This course is designed for teachers as a part of TT300 program, but also for all ashtanga practitioners who want to deepen their yoga practice and discover more about this traditional dynamic yoga system.

Ashtanga Intensive


Deep knowledge of Ashtanga practice includes history and roots of practice in the tradition of yoga, functional anatomy and a biomechanical understanding of the asanas, vinyasas and kramas, subtle anatomy and energetic aspects of the practice, teaching spirit and technique, understanding hands-on adjustments and individualizing it to the momentary needs of each practitioner, supporting and guiding practitioners over a long period of time, the importance and science of breath and its effects, the vinyasa count, the Ayurvedic perspective on the Ashtanga practice.

Our Ashtanga Intensive (50 hrs of advanced TT program) gives you the opportunity to dive deeper into the tradition and practice of the Ashtanga yoga method. Throughout 7 MODULES (workshops) you will learn about the most important aspects of this beautiful system, and get guidance how to grow in your personal practice. From the firm seat of your personal practice you can then start sharing and teaching the practice to others, honouring the tradition and Parampara system. 

This course is designed for teachers as a part of TT300 program, but also for all ashtanga practitioners who want to deepen their yoga practice and discover more about this traditional dynamic yoga system. In English.

Upon completion of the entire course, the students will receive the Certificate of Attendance of 50 hrs Advanced Studies of Ashtanga Yoga (YACE accredited).


The benefits of In-Depth study:

  • Enjoy growing and bonding in a small-size group with motivated participants
  • Benefit from individual mentoring and support of your practice, teaching and personal development
  • Deepen your understanding of the correct physical and energetic alignments of the asanas in Primary Series and a selection from the Intermediate Series
  • Learn how to optimally assist and support students in all asanas by giving safe and confident adjustments - acording to the individual needs of each student
  • Re-energize your personal practice and learn new aspects to make your daily practice juicy and fun
  • Enhance your teaching skills by learning how to present various ways and perspectives through which one can experience the Ashtanga practice on a day to day basis
  • Advance in your personal practice and unleash your potential as a teacher



Our intention behind this advanced program of In-Depth study is that you - as a practitioner or as a teacher - will grow a much deeper understanding of the Ashtanga yoga method in regards of what we do, how we do it and why we do it and be able to know (for yourself or a student) what the best application of the method is in every moment.

Participants are encouraged to join our daily Mysore classes for optimal guidance. Participants coming from outside of Zagreb have the option of joining Friday afternoon Mysore and Sunday’s Led or Mysore class (on the weekends of In-depth study there will be either Mysore or Led Primary class on Sunday mornings).

Weekends with 8 hours have 2 hours of Adjustment playground on Sundays right after the morning Ashtanga Led Full Primary class (included in the price).
This is to give you even more practice in giving adjustments and to hone these skills. We will give detailed instructions, demonstrate various approaches of assisting each asana and answer all questions. The focus will be on practicing the adjustments and to offer each other feedback so each participant - whether they are new to adjusting or already have experience - will be able to improve their adjustment skills.

The Ashtanga practice is inherently a self-practice, done in the rhythm of your own breath under the (silent) guidance of an experienced teacher, and with the support of a community of practitioners. This is called Mysore style. To teach in this way is to hold space for the group, to be present and to guide through presence. It is based on an in-depth, detailed knowledge and experience of the practice, but also requires the teacher to apply this understanding to the individual needs of the student. With a combination of a rich knowledge of all aspects of the practice, the skill of observing the student and curiosity of what is needed in this moment, transformation will happen.

In Mysore setting we communicate and transmitt the information and the knowledge, support and care for the students through the touch. The talking hands are skill that is to learn and refine. In this workshop we will discuss various aspects of supporting students in a Mysore class, and share vital aspects to keep in mind in this setting. It will benefit the Mysore practitioners as well as present and future teachers of this method.


MODULE 1 includes: 

  • The Ashtanga Mysore tradition: the art of creating an environment for personal growth
  • Teaching spirit and technique: from observing to guiding different types of students based on your personal experience
  • Talking Hands: hands-on adjustments playground - an introduction to observing and reading your’s and your students’ bodies and offer the right approach to guide them deeper
  • The inherent intelligence of the Ashtanga Sequence
  • Guidelines of how to progress in the practice in Mysore setting: deepening the practice by adding poses throughout the series vs deepening the experience of familiar asanas
  • Discussion of Ashtanga Yoga in different stages of life
  • Stories from our experience with our teachers
  • Sunday workshop with 2 hours of practical adjustments focusing on the standing sequence:
    we will apply the concepts introduced on the first day of the workshop and teach various levels of adjustments from simple to more advanced

Ashtanga yoga's essence is the breath. The way we use the breath is what makes the Ashtanga practice so deep reaching and effective on all levels - physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. It is the breath that lays the foundation for all the magic that might happen to us on our mats.

