Petri Raisanen Interview

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Have you ever met someone who just makes you smile with the warmth that they emanate without having to say a word? That is Petri Raisanen. Calm, tranquil,and the sort of person that makes you feel that you have known them for ages even though you have just said hello. When taking a mysore practice this quite but powerful presence holds the energy in the room in a state that promotes that elusive moving meditation.

Amongst other things, in this interview I talk to Petri about his roots in Finish Folk Healing and how he brings this energy based background into both his own practice and teaching.

If you want to listen just to the audio, use the player below.

If you would like just the audio to listen to later, here it is: Petri Raisanen Interview (Audio Only) (190 downloads)

If you want to catch up with Petri you can visit his website to find out about his retreats: http://www.petriraisanen.com/

Here are the other Interviews that I have posted so far. Lots more to come!
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  • Prem Carlisi Interview 2016 (0) August 20, 2016 Prem is such a pleasure to talk to, he is open and genuine and with so many years behind him both practicing and as a teacher his connection with what really matters is right there. The focus of this interview was really his early years starting out with yoga but as you can imagine we ...
  • David Keil Interview 2016 (0) August 20, 2016 Its that time of year again when David Keil visits Purple Valley in Goa and I get to babble anatomy with someone who really knows his stuff. David is author of the brilliant book Functional Anatomy of Yoga and teaches around the world. In this interview we talk about the emerging interest in fascia, injuries, ...
  • Michael Gannon Interview 2016 (0) July 27, 2016 Michael Gannon is certainly not one of those teachers you have to tease information out of. In this interview we talk about his experiences as a teacher, modifying the practice (variation vs approximation), and his upcoming book. You can find out about where you can practice with Michael from his website: http://michaelgannonyoga.com/ Here are some of the ...
  • Themed Interview with David Robson: Floating and Jumping (0) July 25, 2016 Whenever I think of spicing up the floating and jumping in my Ashtanga practice I think of David Robson. Perhaps this is because of the brilliant videos he has had out like “learn to float” with so much technical detail. It was not a big guess to think of who we wanted for our themed ...
  • John Scott Interview 2016 (0) July 19, 2016 I have been so lucky to be able to chat with John Scott quite a few times now. This interview amused me immensely because John was particularly difficult to keep on track as we meandered through multiple layers of digressions. In the end I think we did circle around to answer the question I posed ...
  • Joey Miles Interview (0) May 26, 2016 This is a great interview I did with the charismatic Joey Miles. We talk about what brought him to yoga and what he sees for his future as a teacher and practitioner, and of course a lot of other things. Joey is a kind and compassionate teacher and definitely someone I would seek out to ...
  • Interview with Simon Borg-Olivier (0) May 22, 2016 Popular all around the world Simon Borg-Olivier has definitely had an influence on many teachers yoga. It was a great pleasure to be able to catch up with him in Goa and finally get to chat with the man himself. You can also check out Simon’s website for more details about where to catch up with ...
  • Interview with Paul Dallaghan (2) May 13, 2016 I was extremely lucky to be able to catch up with Paul Dallaghan while I was teaching a retreat in Samahita Retreat in Thailand. In this interview I get to talk to Paul about the teachers that influenced his practice, the studies he has now undertaken and how he feels the physical yoga practice sits ...
  • Themed Interview with Laruga Glaser: Backbending (0) May 6, 2016 Laruga Glaser is such an inspiration for many students and so there was great excitement when we decided to do this themed interview centered around backbending. I talk to Laruga about her own backbending journey and I think you will be surprised to hear that although we may assume they come so easy for her, ...
  • Themed Interview with Mark Darby: Forwardfolding (0) April 19, 2016 So this season I decided to do some interviews themed around different aspects of the practice. The format is a chat about the subject and then a demo /workshop. In this interview I get to talk to Darby and I chose forwardfolding not only because a good few students struggle at least initially with these ...
  • Interview with Josefine Selander (0) January 6, 2016 In this interview I talk to Josefine about the concepts in her new book called Yoga & ACT. ACT stands for Acceptance Commitment Therapy and the book sets out to help you be effective in using yoga as a vehicle to start addressing some of the ways you deal with things in life. Josefine is ...
  • The Wonderful World of Fascia (0) November 23, 2015 This was so much fun to do and of course very topical at the moment coming shortly after the Fascial Research Congress. Joanne Avison is a yoga teacher and author of the book entitled Yoga Fascia Anatomy and Movement and I was lucky enough to be able to interview her when I was back in ...
  • Maty Ezraty Interview (0) May 30, 2015 It was a great pleasure to do this interview with Maty. She is so full of enthusiasm and compassion it shines through everything she says. I remember the group at Purple Valley being so excited to be practicing with her and I think you will get a feel of why when you listen to this. You ...
  • Interview with Yin Yoga Teacher Magdalena Mecweld (0) May 16, 2015 I met this lovely lady recently at Purple Valley where she had come to practice Ashtanga. I am all for mixing styles and finding what suits your body so when I found out that Magdalena was a famous Yin teacher and bestselling author I was very keen to interview her. She is so relaxed and ...
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2 Responses

  1. H says:

    Stu Girling, I love your interviews. So mellow, smiling and informative. I´m new to yoga, but learning fast so much about the different aspects, from the spiritual to the anatomical, thanks to you and your interviewees plus all the asana videos on YouTube. What a kick-off start to a whole new world. I´m so grateful.

    • stu says:

      Thanks, I really love doing the interviews and glad to hear people are enjoying them. Many more to come I hope 🙂

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