We are thrilled to announce the highly anticipated Ashtanga Yoga Spring Mysore Workshop at Yoga Fusion Shala in Ioannina, Greece, featuring the esteemed Vairagya Ranko Stoiljkovic. As a Level 2 officially licensed Ashtanga Yoga teacher from the renowned K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India (www.kpjayi.org), Ranko brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to guide us on an enriching journey through the transformative practice of Ashtanga Yoga.
This workshop marks Vairagya Ranko Stoiljkovic's third visit to Yoga Fusion Shala, and we feel honored to welcome him back. Ranko is not only a seasoned teacher but also the owner of Ashtanga Yoga Belgrade, embodying the authentic teachings of Shri Krishna Pattabhi Jois and Shri Sharath Rangswami Jois. Under Ranko's expert guidance, participants will have the unique opportunity to delve deeper into the profound methodology of Ashtanga Yoga. This workshop is designed to elevate your practice, expand your knowledge, and unravel the multidimensional facets of Ashtanga Yoga. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or just beginning your journey, Ranko's teaching style caters to all levels, creating an inclusive and transformative space for exploration.
🌺 What to Expect:
In-Depth Learning: Gain insights into the traditional teachings of Ashtanga Yoga as passed down by the lineage of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois.
Personalized Guidance: Receive individualized attention and adjustments to enhance your practice and understanding of the postures.
Elevated Practice: Explore the physical, mental, and spiritual dimensions of Ashtanga Yoga to deepen your connection with the practice.
Community Connection: Immerse yourself in a supportive community of like-minded practitioners, fostering an environment of shared learning and growth.
🌈 Who Should Attend:
This workshop welcomes practitioners of all levels, from beginners to advanced. Whether you are seeking to refine your practice, learn new techniques, or immerse yourself in the authentic teachings of Ashtanga Yoga, this event is tailored to meet your individual needs.
Join us for an inspiring and transformative experience with Vairagya Ranko Stoiljkovic as we embrace the beauty of spring and the rejuvenating energy of Ashtanga Yoga at Yoga Fusion Shala in Ioannina, Greece.
Spaces are limited, so reserve your spot early for this exceptional opportunity to learn from a seasoned teacher and deepen your connection with Ashtanga Yoga.
Ranko Stoiljković began practicing and studying yoga along with the practice of Karate at the age of 16, as a student of Thirteenth Belgrade High School. Since 2006, he has been devoted to Ashtanga Yoga practice in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sri R. Sharath Jois, whose Ashtanga Yoga Institute is located in Mysore, India. He visited Mysore for the first time in 2008 and spent two months there. After that, he has been traveling to Mysore every year and staying there for two to three months, with, above all, the desire to remain a student forever.
During the past twenty seven years, he has been professionally teaching various branches of yoga. Since 2008, he has been teaching Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sri R. Sharath Jois, whom he recognized as his gurus within this specific type of yoga that nowadays represents one of the most significant spiritual practices in the world . His first teacher is Dragan Lončar (vidayayoga), one of the best known and the most successful yoga practitioners and teachers in this region.
He traveled to India for the first time in 1994 with Dragan Lončar and visited Mungir, the Bihar School of Yoga. That is where he met Swami Sivamurti Saraswati, whom he has been perceiving as his guru or spiritual teacher ever since.
During the following year, he stayed at Swamiji's Ashram in Athens, Greece for several times. In 1996, he started living and working at Swamiji's Ashram and she encouraged him to teach various kinds of yoga. He spent traditional eight years at Satyananda Ashram in Greece (www.satyanandashram.gr) as one of Swamiji's closest students.
He was initiated into Kriya Yoga Meditation within the system of Satyananda Yoga (Bihar Yoga) in 1996.
In 2000, he was initiated into Dashnami Sanyasa tradition and given the name Swami Vairagyaratna Saraswati.
He has been teaching Yoga in Belgrade since 2005.
In 2007, he finished the course for yoga instructor at Vidya Yoga School of Dragan Lončar.
