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Meet the

Teachers

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Founder, Owner & Yoga Teacher

Thina Chat

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Human nature is a moving one, either moving outwards to express ourselves while practicing to overcome the illusion of our separated existence from the rest of the world, or moving inwards, towards our innermost source finding our truth in unity with everything, we are part of this ongoing universal flow. This point of view, way of life or philosophy, is the fundamental element that sets my intention in everything I do. Sometimes all it takes is a leap of faith to overcome fear and set everything in motion... and my story and Yoga Fusion's started somewhat like this.

 

I am a certified E-500RYT  and a YACEP (Continuing Education Provider) registered with Yoga Alliance, with Sivananda and Asthanga being the main Hatha yoga traditions while walking this path , a certified Ayurvedic and Classic massage therapist / Certified massage trainer with IPHM - International Practicioners of Holistic Medidine, and a voice and movement artist and performer.

Moving a lot and changing places since an early age in my life not  only shaped me to a little nomad but also  pointed me towards the direction of keeping centered inside when everything outside was constantly shifting and changing. 

Yoga came to life when I was 12 after a serious traumatizing event  that found me emotionally  shattered and developed further into into a deeper inner practice when two years later a serious spinal injury made me change my perspective and ways that I perceived, appreciated and connected with my body, discovering the finer inner layers of this practice that go beyond the external physical experience of performing asanas. Suddenly I had discovered comfort, healing, freedom within, and a new vision that anything was possible.

My immense love for singing and performing, led me to study classical singing, dance and musical theater performance and on 2011 I decided to move to the Netherlands to continue working professionally with music. Within my 7 years of stay there I followed a two year Sivananda yoga teacher training with  Rama Shakti Janine Brall at Yoga Vidya in the Netherlands/Germany and started teaching intensively since 2013. Before the amazing experience of following a  teacher training with Manju Pattabhi Jois, I had the luck to practice with Ma Bela Burgos Lipat KPJAYI authorized Ashtanga teacher that really shaped my practice and made me   fall in love with this tradition.

 

In 2017 I decided to follow my intuition as my compass once again, and dedicated a year of my life in the Karma Yoga path ''The Cycling Sutras'' crossing Europe from the Netherlands to Greece on my bicycle, fundraising money for ''The Smile of The Child''... leading me ''back home'' when the idea of having a yoga school and a base of my own took form... manifested... and ''Yoga Fusion shala'' was born.

 

Settled in the Greek northern lands in the heart of Ioannina city center, if I am not in the shala you will find me singing and playing in the Urban Yoga Collective Kirtan band, escaping in nature, taking my tent and bike for some camping on the mountains, spending my time rafting down rivers, cycling south to the west cost seaside, or arranging my teacher training courses and retreats, visiting various places to teach workshops around Greece and abroad.

Professional development in: Sivananda, Ashtanga,Yin, Vinyasa and Aerial Yoga, Acro yoga and  Yogadance, Yoga anatomy, Alexander-technique, Voice and movement Integration. Research and study upon Yoga/Vedanta/Tantra Philosophies, bodywork, movement and yoga anatomy, with a blend of different hatha yoga traditions are the inspiration behind my upcoming,  ''Shiva-Shakti Flow'' 200hours and 300hours  teacher training courses.

You are most welcome to Visit my website here: https://thinachat.wixsite.com/thinachat

Yoga Teacher

Athina Rakopoulou

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After graduating the department of Mathematics, University of Ioannina, Athina started practicing yoga at 2009. Since then,she decided to follow this path and she travelled to India at 2012 and attended a 200 hous teacher training course in Vinyasa Flow Yoga method by Yoga Alliance. One year later, she also attended another 200 hours teacher training course  in Ashtanga Yoga method at Ioannina and a Swing Yoga TTC at Thessaloniki.

