Antaratma and Alexandra have been partners in Yoga and life from the late '90s. They were both introduced to Yoga at an early age, seeking to find a deeper meaning in this life, something that their immediate environment wasn't able to provide them. Both being artistic souls and very sensitive found a different form of communication through the practice of Yoga.
In the beginning, it was discovering themselves, which is always the main point. But later on, they were both encouraged by their teachers to share the practice of Yoga with others. As Ramana Maharshi points out, there are no others, and that understanding becomes clearer to them every day as they continue to teach Yoga. Their interests are common, and music is one of the places where they meet, discovering themselves and embracing what they find!
Antaratma (Thodoris Chiotis)
Antaratma Thodoris Chiotis was born and raised in Athens, Greece. In 1995 he started practising and studying Yoga in the system of Satyananda Yoga with the guidance of Swami Sivamutri Saraswati.
His first encounter with Yoga happened when a good friend of his, took him to a Satsang with Swami Shivamurti. Satsang means to be in the presence of truth or a Master of Yoga. What struck him then and was the reason he was hooked to Yoga, was the singing of Kirtan. During that afternoon he witnessed the release that happens when people sing and dance together, using Sanskrit and music.
That was the very beginning of his journey. He rolled into weekly yoga classes immediately and he practically transformed himself. That took place in late 1995.
Yoga became his life and his life became Yoga. Sometime later he took his personal sadhana and his journey took another turn where the commitment to uplift and realize himself was rooted even deeper.
It wasn't until 1999 that he enrolled in Yogic studies 1. This didn't come from an ambition to become a teacher but rather it was the encouragement of his teachers that took him forward. The Instructor's s training course in the system of Satyananda yoga followed in 2000. Antaratma has been leading yoga classes & workshops for students and instructors of yoga since that time.
Antaratma is an artist, a musician. His relationship with sound and music began when he was only eight years old when he started studying classical guitar. Music has played a very important role in his life. The very practice of Yoga allows him to dive into sound deeper than before.
In the early years of his Yoga journey, around 1998 he began composing and singing kirtan. Kirtan, that belongs to the field of nada yoga (yoga of the sound) and bhakti yoga (yoga of the heart) is an amazing way of expression and connection with the Self. So, the first thing that attracted him in that Satsang is the same thing that drives him to this very day. The attraction for sound and the magic that derives from it.
Muktitara (Alexandra Sotiropoulou)
Alexandra Sotiropoulou was born and raised in Athens Greece. She began practising yoga in 1996 in the system of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga with Derek Ireland and Kristina Karytinou in the Practice Place, in Southern Crete. That was the beginning of a life long journey for her. Having pain in both the physical as well as the emotional level she was almost immediately relieved from that burden.
She still recalls the first downward-facing dogs she practised and for that reason, she can understand how people feel when they are first introduced to Yoga. It is a mixture of pain and pleasure that moulds the body and mind in a very deep way. All that happened before she met Theodore. Soon after they met he took her to Satyanandashram in Paiania, Greece. There she came across the Sannyasa way of living and started visiting and getting involved in Karma Yoga.
In 2002 she enrolled in Yogic studies 1 in the system of Satyananda Yoga and later she completed two teacher's training courses in Astanga Vinyasa yoga, with Kristina Karytinou (2003) and with David Swenson in Scotland (2005). In 2007 she attended and successfully completed the Instructor's Training Course (2007) in Satyanandashram Hellas.
At some point, Alexandra was given and read Vanda Scaravelli's book, "Awakening the spine". She was positively surprised by the poetic and yet very clear way the author was explaining the method of yoga. That urged her to find a teacher that was Scaravelli's close student and that could teach her. That research took her to Diane Long. She studied with her from 2008 to 2019.
Alexandra knows that this is her call. The understanding of the magic that remains hidden, like a precious stone, inside the body-mind. She adores to explore asana and pranayama as it fulfils her in a way that nothing else can.
Alexandra has been teaching since 2003 and she is certified by YOGA ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL (Master level training - 500 hours).