Petri Räisänen (born August 13, 1967) is an internationally known and respected Ashtanga Yoga teacher. He is a devoted student of his Guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009), who authorized Petri to teach, and Petri carefully passes on his Guru's exact teachings.
Petri started practicing Ashtanga yoga in 1989 and teaching in 1991. He is co-owner and director of Ashtanga Yoga Helsinki, one of the world's largest Ashtanga Yoga Shala's, which he founded with his friend Juha Javanainen in 1997. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois blessed the school to teach the traditional Ashtanga method.
In his yogic path Petri has studied with many other respected Ashtanga yoga instructors such as Derek Ireland (his first certified teacher), Radha Warrel, Lino Miele, Gwendoline Hunt, Eddie Stern and Sharath Jois, in addition to Sri K. Pattabi Jois. Petri focuses his teaching on integrating healing and therapy with yoga, meeting student's individual needs and guiding their progress.
Petri's adjustments are gentle, effective, therapeutic and, according to some of his students, almost magical. His touch originates, besides his own practice and teaching, from his past work as a traditional Finnish folk healer and naturopath. His friendly and relaxed behavior and precise perception gives a meditative, open and energetic atmosphere to his classes.
In 2004, Petri wrote the book "Ashtanga - The Yoga Tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois" in collaboration with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson, Sharath Jois. The book introduces the Ashtanga yoga method and philosophy, as well as its potential as a physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual practice. It is written as part of Petri's pilgrimage into Ashtanga yoga's inner word, with a great sense of respect towards his Guru and the Yoga Tradition. His second book (about Ashtanga Yoga's Intermediate series) released in Finnish and English, was also written in collaboration with Sharath and Pattabhi Jois.
Wambui Njuguna-Räisänen (November 29th, 1980) was born in Kenya and moved to the United States in 1991. She was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga in 2008 while working as an English language instructor in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She credits her first teachers, Jeff and Harmony Lichty (Ashtanga Yoga Victoria) for starting her off on the spiritual path, following in the direct method of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
Wambui moved to Helsinki in 2009 and has been assisting Petri since then, both in Finland and internationally. She started teaching at the Ashtanga Yoga School of Helsinki in 2011 and is the editor for Petri's primary series book and co-translator/editor of his intermediate series book. She continues to assist Petri, both in Finland and internationally, following closely in the direct method of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois and received authorisation to teach from Sharath in Mysore, 2016. Her inclination towards chanting, japa and sound meditation is only natural due to her background in music and dance.
Goa retreat tittle 2020 Ashtanga Yoga - The Healing Meditation
Petri and Wambui will guide the students peacefully, safely and individually through the Ashtanga sequences as well as philosophy and healing techniques.
Weekly program: For the beginners there will be three guided beginners classes and two Mysore style classes with the teacher’s individual support.
More experienced students will have five Mysore style classes. On Fridays we offer a led primary series class for everyone. In the four afternoons there will be classes with changing subjects; yoga asana techniques, yoga therapy sessions, chanting (reciting the mantras), pranayama (breathing techniques), yoga philosophy and discussions. Yoga and yoga based film viewings every week.
On moondays (new and full) there will be a restorative yoga session with an emphasis on deep relaxation and integration.
The retreat is suitable for all levels, from beginners to more experienced practitioners.
Yoga Journey Ltd is the tour operator sending groups to the Purple Valley Yoga Centre (Pvt) Ltd in Goa, India. Yoga Journey Ltd is registered in England at 46/48 East Street, Epsom, KT17 1HQ. Registration Number 5568288.