Antaratma and Alexandra have been partners in Yoga and life from the late '90s. They were both introduced to Yoga at an early age as they were searching for a deeper meaning in this life, something that their immediate environment wasn't able to provide to 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, both were 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 clear to them every day as they continue to teach Yoga. Their share common interests and Yoga and music are those places where they meet, discover themselves and embrace what they find!
Antaratma Theodore Chiotis
Antaratma Theodore Chiotis was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He started his practice and study of Yoga in 1995 in the system of Satyananda Yoga, with the guidance of Swami Shivamurti Saraswati.His first encounter with Yoga happened when a good friend took him to a Satsang with Swami Shivamurti Saraswati.
Satsang means to be in the presence of truth and a Master of Yoga. What struck him then and was the reason he got hooked to Yoga, was the singing of Kirtan. There, he witnessed the release that happens when people sing and dance together, using mantras and music.
That was the very beginning of his journey. He immediately enrolled in weekly yoga classes, practically transforming himself. Yoga became his life. His life became Yoga.
Later on, he committed to his sadhana (spiritual practice). His journey then took another turn, where the desire to uplift and realize himself was rooted even deeper. It wasn't until 1999 that he enrolled in Yogic studies 1.
This decision didn't come out of an ambition to become a teacher. 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 and yoga retreats for students and instructors since that time.
Antaratma is an artist, a musician. His relationship with sound began when he was only eight years old when he started studying classical guitar. Music plays a great 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 which belongs to the branch of Nada Yoga (Yoga of the sound) and Bhakti Yoga (Yoga of the heart) is a powerful way to express and connect with the Self. The first thing that attracted him in that first 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. She was almost immediately relieved from physical and psychological pain.
She still recalls the first downward-facing dogs she practised. That is the reason she understands how people feel when they first start practising Yoga. It is a combination of pain and pleasure that profoundly shapes the body-mind. Soon after she met Theodore, he took her to Satyanandashram in Paiania, Greece. There she came across the Sannyasa way of living, started visiting and getting involved in Karma Yoga.
In 2002 she enrolled in Yogic studies 1 of the Satyananda Yoga system. She completed two teacher's training courses in Astanga Vinyasa Yoga, with Kristina Karytinou (2003) and David Swenson in Scotland (2005). In 2007 she attended and 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 surprised by the poetic and articulate way the author was explaining the method. That urged her to find a teacher that used to be Scaravelli's close student, and that could teach her. That research took her to Diane Long. She studied Scaravelli inspired yoga 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 exploring asana and pranayama as it fulfils her in a way that nothing else can. Alexandra has been teaching since 2003. She is certified by YOGA ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL (Master level training - 500 hours).