The book team

Many hours of work went into the making of the book Ashtanga - Yoga tradition of Sri K Pattabhi Jois. Between the people in the book team, there is a fantastic wealth of knowledge, experience and commitment. Each person has contributed a lot to this project, making it possible to realize. We are very happy with the result.

We would like to thank everybody who generously shared their valuable knowledge, much needed support and good advice, during the creating of this book. A sincere thank you to all of you who are not mentioned on this page as well - there are many of you, and each and every one of you is utterly appreciated!

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Petri Raisanen

Alexander Berg

Katja Bergman
Swedish translation

Nicole Rassmuson
Graphic design and illustration

Magnus Nygren
Production and idea

Some other people who contributed to this book project are

Måns Bro, Sanskrit asana names, pronounciation guide and Sanskrit dialectical marks
Wambui Njuguna, English editing
Timo Kiiskinen, linguistic tone and style of the mantras
R. Alexander Medin, translation of Sanskrit mantras
Eija Tervonen, editor of the Finnish edition
Erica Berg, assistant editor of photography
Jenni Banerjee, text editing and photography; "Guruji och Sharath"
Ilpo Koponen, photography "Guruji performing puja in Mysore"
Magdalena Eriksson, website design and development

Petri Raisanen

Petri Räisänen (born August 13, 1967) is 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 Helsinki in 1989 and teaching in 1991. He studied Finnish folk healing and naturopathy with Finnish master healers, Pentti Penttilä, Pentti Mäkelä and Raimo Holtti in Kaustinen and surrounded areas in Finland since 1986.

During 1991-1997 he worked as a traditional Finnish folk healer and naturopathic, and taught ashtanga yoga. Since 1997, when he founded Ashtanga Yoga Helsinki with his friend Juha Javanainen, he has devoted his time to teaching yoga.

Petri focuses his teaching on integrating healing and therapy with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois' Ashtanga tradition and is much appreciated for his gentle, effective, therapeutic and, according to some of his students, almost magical pose adjustments.

Petri's knowledge of human nature and his strong and calm appearance has inspired thousands of people to start practicing ashtanga yoga and through that finding new physical and mental sources of energy within themselves.

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 Räisänen

Alexander Berg

Alexander Berg

Nicole Rassmuson

Nicole Rassmuson biografi, engelska (.pdf, 78 kB)  Nicole Rassmuson biography, english (.pdf, 78 kB)

Nicole Rassmuson

Magnus Nygren

Magnus Nygren has worked with publishing since 1980. He has worked as marketing director, business developer, managing director, editor-in-chief and publisher at the larges publishers as Bonniers and IDG on the swedish market. Now he runs his own publishinghouse Voltaire & Nygren together with his partner Renée Voltaire. The publishinghouse has mainly focus on illustrated books.

Magnus has just comeback from a yogatripp to Mysore, south India, there he tried to delevop his own regular pratice. After 3 years ashtangayoga Marichyasana C and D are still a pain in the ass for him.

Please contact Magnus at for any inquiry about the production of the book.
Magnus Nygren

Katja Bergman

Katja Bergman has been practicing yoga for eleven years, ever since a trip to India in 1994.

Katja first met Petri during a yoga retreat in Thailand. She remembers that he mentioned his "little book project - mostly pictures and some picture captions", what since then has grown to a comprehensive and initiated book.
Katja also remembers some well-intentioned words that Petri dropped at times when even a basic asana didn't come very easily; " – It might only take ten more years...”

After 14 years as a business developer at Nokia and Ericsson, small IT/Internet companies, and in advertising, Katja nowadays works as freelance in the business developing field and marketing (...and art, in secret).

Katja Bergman

Måns Bro

Måns began his yogic path in his late teens, when he joined the Hare Krishnas and lived in an ashrama, devoting himself fully to the path of bhakti-yoga. After about a year he moved back into the world, trying to apply the teachings he learned in the ashrama, and also delving more deeply into the teachings of the tradition of Krishna-bhakti. These studies eventually led to a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion from Åbo Akademi University, Finland, where he works as adjunct professor.

Måns has also studied Sanskrit at Uppsala University, Sweden, and (together with Martin Gansten) published a critically acclaimed first ever complete translation of the principal Upanishads into Swedish. He has recently published an introduction to the Hindu scriptures in Swedish and a book of religious poetry in Sanskrit. He is also the editor-in-chief of a Finnish yoga-magazine Ananda and teaches and writes about yoga philosophy.

Being a very non-physical, but more intellectual person, Måns would never have taken up ashtanga yoga had not Petri Räisänen asked him to teach at Koh Mak in 2006. Out of curiosity and social pressure (not too much!) he decided to give ashtanga a shot during his two weeks of teaching, and found to his surprise that he liked it. He has been doing ashtanga since then – though with a small baby in the family, not so much lately – and is very happy about this new addition to his yogic practices.
Katja Bergman

Wambui Njuguna

Wambui Njuguna (November 29th, 1980) was born in Kenya and moved to the United States in 1991. She discovered the therapeutic benefits of Hatha Yoga in 1995 while studying modern dance at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and continued to practice yoga throughout college and graduate school, to complement the various forms of dance and martial arts she was involved in, such as capoeira, samba and Afro-Brazilian dance.

Wambui 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.

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 ( April 2013, Yoga Words, London). She continues to assist Petri, both in Finland and internationally, following closely in the direct method of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
Katja Bergman

Timo Kiiskinen

I have made music all my life. I write songs, and have sung five albums in Finland. Nowadays I write songs for other Finnish artists too.

I found astanga yoga through Petri, and I been doing the practise for three years now. It´s becoming to be more and more important thing in my life every day. I been in Mysore, India for one month practising with Guruji. I was very impressed of the energy and the atmosphere of the shala!

I knew Petri when he started to practise astanga, and I´ve seen the things it´s done to him during the years. To me he is a living prove of the good things yoga can give to a person.

I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to translate the mantras, allthough I am aware of the fact, that these texts are so deep and so full of meanings, that it would take all my life to understand them and to express it in my language, and still it would only be a good try. Even so, I agree with Petri, that the mantras should be translated to as many languages as possible, so powerful they are.

Petri gave all the help he could, bringing all the english translations that he found. We had a really good time trying to find out the true meanings of original sanskrit words, usually in the night time. Peace.

Timo Kiiskinen
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R. Alexander Medin

Alexander has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years, and are spending many months of the year in Mysore, India. He studies with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and was certified ashtanga yoga teacher in 2002.

Alexander has also studied Sanskrit and Indian religion for eight years at the School of Oriental and African Study, London and at Maharaja's Sanskrit Collage in Mysore, India.

R. Alexander Medin

Erica Berg

Erica Berg, who is an actress and script writer, is grateful for what the yoga practice is giving her. She is also thankful for the time she has been able to spend with Petri.

She has happily helped out with the making of this lovely book, in every way she could.

"Thank you to all teachers who have shared their beautiful knowledge about yoga with me."
Erica Berg

Jenni Banerjee

Jenni Banerjee

Magdalena Eriksson

Based in the land of the Midnight Sun and Aurora Borealis, ie north Sweden, Magdalena specializes in designing and developing websites. She maintains that she inflects Finnish words badly, shimmies brilliantly and one day hopes to backpack around the world. She is very thankful for Petri's generous and honest way of sharing his love of yoga with his students, and grateful for the opportunity to be part of this amazing project.

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