The Royal Path of Astanga Yoga

With Eddie and Jocelyne Stern

The Royal Path of Astanga Yoga

with Eddie and Jocelyne Stern

With Eddie & Jocelyne Stern

24 – 30 August 2018

This is a very unique and wonderful opportunity to retreat with one of the most respected and experienced astanga yoga teachers and to share a week with other dedicated practitioners from all over the world! 

We are very honored to share this week of astanga yoga at the beautiful Mandali retreat centre with Eddie and Jocelyne Stern. They are the co-founders of Ashtanga Yoga New York, the Brooklyn Yoga Club and the Brooklyn Ganesha Temple. They studied under Astanga Yoga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois from 1991 until his passing in 2009. Eddie has published several books on Pattabhi Jois and Astanga Yoga, including a translation of Pattabhi Jois’s 1960 treatise, Yoga Mala. Jocelyne and Eddie continue to study with Pattabhi Jois’s grandson and successor, Paramaguru R. Sharath Jois.

This retreat is a great opportunity to experience the true and pure essence of this uniquely comprehensive system of yoga, under the guidance of these highly recognized teachers of Astanga Yoga who embody an authentic expression of how eastern wisdom can be relevant to our western lives.
In their first ever week-long retreat, Eddie and Jocelyne will focus on teaching the basic and foundational principles of yoga as a healing practice, one that helps to release long-held emotions and fixed ideas, builds vitality and positivity, and leads us to live in alignment with the deeper purpose of our lives. 
The topics that we will discuss during the daily lectures will use the principle of kriya yoga, or the three practices that reduce our mental blockages, as our format. These three are physical practices like asanas and pranayama, breathing practices that include chanting, and meditations that help us examine our emotional bodies. Our entire existence is an experience in consciousness, and each of these three practices examine this idea in practical ways, so that our experience of our true self becomes more pronounced, or more profound. 
Each day we will have Mysore practice, pranayama, meditation, chanting, lectures, and yoga therapy, through the different periods of the day. There will be plenty of time for asking questions, and as the group size is limited, more time for talking, investigating, and exploring inwardly. Beginning students who have limited experience in Astanga Yoga are also welcome. 

Schedule 24 – 30 August 2018

Arrival day (friday 24 august)

17:30 – 18:30 Welcome & Ganesh Puja
19:00 – 20:00 Dinner 

Daily Schedule (saturday 25 to wednesday 29 august)

06:15 – 07:00 Morning meditation and chanting of Shanti Mantras
07:00 – 10:00 Mysore practice
09:00 – 10:30 Breakfast
10:30 – 12:00 Chanting & Philosophy
13:00 – 16:30 Lunch and Free Time
16:30 – 18:30 Lecture / Therapy class / Meditation / Pranayama 
19:00 – 20:00 Dinner and rest

Departure day (thursday 30 august)

06:15 – 07:00 Morning meditation and chanting of Shanti Mantras and pranayama
07:00 – 10:00 Mysore practice 
09:00 – 10:30 Breakfast
10:30 – 11:30 Closing meditation and puja 
13:00 – 14:30 lunch
14:30 departure 


Location: Mandali Retreat Center

This retreat is hosted at the Mandali Retreat Center. Mandali is a peaceful retreat centre, established on a mountaintop, overlooking lago d’Orta in Italy. It is an open space dedicated to spiritual practice and personal transformation. Mandali provides an optimal environment to exchange and receive teachings, wisdom and guidance from some of the world’s most inspiring teachers.

The location is a result of an extended search. When the founders saw the view from the mountain top, it accelerated their hearts. They realized they had found the perfect place. Building this place is their dream and heartfelt intention; to create a place of quiet beauty, to learn and to relax. 

They built this place from scratch, you can have a look at the making off video here (very impressive!). It's architecture is a faithful reflection of the ancient villages by which it is surrounded. The centre breathes a soothing, serene atmosphere and offers its guests a guiding hand. You will fall in love with nature, find balance in the elements and feel harmony with your true self.

"We believe that to spend time in retreat is a necessity for anyone interested in a balanced way of living. We look forward to welcoming you at Mandali." - The Mandali team 

Mandali is set 850 meters above sea level, overlooking lago d’ Orta in Italy, the site faces southeast, enjoying the morning sun rising over the Mottarone mountain range across the lake. The classic feng shui dream of enjoying the inspiration of the sun, lake, and valley in front of you, whilst being supported and protected by the buildings, trees, and gardens behind is a functioning reality at Mandali. If you decide to go off of the retreat center to feel into the local villages and cuisine, there is much to take in and to taste.


How to get there? 

It's easy to get at Mandali or at the Mandali Retreat Centre; you fly to Malpensa International Airport (MXP) and from there you can get a transfer to Mandali, which will only take about 60 minutes. 
•    Health club
•    Hot tub / Jacuzzi
•    Massage
•    Sauna
•    Steam room
•    Swimming pool
•    Dining area
•    Garden
•    Multilingual staff
•    Food

During this retreat, you will enjoy three daily delicious vegetarian meals, which will consist of a light breakfast of fruit and tea, a brunch, and dinner.

Things to do (optional)

During your free time, you can enjoy your own rhythm and choose what suits you best. Relax in your room, take a forest walk, enjoy the sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, or take a swim in the heated indoor swimming pool.

Spa treatments

A good massage can feel wonderful, help integrate all level of experience, and liberate your body from the tightness and holdings that keep pulling you backwards.
There are various types of massages available at Mandali’s Body Care Center, such as Lomi Lomi (traditional Hawaiian), deep tissue massage, cranial sacral, and intuitive bodywork.
Massage sessions can be booked at an additional cost. Full information on the massage type and therapist of your choice can be obtained at the reception.

Included & Not included

What's included

  • 3 meditation/yoga sessions per day
  • 3 yogi meals per day
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Access to the Body Care Center facilities
  • Fruits, teas, and filtered water

What's not included

  • Airfare (flight to Milano Malpensa)
  • Massages and therapies at the Body Care Center
  • Transfers to and from Mandali Retreat Center (you can arrange via Mandali)
  • Travel and cancellation insurances

About Eddie Stern

Eddie Stern is a yoga instructor raised in New York City. He studied Ashtanga Yoga, chanting, philosophy and ritual under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, of Mysore, from 1991-2009, and is the founder of the Broome Street Ganesha Temple in NYC; co-publishes Namarupa, Categories of Indian Thought, a Hindu art and philosophy magazine; and runs the Urban Yogis project that brings yoga and meditation to young adults and youth in disadvantaged and at-risk-to-violence communities in NYC, with his collaborator, Deepak Chopra. He has published several books on Pattabhi Jois and Ashtanga Yoga, including a translation of Pattabhi Jois’s 1960 treatise, Yoga Mala. He continues to study with Pattabhi Jois’s grandson and successor, Paramaguru R. Sharath Jois, and his daughter, Saraswati Jois.
To find out more about Eddie Stern and his shala in New York please visit


More information and booking

Prices for this retreat start at €1295 in a shared room of 4, excl. travel costs. To book your spot for this retreat, please follow the link to the Mandali website, where you can choose amongst different accommodation options, submit your payment and confirm your spot.




Mandali Retreat Center
+39 0323 826439


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