Our Teachers

Bhāvanā teachers are deeply committed to their practice and are trained to the highest standards.
They pursue daily personal practice and training on a regular basis.

 Konstantinos Charantiniotis

I am inspired by Yoga because I came to it through a lifelong journey that started in 1989. I started my studies on Yoga & philosophy from the United States in the 90’s while I was studying Sports and Health science. Then I traveled to India and Thailand to enhance and diversify my learning on Yoga as well as many different traditional healing techniques.

My exposure to eastern influences and western training has led me to combine the best that each tradition has to offer for the benefit of my students. Because I understand the pressures of modern living I am also able to offer Yogic training that fully takes into account those pressures so that those who attend my workshops, seminars and classes find the balance that’s right for them.

Yoga was an awakening for me. It taught me to be more in touch with myself, my body and my mind. Breath gives me life. By being attentive to my breath and improving it’s quality through yoga practice, I found improvement in all levels and aspects of life. Along the way, I was inspired by the ways I have seen yoga transform lives and bodies, including my own. My motivation to start teaching was the desire to share with others all the good things that happened to me through the years I’ve been practicing Yoga. I am inspired to share what I have learned both physically and philosophically from the many wonderfull yoga teachers I worked with.

Dedicated practice and a commitment to continuous learning is my drive. It has helped me to deepen my knowledge. I am honored to share these teachings and practices; and consider a great gift in life when a small light is passed on to others though me.

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Muge Konuralp

muge konuralp Yoga Instructor

Yoga directed me to a completely new path as a human being. In the beginning Yoga for me, was a kind of sport activity, but  as time passed i realized that it guided me to change my perspective towards life and I wanted to study in depth this ancient mystique science.

The more I practiced Yoga, I realized that I was working on a different level. There were alterations in my body, soul and behavior. As a result, I put aside all the dense sport activities and I decided to redefine and improve myself. Thankfully, I finally figured out that the essence of life is to find inner balance and to realize the beautiful miracles of life.

The first Yoga certificate I had was for 200 hours in Mysore, India, on Ashtanga Yoga. Later, after following courses in the Himalayan Iyengar Center, I attended courses of Ayurvedic nutrition, Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers, Immersion II of Anusara with Ross Rayburn and Yoga on Swings with Alexandra Rossopoulou.

In addition, I completed 200 hours of training with Chris Chavez, “Path to Teaching”. Except from the previous training I attained a certificate of Hatha Yoga with Urun Kutric, Yara Leite Goulart Ulcay, Uma Jyoti, Ken the Rolfer and Michael Saunder.

One of the most recent teacher training was the Anusara Yoga “Skill of Teaching”, with Kostantinos Charantiniotis and Tara Judelle. Last but not least, is my training on Therapeutics Yoga with Peter Goodman.

Despite my certificates and trainings in Yoga, I received the Initiation to practice the Babaji’s Kriya Yoga OM Healing Blessing from Saraswati Karuna Devi.

In the path of student and teacher that I am following, I try with all my heart to share the belief that: “Yoga is a way of personal development, a way to come closer to your true self. Yoga is a way of healing, as it helps us know and love ourselves, allowing us to find an equilibrium between our environment and the Universe.”

In my opinion, teaching yoga is something more than being a simple teacher; it is a blissful chance to share the tools, knowledge, we need in the common path that we follow in our lives.

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Kalliopi Palli

Kalliopi was raised in Evoia and the last year’s lives in Athens, where she came across the sacred path of yoga, which she follows with love and gratitude.

She started yoga for physical exercise and well being, but soon the energy structure of the system helped her to evolve in all levels.

Through yoga practice, she felt even more joy and enthusiasm for life, love for the universe, and met the need for self expression and communication with her true self.

After obtaining her certification in 2011 as Hatha Yoga teacher, she continued her education by participating in many seminars. (anatomy and body alignment,focused trainings on kids yoga, prenatal yoga and therapeutics. )

She recently obtained her second 200hours Yoga certification by Bhavana School of Yoga.

