4th Yoga-Rainbow in Cirali, Turkey, 1-7 may 2012

The 5th Yoga Rainbow Festival was great as usual:-)

We practiced with Ashtanga Vinyasa master Petri R?is?nen (Finland). Our friend from the South of India, Dr. Madhavan, who has become so dear to our yogis, is also paid visit with Pranayama classes.  We had one more famous master from India – Bal Mukund Singh, direct disciple of Swami Dhirendra Brahmachari, who tought very intensive and powerfull classes of North Indian Dhirendra Brahmachari school.

Chris Chavez from USA (Los Angeles) introduced quite new and interesting style Anusara yoga. Brian Yuen and Bryony Bird from USA tought us amazing Acro-Yoga.

A number of subjects, most enjoyed according to questionnaires, like Thai massage by Leila and Maxim, the traditional Ayurveda by Andrey Golovinov, meditation practices by Leo Kutuzov, beginners and advanced classes and lectures of Mikhail Baranov and Ilya Zhuravlev are also attracted a lot of students. Attendies enjoyed classes of traditional Indian dance Odissi and kirtan every evening.



Petri R?is?nen (Finland)


Аshtanga Vinyasa Yoga as tought by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois

4 classes.

Petri R?is?nen (born August 13, 1967) is internationally known and respected as one of Ashtanga Yoga’s new generation of teachers. Petri started practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 1989 and teaching in 1990. He is a devoted student of his Guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009), and was authorized to teach Astanga Yoga in 2001 by Guruji. Petri is careful to pass on his Guru’s exact teachings.

Petri started practicing Ashtanga yoga in 1988 and teaching in 1990. Petri is co-owner and director of Ashtanga Yoga Helsinki, one of the world’s largest Astanga Yoga Shalas, which he founded with his friend and colleague, Juva Javanainen, in 1997. Sri K Pattabhi Jois blessed the school to teach the traditional Astanga Yoga method.

In his yogic path Petri has studied with many respected Astanga Yoga teachers such as Derek Ireland (his first certified teacher), Radha Warrel, Gwendoline Hunt, Lino Miele and Eddie Stern, in addition to R. Sharath Jois and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

Petri focuses on integrating healing and therapy with yoga, meeting student’s individual needs and guiding their progress. Petri’s yoga pose adjustments are gentle, effective, therapeutic and, according to some, almost magical, and originate (besides his own practice and teaching) from his past work as a traditional Finnish folk healer and naturopath. His friendly, relaxed behaviour and intuivite perception give an open, energetic and meditative atmosphere to his classes.

In 2004, Petri wrote «Astanga – The Yoga Tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois» with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’ and his grandson, R. Sharath Jois’ support. The book introduces the primary series (1st series) Astanga Yoga method and philosophy, as well as its potential as a physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual practice. His intermediate series (2nd series) book «Nadi Sodhana» was released in 2008 and is written mostly from the interviews with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois from 2006-2007 in Mysore, India. Both books are written as part of Petri’s ongoing pilgrimage into Astanga yoga’s inner word, with a great sense of respect towards his Guru and the Yoga Tradition.

Please visit the first book’s website «Astanga – The Yoga Tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois» : www.ashtangabook.com.

Petri`s website petriraisanen.com


Chris Chavez (USA)


1. Architecture of Asana:
In this full-spectrum practice we will focus on the alignment principles that are necessary to take your practice to the next level!
We will develop a deeper understanding of how to align the body for deeper, safer, and more fulfilling practice!
Proper alignment is the key to a healthy practice that will serve you for a lifetime!
2. Inversion Conversion:
In this inversion workshop we will explore the world upside down by moving from the inside out!
We will develop the elements necessary to blow your practice wide open as we experiment with fun and challenging inversions and inversion-sequences.
Inversions cultivate strength, stamina, and balance while developing a deeper sense of confidence, playfulness, and community spirit – don’t miss the fun!
3.Wild Lotus: 
In this hip-opening workshop we will establish the tools necessary to cultivate deep long-lasting roots that will allow your lotus to blossom fully and safely for years to come.
We will navigate the resilience of the lotus flower as we experiment with a few key postures and sequences.
Hip-openers are extremely grounding and will cultivate a sense of ease and fluidity in your body and mind while adding balance to your practice!
4.Hug the Midline:
In this Arm Balance Workshop we will focus on developing the elements necessary to blow your practice wide open as we experiment with fun and challenging arm balances.
Arm balances cultivate a deeper sense of strength, stamina, and self-confidence and are a reflection of a refined sense of power and agility that will add sparkle to your practice!

These classes are in English.

