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The Teachers

 

Eugenia Sivitou

eugenia sivitou warrior 3 2020Eugenia began practicing yoga in 2004, as a student of contemporary dance in Scotland.
She gained a Yoga Teacher qualification from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in Spain and soon after began organizing yoga holidays in Sfakia, Crete.
In 2012 she gained the Iyengar yoga teaching certification and is currently living, teaching, and continuing her own training between Athens, Crete and Rhodes.
Eugenia attends workshops and classes with teachers who continue to inspire her, namely Constantinos Giannetakis, Donna Farhi, Angela Farmer and Martine Le Chenic. Her classes strive to create a safe and nurturing environment.
The focus on the breath and alignment, as powerful tools for gaining awareness of the body and mind, is integral in her teaching, while also incorporating elements of her Vipassana meditation practice.
Ultimately, her interest lies in finding links between psychology, artistic expression through various media and yoga, in light of a holistic approach to well being. Eugenia is also an authorized psychologist.

Constantinos Giannetakis

Constantinos GiannetakisConstantinos Giannetakis is an enthusiastic and dedicated practitioner of Iyengar Yoga since 1992. 
In 1996, he moved to France where he also obtained his certification as a clinical psychologist from the University of Picardie. During that time, he studied extensively psychoanalysis both in the freudian and the lacanian vein and became particularly interested in the possible role of the immune system as an interface between body and mind.
In the course of time, it became apparent to him that health is not simply the absence of disease but also concerns a state beyond that, which relates to the plasticity and lightness of the energy body.
In 1999, he moved to London where he continued his study of psychoanalysis at a postgraduate level while also studying yoga at the South London Iyengar Yoga Institute, where he stayed for 3 years. In 2002, he gained his Iyengar Yoga teaching certification and became a member of the UK association.
After his return to Greece in 2003, he opened the first official Iyengar Yoga Centre in Athens, where the first teacher training in the country took place.
His teaching is alignment-based and aims at clarifying the biomechanics of asanas and pranayamas in a very precise way. It is also informed by the belief that the study of the body, nature and breath gives one the opportunity to understand the mind.

Antonella Cusimano

Antonella 2024

Antonella has had a life path where bodywork, art, and mind & soul explorations, research and studies have been intertwined. That is why she named her activity ‘Somatic & SensoriArt Healing’.
She originally graduated in Physical Education and Motor Sciences and had a long professional career as a contemporary dancer and dance teacher in Italy, Belgium and the UK. She went on to become certified in Thai Traditional Massage in Bangkok and practised for many years.
She had to stop dancing and massages due to injuries and so embarked on her physical and mental healing journey through Iyengar Yoga®, Vipassana meditation, art practises and different kinds of somatic therapies and mental healing techniques.
Antonella is certified as an Iyengar Yoga Intermediate Junior level 1 teacher and started teaching yoga in 2004. She has studied at the Iyengar Ramamani Institute in Pune, India, where she had the chance to study with Geeta Iyengar and be in the presence of Mr. Iyengar, Guruji. On the Himalayas she studied with Rajiv and Swati Chanchani and in San Francisco with Manouso Manos.
On her journey into the Iyengar yoga method she has followed numerous workshops and conventions and admires the teachings of Christian Pisano, Rita Keller, Carrie Owerko and many other senior teachers she had the opportunity to study with.
In 2022, she completed a 2-years' course in Initiatic Art Therapy® at the Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy directed by Cornelia Elbrecht and she started her practice in therapeutic art, mainly through Guided Drawing®.
In her 20 years of teaching yoga, she has taught group and individual classes, as well as many retreats, to people of different ages and backgrounds, always finding the pleasure to adapt and tailor the practice to their present needs in person and online.
Safety, attention, observation and understanding are her main values while teaching. She is particularly interested in helping the mind to self-regulate through the yoga practice: ‘Chitta Vritti Nirodha’ - Patanjali
Antonella adores animals and loves drawing them. She speaks Italian, English, French and Spanish.
www.antonellacusimano.com
http://www.iyengaryoga.be/en/leraren/antonella-cusimano

Kristina Assimakopoulou-Scondra

kristina assimakopoulou scondraKristina is Greek, born in London, raised between Athens and Paris, and currently living in Brussels. She has been practicing and studying Iyengar yoga since discovering it for its therapeutic qualities. Kristina is passionate about yoga and believes practicing it transcends the physical benefits. Her teaching is based on the Iyengar approach, and focuses on the precision of the yoga postures (asanas). This allows the body and mind to align, while discovering oneself in the process. By focusing on the details of postures, students gain a deep experience and insight into the benefits of yoga, which apply equally to physical and mental health and well-being. Kristina is also an assistant for therapeutic yoga classes at the BKS Iyengar Centre in Brussels, is also a Reiki practitioner and has completed Mindfulness training. She has followed classes and workshops with Willy Bok, Alexis Simon, Suryans Thakur, Christian Pisano, Constantinos Giannetakis and Martine Le Chenic. She continues to follow workshops and conventions in Belgium, France, India and Greece.

https://www.hygiayoga.com

Maria Nouvaki

maria yogaoncrete chef1Maria has been the cook at YogaOnCrete since 2017, and her presence felt so organic as part of the team from day one! Plus, the enthusiastic comments regarding her fantastic food do not seize to surprise us: "The best food I have ever eaten, and I am not even vegetarian" was a recent one :-) 
Maria's traditional Greek home made dishes with a healthy twist owe their heart opening taste as much to her culinary as well as to her meditation experience and of course the locally sourced organic ingredients. Maria grew up in Thessaloniki with her father being the cook in the family’s coffee shop. Later, she had a small taverna in Heraklion serving home cooked traditional Cretan dishes. She has also worked as a chef in many restaurants and tavernas across the island. After she started practising Vipasana meditation 11 years ago she experienced how, when cooking, her energy moves through her hands into the food she’s preparing and into the people eating it. She says: “Through my extensive experience on how food affects us, I saw that the way we express ourselves and the awareness of what we offer when cooking is more important than just putting ingredients together. When cooking with love, compassion and attention I could get a result far more fulfilling and nourishing. Preparing food is a sacred ritual that has the power to transform you, and food prepared this way really nourishes you and takes care of your mind, body, heart and soul.”
The quality of the ingredients is also an important factor, because it shows how you care about yourself, the quality of food you put inside which becomes part of your body. The majority of ingredients in Maria’s food are organic and where possible sourced from Maria and her husband Giorgos’ permaculture farm near Chania, or from friends’ organic farms nearby. This way we’re helping small local farmers to produce more organic crops and be able to support themselves. Maria is also trained as physiotherapist and kinesiotherapist and offers massages and spiritual guidance. She spends 1 month a year in silent Vipassana meditation retreat.

Nikos Tsoukalas

nikosNikos, YogaOnCrete's co-director, is the latest member to join the YogaOnCrete family in 2018, with his warm, friendly nature adding a real asset to the YogaOnCrete experience. He is the solution, payroll and human resources manager and responsible for keeping the house and garden looking their absolute best. Having studied Greek literature and teaching, he shares his passion for Greek culture, language and tradition with guests. He is also currently studying person-centred Focusing psychotherapy, which will be offered during Yoga On Crete retreats in the future. Furthermore, his vision is to create therapy teams working with the feminine and masculine archetypes. He is married to Eugenia, and they live between Crete and Rhodes, where he comes from.

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