Kalliopi continues to be a lifelong student of Yoga, that enjoys practicing different paths and schools of yoga, gathering knowledge and experience. She combines her love for yoga with energy healing techniques and holds degrees in Reiki.

She is additionally a graduate of the Architecture Department of the National Polytechnic School of Athens.

Her motto is “JOY, LOVE, TRUST, ACCEPTANCE, EVOLUTION!

Each lesson she offers, is a new opportunity to pass the essence of yoga in the hearts of all people!

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Vasilis Mavromatis

Vasilis Mavromatis more info coming soon…

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Asimakis Faltakas

Asimakis Faltakas Bhavana Yoga Over-stressed and overworked from a job in advertising, Asimakis dropped-in in a yoga class in 2007 and has been passionately practicing yoga ever since. The practice and philosophy of Yoga was a wake-up call for his body, mind and spirit. Quitting his job he found himself studying and then practicing massage therapy and energy healing and later on, in the beginning of 2012 he traveled to India to take a Hatha Yoga Teachers Training course.

He started teaching Yoga straight after that, while he also kept searching for deeper practice himself. In September 2012 he discovered Anusara Yoga at Bhavana Yoga Center following Konstantinos Charantiniotis classes. The Anusara style of yoga has been a great inspiration and an exceptional tool for practice and self discovery for him. He has attended workshops and masterclasses with great teachers from all over the world (Tara Judelle, Todd Tessen, Jaye Martin, Todd Norian, Simon Borg-Olivier, Leslie Kaminoff).

In Summer 2013 he completed his Anusara Yoga Teacher Training with Konstantinos Charantiniotis and Tara Judelle.

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Anastasia Zisoudi

zisoudi anastasia yoga classes at Bhavana Yoga AthensGraduating from Physical Education & Sport Science in Athens, in 2007, with speciality in water sports, and being an athlete of synchronised swimming and water polo, I could see my co-athletes experiencing various types of injuries. That led me to seek alternative ways of therapy not only for athletes, but also for people with various physical problems led by their sedentary lifestyle.

During this time, I have attended various seminars regarding therapeutic massage, kinesiology, pilates and yoga.

While traveling in India, in 2012 and studying the yoga philosophy with various distinguished teachers, I came to a conclusion that apart from the physical benefits, yoga is an alternative way for a healthier and more balanced life in all aspects, helping one to look deep inside him and discover his true self.

She recently obtained her second 200hours Yoga certification by Bhavana School of Yoga.

I’m grateful that I have the chance to share this knowledge and help people to find balance, joy and love in their lives.

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Christina Karkania

I was born in Athens, in 1979. I studied Law, at the University of Athens, and Social Anthropology, at SOAS, University of London.

I started practicing yoga on a volcanic beach ten years ago; this is still my favourite place to practice.

It started off as a game – and a desire to see the world upside down – and that is a feeling I wish to nurture and share as my practice progresses and expands.

Currently, my focus is to remove any obstacles in my breath, movement, thought and action, so as to experience greater freedom.

What I wish to conquer through my practice is a joyful balance between the calm simplicity of an ascetic practice and the lust for life.

Since I believe that yoga is essentially one practice – with as many faces as practitioners – I practice and teach hatha yoga, the yoga of the union. My teaching is oriented towards the enhancement of the students’ awareness, of their breath, movement, thought.

I obtained my 200hours Yoga Teacher Training Certificate at Bhavana School, Athens, by Konstantinos Charantiniotis, where -among so many other things- I learned to be more conscious about both my movement and my words.

I believe in everyday practice -with or without teacher- combining movement, breath, meditation and philosophy, in a constant process of evolution.

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Sofia Maniatakou 

What fascinates me about yoga is that it initiates positive change, in terms of personal development and social transformation. My teaching is inspired by this principle.

My journey in yoga started when I turned 18. I had just moved to Canada to pursue a BA in Environment and Economics at McGill University. Once I realized that the practice of yoga was teaching me so many things about myself I saw the complementarity of these two worlds.