Chris Chavez first began the practice of Iyengar Yoga in Ireland, where he was touring as a professional musician in the mid 1990’s. While traversing the globe playing music and studying various other methods of yoga, Chris imparted the knowledge and the gift of yoga upon everyone he met.
In 2001, Chris landed in Los Angeles, California, where he submerged himself into the practice and study of yoga and began to teach and build community.
Certified as an Anusara Instructor between 2006 and 2012, Chris is known for his extensive studies, his vast working knowledge of the mind and body, and his great personable demeanor.

Chris is considered one of the most sought after teachers in the world, training thousands of teachers and students a year in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Chris’ world travels and experiences have made him one of the most down to earth yoga teachers you will ever meet. His teachings are fun, challenging, and spiritually uplifting.
Chris has found the power of practicing and teaching yoga to be an integral part of being a great artist as he continues to maintain a healthy music career and a rockin’ yoga practice!

Website chrischavezyoga.com


Bal Mukund Singh (Delhi, India)


«Hatha yoga in Dhirendra Brahmachari tradition» Sukshma and Sthula Vyaamas, Asanas.
3 master-classes.

These classes are in English.

Bal Mukund Singh - disciple of Swami Dhirendra Brahmachari (studied with him since 1980). He is senior yoga teacher in National Yoga Institute in New Deli and trainer of national Indian yoga-sport team. B.M. Singh was a winner of many Indian and International yoga-asana championships. Yogacharya Singh teachs with powerful, very intensive approach, his method combines Sukshma Vyayamas (dynamical warm-up exersices, which are very important in D.Brahmachari school) and advanced asanas.


Madhavan Munusamy (Karur, India)

Master classes:

Asanas, classical pranayamas and meditation in the Sivananda Yoga and Tamil siddhas traditions.
3 master-classes.

These classes are in English.

Dr. Madhavan Munusamy belongs to the South-Indian branch of Swami Sivananda tradition of yoga. Yogacharya Madavan is Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from Venkatramana Ayurvedic Medical College (Chennai); he also received a Post Graduate Diploma in Yoga Therapy from Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana in Bangalore and attended the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta ashram TTC and Advanced TTC courses. He was initiated by Swami Chidananda, a disciple of Swami Sivananda who currently runs Sivananda ashram in Rishikesh. While teaching, Dr. Madavan also follows Tirumandiram, the ancient sacred Tamil scripture. He was instructed in it by his father, who practises yoga and meditation throughout his life. Dr. Madavan’s Institute is registered by the Government of Tamil Nadu.

Yogacharya Madhavan is an expert in pranayama and yoga therapy, and his yoga students are frequent champions of International Yoga Festival run by Swami Gitananda ashram, Puducherry (Pondicherry).

Website madhavan-yoga.blogspot.com

Interview with Dr.Madhavan for Wild Yogi magazine


Brian Yuen and Bryony Bird (USA)


Acro-Yoga. 3 classes.

These classes are in English.

Brian Yuen (E-RYT 200), cofounder of Interactive-Yoga with Lorrie Shepard, is a Certified AcroYoga® Teacher, certified for kids yoga (Ring One CircusYoga® & Lotus Yoga), prenatal yoga (Mia Borgatta’s Ma Yoga), Thai Yoga (New England School of Thai Yoga Level 2 with Jennifer Yarro; Lotus Palm Level 1), a graduate of the 300 hour Lotus Yoga Teacher Training program and has been practicing yoga since 2001, teaching since 2006.

Brian’s love of yoga started one evening when, taking an after dinner stroll, he came across a yoga studio (RiversEdge in Boonton), went in, got a schedule, went to a class that week, and has been practicing yoga ever since. Among the many wonderful teachers he has studied with are the usual and some not-so-usual suspects.

He feels blessed to have studied with wonderful teachers from various traditions, including Iyengar, Kripalu, Ashtanga and Anusara, but has since discovered that the best teachers are his students. Yogic studies continues to be a major source of inspiration for life. He thanks all of his teachers, past, present, and future, who bless him with their teachings and guidance.

Brian conducts a wide range of classes & workshops including yoga for children with autism, veterans, seniors, seniors with Alzheimer’s, partner yoga, and thai yoga. His classes range from gentle restorative to strong vinyasa. No matter the level or pace, having fun and keeping a meditative mind are key.

Bryony Bird was first introduced to Yoga during her teens by her Mother.

Since then she has deepened her own practice through studying with many teachers and being open to all styles and systems. This

exploration has allowed her to engage with her body and most importantly get to know herself.

