Festival Feature: Kristina Karitinou-Ireland

Interviewed by author Peter Guttridge, we are overjoyed that Kristina Karitinou-Ireland will be joining us at this year’s festival. The talk will explore the history of yoga in our city and Derek’s legacy.

Derek Ireland was a hugely charismatic and influential Ashtanga Yoga teacher. Born in Brighton, he played football for the Albion, was the Sex Pistols’ roadie and was one of the first students of Sri K Pattabhi Jois. He is considered one of the most important yoga teachers of our era, succeeding in spreading the Ashtanga method in Europe. Tragically, he died of cancer 20 years ago this September.

Kristina’s work is a continuation of Derek’s teaching principles and techniques, a certified Ashtanga Yoga teacher, she has been teaching through the tradition of Sri K Pattabhi Jois since 1991. The last years she has been actively involved in the practice of Zen chanting and sitting under the guidance of Zen Master Hyon Gak Sunim. She teaches the Primary, Intermediate and Advanced Sequence and she offers classes, workshops, retreats and TTCs all year round in Greece, Europe and Asia.

You can read more about Kristina and her work here: www.yogapractice.gr

Catch Kirstina’s talk on Saturday 14 July, midday at this year’s festival.