Two Week Ashtanga Intensive

with David Robson & Jelena Vesić

(in collaboration with Supersoul - accredited for GaiaYoga TT300 16+12+8 hr)

 We are honoured to welcome for the third time since 2016 the amazing teachers David Robson and Jelena Vesić from Ashtanga Yoga Toronto.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is much more than just fancy asana. It’s not all handstands, and legs behind the head. It’s about connecting with your breath – learning to still the mind even in the most challenging of postures. After all, as David Robson says, ‘asana without breath is just shitty gymnastics.’

Join David Robson, assisted by Jelena Vesić for a two week very special European Intensive in Zagreb, Croatia and explore the richness of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga tradition with an authorised teacher.

This Intensive is designed for practitioners who would like to deepen their knowledge on the many different aspects of Ashtanga Yoga, going beyond asana and alignment. With daily morning self-practice safely guided by David and Jelena, philosophy, theory and technique workshops for Primary and Intermediate Series, and much more, each student  will be able to advance in their practice, regardless of their experience.

For all levels, but best to have at least 6 months of regular practice: everyone with a genuine interest in Ashtanga Yoga is welcome to join this Intensive!

The rich program consists of daily Mysore style practice, and a series of weekend and afternoon workshops.

Intensive Highlights:

  • 10 days of Mysore style self-guided practice
  • Principles of alignment in the Primary Series
  • An overview of the Intermediate Series
  • Traditional Sanskrit count
  • Safe back-bending
  • Safe and effective hands-on adjustments for key poses
  • Arm balances and handstands
  • Jump-backs and jump-throughs




David Robson & Jelena Vesić

gost predavač | Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher

David Robson is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto. With 100+ students each morning, he leads one of the world’s largest Mysore programs outside of India. After completing a degree in Comparative Religion, David made his first trip to Mysore, India in 2002, where he initiated studies with his teacher Sharath Jois. Since then he has returned annually to deepen and enrich his practice and teaching, and since 2007 has been an Authorized Level 2 teacher. In addition to running his Mysore program in Toronto, David teaches workshops and retreats around the world, and he has released a popular series of instructional videos on Ashtanga called Learn To Float.

Jelena Vesić made Yoga her sole focus in 2009 after studying ballet for 16 years. She has studied with her teacher, David Robson, since 2010, and is now leading the evening Mysore program at AYCT. She often assists David Robson on workshops and retreats in Toronto and around the world.


Program details

Monday to Friday morning Mysore program will be held at GaiaYoga shala, in three time slots:

5.30am // 7am // 8.30am (not possible to change your time once you have a confirmed slot!)
Please respect your starting and ending practice time, in order to not create queues of other practitioners waiting for their mat space. 

We’ll do full two weeks (10 days) of Mysore style self-practice. These Mysore classes are small and friendly (max. 17 people per shift), so you’ll get lots of individual attention from David and Jelena.

We’re asking you to commit at least 1 week/five days minimum, and in return you will get a memorable experience on your path of transformation. You will have the time to get to know David and Jelena and for them to get to know you and your practice. 

October 12-14, 2018

Pain-Free Backbends
Friday 12th 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Backbends don’t have to hurt! This workshop will explore the basic alignment and actions of Ashtanga’s Primary & Intermediate Series backbends. By learning correct technique for the poses allow your heart to open, and your body to safely go deeper into the postures.

Learn to Float: Graceful Vinyasas
Saturday 13th 10:00 -12:00 pm

Focusing on the vinyasas of the Sun Salutations, and the transitional jumping vinyasas, this session offers detailed techniques, alignment and energetic principles that take us towards graceful, weightless transitions between postures in the practice. This session is useful for students beginning their Ashtanga path, for teachers needing tips and techniques to share with students, and for more experienced practitioners looking to inspire and deepen their practice.

Nadi Shodhana: Key postures of the Intermediate Series
Saturday 13th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Ashtanga’s Second Series of postures is designed to cleanse and charge our nervous system. This session will provide an accessible introduction to some of the deeper backbends, hip-openers and arm-balances that make the Intermediate Series such a transformative practice. All levels of practitioners are invited to attend.

Traditional Sanskrit Counted Led Full Primary Series
Sunday 14th 10:00 - 11:30 am

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga for Life: an Overview of the eight-limbed Path
Sunday 14th 1:00 - 2:00 pm

We will discuss and learn about the philosophy, history, theory and technique of the Ashtanga Yoga method as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson R. Sharath Jois in Mysore, India. We will look at the deep connection of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga to the natural cycles; the transformative power of the practice over time, and how the practice is adapted and applied in our daily modern life. We will look at a range of issues, including those important to the female practitioners such as pregnancy/fertility/cycle; practitioners with special needs and injuries; and age.

Jump Back & Jump Through
Sunday 14th 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Jump-backs and jump-throughs are the transitional movements that link Ashtanga's sitting poses together. These vinyasas provide a bridge to carry our focus between asanas, and also build a purifying heat in the body that is said to boil the blood. This workshop will go over the actions and movements of the jump-back and jump-through in close detail, and provide valuable instruction useful for practitioners of all levels.


TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Each Tuesday and Thursday over the two weeks, there will be a 2 hour technical afternoon workshop on technique and method, adjustments and alignments, and any key questions that arise during daily morning self-practice. Practitioners are encouraged to submit questions or topics they see relevant to the workshops.

