The Royal Path of Astanga Yoga

With Eddie Stern

The Royal Path of Astanga Yoga

with Eddie Stern

With Eddie Stern

24 – 30 August 2018

This is a very unique and wonderful opportunity to retreat with one of the most respected an experienced astanga yoga teachers and to share this week with other dedicated practitioner from all over the world! We are very honored to share this week of astanga yoga at the beautiful Mandali retreat centre with Eddie Stern.

Eddie is the youngest of the so-called Senior Teachers of Astanga Yoga in the world. He has followed for more than twenty years', uninterruptedly, the teaching of his guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, from whom he could learn the most profound essence of the Astanga Yoga system. Always close to Guruji until his death in 2009, Eddie devoted his entire life to the study of the Astanga Yoga system, including its less popular aspects. He has studied Sanskrit and many of the scriptures of the Indian tradition as well as all aspects of the Indian and yogic culture. 

Eddie Stern embodies the most authentic expression of how eastern wisdom can be relevant to our western lives. He's one of the most recognized and extraordinary teachers of Astanga Yoga in the world today. This retreat is a great opportunity to experience the true and pure essence of this uniquely comprehensive system of yoga.

During his first ever week-long retreat, Eddie will cover in-depth the three ingredients of yoga that are said to lead towards self-knowledge: 

1. Asana and pranayama practice
2. Chanting and study of sacred texts
3. Surrender of the fruits of our actions 

Also included in this course will be daily yoga therapy classes in the afternoon, and plenty of time for discussion and questions and answers. 

All levels are 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 chanting of Shanti Mantras and pranayama
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 / Pranayama 
19:00 – 20:00 Dinner and rest

Departure day (thursday 30 august)

06:15 – 07:00 Morning chanting of Shanti Mantras and pranayama
07:00 – 10:00 Mysore practice 
09:00 – 10:30 Breakfast
10:30 – 11:30 Closing 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 and yoga classes 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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