Petri Räisänen


Workshop: Subtle beauty of pranayama & healing


Yoga is a process of complete therapy and healing. It goes through the body, mind, intelligence and ego. In the end there is nothing left but freedom. We are practicing a self healing techniques for deeper understanding of Self. Pranayama and Meditation are the guides through the shadows of the mind..towards the light.




Petri Räisänen (born August 13, 1967) is an internationally renowned and respected Ashtanga Yoga teacher. He is a devoted student of his Guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009), who authorized Petri in 2001 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, 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 respected Ashtanga yoga instructors such as Derek Ireland (his first certified teacher), Radha Warrel, Lino Miele, Gwendoline Hunt, Eddie Stern, Sharath Jois and Sri 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 teachings aims to lead to an experience of deep concentration (pratyahara) and meditation (dhyana).


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 of variety of Bone-setting adjustments – energy healing and cupping. He also studied Swedish massage, Naturopathy, Natural Cosmetics, Reiki, Reflexology and Hawaiian Shamanism. Petri has 25 years of Ashtanga Yoga-teaching experience and 28 years of personal Yoga practice.