Bryony undertook teacher training in order to further her understanding of Yoga and found sharing her knowledge and communicating with students was a natural progression.  She continues to be inspired by Astanga Yoga which is her main practice and AcroYoga and all it’s branches.

Her classes incorporate challenging sequences with variations for all levels, sensitive hands- on adjustments, a focus on correct breathing and most importantly a lot of smiling. Bryony is eternally grateful to Stewart Gilchrist, Melanie Cooper and many many AcroYoga teachers for their continuous support and guidance.

Website www.interactive-yoga.com


Ilya Zhuravlev (Moscow)


1. «Nada-pranayama (traditional pranayamas with producing sounds) and Cyclic Meditation». Few variations of Surya Namaskar, lection and practice of Cyclic Meditation (to find and deep relaxe hidden tensions in body and mind). Method tought by Vivekananda Yoga Kendra Institute, Bangalore. Sequence of traditional pranayamas with sounds (Bhramari, Brahma Mudra etc.) for calming down thoughts waves.

2. «Yoga-Nidra – flights in dream and reality» Lection and practice of Yoga Nidra in Swami Satyananda Saraswati tradition. Full sequence with sankalpa and visualizations.

These classes are in Russian.

Ilya Zhuravlev: «After I got a Master’s Degree in Philosophy at the Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow), I started teaching yoga, visiting India and spending a lot of time there.

My first yoga-teacher was Jayakumar Swamishri from Mysore. He taught in the tradition of Swami Kuvalayananda and Bangalore Yoga Institute, giving classes at the Indian Embassy in Moscow for several years. I started my practice with him in 1995-96. At the end of the 90’s I also started practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga with Igor Mededev and the seminars of Andrey Sidersky and Andrey Lappa, yoga teachers from Ukraine. In 1999 was one of the founders of Moscow Ashtanga Yoga Center and became one of its leading teachers.

My first trip to India was in 2001. There I practiced in Morarji Desai National Yoga Institute in Delhi (Dhirendra Brahmachari’s school) under the personal supervision of Bal Mukund Singh. In the same year I continued the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in Mysore with B.N.S. Iyengar (Bramatantra Parakala Mutt). It was in this hall on the second floor of Hayagriva Temple where Shri T. Krishnamacharya (BNS Iyengar’s teacher) taught in the 30’s. I also practiced Ashtanga Vinyasa with V.Sheshadri (Mysore Mandala Yogashala). Since then I have been visiting India every year, spending several months there. In 2003 I started studying at Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute and my teachers were Shri K. Patabhi Jois and R.Sharath.

In addition to this, I attended the classes of Yogacharya Gopala Krishna in Bangalore, classes in ashrams of Rishikesh (Yoga Niketan Ashram, Yogashala of Swami Samarpananda Saraswati from Bihar school) and Pondicherry (Swami Gitananda Ashram). I studied shatkarmas, pranayamas and meditation in the tradition of Sivananda Yoga with Doctor Madhavan Munusamy (Vivekananda Yoga Therapy Institute, Tamil Nadu), who granted me a certificate in 2006. I accomplished a training course in Sivananda Yoga Ashram (2008, Neyar Dham, Kerala). I have participated in the intensive training courses by Shandor Remete (“Shadow Yoga”), Kali Ray (“Tri Yoga”), Gabriella Giubilaro (Iyengar Yoga), David Swenson (accomplished a certification course in 2010), Mark and Joanne Darby (Canada), Andrey Lappa (teacher training course in 2004, “Universal Yoga”, intermediate level).

I am familiar with Tibetan styles of asana practice (Yantra Yoga in the tradition of Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, taught by Fabio Andrico; Trul Khor in the tradition of Yundrung Bon, taught by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche). I accomplished David Frowley’s course “Yoga and Ayurveda” (American Institute of Vedic Studies). I am practicing kriya yoga in the tradition of Lahiri Mahasai (taught by Shri Shailendra Sharma, Govardhan)»

Web: mahadev108.com

Interview with Ilya Zhuravlev for yasochka.name

Ilya on Facebook


Mikhail Baranov (Moscow)


Presentation of Yoga108 system, based on methods of traditional yoga schools.

1.Beginners level

2. Intermediate level

3. Advanced level

These classes are in Russian.

