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Ashtanga Yoga Bali Conference

April 5-10th, 2015

“Decades of Wisdom passed on to you”

Once in a lifetime epic event with senior teachers of Ashtanga Yoga sharing their most profound experiences from decades of exploration.


8-10 am Mysore class with all the teachers

Workshops daily from each teacher 1:30-4:30 pm. (find details in teachers bio below)

Evening Sessions on Monday & Wednesday 7-9 pm.

Friday will be a Concert with Danny Paradise and “friends”

Video from the 2013 conference

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Manju Jois

BIO - Manju Jois

Ashtanga Yoga guru of Mysore, South India, is the oldest son of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, recognized worldwide as the foremost authority on Ashtanga Yoga. Manju was born on November 16th, 1944. At the young age of 7, Manju was awakened early each day by his father to begin lessons that would forever change the course of his life and the lives of those who would study with him in the years to come. He began his teaching career at the age of 15 with his father and has taught ever since.

Manju considers it a great honor to be the son of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. “He is my father and my teacher. I am grateful for both my mother and my father.” Manju’s mother, Savatri Jois, (Sathu to her family) was a beloved wife, loving mother and an expert in Indian cuisine. Sadly, she passed away in 1997. Manju is devoted to his wife Nancy and their young daughter Sathu, named after her paternal Grandmother, who was born in 2002. Sathu is a multi-talented, beautiful girl, who continues to bless the Jois family beyond measure.

Manju has taught the true Mysore Ashtanga method for over 47 years. Spanning 22 countries and 21 states in the US, Manju’s world Ashtanga teaching tour is ever expanding. Manju is grateful to Gary Herlich and all of the other people who helped Manju to stay in US when he first started teaching in America.

He offers Ashtanga weekend workshops, teacher trainings and intensive week-long classes. He incorporates pranayama and vedic chantings in his classes, which go very well with Ashtanga yoga practice. Manju’s intention is to teach in the way of the Ancient tradition and bring the many benefits of Ashtanga yoga to his students.

He hopes to bring “better concentration and understanding” of Astanga Yoga to his students in a world full of distractions. Manju’s dedication to his life of teaching and practicing yoga has brought the benefits of the ancient tradition of Ashtanga Yoga Manju to many students throughout the world, as he guides each to “Unite with Yourself.”


Workshop detail

Sunday 5th

To Be Announced


David Swenson

BIO - David Swenson

David began practicing yoga at a very early age. His older brother Doug was his first teacher. They practiced hatha yoga from whatever books they could find.

David’s introduction to Ashtanga came in 1973 when he met David Williams and Nancy Gilgoff in Encinitas, California. In 1975 David and Nancy brought K. Pattabhi Jois to the U.S. for the first time and Swenson was fortunate enough to be there. He then initiated studies directly with the master. Swenson made his first trip to Mysore in 1977 and learned the full Ashtanga system as it was originally taught by K. Pattabhi Jois.

David Swenson is recognized today as one of the world’s foremost practitioners and instructors of Ashtanga Yoga.


Workshop detail

Monday 6th


Ancient Solutions for Modern Challenges

Underlying the mysterious and complex philosophy of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras there is a truly profound simplicity that may be applied within the context of our daily lives. This class will discuss the Eight Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga and explore their applications within the challenges of life. What is the use of Philosophy without real application? We may memorize quotations or stanzas from great writings but unless we can apply them within the fabric of our life they are merely words spoken rather than knowledge realized.

Real Tools for Real Life!


Nancy Gilgoff

BIO - Nancy Gilgoff

Nancy began practicing Ashtanga Yoga over forty years ago with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, in Mysore, India. As result of their long and close association, Nancy is able to teach with a style and touch that comes directly from Pattabhi Jois. When Nancy asked Jois how she should teach, he told her to “teach the way I taught you”—advice which she took to heart and continues to follow today.

Nancy’s studies, over the years, have also led her to other teachers, including Baba Hari Das and, for asana, instructors of Iyengar. In addition, she has and continues to pursue the dharma teachings of the Dalai Lama.

Nancy spends much of her time touring the United States, Europe, and Asia, teaching with a view to fostering loving-kindness and to sharing her love and experience of yoga.


Workshop detail

Tuesday 7th

“The bandhas are automatically coming”. Guruji told us this many times. in order to decipher how this is possible we will break up into groups. Using the asanas and each others bodies we will explore this idea and come together to discuss our findings.

We will end the session with The Loving Kindness Meditation


Prem & Radha Carlisi

BIO - Prem & Radha

Anthony “Prem” Carlisi and Heather “Radha” Duplex, now “Pradha” :), came together initially as a teaching team in Sri Lanka 2007 at Prem’s then, Ashtanga Yoga retreat center, in Tangalle.

Prior to this, neither Prem nor Radha had ever taught with a partner, or even considered it. Each had been teaching solo for decades.

Their experience of coming together was a magical union which continued into a full tour through Northern Europe (Belgium, Holland, Norway , Germany, and many other places). They realized their combined energies created an even more powerful synergy together (Shiva/Shakti), manifesting in their sharing with students in the room.

