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We are Terje and Jocke Salokorpi and we are here to share what we love. No belief systems, no “mind yoga”, no fitness… just simple and effective yoga.

“OOOM” stands for Out Of Our Minds, and this represents what our philosophy is regarding yoga. It’s not only physical, but it’s also not mental. For us, yoga is a tool of breathing and moving. Conscious breath leading the movement, will open the body, get us out of our egoic and overly analyzing mind and connect us with deeper aspects of who we are.

OOOMmm… 🙂

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Background

Together with Terje, we have approximately 40+ years of experience in instructing group exercise classes. Since 2007 we have basically only been teaching yoga in our Ashtanga Yoga school in Tallinn. We opened our yoga school on January 2nd, 2007, and that was the first Ashtanga school in Estonia (Ashtanga Yoga School of Tallinn). In addition to the daily classes, we have also been teaching workshops and retreats, in the Baltics and Finland.

At the moment of updating this site (early 2019), I (Jocke) am teaching classes full time, in different studios in Helsinki.

FUNCY FAMILY Training Systems

In 2011, I created a fitness (read: funness) yoga concept that was targeted to the people who regularly would not come to a traditional yoga class, because of its “weirdness”. YOGAFUNC seemed to be very suitable for those people, including many men. Now we have educated hundreds of instructors in Finland, Estonia, and Italy.

YOGAFUNC

In 2017 we took the next step and founded FUNCY FAMILY and created another four concepts to our portfolio. You can find more information about that here: https://www.funcyfamily.com.

Ashtanga Monkey Yoga Teacher Trainings

After about ten+ years of dedication to the traditional Ashtanga Yoga system, studying and teaching under the guidance of our teacher Lino Miele, we stepped out from the traditional method and started teaching (and practicing) in a slightly less rigid way. It was 2017 when our cooperation with Lino Miele ended and as we came out from the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute we were apart of, Ashtanga Monkey Yoga was born. Since that, we have been teaching Ashtanga Yoga slightly different and we have educated around 50 new teachers in Estonia and Finland. More information about our approach here: http://www.ashtangamonkeys.com and in the Blog/Vlog section that will be updated shortly. The next Ashtanga Monkey teacher trainings will also be updated on this site shortly. Update: We are continuing with these in a slightly different way. Please check out this page for more information.

Practice, practice, have fun and practice!
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Workshops and Retreats

Comprehensive Small-Group Workshops

August 2019 is the start of our renewed Student Training Program. During the month of August, we organize four yoga workshops in a peaceful setting in the middle part of Finland, in Koskenpää. These workshops go deep into each of the subjects, giving you great tools and the necessary knowledge to really get started with your own practice; the practice that has the power to help us get Out Of Our Minds (Ooom), to improve our physical health, and to find balance in our emotional self.


Our view is that our own personal practice is what the teacher is. Yoga is a deep, personal practice and it can teach you a lot about yourself and life itself. For many people, it is the one discipline that truly has changed the way they look at life and themselves in it. This we have experienced ourselves and observed in the people who have come to our yoga school for the past 12+ years. 


We as teachers are more like guides. What you learn from your personal practice, whether it is yoga, meditation or something else, is something that can not be taught but it can be realized. This is the reason we have decided not to continue with the Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Courses as we did them before. We will still help you become teachers, but it is through your own practice (with our guidance), as it is done in the traditional yoga systems. The workshops that are described below are for everyone who wants to practice yoga, we don’t distinguish between students and possible future teachers. We are all students and we will always be that. So, if you are wondering if these workshops are for you, the answer is yes. The goal is to dive deeper into the practice, to get to know the tools, and to learn how to use them better. When you do, you can build something beautiful with them. If you are not interested in teaching, these foundation workshops are still the workshops you want to join to properly establish your own personal yoga practice. 

If your goal actually is to become a teacher, you are also in the right place. This is the starting point and the future workshops (spring + summer 2020) together with your own regular practice, will give you our teacher certification and continuous support as you start to work as an Ooom Yoga teacher. From now on we are not offering any 200h or 500h teacher-trainings, because we don’t believe in that approach. You don’t learn to build boats by taking a quick course on it. You learn it by first learning to use the hammer and then using it. We are willing to help you do that. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (The Guruji) used to say: “99% practice, 1% theory” and “practice and all is coming“. We stand by this totally. 


