Fellow Los Angeles Ashtangi (and in her case, teacher) Jodi Blumstein provided an answer to our earlier question about why there are so many authorized Ashtangis in Helsinki.
I can sum it up in two words: Lino Miele.
It is a bit more complicated than that, and other teachers were involved that studied with or worked alongside Lino, notably Gwendoline Hunt. But Helsinki was among the places to which Lino spread Ashtanga. And, as we noted, Guruji did include Helsinki on his European tours.
As Jodi pointed out to me, Lino was an obvious missing element to my dream Ashtanga retreat. He was definitely in the mix, though, I just — in my pseudo-trying-to-be-realistic effort — figured getting him from Italy to Hawaii might be a bit much.
But I’ve heard terrific things about him, including from one of his students who was at Tim Miller’s Tulum retreat a year ago.
Speaking of retreats, Jodi, you might recall, is the organizer behind Nancy Gilgoff’s post-Ashtanga Yoga Confluence workshops in Los Angeles. There’s the week-long adjustment clinic, but for those who maybe can’t get that much time free, Gilgoff also is leading a weekend workshop — more traditional-sounding — the weekend of March 16-18. Here’s the schedule:
3 Classes in 3 DaysFriday, March 16th 6 – 8PMSaturday March 17th 9AM – NoonSunday March 18th 9AM – Noon$150 for the weekend$60/class
You can contact Jodi at shantishala at gmail dot com. Or find out more at her webpage.
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