In addition to beginning teaching together Prem began writing his book “The Only Way Out is In” in Sri Lanka in 2006, with Radha’s help he completed the project in 2007.

Although the center Prem created in Sri Lanka closed in spring 2008, they continued teaching together on a few more tours throughout Europe, as well as a yearly gig at Pineapple Yoga Studio, in Kauai, Hawaii created by their dear friend and brother, Eagle. In December 2008, they decided to explore Bali for a month of teaching and exploring the island. It went so well, they ended up staying another month into 2009 and taught at the well known center in Ubud called , “The Yoga Barn”.

They quickly discovered that Ubud, Bali was their new OM away from home. Bali and it’s community opened their arms and the Ashtanga Yoga Bali Research Center,( the name was inspired by the name of Guruji’s school in Mysore, India: the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute), was born in Ubud, Bali in November, 2009.
At AYBRC, Prem and Radha continued to develop and create a special nature to their teaching different from most “mysore” rooms.

They maintain the traditional system as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, their beloved Guruji who passed away in May 2009. Prem and Radha both had the good fortune to study with Guruji personally for many years.

Prem began learning from Guruji back in 1978 while and Radha’s Ashtanga journey began by studying with Chuck Miller in 1990 followed by her first trip to Mysore, India to study in 1995.

In addition to the traditional method, they also bring to their teaching the individualization that Krishnamacharya taught and passed to Guruji. Krishnamacharya was the teacher of Sri K Pattabhi Jois, as well as the teacher of BKS Iyengar and, the father of TKV Desikachar. Prem and Radha work in a personable way, making the needs of each individual student a priority.

In addition to their unique teaching style, they also bring in the concepts of Ayurveda and Tantra. Prem was a student of the renown Dr. Vasant Lad, having studied with him for 4 years, from 1983 to 1987, and has maintained a deep connection to the practice of Ayurveda as a lifestyle. He is also considered a “Doctor of Ayurveda” from his teacher Dr. Lad.

Radha also has a deep interest in Ayurveda, particularly in the area of food and nutrition. She has studied with Maya Tiwari and Amadea Morningstar. She also credits Paul Pitchford , the author of Healing with Whole Foods, as begin a big inspiration. She shares her love of Ayurvedic cooking on a regular basis with cooking classes and as nutritional guidance in consultations.

Guruji and Krishnamachariya were also strong advocates and practitioners of this art and science. They stated over and over again the importance of knowing the principles of Ayurveda. So the two elements of Ashtanga Yoga and Ayurveda blend well together in helping the students to achieve more than just a physical practice of asana, but a balanced lifestyle beyond that. They do personal consultations as well, but keep it about practical ways to change your life, rather than prescribing only herbal medications. They also have access to Pancha Karma programs if needed here in Ubud , which Prem works closely with on a consulting basis.

The element of Tantra is a natural one, since they are both a practicing Yogi and Yogini (male and female practitioner of Yoga). This creates a synergy of the male and female aspects in the room and a balanced approach to not only the asana practice, but life itself! Tantra is a deep sharing of energy, not just a sexual one, as some view it, but a way of living and relating on a daily basis.

Prem and Radha offer many things at AYBRC together in the unique and beautiful setting that is their home Yoga Shala in Bali.

Workshop detail

Wednesday 8th

Ashtanga Yoga and Ayurveda

The principles and practice of the traditional “mysore style” Ashtanga Yoga using the science of Ayurveda for the unique needs of each Individual. So much of the time the Ashtanga practice is generically and mechanically taught instead of using the tools to serve the individual. This workshop will explore how to use the tools of the Ashtanga practice by applying the wisdom of Ayurveda. We will discuss how to utilize this technology into everyday life as well.


Eileen Hall

BIO - Eileen Hall

Born: Adelaide, South Australia

Age: 57

Its been 36 years since I attended my first yoga class in Sydney Australia. It was another 7 years later that I met my teacher Pattabhi Jois in India in the 1982… I wandered the streets of Mysore for 2 days before I found his home in Lakshmipuram Mysore. Needless to say it was a memory that I shall never forget as that day was the beginning of change and transformation on my physical and personal life.

What more is there to say, than 35 years of dedication and commitment can be imparted in the practical teachings of Ashtanga Yoga I offer.


Workshop detail

Thursday 9th

In this Workshop Eileen will be teaching the Healing qualities of the Primary Series.

Each posture from the Primary Series has a profound effect on the physical and emotional body.

Learn how the standing sequence creates the strength and stamina to support the structural internal body.

How inversions can be done for a longer, safer time so the therapeutic values kick in.

Deep back bends even if your body struggles to open and unravel, and all this, of course, leads us back to the richness of the primary series in its fluid vinyasa moments.


Bio’s and workshop descriptions

Danny Paradise

BIO - Danny Paradise

Danny Paradise has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 1976 and teaching worldwide since 1979. He initially studied with David Williams and Nancy Gilgoff, the first Western teachers of Ashtanga. In 1978 and 1980 he studied with Sri K. Patabbhi Jois.