Below are the different Ooom Yoga Workshops we do this August. All of these workshops are suitable for everyone. We organize them at our home in Koskenpää, in the middle part of Finland. We have a big house in a very peaceful location in the forest, about 10 kilometers from the nearest very small town (about 40 km from Jämsä), without any neighbors around, just forest. We limit the number of people to 10, to make sure we can have a very personal approach which will ensure a safe learning space and the necessary hands-on adjustments that help to unlock all of the asanas used in each class. All of your questions will be answered and when you leave the workshop, you will have everything you need to get you started with your own practice. You will also receive a printed booklet with the details of each technique/asana described. These workshops are not just regular ‘come-and-practice-with-us’ workshops but quite deep and specific, with the intention to really give you a deeper understanding of the practice we are doing. Thus the name “Student Training Course”. 

2.4.8.2019 – Ashtanga Yoga 1. Series

Update 22.5. – 9:50am. Only 5 places left!

The first series of Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic yoga practice with a set sequence of poses that will help you open up the body, connect with your breath and balance the nervous system. This practice was created by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the student of Sri T. Krischnamacharya. Pattabhi Jois, also known as Guruji, established Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India in 1948, where he taught this practice to people from all around the world, before passing away in 2009. We (Terje and Jocke) have also had the privilege to take part in Guruji’s classes in Helsinki and in Mysore, in 2006 and 2007.

The program is below. We will do some of the practices outside, if the weather is ok. The days are long but we will take some breaks whenever necessary.


Program (small changes possible):

Fri 2.8.2019

  • 12:00-15:00 Gathering / socializing / connecting with the nature
  • 15:00-17:00 Pranayama (breathing practice) + Ashtanga Yoga (a led class with adjustments)
  • 17:00-19:00 Snack + Discussion about yoga (outside in nature)
  • 19:00-21:00 Yin Yoga (Jocke) + Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation/meditation by Terje)
  • 21:00-23:00 Dinner + Sauna (Mixed sauna in bathing suits/towels)
  • 23:00 Sleeping, or quiet time around the campfire and listening to stillness 🙂

Sat 3.8.2019

  • 7:00-9:30 Pranayama + Ashtanga Yoga (a led class with adjustments)
  • 9:30-10:30 Breakfast (outside)
  • 10:30-14:00 The Toolbox Workshop: ASANA (detailed alignment in all poses and possible variations/modifications that benefit you personally), drishti in all asanas (mind control tool by focusing your gaze), the locks (Mula Bandha & Uddiyana Bandha – what, how, why), ujjayi breathing (the correct technique), the vinyasa system (how to move into and out from each pose). –> printed material included.
  • 14:00-16:00 Lunch + time to connect with nature (outside)
  • 16:00-18:00 The Toolbox Workshop: PRANAYAMA (learning two breathing practices – Nadi Shodhana & Rechaka Puraka Kumbhaka Pranayama – how and why)
  • 18:00-19:00 Ashtanga Yoga (first steps towards the “Mysore style” practice = self-practice with the teacher)
  • 19:00-21:00 Yin Yoga (Jocke) + Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation/meditation by Terje)
  • 21:00-23:00 Dinner + Sauna (like Friday)
  • 23:00 Sleeping, or quiet time around the campfire and listening to stillness 🙂

Sun 4.8.2019

  • 7:00-9:30 Pranayama (self-practice with the teachers) + AshtangaYoga (Mysore style practice or a led class)
  • 9:30-10:30 Breakfast (outside)
  • 10:30-11:30 “The holistic system” lecture (Subconscious, Conscious, and Super-Conscious Self)
  • 11:30-13:00 The Toolbox Workshop: More asanas
  • 13:00-13:30 Lunch (Super smoothie)
  • 13:30-16:00 Yogis diet (What, when, how, why?) + Q and A
  • 16:00-17:15 Ashtanga Yoga 2. Series
  • 17:15 Finishing cake

In addition to teaching yoga, Terje works as a holistic therapist, helping her clients do some healing work in the level of the subconscious self. This is one of the themes we will be doing in our future workshops either in the fall or spring 2020. If we go through the toolbox tools in less time than we have in the program, we will add some extra group meditations to our days.