Mikhail Baranov studied at Jazz College “Zamoskvorechye” (bass-guitar). Took interest in yoga in 1995 and attended yoga-seminars of Andrey Sidersky (Kiev), and training courses, seminars and regular classes of other teachers. Practiced at Moscow Ashtanga Yoga Center with Mikhail Konstantinov, Denis Zaenchkovsky and Olga Bulanova since 2000. Started teaching yoga in fitness-clubs. Has been teaching regularly in AYC since 2002. In 2004 accomplished a certification course of Andrey Lappa (teacher training, 1-2 grade). In 2002-07 practiced in India under the supervision of Bal Mukund Singha (Delhi), asana and sukshma-vyayama in the tradition of Drirendra Brahmachari and Doctor Madhavan (Tamil Nadu) – shatkarma, asanas and pranayama in the tradition of Swami Sivananda, as well as intensive training courses of Shandor Remete (Australia), held in Russia in 2004 and 2005. In 2008-2009 accomplished an extension course on the programme “Yoga and Ayurveda”.
Accomplished a course “Yoga and Ayurveda” by David Frowley (American Institute of Vedic Studies). In 2010 took a 40-hour course by David Svenson (certification course for Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teachers).

Has been holding seminars in Russia and abroad since 2003, and teaching on regular pranayama courses in Moscow and at Moscow AYC teacher-training course. Certificates: “Universal Yoga – first & second levels” (A. Lappa), «Vivekananda Institute of Yoga Therapy» (Dr. M. Madhavan), “Yogatherapy and Ayurveda” (traditional health improvement systems together with AYC and the Institute of Integrative Psychology of Professional Development). Authorship and development of methodical programmes of hatha yoga teaching (“Ashtanga Yoga Centre Introductory Course”) and pranayama (“Methods of Preparation to Pranayama”).
Authorship of numerous instructional video programmes on hatha yoga practice since 2004.

Has been practicing Buddhist meditation, vipassana since 2001 (since 2007 – in the tradition of Thai Forest Sangha). Has been practicing pranayama and meditation in the yoga tradition of Lahiri Mahasai lineage (Guruji Shri Shailendra Sharma, Govardhan) since 2006.

Co-editor and regular autor of internetional online WILD YOGI Magazine, co-founder of international Yoga-Rainbow Festival in Cirali, Turkey.

Web:  mahaihos.blogspot.com

Mikhail on Facebook


Maria Vorobyeva (Moscow)

1. Bio-mechanics in Hatha Yoga. Lecture.

2. Yin yoga by Paul Grilley. Practice.

These classes are in Russian

For the first time I was interested in yoga in 1997 when I started to practice yoga in Iyengar Yoga Center in Moscow with Sergey Mikhailov (Senior Intermediate 2) and Inna Mashyanova (Junior Intermediate 3). After one year practice there came an interest in other methods and schools – I brought books by Andrey Sidersky (author of his own personal method of yoga teaching). After finishing these books I started to practice dynamic yoga at home plus – Iyengar yoga in the group.
In 1997-2000 I took part in workshops of Andrey Lappa (Universal Yoga), Andrey Sidersky, Anatolii Zenchenko (Ishvara Yoga) and other workshops, master classes and intensives of yoga teachers from Russia and Ukraine. From 2000 I started to visit intensive yoga classes in the Moscow Ashtanga Yoga Center with Denis Zaenchkovskii and began to teach yoga there in 2001.
I studied under the guidance of Bal Mukund Singh (disciple of Swami Dhirendra Brahmachari, Delhi), with B.N.S Iyengar (disciple of Shri T. Krishnamacharya, Patanjala Yogashala), Gopala Krishna (Bangalore), Dr. M.Madhavan (Karur, Tamil Nadu, Vivekananda Yoga Therapy Institiute, 2005-06), attended classes in yoga-ashrams of Rishikesh: Yoga Niketan ashram, Swami Samarpananda (Bihar school of yoga) and in Pondicherry (Swami Gitananda ashram). I participated in training-intensives with Kali Ray, Dominic Corigliano, Marc & Joan Darby, David Swenson, Andrey Sidersky and Andrey Lappa (Ukraine). I am also interested in Auruveda – in 2008 completed 300 hours course of American Institiute of Vedic Studies (David Frowley). From 2005 I practice Ashtanga Yoga. I practiced in Mysore with Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois.

My certificates:

“Crimean Institute of Physical Culture on the basis of Practical Yoga”, A. Zenchenko
“Vivekananda Institute of Yoga Therapy”, Munusami Madavan M.D. (Karur, Tamil Nadu)
“Yoga therapy and Ayurveda”, Academy of traditional systems of health improving
“Yoga Therapy as a method of integrative body oriented psychology”, Institute of Integrative Psychology and Professional Development
“Yoga and Ayurveda Health Educator”, American Institute of Vedic Studies, Dr. David Frawley
In 2010 I was authorized by R. Sharath Jois.
«Anatomy, Theory and Practice» Yin Yoga Teacher Training 1, Paul and Suzee Grilley

I am constant author of the Wild Yogi magazine, teach at TTC’s in Moscow, St.Petersburg and other Russian cities. Senior teacher at Yoga108 center, Moscow.

