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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Maria Stylianaki

Maria StylianakiMaria Stylianaki discovered yoga at Holistic Harmony in 1999 and she became a passionate student since then. She feels huge gratitude for her first teacher Robert Najemy who inspired & supported her to become a yoga teacher in 2001. Her next teacher, Stella Ouzouni, introduced her to Iyengar Yoga and for the next years she attended several workshops with senior Iyengar Teachers. She had the great opportunity to study different styles of yoga with great teachers as Shiva Rea, David Williams, Shiv Sharma, Cornelia Heyde, Emil Wendel. In April 2008 she fell in love with Anusara Yoga when she had her first workshop with the amazing Desiree Rumbaugh. Since then she is blessed to study Anusara Yoga with great teachers & souls as Todd Tesen, Bj Galvan, Martin & Jordan Kirk, Sianna Sherman, Sue Elkind, Jaye Martin, Noah Maze, Amy Ippoliti, Christina Frosolono Sell, Elena Brower & the Bliss Brothers. She is also honored to study with John Friend, the founder of Anusara Yoga and with the Tantric philosopher and renowned scholar, Dr. Douglas Brooks. Μaria is now an Anusara-Inspired yoga teacher and she considers a great honor to share all the powerful teachings with her beloved students.

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.


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.”

Natasha Zindrou

natasha zindrou at Bhavana Yoga Center Natasha was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece. After graduating
from the American High School of Thessaloniki she obtained a degree in Physical
Education and Sports from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Her relationship to yoga was love at first sight that grew into an everlasting love. She took her first class in 2004 and then embarked on a journey of self-discovery, traveling in many places around the world in order to study with some of her favorite yoga teachers and human beings.

She has been teaching yoga since 2007, following the path of Anusara Yoga and her love for psychology in order to align body, mind and heart. She is a passionate practitioner because yoga brings her closer to her heart and true nature which is joy and love. She teaches yoga because she strongly believes that all human beings must be reminded of their true nature.

She shares wholeheartedly the knowledge that she has received from her teachers and, by creating
a space of safety and freedom in every class, helps her students unfold their full

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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Visitor Teachers:

Thodoris Hiotis

Thodoris Hiotis Thodoris Chiotis was born and raised in Athens.
In 1995 he started practicing and studying yoga in the system of Satyananda yoga under the guidance of Swami Sivamurti Saraswati.In 2000 he attended and succesfuly completed “Yogic studies 1” and the teacher’s training course in the system of Satyananda yoga.
He continues his training attending numerous and specialized workshops in many fields of yoga with distinguished teachers like Swami Sivamurti Saraswati (satyananda yoga), Swami Vedanta Saraswati (satyananda yoga), Jean Claude Garnier (Ashtanga vinyasa yoga), Diane Long (student of Vanda Scaravelli) and many others.
He has been teaching since 2001 and he has been guiding workshops for yoga teachers and students.
Along with his yoga practice he started studying and practicing yogic song (kirtan). Kirtan belongs to the field of nada yoga and bhakti yoga and is a very effective tool to express and transform the emotions.
Now he has the opportunity to share his experience in yoga and kirtan through classes and workshops that are organized in a regular basis.

Dana Petrovic

Dana Petrovic

Dana Petrovic is a certified Yoga Teacher, who has been leading group and private yoga classes since 2009. Having been captured by the beauty of yoga ever since she was a teenager, as a yoga  teacher she is dedicated to serve her students and to share with them the benefits and the positive effects Yoga has had upon her life.

Dana has studied different yoga styles with renowned teachers from all around the world. She has attended numerous Teacher Trainings and Immersions. Her classes are alignment based with emphasis on stability, movement, and breathe awareness. Her teachings are coming from constant curiosity about life and are reflecting her passion for practice.

Dana has also been teaching fitness movement classes, and has been an extreme sport instructor for over 10 years, all as part of her love for sports and exercise. Harmonizing the inner and the outer world is the main idea in her teaching philosophy.

She is the founder of “The Natural Body Care”, the chemical free cosmetics line and holds a first diploma in civil engineering as well.

Dana believes that through the practice of Yoga we can create the change and bring more love, peace and joy to ourselves and others.

Let’s practice Yoga!

Georgia Psychogiou

Georgia PsychogiouBeing a hatha yoga teacher since 2008 my passion is to support, serve and help other people to find more balance, peace, joy and love in their lives, to reveal their unlimited potential and to know themselves in a deeper sense. In my personal journey I began practicing yoga in 2005 accepting the invitation of Yoga to fully and to consciously participate in Life by actively appreciating the beauty of being! In this journey of self-awakening I did my first Hatha Yoga Teachers Training in the beginning of 2008 and at the end of the same year I decided to follow the path of Anusara Yoga. Traveling all over the world studying this amazing system of Hatha Yoga with wonderful teachers I met and connected with beautiful people having the same vision, a yearning for personal and collective transformation towards self-awakening for a harmonious and conscious living! In the last two years of 2011-12 I am exploring and practicing the singing field experience of the Naked Voice method which explores the human voice as a source of individual and collective self-discovery, linking to the most profound levels of human wisdom. Feeling a deep gratitude for all the gifts and blessings that I have received from all of my teachers and through the practices of yoga I offer my teaching service and practice with the thought “Lokaha Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu” “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all”! Shanti Om

Argyris Zermas

Argyris is a certified Fitness instructor as of 1996, with great experience in teaching both group and one to one exercise programs such as: TRX, Bosu,Aqua Aerobic, Circular Training, Cross Trainings, Yoga, Sports fitness

Argyris is also official instructor at Studio One, and exercise leader in cross training concept and sports concept.