Deep, connected and strong breathing makes the body align on an internal level in a way that is not possible without it. It makes the practice light, it gives us the feeling of flying over our mats and makes us leave the mat with more energy than when we stepped onto it, in spite of the physicality of the practice.

In this workshop we will present the underlying principles of how we use the breath in the practice. With a unique blend of discussing the principles, practical application with various exercises and working with each other in small groups to support each other, you will walk out from this workshop with a thorough understanding of how to use the potential of your breath to deepen your (and your student's) yoga practice.


MODULE 2 includes: 

  • The techniques of breath work in the Ashtanga Yoga lineage from Krishnamacharya to Pattabhi Jois 
  • Detailed Anatomy of breathing
  • Benefits of proper breathing on the various bodily systems
  • Discussion of breathing to support spiritual growth according to yogic science
  • Effects of breathing in various asanas and how to utilize the breath to master different asanas
  • Ways to free space through breath work and kriyas, specific tools to support your asana practice
  • How to Hand-on adjust according to the proper breath on selected asanas

Much more than its physical benefits, practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga makes us rehearse being in the moment with our full consciousness. All eight limbs are applied at the same time to achieve the state of yoga. This way we go beyond the fluctuations of the mind: yogaś-citta-vṛtti-nirodhaḥ (yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind).

We strive to achieve a state of full concentration and meditation by applying a combination of: posture (asana) / breath (pranayama) / focus of the senses through directed gaze or drishti (pratyahara).

The counting of the Vinyasa System exactly describes each breath and movement of the entire six Ashtanga series. Studying the correct counting enforces the subtle over the gross aspects, it makes us more focused and leads us from a physical practice towards a psychic and eventually spiritual practice. Studying and applying the exact Vinyasa counting will completely clean up our practice, give the right rhythm and certainty in practice as well as when teaching it. Our appreciation for the simplicity of the practice grows.


MODULE 3 includes: 

  • Study, practice and start memorizing the exact vinyasa count of the primary series (we will cover most of Primary Series asanas and selected intermediate series postures)
  • Learn about the origin, history and evolution of the Vinyasa count from Sri T. Krishnamacharya and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois up to today
  • Understand various benefits of using the count and the logic (as well as illogic) behind it
  • Learn how to use it in your practice and teaching
  • Understand the structure of each asana and apply the counting to jump-backs and jump-throughs

Establishing the natural range of motion of your hips while strengthening the pelvis, core and spine is one of the key aspects of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga. While the defining parts of each asana are usually the limbs (that is leg behind the head, leg in lotus, arms folded in a certain way etc.), what we really should be paying attention to is what is happening in the pelvis and spine because there the effect of any yoga practice on our nervous system and energetic alignment takes place. The hip joint plays a major role here, as it connects the spine and pelvis to our legs. 

In this workshop we will be looking at the poses from a core to limbs perspective, understanding the various movements that are available in the hip joints and which poses require what kind of movement. We will discuss the relationship and effect of the hip flexibility in relation to your ability to perform a wide range of asanas, and explore ways to work in the Primary Series to increase your range of motion, get strong, stay healthy and best prepare yourself for more advanced series and techniques.


MODULE 4 includes: 

  • Functional Anatomy of the pelvis and hip joints and their relationship to other body parts
  • Hip opening poses depending on the practitioners' anatomy (long legs-short torso / long torso-short legs / hips and core strength
  • Hip opening variations throughout the series (outward and inward rotations, from easy to extreme)
  • The use of the Spirals to direct and focus energetic alignment of the core/center, and how to use that in teaching and assisting
  • Adjustments of hip opening asanas
  • Knee safety vs. Hip opening and needed modifications

Sunday workshop (11:00 - 13:00) with 2 hours of practical adjustments focusing on the Primary and Intermediate asanas that work on the hips. We will apply the concepts introduced on the first day of the workshop and teach various levels of adjustments, from simple to more advanced

Bending the body backwards is a recurring theme in the Ashtanga series, and yields many benefits. It does however require a great amount of connective strength and full body coordination in order to perform them in a safe and healthy way. In this workshop we will select the elements of a healthy backbend and learn what needs to happen in each body part to allow the spacious posture that leaves you empowered, open and joyful.
This knowledge we can then apply to support each other in safe hands-on adjustments.