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9.-11.8.2019 – FUNCY FAMILY Training Weekend

The Content has changed! Please read below.

FUNCY FAMILY is a training system / concept family, founded by Terje and Jocke. The first concept was YOGAFUNC, which started already in 2011. In the past couple of years, the concept family has grown, now having four active concepts and couple more are launching in the end of the year.

This training weekend is meant for any Funcsters who want to come and train with us in the forrest. We will be doing YOGAFUNC (yoga), PILATESFUNC (pilates), BUDOFUNC (martial arts), PARTYFUNC (dance) classes, and yin yoga / pranayama and meditation practices. Most of these trainings will be done outside if the temperature allows us to be there.

The program for this training weekend will be more loose than the yoga foundation workshops we are doing the other weekends. We will do three to four trainings each day. This weekend is more of a ‘get together’, where we will have plenty of time to enjoy the nature, sauna, swimming, and stories by the fireplace.

The price for this training weekend is only 180€ (FF instructors 100€)! It includes everything (the trainings, accommodation, food, sauna, and all the fresh air you can breathe:).

More information about the FUNCY FAMILY concept family can be found here: http://www.funcyfamily.com.

For the FUNCY FAMILY Training Weekend, we will take up to 15 people, but only the first 10 people have space in the bedrooms. The rest have the opportunity to camp outside or sleep on the floor of the yoga room. If you know you want to camp outside, please let us know in the text box as you register.

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16.-18.8.2019 – Fullvinyasa + yin, pranayama, and meditation

Fullvinyasa is the newest concept created by Jocke. It is the “ultimate” vinyasa yoga class, based on the ‘full vinyasa’ system which is the method behind the Ashtanga Yoga practice but rarely practically implemented. In this concept, we build the whole class around this method. You can read more here. This workshop is meant for anyone who wants to learn the tools of this toolbox, to learn to practice it independently, or for those who would possibly like to to teach vinyasa classes in the future. The content of this workshop is similar to the Ashtanga Yoga workshop, the difference is that the tools are slightly different. Fullvinyasa is a class Jocke teaches currently in different locations in Helsinki.

The program is below. We will do some of the practices outside, if the weather is ok. The days are long but we will take some breaks whenever necessary.

Fri 16.8.2019

  • 12:00-15:00 Gathering / socializing / connecting with the nature
  • 15:00-17:00 Pranayama (breathing practice) + Fullvinyasa (a led class with adjustments)
  • 17:00-19:00 Snack + Discussion about yoga (outside in nature)
  • 19:00-21:00 Yin Yoga (Jocke) + Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation/meditation by Terje)
  • 21:00-23:00 Dinner + Sauna (Mixed sauna in bathing suits/towels)
  • 23:00 Sleeping, or quiet time around the campfire and listening to stillness 🙂

Sat 17.8.2019

  • 7:00-9:30 Pranayama + Fullvinyasa (a led class with adjustments)
  • 9:30-10:30 Breakfast (outside)
  • 10:30-14:00 The Toolbox Workshop: ASANA (detailed alignment in all poses and possible variations/modifications that benefit you personally), drishti in all asanas (mind control tool by focusing your gaze), the locks (Mula Bandha & Uddiyana Bandha – what, how, why), ujjayi breathing (the correct technique), the full vinyasa system (how to move into and out from each pose). –> printed material included.
  • 14:00-16:00 Lunch + time to connect with nature (outside)
  • 16:00-18:00 The Toolbox Workshop: PRANAYAMA (learning two breathing practices – Nadi Shodhana & Rechaka Puraka Kumbhaka Pranayama – how and why)
  • 18:00-19:00 Fullvinyasa (first steps towards the self-practice)
  • 19:00-21:00 Yin Yoga (Jocke) + Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation/meditation by Terje)
  • 21:00-23:00 Dinner + Sauna (like Friday)
  • 23:00 Sleeping, or quiet time around the campfire and listening to stillness 🙂