Tuesday 9th October: Alignments and Adjustments for Primary Series

Take a more detailed look at the alignment, adjustments and basic anatomy of key groups of poses in the Primary Series (forward bends, hip openers and backbends). As a student or a teacher you will develop a better understanding of what to observe in your own or others’ body during practice and energetically experience the state of the asana.

Thursday 11th October: Arm Balances and Handstands

Arm balances show up throughout the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. From the first jump back in the Sun Salutations, the opportunity to balance appears again and again. When we commit to these opportunities to embrace the work of arm balancing, we begin to develop strength and deepen our focus

Tuesday 16th October: Alignments and Adjustments for Intermediate Series

Take a more detailed look at the alignment, adjustments and basic anatomy of key groups of poses (hip openers and backbends) in the Intermediate Series. As a student or a teacher you will develop a better understanding of what to observe in your own or others’ body during practice and energetically experience the state of the asana.

Thursday 18th October: Unique Vinyasas

You know the regular old jump back and jump, but unique vinyasas are the special entries and exits into specific postures. This workshop breaks down the technique on how to do some of the special lifts and jumps that get us in and out of these postures in Ashtanga’s first 3 series. We will also look at the correct method for vinyasas which require entry into the pose/bind on one count only.

Each Tuesday and Thursday over the two weeks, there will be a 2 hour technical afternoon workshop on technique and method, adjustments and alignments and any key questions that arise during daily morning self-practice. Practitioners are encouraged to submit questions or topics they see relevant to the workshops.

More details on SUPERSOUL.

Location: TBA


We strongly encourage you to sign up for the whole Intensive program, and benefit from daily practice with a distinguised teacher as David is. This will bring your personal practice to a new level of understanding.

Individual workshop sessions, one-week Mysore, and drop-ins will be only sold according to availability at a later date.  

A 100€ / 750 kn non-refundable deposit reserves your spot.

Full programme: 500€ / 3.600kn 
Weekend WS 220€ / 1.650kn
2 weeks Mysore 200€ / 1500kn
2 weeks Mysore + weekend 200€ /  1500kn
Afternoon WS Package 140€ / 1.050kn 
1 week Mysore 120€ / 900kn
Single afternoon workshop 40€ / 300kn

Early Bird prices ended on June 30th.
After June 30, the prices will increase by 10%

Terms & Conditions

This is a SUPERSOUL.YOGA event so please register directly via their page, and refer to their terms of service detailed also here.


  • You are responsible for own accommodation.
  • This Intensive is open to all levels, but best if you have at least 6 months of previous Ashtanga Yoga experience.
  • Recommended to bring your own Yoga mat.


100 € deposit secures your place and is non-refundable.

In the event of cancellation by you, regardless of the circumstances, the following refund fees, minus the deposit, apply:
- Cancellation 30 days or less before start of program: NO refund
- Cancellation 30-60 days before start of program: 50% refund
- Any refunds will incur a 6% admin cost

Cancellation by SUPERSOUL: we reserve the right to cancel the program in all circumstances, in which case we will refund 100% of the money received by each user in a maximum of 15 working days from notifying you of the cancellation. Please note we are not responsible for any expenses or damages, either direct or consequential, incurred as a result of a trip cancellation including but not limited to preparation costs, visa costs, airline tickets, travel documents, vaccination charges, gear purchases, airport and airline taxes or any other expenses.


If you are coming from abroad, always purchase travel insurance which covers your trip cancellation, luggage and/or valuables loss and medical assistance, including repatriation if necessary.
Please ensure that your passport is valid, and that you are aware of immigration/visa laws in Croatia (Croatia is part of the European Union, but is not part of the Schengen Zone)

Consent & Release:

By registering for this programme, you voluntarily understand and accept the following terms and conditions as set out below:

I am aware that participating in the retreat requires a certain level of fitness and general physical health. I acknowledge and voluntarily assume my responsibility to assess my level of fitness and the risks of injury that are associated with physical activity of any kind including any variety of yoga.

I confirm that I shall retain all control over my activities at all times. I voluntarily assume full liability and accept the risk of harm, including physical injury and discomfort as a result of my participation in the activities in this programme. I will inform the teachers and/or assistants of any limitations or medical conditions that may affect my practice.

I, or anyone who could claim in my name or on my behalf, my heirs and legal representatives, do hereby voluntarily waive, release and forever discharge the organisers, from any and all liabilities for injuries, damages or death resulting from my participation in the activities during the course of this programme as outlined in the programme schedule or any activities outside of the programme and resort facility, and hold them harmless from all claims which may be brought against them for any such injuries or claims as aforesaid and all costs and expenses incidental thereto.

I agree that organisers reserve the right to accept or kindly decline the application of a participant at any time, to make changes in the itinerary whenever reputed necessary for the comfort, convenience, and safety to all participants. In the case that the event is cancelled or postponed organisers shall have no responsibility beyond the refund of money or expenses paid by the participant if the event cannot be re-scheduled.

I agree that organisers shall not be liable for any cost or expenses for any delay, change in schedule including "“ but not limited to "“ delays, missed flights, failure to comply with visa or health requirements of the city, re-scheduling, and/ or cancellations or overbooking of flights, loss, damage, or injury to property or persons including death, or expenses occasioned by any act of omission by any supplier providing services to any programme participant.

I understand that photos and video may be utilized for communications efforts. To that end, I hereby grant the organizer permission to record the name, likeness, voice, image and/or appearance on the above referenced date or dates of me and to use and publish the pictures, video and digital images and the like without compensation, and I waive any right to inspect or to approve any project that may be created using these materials.


Registration via SUPERSOUL

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