Intensive Workshop with Petri Räisänenand Wambui Njuguna-Räisänen 2020

Ashtanga Yoga Dublin - Peter Sanson Friday September 11th – Sunday September 13th 2020

We are delighted to announce that Petri and Wambui will be teaching in Ireland for the first time and will be offering an Intensive 3 Day Workshop at Ashtanga Yoga Dublin. This workshop will consist of a Friday evening led class, including pranayama and meditation. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be a morning Mysore practice and an afternoon Masterclass. For full details, please see below. Note that there are a limited number of places available on this workshop and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, and can only be secured by paying in full using the button below. (It is not possible to purchase individual sessions).


Friday 11th September:

  • 18:30 – 20:30 Led Class – Primary series
  • 20:30 – 21:30 Creating Safer Spaces Policy; Introduction to the Traditional Ashtanga System; Pranayama/Meditation

Saturday 12th September:

  • 09:00 – Mysore: Morning practice
  • 14:00-16:00 – Masterclass: Gentleness and compassion in asana practice and adjustments – how to practise and teach Ashtanga Yoga in a safe way.
  • 16:15 – 16:45 – Loving Kindness Meditation

Ashtanga 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 therapeutic 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.

Sunday 13th September

    • 09:00 – Mysore: Morning practice
    • 13:00 – 15:00 – Masterclass: Lengthening the body – how to create 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.



      • Limited number of places available. Book now to secure your spot.
      • No reservation of spaces is possible without full payment.
      • NO REFUNDS except in the case of cancellation by organisers.
      • No partial payments possible.


WORKSHOP FULL as of 12:00pm Friday 20th February. Waiting list only. Please e-mail to be placed onthe list.

Please note space in all workshops is limited and places are allocated on a first come first served basis, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Please note also that while every effort will be made to keep updating the availability of places on this site, it may happen when making a PayPal booking that the requested sessions may be full before payment is received. In this case an appropriate refund will be made. Please provide a daytime contact number. Many thanks.


Ashtanga Yoga Dublin - Wambui Njuguna-RäisänenWambui Njuguna-Räisänen took her first yoga class when she was 16. It proved to be the therapy she needed during rigorous, professional dance training. She continued to practice different types of yoga throughout college and graduate school.
She came across Ashtanga Yoga in 2008 when she was living in Abu Dhabi. The structure and consistency of the method was the grounded discipline she needed at that time. For the past ten years, Wambui has been immersed in Ashtanga yoga and feels deeply grateful for all what the practice has brought to fruition, both in her personal and professional life.
Currently, in the wake of #metoo and the collective shift towards decolonialization, Wambui’s plans involve teaching yoga through an explicitly trauma-informed, anti-oppressive lens. BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+ communities have been the voices most silenced, and are the bodies most left out of the healing space while simultaneously being the most impacted by systemic trauma. Therefore, creating wellness spaces that feel more welcoming, inclusive and accessible is of utmost necessity and importance. Together with her massage training (Chavutti Thirumal) and meditation advocacy, Wambui strives to work at the intersection of social inclusion, equity and wellness.
Wambui was born in Nairobi, Kenya to an English-Danish mother and a Kenyan (Kikuyu) father. She was raised in the United States, has worked and lived in Chile and the United Arab Emirates and is now based in Helsinki, Finland where she lives with Petri and their two sons.


Ashtanga Yoga Dublin - Petri RäisänenPetri Räisänen (born August 13, 1967) is an internationally renowned and respected yoga teacher. A devoted student of K. Pattabhi Jois (1915– 2009) and R. Sharath Jois, who 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, Finland (established 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. In his yogic path Petri has studied with respected Ashtanga yoga instructors such as Derek Ireland, Radha Warrell, Lino Miele, Gwendoline Hunt, Eddie Stern, R. Sharath Jois and K. Pattabhi Jois.
Petri focuses on integrating healing and therapy with yoga, meeting student’s individual needs and guiding their progress. His friendly, relaxed behaviour and intuitive perception give an open, energetic and meditative atmosphere to his classes. Petri’s Mysore teaching gives you an opportunity to experience the wholeness of the practice, and his teaching aims to lead to an experience of deep concentration (pratyahara) and meditation (dhyana).

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.

Petri started studying the Finnish Folk-healing tradition called Jäsenkorjaus (Bone-setting), with the Finnish healing masters in 1988. In his 12 years of studies and 10 years of Folk-healing work he learned, besides the variety of Bone-setting adjustments, energy healing and cupping. He also studied Swedish massage, Naturopathy, Natural Cosmetics, Reiki, Reflexology and Hawaiian Shamanism. Petri has 27 years of Ashtanga Yoga-teaching experience and 29 years of personal Yoga practice.

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