Sun 18.8.2019

  • 7:00-9:30 Pranayama (self-practice with the teachers) + Fullvinyasa (Mysore style practice or a led class)
  • 9:30-10:30 Breakfast (outside)
  • 10:30-11:30 “The holistic system” lecture (Subconscious, Conscious, and Super-Conscious Self)
  • 11:30-13:00 The Toolbox Workshop: More asanas
  • 13:00-13:30 Lunch (Super smoothie)
  • 13:30-16:00 Yogis diet (What, when, how, why?) + Q and A
  • 16:00-17:15 Ashtanga Yoga
  • 17:15 Finishing cake

In addition to teaching yoga, Terje works as a holistic therapist, helping her clients do some healing work in the level of the subconscious self. This is one of the themes we will be doing in our future workshops either in the fall or spring 2020. If we go through the toolbox tools in less time than we have in the program, we will add some extra group meditations to our days.

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23.-25.8.2019 – Ashtanga Yoga 2. Series (Modified and suitable for everyone)

The second series of Ashtanga Yoga is a similar practice to the first series described above. The sequence used in this class is different, including more backbends and some fun challenges that build strength to the whole body. Traditionally, the second series is taught after the first series is mastered, but we have a different approach regarding this. After teaching the traditional way for a little more than 10 years we came to the conclusion that the “linear teaching method” used in the tradition is not what resonates with us fully. It is a good method for those who dedicate their lives to this practice, but for most people that might not be the case. By adding a modified second series practice to peoples daily life, has many benefits in it. This will be explained, shown and experienced in our classes and workshops.

The content of this workshop is similar to the content of the first series workshop, but again the tool is different due to the fact that the sitting sequence is totally different. The start (sun salutations), the standing sequence and the finishing sequence are the same.

Fri 23.8.2019

  • 12:00-15:00 Gathering / socializing / connecting with the nature
  • 15:00-17:00 Pranayama (breathing practice) + Ashtanga Yoga 2. series (a led class with adjustments)
  • 17:00-19:00 Snack + Discussion about yoga (outside in nature)
  • 19:00-21:00 Yin Yoga (Jocke) + Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation/meditation by Terje)
  • 21:00-23:00 Dinner + Sauna (Mixed sauna in bathing suits/towels)
  • 23:00 Sleeping, or quiet time around the campfire and listening to stillness 🙂

Sat 24.8.2019

  • 7:00-9:30 Pranayama + Ashtanga Yoga 2. series (a led class with adjustments)
  • 9:30-10:30 Breakfast (outside)
  • 10:30-14:00 The Toolbox Workshop: ASANA (detailed alignment in all poses and possible variations/modifications that benefit you personally), drishti in all asanas (mind control tool by focusing your gaze), the locks (Mula Bandha & Uddiyana Bandha – what, how, why), ujjayi breathing (the correct technique), the vinyasa system (how to move into and out from each pose). –> printed material included.
  • 14:00-16:00 Lunch + time to connect with nature (outside)
  • 16:00-18:00 The Toolbox Workshop: PRANAYAMA (learning two breathing practices – Nadi Shodhana & Rechaka Puraka Kumbhaka Pranayama – how and why)
  • 18:00-19:00 Ashtanga Yoga (first steps towards the “Mysore style” practice = self-practice with the teacher)
  • 19:00-21:00 Yin Yoga (Jocke) + Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation/meditation by Terje)
  • 21:00-23:00 Dinner + Sauna (like Friday)
  • 23:00 Sleeping, or quiet time around the campfire and listening to stillness 🙂

Sun 25.8.2019

  • 7:00-9:30 Pranayama (self-practice with the teachers) + AshtangaYoga (Mysore style practice or a led class)
  • 9:30-10:30 Breakfast (outside)
  • 10:30-11:30 “The holistic system” (Subconscious, Conscious, and Super-Conscious Self)
  • 11:30-13:00 The Toolbox Workshop: More asanas
  • 13:00-13:30 Lunch (Super smoothie)
  • 13:30-16:00 Yogis diet (What, when, how, why?) + Q and A
  • 16:00-17:15 Ashtanga Yoga 2. Series
  • 17:15 Finishing cake

In addition to teaching yoga, Terje works as a holistic therapist, helping her clients do some healing work in the level of the subconscious self. This is one of the themes we will be doing in our future workshops either in the fall or spring 2020. If we go through the toolbox tools in less time than we have in the program, we will add some extra group meditations to our days.

Prices, Accommodation and Registration

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