Workshops

Program below (click for a larger image). A more detailed information about the workshop can be found by scrolling down this page.

It’s time again for another workshop. Our workshop month this past August went even over our expectations, even if we had some minor challenges like me breaking my ankle. 

We want to thank everyone who participated in the workshops. Thank you for the trust you had and for the deep discussions that followed. These workshops reinforced our view of how we want to do the work we do. It was a new beginning and we are extremely happy you were apart of that. Namaste. 

A few pictures from our workshop month in Koskenpää

A testimony from a participant:

“… By the end of the weekend I was in love with everyone and everything. I wanted to get a tattoo of a tree or two arrows in opposite directions or a monkey. 
The weekend answered most of my questions and added new ones! It offered a personal mantra: 
Practice, Practice, Practice, and all is funny! 
See you soon!”

“Let go”

Ashtanga / Yin Yoga Workshop 16.10.-20.10.2019

(small-group workshop, max 10 people)

The summer is about to end and the darker time is starting. Like we see from trees around us, it’s the time when the outward expansion ends and the journey inwards begin. In the OOOM Yoga workshops, we want to follow these natural rhythms with the themes we choose for our workshops. 

The 22nd of September is when the autumn equinox takes place in the northern hemisphere. It is the day when darkness takes over the light. The nights become longer than the days. In nature, we see how plants and animals prepare for the cold, dark time. The trees drop their leaves, and everything starts to slow down. 

The amount of light and temperature we have in our natural world has a strong effect on our “biopsychological” system. We can also take a step further, and to look at it from a more spiritual/philosophical aspect. The darkness, the coldness, the dampness, the slowness, and the moon are aspects of Yin, the opposite of Yang, which is dynamic and warm. So when we are now getting closer to the autumn equinox, we are moving into a new phase of our cyclical experience of our natural world.

Respecting and connecting with the natural cycles of our world can give us great insights into ourselves. Winter is usually the time when we northern people work harder and spend less time resting. In our view, the cold season should be the time we slow down and go from outward expansion to inward inspection. It’s the time when we let go of the “old”, we stop and reflect on what is truly important. It’s a great time for examining our “story” and to maybe let go of some of it.

(check out Jocke’s experiment at the bottom of this page to find out how he will connect with the natural world around us)

In the “Let go” workshop in October, we have a couple of regular practice days (Wednesday afternoon and Thursday), where the main focus is in the regular asana and pranayama practice. During the weekend the program changes slightly into a more intense workshop program. During the workshop, we intend to keep our focus on the theme at hand. That means to slow down and to turn the awareness within. If possible, we recommend turning yourself off from all distractions of your regular life, like work, social media, etc.

We will practice yoga (several times a day), we will have workshops and meditations about various topics regarding the inward inspection mentioned above. We will connect with the clean nature around us, we will eat great home-cooked vegan food, and we will relax the body and the mind with sauna and with the fireplace meditations. It will be a weekend of slowing down and about disconnecting to connect. That means that we will help you, pull yourself out from your daily routines and to connect with the deeper parts of who you are. 

PROGRAM

(small changes possible)

Wednesday 16.10. (practice day)

  • 13-15:00 Gathering and getting your rooms
  • 15:30 Snack by the fireplace
  • 16:30 Discussions (fireplace)
  • 18:00 Led Pranayama practice
  • 18:30 led Ashtanga Yoga practice – all levels (no background needed)
  • 20:00 dinner
  • 21:00 Sauna + Fireplace storytelling / discussion

Thursday 17.10. (practice day)

  • 7.30 Morning Pranayama
  • 8.00 Morning practice (Ashtanga 1st series) – all levels
  • 10:00 Breakfast + free time in nature
  • 13:00-15:00 Inspirational lecture (audio): Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • 15:00 Lunch/ free time
  • 18:00 Yin Yoga + Meditation
  • 20:00 Dinner 
  • 21:00 Sauna

Friday 18.10. (workshop)

“What’s your inner “story”?”

  • 7.30 Morning Pranayama
  • 8.00 Morning practice (Ashtanga modified 2nd series) – all levels
  • 10:00 Breakfast + free time in nature (inward inspection)
  • 13-15:00 Inspirational lecture: Jed McKenna
  • 15:30 Snack – ALL LATE ARRIVALS – Please join here (if possible)
  • 16:00 Beneath The Surface (BTS) Workshop/Discussion – “What’s your story?”
  • 18:00 Led Pranayama practice
  • 18:30 Led Ashtanga Yoga primary series – all levels
  • 20:00 Dinner
  • 21:00 Sauna
  • 22:00 Fireplace discussion (max 30 min)

Saturday 19.10. (workshop)

“Drop the story”

  • 7:00 Morning Pranayama
  • 7:30 Morning practice (Ashtanga primary series) – all levels
  • 9:30-10:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30-11:30 Free time in nature (inward inspection), or a nap 🙂
  • 11:30-14:00 Beneath the surface (BTS) workshop: “Dropping the story” (discussion + meditation)
  • 14:00-15:00 Lunch
  • 15:00-17:00 Nature meditation (BTS) – personal work: an assignment from Terje and Jocke
  • 17:00-19:00 Yin Yoga + guided meditation
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Sauna
  • 21:00–> Fireplace meditation

Sunday 20.10. (workshop)

“Living without the story”