In early 2014 I came across Κonstantinos Charantiniotis’ classes and was introduced to Anusara yoga. I was taught how I could sustain the positive qualities that emerge during the yoga practice and embed them into my daily life.

I’m grateful to all teachers who have inspired me such as Elena Brower, Desirée Rumbaugh, Andrew Revin, Peter Goodman, Maria Stylianaki, Janet Stone, Zeyneb Uras, Alexandra Rousopolou (Yoga swings), & Apostolia Papadamaki (Biotomic Anatomy), just to name a few.

In 2016 I completed Bhavana Yoga Center’s 200 hours Teacher Training, where amongst other things I learned how to share my passion for yoga and encourage others to follow this path.

It is an honor to teach something so important to me. Through my teachings, I aim to invite happiness, confidence, lightness, flexibility and strength into my students’ bodies and minds. I hope that by helping people to understand themselves better, we’ll create a ripple effect of greater awareness and positivity through our interactions.

Other than yoga, I’m passionate about social & ecological justice and outdoors activities such as mountaineering, free-diving, rock-climbing, trail running and cycling.

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Stella Samartzi

I was born in Argos, Greece. For almost a decade, since I was 5 years old, I was involved in Rhythmic Gymnastics, which is a very challenging sport that helped me progress to the person I am today.

For more than 18 years I have been working hard in the Advertising Sector. The main aspects of my daily operations include Human Resources Management, Marketing Strategy and Client Support. On my “spare time” I have been always practicing sports, pilates and ballet. This has helped me develop my working skills too.

I was introduced to Yoga 14 years ago and for the last 6 years it has been my daily activity, which helps me educate and improve myself both physically and mentally. I have participated in a lot of seminars, yoga retreats and workshops. However the highlight of my Yoga-journey is a travel to India where I decided to attend the “Teacher Training 200h” along with my teacher Konstantinos Charantiniotis at Bhavana Yoga Center.

The most important aspect of Yoga has been my daily practice, which helps me and awakens body & spirit for better understand the philosophy of yoga.

The purpose of my life is the constant and continuous education and the opportunity to share all this with the world around me.

“It is about sharing moments through teaching and using all the techniques that my teachers have taught me.”


Lynn Roulo

Lynn Roulo Lynn Roulo is a KRI certified kundalini yoga instructor who received her certification from the Guru Ram Das Ashram in San Francisco. She began her teaching experience at homeless shelters throughout San Francisco and started the Rasayan Center, a kundalini yoga studio in San Franciscoʼs financial district in 2009. In February of 2012, she relocated to Athens, Greece.

“I came to kundalini yoga during a difficult period in my life when I wanted change. I started taking this form of yoga at the recommendation of a friend and kept coming to the classes because each class made me feel better. Eventually, I wanted to deepen my practice so I enrolled in the teacher training program. By the end, I felt so grateful for the experience, I wanted to pass it on to others so I started teaching. I now look back on that difficult period of my life and feel gratitude for the path it put me on. I love kundalini yoga because I find it to be a transformative practice that is accessible to all people of all physical levels.”

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Theodore Kyriakos

Theodore KyriakosA beacon of light and laughter, Theodore Kyriakos, native of Greece, guides people the world over into the sacred flame of the heart with the passion and potent skill of a master.  At the early age of 18, Theo discovered the eastern traditions; he immediately resonated with meditation as one of his main spiritual practices. He began to see the world with the eyes of a seeker and in doing so he dove into such modalities as hands-on-healing, Tai Chi, psychotherapy, depth psychology, dream work, Sufi mysticism, body work and alchemy.

He holds a MA and an advanced diploma in integrative transpersonal counseling and psychotherapy, a post graduate certificate in dreamwork, and years of personal and professional experience. He aims to help others explore their true potential, develop their inner resources, and access their creativity to live a life oferos. Eros is the ancient Greek word for passionate love infused with sensual longing and desire. True to his Greek roots, he believes in the power of Eros reawakening on the planet at this time.Theodore fuses east with west, light with dark, and the known with the unknown for each of us to illuminate the celebration of Spirit in all things.