 

Her personal yoga practice leaded her to India for second time learning the Ashtanga Yoga method at the source, KPJAYI in Mysore at 2015. Furthermore, she has a degree in Massage Therapy (Swedish,Thai, Holistic).

The last seven years,she is teaching yoga at Yoga Studios and Gym Centers and she is a massage therapist as well.

She is very grateful of being part of Yoga community by sharing her experience and knowledge as a student and an instructor too!!

Within the Yoga Fusion family except being a vinyasa teacher teacher she is also a teacher training /retreat assistant and an active yoga  community member.

Pilates Teacher

Vagelis Ntakis

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Vagelis after graduating from the Aristotle University of Greece in the department of Physical Education specialized in Track and Field coaching and General Physical Condition training, decided to focus more on the benefits and advantages of Josef Pilates technique applied in different sport styles and completed his Pilates mat & props and Reformer training, aimed not only at professional athletes but also at everyone that wants to develop stamina, strength, balance, coordination and flexibility through this method.

 

Besides a trainer and Pilates teacher he sets some time aside for Thai massage therapy, Personal training and Lifestyle coaching and BLS, holding an International Training Massage School (ITM), North Academy of Fitness and ERC diplomas.

 

After attending specialized workshops of ''LLM Care'' (a method combining physical and intellectual exercises focusing in Memory loss prevention, healthy aging and mindfulness in movement) and ''Braille Code'', he applies this knowledge while working with elderly individuals or special groups.

 

At the moment and in co-operation with physiotherapy specialists he is researching of a Kinisiotherapy model suitable for injury recovery and rehabilitation techniques.

 

He stays active with his further development through educative workshops and training, while ''off the grid'' you will find him paragliding, scuba diving, sailing hiking and mountain biking or playing music.

Guest Teacher

Avril McKenzie

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Avril Mckenzie is a certified yoga teacher  born in London,
who started practicing in 1968.

With love and respect for a yoga lifestyle, she went on to study with many respected teachers in the UK, such as Rani Hart, Helen Knight, Swami Dev Murti (KayaKalpa teachings) and others, until eventually meeting her beloved guide and teacher in India, Swami B.R.Shridhar in 1983.

 

Under his direction she began teaching in 1984 in Ioannina, northern Greece, and continues to teach up until now in various places including  Ioannina, Corfu, London, Belgrade and Novi Sad in Serbia.
She is licensed to teach the various Vedic Arts,
including Hatha Yoga in the Sivananda tradition, Raja Yoga,  Kaya Kalpa, Ayurveda and Meditation while  leading satsang and Kirtans.

Alongside the  Bhakti Yoga path,  the one of love, light and devotion, and a spiritual truthful meaning behind everything  we do and the way we approach the practice, ourselves and others are only a few of the blended flavors in her ''Heart of Yoga'' teachings.

Within the Yoga Fusion's family Avril besides assisting as a retreat teacher and teacher trainer for our Kaya Kalpa, Pranayama and many more teacher training courses, is also a vital community member and musician in our lovely ''Urban Yoga Collective'' kirtan band!

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Guest Teacher

Coralia Batista

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A former piano teacher, Coralia’s inward journey to become a 200hr yoga instructor began over 15 years ago when she finally listened to the teacher within and left her homeland of Greece to explore the illusive path of travelling around India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia practising yoga and meditation in various shalas, ashrams and temples.

 

Her connection to nature, moon cycles, biorhythms and celestial frequencies naturally drew her to the more spiritual and meditative practices of Kundalini, Sivananda and Satyananda while simultaneously witnessing nature’s perfection through the body’s alignment in the discipline of Iyengar and Ashtanga – a perfect melodious blend to any musician’s ear.

 

She now shares this harmonious balance of mind, body and soul with others as a 15yr experienced teacher, mentor and forever student and she is a vital Yoga Fusion family  member and assisting teacher for teacher training courses. 

 

She shares ‘’What I mostly love in this life is the immeasurable possibilities in every moment’’.

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