  • 7:00 Morning Pranayama
  • 7:30 Morning practice (Ashtanga 1 or 2, Fullvinyasa) – all levels
  • 9:30 Breakfast + Nature
  • 11:30-14:30 Beneath the surface workshop: “Living without the story” – Lecture, discussions, workshop
  • 14:30 Snack
  • 15:00 Guided meditation (BTS) – CLOSURE
  • 16:00 Late lunch + finishing cake

Price:

Including everything – food, accommodation, practice, sauna and more

Wednesday 16.10. (half day) – 40€
Thursday 17.10. (full day) – 80€

Friday to Sunday 18.-20.10 – including everything (and more :))
180€ (registration) + post workshop payment of:
70€, 110€ or 150€ (different life situations, different options)

All five days (16.-20.10) – 370€

We believe yoga and everything we teach/share in these small-group workshops should be available for all people. Learning about the deeper aspects of ourselves, in our opinion, is one of the most important things we can do because that influences, not just us, but all the people around us. Money should never be the reason you don’t take care of yourself and your family. That is why we give options with the payment fees. If you have any questions about anything regarding that, feel free to write us through our contact page.

Registration form:

Post workshop testimonial and invoice

We really appreciate your testimonials and we might use them in our future marketing purposes, on this site. If that is the case, we will leave out your name and everything personal.

Disconnect to connect” – experiment by Jocke

To experience and to understand the power of the natural world around us, I (Jocke) have decided to dive deeper into it in my personal life. From the autumn equinox (until the spring equinox), I will be almost fully disconnected from the internet. With this experiment, I will consciously work with connecting with the natural rhythms the (natural) world around us is demonstrating. During this time, I will not consume any media from any devices, I will not be watching tv, or listening to any other content, other than the one my mind is creating for my own amusement, in between my ears. I will read my emails once a week, on a specific time I set for that (1 hr). I also will read my WhatsApp messages, again on specific times, every 2-3 days. Other than that, I’m offline, doing some inner work, like sitting in stillness or writing (the old-fashioned way with pen and paper). Ok, maybe I can’t allow myself to disconnect that drastically, but I will figure it out. I will find a routine that is minimal but at the same time functional. One important aspect of this experiment is to connect with my inner, natural wisdom, which means that I will also leave out, all substances that influence our nervous system and mind, caffeine being one example of that. (oh boy, how will I survive)

During this time of inward inspection, I will be writing a document of some sort. Who knows, maybe it will be my first book (probably not). I will publish my writings / thoughts / experiences one way or another, when I come back to the “real” world…

… if I do come back. 🙂

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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 2016 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

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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We had a great time with you guys and girls. Thank You, thank You, thank You!


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.-22.8.2019 – Ooom Yoga Retreat

Updated information! Please read below.

Ooom Yoga Retreat is a training retreat with a slightly “lighter” program, compared to the foundation workshops which are quite intense. In the Ashtanga 1 and 2 foundation workshops we go through all the details to help you establish your own practice. In the retreat we focus more on taking the time to do the practice and to connect with the beautiful nature around us.

Ooom Yoga Retreat is a training retreat with a slightly “lighter” program, compared to the quite intense foundation workshops. In the Ashtanga 1 and 2 foundation workshops, we go through all the details to help you establish your own practice. In the retreat, we focus more on taking the time to do the practice and to connect with the beautiful nature around us.

In the retreat, we have three practice sessions a day. The day starts with a pranayama practice, followed by the asana practice (Ashtanga 1 or 2, or Fullvinyasa).

After the breakfast and a short rest period, we continue with a two hour “beneath the surface” workshop, where we choose a theme and work on that. The themes can be anything regarding, asana (posture), pranayama (breathing practice), meditation, the “anatomy” of self, diet, and more.

After the “beneath the surface” workshop, we have lunch and free time to connect with nature, read a book, swim in a lake 2 km from our house or just take it easy and listen to the birds sing and trees grow. 🙂

Before dinner, it’s time to do a softer practice of yin yoga, followed by a guided relaxation/meditation. This is the last practice of the day, and this is followed by dinner and sauna. In the evening we will have the fireplace going, and this is a good place to socialize with the other yogis or to ask questions from Terje or Jocke.

What if I can’t join for that many days?

That is ok, everyone can choose themselves how long they stay. You can be there anything from 2 to 6 days. The special pricing for this first retreat goes like this:

-2 full days 155€, including everything
(all program, food, accommodation, sauna)
-3 full days 225€
-4 full days 290€
-5 full days 355€
-6 full days 420€

Schedule:
Friday (half day)
15:00 Gathering and getting your rooms
15:30 Snack
16:30 Info + Connecting & What and Why? – The purpose of the retreat
18:00 Led Pranayama practice + led Ashtanga Yoga primary series
20:00 dinner
21:00 Sauna + Fireplace storytelling / discussions

Full-day program (Sat-Thur)
7.30 Morning Pranayama
8.00 Morning practice (Ashtanga 1 or 2, Fullvinyasa)
9.30 Breakfast / free time
12:00-14:00 Beneath the surface workshops
14:00 Lunch/ free time
(17:30 light snack)
18:00 Yin Yoga + Meditation
20:00 Dinner
Sauna + Fireplace storytelling / discussions

Friday (half day)
7.30 Morning Pranayama
8.00 Morning Asana practice
9.30-12:00 Breakfast + ending the retreat

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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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