Web: www.mv-yoga.com

Maria on Facebook


Leila Gadjinskaya and Max Kornilov (Moscow)

1 -3 Thai Massage for yogis. These classes are in Russian.

Leila and Maxim are certified teachers of Thai Massage, studied in Chiang May (Thailand) with  Mama Nit, Pichest Boontumme and other famous teachers. They teach Thai massage classes and TTC cources in Moscow yoga community and all over Russia.


Andrey Golovinov (Kazakhstan)

Lectures on traditional Ayurveda (based on Ashtanga Hridayam Samhita)

These lectures are in Russian.

Private ayurvedic consultations available in English.

Andrey studied Ayurveda since 1994.
Disciple of Vaydya Vachaspati Gauri Lal Chanana, founder of Ayurvedic school Bheshaja Bhavan in New Delhi, ,since 2002.
Studied yoga-therapy in B.K.S. Iyengar tradition in Mayapur, India, 2003.
Completed half-year course of Panchakarma methods in Ayurvedic College of Trivandrum, Kerala, 2004-05.
Member of International Ayurvedic Conference «Science meets Consiousness» in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, 2006.
Clinical practice of Panchakarma in Arya Vaydya Chikitsalaya clinic, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 2008.
Founder and owner of private Ayurvedic clinic in Almaty city, Kazakhstan.
Now Andrey working on translation of classical Ayurvedic scripture Ashtanga Hridayam Samhita from Sanscrit into Russian.

Website: ayurveda.kz


Leonid Kutuzov (St. Petersburg)

Basics of meditation.
Breathing and attention.
Meditation «As it is»

These classes are in Russian.

Leonid started his yoga practice in 1998 to cure his spinal cord. He fixed his problem for one year of intensive practice with the help of experienced yoga-teachers. Thats how yoga became important part of his life. Main teachers are: Valeriy Kuraev (yoga-therapy of spine), Nadezhda Glushina (yoga-therapy), Andrey Sidersky (Yoga23 system), Victor van Kooten and Angela Farmer, David Swenson (Ashtanga vinyasa). Last few years pay a lot of attention to meditation practice, vipassana and Tibetan methods, which influence his system of teaching.
Teaching yoga in Saint Petersburg since 2000.
Conducts workshops and master-classes in Europe for English-speaking students since 2005.
Teaching workshops on yoga and free-diving since 2006.
President of St.Petersburg Yoga Federation (2007).
Orginiser of workshops in Russia for David Swenson, Victor van Kooten, Harjivan Khalsa and many others.
Since 2009 conducts 3-10 days meditation retreats in Russia and other countries.

Website: YogaDa.ru


Artem Frolov (St.Petersburg)

Yoga-therapy for spine.
Yoga therapy in gynecology.
Physiology of pranayama.

These classes are in Russian.

I graduated from Pavlov’s Saint-Petersburg Medical University in 1997, and completed clinical residency in cardiology at Saint-Petersburg Medical Academy of Postgraduate Studies (1997-99), additional training courses in Clinical Fitotherapy (2010), Clinical and Classic homeopathy (2010), at Mechnikov’s Medical Academy (2010), Reflex Therapy (2011) at Saint-Petersburg Medical Academy of Postgraduate Studies.I worked as a cardiologist in ICU ward, specializing in functional and supersonic methods of heart examination.For about 10 years I managed large multidisciplinary polyclinic medical institutions, being involved in quality examination for hospital and outpatient medical aid.

I have been practicing hatha yoga since 1997, taking the experience of various schools, from Russian and foreign yoga teachers. Experience in teaching yoga since 2003.

My specialization is yoga therapy and traditional methods of treatment, being the leading teacher of the Yoga Therapy course at the Institute of Traditional Treatment systems in Moscow and a teacher on a yoga teacher training course at Ashtanga Yoga Center.

The chairman of Saint-Petersburg yoga therapy society. The author of a number of publications in yoga physiology, yoga therapy, fitotherapy. The director of “YogaMed – St.Petersburg”, specialized yoga therapy studio.

My article Yoga-Therapy in gynecology in Wild Yogi Magazine wildyogi.info/en/issue/artem-frolov-yoga-therapy-gynecology

Website: artem-frolov.spb.ru/eng



Classes took place in 4 training halls (Grand Ayugun hotel, Garden Pension hotel, Cirali hotel, Melissa hotel). All places are very close to each other (3-5 min walking).

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Schedule with mention of training halls (hotels). Published 29 april 2012

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