  His passion as a teacher is to share the brilliance of yoga with anyone who wants to learn.

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C9 Petri Raisanen, Wambui Njuguna-Räisänen -
1st Feb 2020 - 14th Feb 2020
Petri Raisanen, Petri Raisanen, Wambui Njuguna-Räisänen,

Petri started practicing Ashtanga yoga in 1989 and teaching in 1991. He is co-owner and director of Ashtanga Yoga Helsinki, Finland, which was found in 1997. Since 2000 Petri has been teaching Ashtanga yoga internationally around the world. He got his teaching authorization from Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois in 2001.

Petri focuses his teaching on integrating healing and therapy with ashtanga yoga, meeting student's individual needs and guiding their process. He is known from his gentle and peaceful teaching style.  He is co-owner and director of Ashtanga Yoga Helsinki, one of the world's largest Ashtanga Yoga Shalas. Petri is accompanied by his wife Wambui an authorised and dedicated teacher whose added background in music and dance all enhancing this course

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C10 Petri Raisanen, Wambui Njuguna-Räisänen -
15th Feb 2020 - 28th Feb 2020
Petri Raisanen, Petri Raisanen, Wambui Njuguna-Räisänen,

Petri started practicing Ashtanga yoga in 1989 and teaching in 1991. He is co-owner and director of Ashtanga Yoga Helsinki, Finland, which was found in 1997. Since 2000 Petri has been teaching Ashtanga yoga internationally around the world. He got his teaching authorization from Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois in 2001.

Petri focuses his teaching on integrating healing and therapy with ashtanga yoga, meeting student's individual needs and guiding their process. He is known from his gentle and peaceful teaching style.  He is co-owner and director of Ashtanga Yoga Helsinki, one of the world's largest Ashtanga Yoga Shalas. Petri is accompanied by his wife Wambui an authorised and dedicated teacher whose added background in music and dance all enhancing this course

 

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C11 Laruga Glaser -
29th Feb 2020 - 13th Mar 2020
Laruga Glaser,

Since a young age Laruga Glaser has been fascinated with mind/body connections and spiritual thought which later attracted her to the practice of yoga in 1996 then a sincere connection and study of yoga philosophy and fully immersed in the journey of Ashanga Yoga in 1998.

After many years of practice in Mysore under the guides of the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and now his grandson R. Sharath Jois she obtained an advance level of authorization and its now dedicated to teaching the method of Ashtanga yoga to its fullest capacity, cultivating transparency to the tradition, and the deeply rich lineage the practice originates, otherwise known as parampara.

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C12 John Scott -
14th Mar 2020 - 27th Mar 2020
John Scott,

John Scott is a direct student of Shri K Pattabhi Jois and certified to teach the Ashtanga system and was in 1995 was certified by Guruji to teach the Ashtanga Vinyasa Counted Method.  Not only has John been adjusted in every one of the asana he practices, Guruji directly passed to him the Counted Method of Vinyasa.

He is a world renowned teacher well known for his detailed and informative narrative and his ability to direct students into a strong practice with soft intent.  By using his unique imagery borne from his own deep understanding and experience, John helps students to discover a balance between the powerful strength aspects and the yielding soft elements required for long-term practice of Ashtanga. 

Two week intensive Introducing “The Counted Method Mantra” and with special guest Guruji Pandeet Ritwik Sanyal – introducing the the Sacred Sound – Nada Yoga.  John delivers information suitable for all levels of Series 2 Practitioner.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS COURSE IS ONLY SUITABLE FOR SECOND SERIES STUDENTS - 2 WEEK COURSE LIMITED TO 40 STUDENTS

 

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C13 David Robson & Jelena Vesic -
28th Mar 2020 - 10th Apr 2020
David Robson & Jelena Vesic,

David Robson & Jelena Vesić are based in Toronto and teach at the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto, home to one of the world’s largest Mysore programs outside of India. They also travel around the world leading Ashtanga Yoga workshops and retreats.

 

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C14 Luke Jordan -
11th Apr 2020 - 24th Apr 2020
Luke Jordan,

Luke Jordan is a Certified Teacher in the Ashtanga Yoga tradition and holds an MA in Indian Religions. Drawn to the philosophical dimensions of Yoga he loves to share the inquiry that springs from the chants, myths and conceptual underpinnings which form the wider tradition of which Ashtanga Yoga is a part.

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C15 Helen McCabe, Paul Barton - Yoga & Photography Course
25th Apr 2020 - 8th May 2020
Helen McCabe, Helen McCabe, Paul Barton,

Using simple yoga practices and the art of ‘Photography as a Meditation’ as tools for expanding consciousness.

The practice of yoga is an extraordinary and yet simple tool for life. A regular, focussed, breath and movement practice has the power to transform us, to increase our awareness of the self and everything that we are in relationship with, from those around us, to the earth that sustains us.

The practice of photography can be a meditation. Using the camera lens to focus consciousness is a brilliant yet simple way for learning how to really observe our surroundings, develop patience and the ability to be fully present in the moment.

In this retreat, Helen and Paul will share their passion for yoga practice and photography, and their many years of experience in both fields. We will explore simple tools and techniques that will enable you to find subtlety and strength in your practice and use photography as a meditation, learning how to observe, work with and capture light and time, as we use the camera lens to cultivate a deeper sense of inquiry into the nature of the self and the beautiful planet that we live in.

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