My first yoga experience was in 2003 and since then I have been a devoted yoga practitioner for over 10 years now. The practice has transformed me in so many ways and led me to leave my job in the financial industry and follow the path of teaching, in an effort to transmit to others what yoga has done for me and how it has improved my life.
After my first 6 years of consistent practice I completed a 200 hour yoga alliance registered teacher training program and started teaching in 2009. I have been trained in anatomy, hands on adjustments, yoga philosophy, pranayama, and sanskrit. I then completed an intensive course in the foundation and teaching techniques of Ashtanga Yoga with David Swenson at the Triyoga Center in London. For the past 5 years I have been practicing and studying yoga theory with Jean Claude Garnier (Ashtanga Yoga Institute of Brussels) in annual 60 hour training courses, while every year I travel to attend workshops and seminars all over the world. I have had the chance to meet and practice with amazing people and teachers including Manju Jois, David Swenson, Jean Claude Garnier, Eddie Stern, Danny Paradise, Ron Reid, Diane Bruni, Marla Meenakshi.
In my classes I pay close attention to the particular needs of each student and give adjustments according to one's level, age, physical condition and flexibility. I encourage students to develop a sustainable practice at their one pace. Apart from the physical practice I also incorporate pranayama (breathing techniques) and theory sessions in my teaching.
For the past 3 years I also organize workshops, teacher trainings and yoga retreats with various teachers (including myself) in my favorite island of Andros. Apart from teaching I also love vegan cooking. I spend my time between Athens and Andros, where I teach, host workshops and cook for my guests.
I believe yoga is a valuable tool to improve one's way of living at all levels from the physical body (improving health and increasing vital energy) to the mind and soul (freeing the mind from unnecessary attachments and encouraging love and compassion). After so many years of practice I have now come to understand what the "father of Ashtanga yoga" Patthabi Jois meant when he said practice and all is coming.