Writing with a twist — a yogic twist!

When you’re writing, when you’re in the zone… how often do you get up to take a break? And not just a coffee break, but a real break — away from the screen, and away from your chair!

In health terms, sitting is the new smoking — and it’s a habit we need to change.

The Helsinki Writing Retreat is all about developing positive habits for writing. Putting a spotlight on healthy physical habits to support writing is the natural next step for us.

So we’re bringing our own twist to the next retreat — and you can twist with us!

Photo by Justyna Jaworska

Photo by Justyna Jaworska

Ashtanga yoga teacher Wambui Njuguna-Räisänen will guide retreat participants in simple moves and stretches that can be repeated at home or in the office, with no mats or other equipment needed. At the November retreat, the yoga instruction will be via video — a resource that participants can easily refer to again after the retreat.

As well as being an Ashtanga yoga teacher and practitioner for nearly a decade, Wambui is herself a writer and past retreat participant — putting her in the perfect position of knowing what writers need, and how to deliver it!

Wambui began teaching Ashtanga yoga in 2011 at the Ashtanga Yoga School of Helsinki and leads regular workshops in Finland and Sweden. In addition, she co-teaches on workshops and retreats with senior Ashtanga yoga teacher, Petri Räisänen, who is also her husband. Together, Petri and Wambui approach the practice of Ashtanga yoga from a gently healing, inclusive and therapeutic perspective.

Many people start practicing Ashtanga yoga using Wambui’s Half Primary series video, which has garnered more than 1.1 million views on YouTube.

newsJessie Janeyoga, facilitator