Sofia Soori

Sofia Soori is a music student who fell in love with Ashtanga Vinyasa and went to India to deepen her practice. She has practiced yoga from the age of 13 and has tried many different types of yoga. She went through Bikram Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Hatha Yoga before falling for Ashtanga Vinyasa. After graduating, Sofia bought a one-way ticket to India and a few months later did her first yoga teacher training. She has studied under K. Sharath Jois, grandchild of Ashtanga Vinyasa founder Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, at the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore.


Since then, Sofia has been back to India to study with Sharath Jois three times. Furthermore, she has built her own YogaShala at Blidö with her mother Päivi Seppä. At this YogaShala, Sofia hosts yoga retreats. Sofia believes that a great yoga instructor will always remain a student. In her classes, she mixes postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayamas) and meditation. Whether restorative or dynamic, her classes always have a well thought-through purpose and set-up. When not teaching yoga, Sofia enjoys surfing and climbing.


To learn more about Sofia Soori, visit her webpage.

Sofia Soori

1 Program

4 weeks
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Ashtanga Fundamentals

Welcome to Ashtanga fundamentals a four-week course in Ashtanga vinyasa for beginners.

The goal of the program is to get to a level where we have developed a self-practice so we can use it as a base to an everyday easy yoga practice at home. 

Understand the basics of the Ashtanga yoga method. Get the tools and inspiration to practice yoga more regularly.

Good luck! 

25 Classes

5 min
Ashtanga vinyasa yoga fundamentals

Big Toe Pose Tutorial

This posture is in Sanskrit called Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana and is one of the first balancing-on-one-leg postures. To enter the full posture, you’ll need some hamstring & hip flexibility, which the previous postures in the Ashtanga sequence gives you in time.


This tutorial also cues the correct vinyasa count in the posture, meaning it shows which movement is connected with an inhale or exhale.


5 min
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Chakrasana Tutorial

This tutorial shows you step by step how to approach Chakrasana, the backward roll, which is included at the end of Ashtanga Primary Series and the closing sequence.


Chakrasana is often used when coming out of a posture where we are lying on the floor. It gives us more flow in the sequence, instead of rolling up to a seated position and then jumping back to Chaturanga and doing our vinyasa.


20 min
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Kurmasana Preparation

A class to help you open up the hips and the back of the hamstrings to prepare for Supta Kurmasana, one of the deepest forward fold in the Ashtanga Primary Series. Supta Kurmasana, or Sleeping Turtle Pose, is the peak pose of the series and before we’ve reached this pose we’ve gone through many forward folds. This video you can do just as it is or after/in your longer yoga practice/routine.


25 min
Ashtanga vinyasa yoga fundamentals

Low Lunge Class

A perfect class to soften your lower body and open up your hips. This class is suitable for everyone from beginner to advanced yoga practitioner. It is especially good for runners, hikers as well as still sitters.


10 min
Ashtanga vinyasa yoga fundamentals

Headstand Preparation

Here are some of Sofia’s favorite strength exercises to prepare for Handstand! This set of exercises strengthens your core, wrists and improves your balance. Doing this routine a few days a week will definitely get you going in your handstand practice. Keep practicing and it will come!


10 min
Ashtanga vinyasa yoga fundamentals

Strength for Surfers Class

Sofia has been wave surfing for nine years. When there are no waves around, she maintains her strength for surfing with a few exercises. If you want to improve your surfing or get going before a surf vacation, this video is for you. Feel free to repeat it. Remember to take one rest day a week if you are doing it every day.

10 min
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Post Surf Yoga Class

Sofia has been wave surfing for nine years and knows how important it is to do some restorative stretching after a strong surf session. The ocean is strong, and paddling is not easy. To not get too stiff from surfing, Here is her best tips on surf stretches to do after surfing or later in the evening after a full day of surfing.


10 min
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Pre Surf Yoga Class

Sofia has been wave surfing for 9 years and knows how important it is to warm up the body before jumping into the ocean to surf. This is a short sequence of postures and movements to help you warm up the key muscles you use while surfing.


45 min
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Finishing Sequence Practice

Short of time? This practice warms up the body with some Sun Salutations and then goes straight to focus on the finishing sequence of Ashtanga yoga.

This practice is for the more experienced yogi since there are not detailed instructions on how to do certain asanas.


60 min
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Glimpse of Ashtanga Intermediate Series

This practice is for the more advanced yoga practitioner. We are trying out some of the postures from the second series of Ashtanga, a sequence which you are ready to start after years of practicing Ashtanga Primary Series with consistency.


20 min
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Sofia’s Favorite Handstand Drills

Sofia’s favorite drills to strengthen her handstands. Find your core and balance working on four different exercises then repeating that for three rounds.

You need two blocks, a chair and a wall with space!


15 min
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Meditation for A Restless Mind

In this 15 min meditation, Sofia introduces you to a seated Sun Salutation and a concentration exercise called focus 12. It is designed to fit a restless mind or a beginner to meditation.