Maria Mantamopoulou

Maria is a certified Pilates Trainer and Aerobic Instructor. With passion from early age in sports, music and classical Ballet, Maria obtained her bachelor on Physical Education and Sports Science from the University of Athens.She cotiniued with studies in I.A.FA. College and got her certificate as an Aerobic Istructor in 1998. Has Worked in several gyms and participated in teachers trainings, lectures and workshops with well known teachers (some of them: Kefalas, Dedoukos, Xiros, Kandris, Trifonopoulos, Alexiadis, Iliopoulou, D. Brooks, L. Biscontini).

Having seen that over the last decade there is an increasing interest of people, in Pilates as a physical fitness system, Maria decided in 2010 to expand her academic knowledge and studied in Studio One, accomplishing her studies as a Pilates Trainer Matwork and Equipment. By participating in lectures and workshops, she got more inspired by some of the finest teachers as: A. Herdman, J. Littleford, L.Robinson, S. Martin, C. Bosler, C.Pantazopoulou, Iliopoulou. In 2011 she got her certificate by Purmotion Training Systems in AirFit Level 1.

From 2004 she became also attracted to holistic methods, and  finished her studies in MedStudies  and got her certificate for Swedish, sports, aromatherapy, on site andthai massage.  She has worked as a certified therapist in various Spa centers and Retreat resorts.  Maria already holder of Reiki 1 since 2004, participated and evolved her skills in 2007 taking part in seminars [part 1, 2 & 3 (level)] in Echoes Of Heart.

With continuous observation, and evaluation of the pilates method, and seeing the level that it contributes to the humans body physical health, Marias’ purpose is always to help her students, by guiding them to feel and connect with their body, control and protect it, not only through practice, but also in their everyday lives.

Maria Papadopoulou

Maria Papadopoulou

Maria has always been interested in the therapeutic approach of the human body, through exercise and holistic therapies. She discovered  the path of Yoga in 2.000, while she was finishing her studies as a Professor of Physical Education.

She became a Certified Yoga Teacher in 2001 and ever since,she has studied various Yoga systems with many well known teachers in Greece and India.

Maria has also been trained as a Pilates instructor and has studied Reflexology and Thai-massage. The system of yoga that inspires her the most is Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, and thus her yoga classes are based on the Neuroscience approach of the system.

Danae Geroulakou 

Danae Geroulakou Ayurvedic Massage Therapies at Bhavana Yoga


Danae offers Ayurvedic Massage Therapies and believes that massage is time of deep connection with the human being.

The body in therapy calls and guides her hands on transferring energy, peace and love.

Learned Ayurvedic massage and therapies by the side of Kerala practitioners and doctors. Took her diploma in Ayurclinc Goa, India on 2013.

Ever since, offers therapies from her heart in peaceful places in Greece and India.

She travels in Asia from 2010 and moves between India and Greece in order to deepen her knowledge and refresh her techiques, as more and more people talk about Ayurveda and their benefits.

Christina Karytinou Ireland

Christina KarytinouChristina was born in Athens. Following studies in theatre and dance, she started practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga at the age of nineteen with her first teacher, Linda Kapetaniou. From 1993 until 1998 she deepened her study under the guidance of the renowned senior teacher Derek Ireland, a legendary figure in the dissemination of Ashtanga teachings in Europe. For various periods from 1995-2002 she received direct instruction from Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Myosore, India. She eventually assisted in Teacher Trainings at the Practice Place in Greece, in Goa, India, as well as in Triopetra, Crete — the first home of Triopetra Yoga Practice, a name and place widely associated with intensive Ashtanga training in an authentic Myosore style. From 1998, Kristina taught throughout Europe, founding or co-founding Ashtanga centers in London and Brighton, England. In 2003 she returned to Athens to begin Ashtanga Yoga Athens. Together with her husband, George Cassimatis, she gives teachings at Triopetra Yoga Retreat, currently relocated to the Old Town of picturesque Rethymno, Crete.

Kristina was qualified to teach by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in 2002. She has practiced intensively with Sharath Rangaswamy, and continues to deepen her practice with Manju Pattabhi Jois. She teaches Primary, Intermediate and Third Sequence and she offers classes, workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings at Triopetra Yoga Practice in Rethymno Crete.
www.astanga.gr and www.astangayoga.gr.

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.