He completed a course for yoga teachers in New Zealand during 2009 and 2011, with John Scott (www.stillpointyoga.co.nz), one of the best known and the most successful students of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sri R. Sharath Jois.
On December 20th 2012, he obtained blessings from his guru, Sri R. Sharath Jois, the director of Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysor, India, to teach the first series and became authorized teacher of Level 1. In 2016, he obtained authorization for Level 2.
Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore India (www.kpjayi.org) is the only institution with the empowerment to issue authorizations or certificates to individuals to teach Ashtanga Yoga.
Since 2011, he has been participating in seminars and workshops organized by David Swenson and his wife Shally Washington (www.ashtanga.net). In this way, he has continued to learn Ashtanga Yoga from his first Ashtanga Yoga teacher, David Swenson, whose DVDs and books he used to practice and teach Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sri R. Sharath Jois.
In 2012, he started occasional trainings in Goa, India with Rolf Naujokat and his wife Marci (www.yogabones.org).
In January 2016 he was authorized as Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Level 2 with license to teach 2nd series up to Karandavasan. He is also a Karate Master and Karate Instructor, former member of the national karate team, and winner of numerous medals on national and international competitions.
He is a Bachelor of Law and a great lover of animals and nature.
Welcome to the Harmony Within Chi Kung workshop at Yoga Fusion Shala, a unique and enlightening experience guided by the esteemed Dimitris Farmakidis. We are thrilled and honored to welcome Dimitris back for his second visit and workshop at our shala. Dimitris is not only a dedicated teacher at Hadeland Folkehøgskole in Norway but also the founder of Fudoshinkan Aikido Dojo since the year 2000. His extensive experience includes being a member of both the Technical Committee of NAF and HAA.
In this captivating workshop, participants will delve into the profound philosophy of Chi Kung, viewing it as more than just an exercise but as a way of living consciously. Chi Kung, an ancient method, invites you to understand and cultivate the life force within you. Through a series of exercises that seamlessly blend breathwork with graceful movements, you will embark on a journey toward inner calm and peace. These practices have proven benefits for both mental and physical health, offering a holistic approach to well-being.
Wearing comfortable, loose clothing is recommended for this workshop, allowing you to fully engage in the harmonious flow of Chi Kung. Whether you are new to Chi Kung or seeking to deepen your understanding, Dimitris Farmakidis will skillfully guide you through this immersive experience, leaving you with a sense of balance, rejuvenation, and a deeper connection to the vital energy within. Join us for this transformative workshop and discover the beauty of harmony within.
Dimitris Farmakidis is an author and instructor of Aikido, a Japanese martial art, at an alternative boarding school in Norway, and has used the principles and self-discipline of this tradition to help students of all ages. His wealth of experience stems so much from his many professions and interests, including acting, dancing and choreography, while also working as a construction worker and photographer before finally becoming an Aikido instructor, as well as all the challenges that have occurred in his life.
In 2002, he started working as the main teacher in the art of Aikido and in Kenjutsu at Hadeland Folkehøgskole. Since then he has traveled annually to Japan where he has trained in Aikido's headquarters, "Hombu dojo" and visited grandmasters such as Suganuma Sensei, Anno Sensei and Okamoto Sensei! In addition to inspiration from Japan, he has been a student of George Koliopoulos Sensei, and Bjørn Eirik Olsen Shihan for more than 25 years. When it comes to his teaching, Dimitris focuses on the philosophical and mental aspects as much as the technical and physical aspects of the art.
Both at the boarding school at Hadeland and his Dojo, Aikido and Kenjutsu are practiced as tools for everyday life and not as a form of self-defense, which does not mean that he does not focus on the effective efficiency and realism of these techniques. This combined form of training requires mental discipline, focus, concentration and the will to walk the path to success. What he personally shares with his students: “I always do my best to teach you, help you and inspire you. It is an exciting inward and outward journey through martial arts, and their captivating techniques, philosophy and dash of mystery. However, you have to go "the way" yourself!''