MODULE 5 includes: 

  • Functional Anatomy of bending backwards and the benefits of a strong, open back: tucking the tail or bowspringing?
  • Effects of backbending on the nervous system, and subtle energy aspects of backbending according to yogic science
  • Understanding the focus and effects of backbends within the series of Ashtanga Yoga
  • Exploring elements of safe and strong backbending, including preparations for strengthening and opening hips, spine & shoulders
  • Exploring the practice of backbending from easy to advanced, prerequesites, supporting techniques to learn them and ways to get over the most common obstacles such as fear, missing strength, lack of balance, disorientation in space 
  • Asana-Details and various approaches of assisting of the Backbends of Primary & Intermediate Series according to individual challenges (including Drop-back - tic-toc sequence)
  • Backbending and its achetypical meaning, its gross and subtle effects 

Sunday workshop with 2 hours of practical adjustments focusing on the Primary and Intermediate backbending asanas. We will apply the concepts introduced on the first day of the workshop and teach various levels of adjustments from simple to more advanced

An often discussed, yet rarely understood concept in the Ashtanga practice is the one about bandhas and how to apply them to create a strong, graceful and powerful practice.
Throughout the practice the dynamic nature requires the whole body to work as one, connecting through the core and all the way to the end of all our limbs. Along these lines of maintained action, bandha arises when the opposing forces are in a dynamic balance with one another. The internal feeling of traction and suction can be applied consciously to support and deepen any posture or transition between asanas and enables the practitioner to move through practice with more ease and deeper focus. Combined with a strong even breath, the understanding of bandhas is one of the cornerstones of a safe, healthy, beneficial and life-long lasting Ashtanga Practice.


MODULE 6 includes: 

  • Bandhas in relation to the alignment of Spine and our energy centers and their function in accumulating and directing energy
  • Various definitions and applications of bandhas according to yogic scriptures and texts
  • Bandhas connected to 8 limbs of yoga
  • Bandhas from the anatomical and biomechanical perspective
  • The concept of bandhas in our Ashtanga practice
  • Interrelation of bandhas, breath and posture – the torso as a combustion chamber to enlighten the spiritual fire
  • Bandhas as a negotiator between strength and flexibility

Inverting the body and moving it upside-down is not only a fun challenge, it brings together all the elements that have been discussed in previous modules. 
While poor execution of even simple inversions may cause more harm than good, doing them correctly and based on the practitioner’s current level of ability will yield many physiological, emotional and spiritual benefits.  
When the practitioner exerts strength and grace along the spine, focuses the mind following the prescribed vinyasa, as well as jointly and accurately utilizes breath and bandhas, the practice of inversions becomes very powerful and the benefits multiply.


MODULE 7 includes:

  • Functional Anatomy and physiology of Inversions, including the effects on nervous system, lymphatic system and cardio-vascular system
  • Subtle energy aspects of inversions according to yogic science
  • Concepts of directing the energy through inversions
  • Asana-Details and safe adjustments and assisting of Inversions in primary and intermediate asanas of the Ashtanga Sequence
  • The importance of the finishing sequence at the end of each practice
  • Exploring the practice of inversion from easy to advanced including prerequesites, supporting techniques to learn them and ways to get over the most common obstacles such as fear, missing strength, lack of balance, disorientation in space 


Team of Teachers

Tom & Sandra will share their long-time experience of practicing, studying and teaching Ashtanga method. They both are firmly rooted in the tradition of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, having maintained a daily yoga practice for years, and honouring their teachers as dedicated students. Their teaching is based on their own experience, and on tailoring the practice to each individual, in order to find an ideal practice that suits the momentary needs of the practitioner. 

We are excited to share this experience with you!

Tom Richter

glavni predavač | | Ashtanga Mysore Program Director | E-YT500

Tom je certificirani učitelj i dugogodišnji predani ashtangi koji vjeruje u dobrobiti učinaka joge kroz svakodnevno prakticiranje Mysore stila.


Sandra D. Bianco

glavni predavač | YACEP | Founder · Teacher Trainer | E-RYT500 & RPYT

Sandra je certificirana Sr. učiteljica (E-RYT 500 / 1100), jedna od pionira dinamične joge u Hrvatskoj, osnivačica GaiaYoge i voditeljica prvog hrvatskog programa za obuku učitelja.



This Course of study is for TT300 students, as well as all serious Ashtanga practitioners: established practice of Ashtanga yoga, and a lively interest to develop and deepen the personal practice and/or teaching. We highly recommend attending the Mysore classes (at least twice a week, morning or afternoon) for the whole length of the course. This will help us to truly get to know your practice, give you personal attention and feedbacks and have an impact on your development.


A non-refundable deposit of 200 kn reserves your spot.

*Full course of study (7 modules):    3.500 kn  / Gaia TT's: 2.900 kn
1 module (6 hrs - only Saturday):       500 kn  / Gaia TT's:    450 kn
1 module (8 hrs - Saturday & Sunday):       650 kn  / Gaia TT's:    580 kn


* full course payment possible in 2 installments



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