I was initiated into yoga by Antaratma Thodoris Chiotis and Alexandra Sotiropoulou, whom I met in 2005. Back then, yoga was not such a fashionable trend and there was not a gym at every corner offering yoga classes, in between aerobic and Zumba…

I have been following all their activities ever since and I participate both in their regular classes as well as in their occasional thematic workshops, in order to delve into the essence of yoga.

 

I feel extremely lucky that these two "Teachers" have crossed my path, because their guidance, great patience and vast resources of love with which they envelop each student have enabled me to start my journey towards self-knowledge, through the yoga philosophy and practice. A journey without end, since the final destination is always prolonged.

In addition to their expert training and high perception, which help them understand each student’s limits and push them just so, what makes them stand out is their respect for yoga. In an age when anything originating from a culture outside the “Western civilization” is crushed between the millstones of commercialization and the modern lifestyle, Antaratma and Alexandra safeguard yoga from becoming another trendy form of exercising, another type of workout, endeavouring to reach deeper in its essence.

 

Thus, they offer the possibility to everyone from 15 to 75 years old to enjoy the potential benefits of yoga on our overall life, beyond physical wellbeing and flexibility.

Obviously, all this is a totally subjective opinion, affected by my experiences these past 15 years, and it may sound like an overstatement. However, I feel obliged to go public with my opinion in order to encourage as many people as possible to try, at least once, this experience, and to let themselves be guided by these two exceptional teachers, so different and so much alike!!!

I feel so grateful for everything they have offered me and most of all because they have transmuted inside of me the poet’s verses:

 

As you set out for Ithaca,

hope that your journey is a long one,

full of adventure, full of discovery.

February 2021

Kalliopi Patouna

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