As an early advanced practitioner in the West he has helped initiate people around the world in public classes as well as teaching some of the world’s most renowned and talented musicians, actors, sports champions, film directors, fashion designers and dancers.

Danny was the first advanced Western traveling Ashtanga Yoga teacher.. He has introduced the forms in many countries throughout the world and continues to travel extensively.

Danny learned all the sequences of Ashtanga Yoga over 4 years and has also studied and practiced with Yoga teachers and Spiritual guides in many lineages and traditions as well as teachers of Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Karate. Danny draws from the teachings of Krishnamurti, ancient Egypt (as a possible origin of the Practices of Yoga) as well as many Shamanic nature based indigenous Native cultures including Mayan, Tibetan, Hawaiian and Native Americans.


Workshop detail

Friday 10th


In 1991 Danny was introduced to the Sacred, Shamanic practices of the Western Amazon in Brazil and recognized the connections between Native Indigenous teachings, practices and Yoga.

He communicates the teachings on ancient traditions in a non-dogmatic, contemporary, compassionate, humorous way. His purpose is to help people develop a sacred, meditative, healing, joyful, personal self-practice. Yoga is an evolutionary technology designed to create well-being, help us fulfill personal destiny and learn to age with vitality, clarity and grace.

Danny teaches all the Ashtanga Sequences with emphasis on an expanding, evolving practice as well as showing derivative poses, modifications and variations.

Danny considers Yoga a Shamanic practice and relates Yoga to all Shamanic nature-based cultures and practices whose ultimate purpose is Conscious Evolution. The basic premise of Shamanism is that Nature is our Spiritual Guide and Teacher.

Practice will include: An accessible introduction to the Pranayama Routine of Ashtanga Yoga


Full Schedule

Sunday April 5th – Friday April 10th
8-10 am Mysore class with all the teachers

  • Workshops daily from each teacher 1:30-4:30 pm:
    • Manju Jois – Sunday 5th
    • David Swenson – Monday 6th
    • Nancy Gilgoff – Tuesday 7th
    • Prem & Radha – Wednesday 8th
    • Eileen Hall – Thursday 9th
    • Danny Paradise – Friday 10th
  • Evening Sessions on Monday & Wednesday 7-9 pm.

* * *Closing Celebration Concert with Danny Paradise and “Friends” Friday Nite 7-9 pm

Cost and details contact: Inge Hart at ashtangayogabaliconference@gmail.com


Bali Conference 2013  (Eagle, David Williams, Radha Carlisi/Prem Carlisi, Manju, Darby & JoAnne, Annie Pace, Danny Paradise)

Bali Conference 2013 (Eagle, David Williams, Radha Carlisi/Prem Carlisi, Manju, Darby & JoAnne, Annie Pace, Danny Paradise)


Guruji, his wife Amma, and daughter Saraswati  Prem's first trip to Mysore, India 1979

Guruji, his wife Amma, and daughter Saraswati
Prem’s first trip to Mysore, India 1979


Guruji giving Prem adjustment in Rajkapotasana

Guruji giving Prem adjustment in Rajkapotasana


Prem's first trip to Mysore in 1979 (Brad Ramsey/Gary Lopedota, Pistaschio, Sherry, Hans and Prem)

Prem’s first trip to Mysore in 1979 (Brad Ramsey/Gary Lopedota, Pistaschio, Sherry, Hans and Prem)


The Maui Ashtanga tribe , Guruji’s tour 1980

The Maui Ashtanga tribe , Guruji’s tour 1980


Old photo from 1975 Guruji’s first trip to Encinitas, California.  Pranayama circle with David Williams, David Swenson, Nancy Gilgoff, Brad Ramsey and 2 unknowns

Old photo from 1975 Guruji’s first trip to Encinitas, California. Pranayama circle with David Williams, David Swenson, Nancy Gilgoff, Brad Ramsey and 2 unknowns


Danny Paradise

Danny Paradise – photo by Blaine Michioka, Kauai, Hawaii 1987 ‘Punga Kukkutasana’


Danny Paradise

Danny Paradise – Kauai, North Shore, Haena 1987 ‘Viranchyasana’


Danny Paradise

Danny Paradise – Desert Concert, Rajasthan, India 1983


Danny Paradise

Danny Paradise – Photo by Thomas Kelly, ‘Dikasana’ Danny and Baccu Kali, Royal Chitwan Wildlife Sanctuary in Nepal


Danny Paradise

Danny Paradise – Photo by Blaine Michioka, Kauai 1987. ‘Viranchyasana’


Danny Paradise - 'Handstand Lotus' Baldwin Beach, Maui, Hawaii 1978

Danny Paradise – ‘Handstand Lotus’ Baldwin Beach, Maui, Hawaii 1978


Special Workshop with Manju Jois

April 12-17, 2015

Inquire with Radha at info@ashtangayogabali.com