Janne Kontala has been sharing his knowledge on yoga since 1994. His first contact with yoga was on the 1986, where reading a book ignited a life-long interest, which soon developed into a daily practice. Since the early 1990's, Janne has studied in traditional ashrams in India and West. From early on, Janne has been combining in his personal practice the use of sacred sound in yoga in all its forms - svadhyaya, mantra-japa, and kirtanam - with asana and pranayama from the world of Hatha yoga. Considering his personal daily practice his most importance source of inspiration, he has nevertheless combined the more traditional approach to yoga with academic studies in religion, where he holds a PhD from Abo Akademi University in Finland. Besides his PhD Thesis and a number of academic articles on the sociology of religion, Janne has authored the book Inner Yoga (Ferryman Books), and is the co-founder and regular contributor in the yoga-magazine Ananda. He recently finished his commentary for Yoga-sutra.
Janne trains yoga-teachers since 2005, and is currently involved with teacher training programs in three different countries.
Dr. Partap Chauhan
Dr. Partap Chauhan, BAMS, is the pioneer of Ayurvedic Telemedicine. He started the world’s first Ayurvedic website, jiva.com, in the year 1995, and was the first to give online consultations to people from all over the world.
Partap Chauhan is the only Ayurvedic doctor to have won the prestigious “World Summit Award” given by United Nations Organization, Geneva, for his Teledoc project designed to help rural population using technology. For his social entrepreneurial skills, he has been selected a lifetime Ashoka Fellow, by the Ashoka Foundation, USA.
Dr. Chauhan is the founder of Jiva Ayurveda, an Ayurvedic company that offers online, telephonic and personal consultation to patients across the world. Based in Faridabad, Delhi NCR, Jiva runs a network of 80 clinics all over India and the world's largest Ayurvedic Telemedicine Center, giving free consultations to more than 6000 patients daily, through 500 well-trained Ayurvedic doctors. Dr. Chauhan runs a popular Ayurvedic health shows daily on various prime Television channels like India News, Aaj Tak Tez, News24, Zee Hindustan, Sanskar TV, and many more. The combined viewership is more than 500 million people in India and abroad.
Dr. Chauhan has traveled to more than 40 countries spreading the knowledge of Ayurveda to common people. He has established Jiva Ayurveda Schools in Japan, France, Poland and Lithuania, where practical courses are offered to general masses related to lifestyle, nutrition and cooking. He has written several books on Ayurveda which have been translated to many foreign languages including French, Russian, Lithuanian and Polish. He has won various National and International Awards for his services towards Ayurveda.
My name is Pia. I am a professional vegetarian cook for 26 years, and I will be cooking vegan meals for you during the retreat.
My name is Sinikka, I am running an organic bakery on the farm and will be serving baked goods and drinks in my garden café during the retreat.
I am Gita, and I am 14 years old. I will be arranging children's program for the retreat.
My name is Henriikka. For those who wish to spend a digi-free retreat, I am at your service. Should you wish free-time activities like gardening, arts, forest walks etc., contact me anytime!
Jani Jaatinen is without a doubt amongst the most advanced practitioners and teachers of yoga asanas you will ever meet. Since 2000, Jani has explored yoga with Janne Kontala, his life-long teacher and friend. After he started, he soon developed an uncommon dedication to his personal daily practice.
He has been practicing yoga for 19 years now. His in-depth knowledge of the human body sets the stage for a unique presentation of asana. He is versed in the ancient spiritual yoga texts, the wisdom of which is grounded in his daily practice and meditation.
Jani teaches traditional Hatha, Slow yoga, Vinyasa, Ashtanga yoga and yoga philosophy. Known for sharing his love and knowledge of yoga in a clear, dynamic and generous manner, he receives invitations and travels regularly to conduct workshops, retreats and teacher trainings around the world. Practitioners from all levels benefit greatly from his classes. His dedication and devotion to the whole meaning of yoga is a true inspiration for everyone who has the opportunity to develop their yoga with him.
Jani is currently based in Kota Kinabalu, the east Borneo of Malaysia. He started his own yogashala, Gokul Yoga, in 2012 when he moved to Malaysia with his wife. Other than teaching yoga, Jani enjoys making music, drawing, swimming and chanting.