Ashtanga Yoga Athens
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (eight limb yoga) as taught by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois ultimate goal is enlightenment, or profound inner peace. This should not understood as something we have to work hard to attain. Rather to be seen as the true identity of the awakened mind that is already present in all of us.
Wisdom and peace of mind are not mutually contradictory, neither are achievements, but given in everyone. The challenge is to discover the gifts that we already have. This is fundamental and absolutely the necessary approach towards our practice.
Awakened awareness is like being in love, when there seems to be no possible barrier between oneself and the other-in this case all the others. An awakened person has an inner peace and stillness and a joyful, energetic liveliness.
Vinyasa Krama yoga is a traditional system of yoga in the lineage of Sri T. Krishnamacharya. The practice consists of twelve major sequences. Each sequence contains subsequences with a classic yoga posture and some progressive variations of that posture or movement (vinyasa) which lead to the mastery of that posture with systematic practice. Transitional movements between sequences, numerous vinyasas within each sequence and counter-postures bring great variety to a regular practice. The mental attitudes and breath control required in Yoga are cultivated within the practice.
Zazen meditation- (Dhyana – seventh limb) will reveal that all objects or perceptions and thoughts are not permanent but come into being when other necessary conditions for their existence or manifestation are fulfilled. Just sit!
Pranayama (forth limb), the transition element from the outside practice to the internal.
Meet our team
Aris is founder & lead Teacher of Ashtanga Yoga Athens. As a devoted practitioner of the Ashtanga Yoga method himself over the years he studied next to very important senior teachers of the Ashtanga method . In the recent years Aris has invited and organised workshops with Nancy Gillgoff,Tim Miller,David Garriques and others.These teachers are holding the lineage of the Ashtanga method as taught by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois.
He is authorized Level 2 by Manju P. Jois as well as authorised to teach Nadi Shodana Pranayama. Therefore Aris is part of the lineage of teachers of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois.
Following the teaching of such teachers,Aris believes and teaches the traditional method where each student has each own unique potential and personality and has to be taught individually.Yoga is a holistic method and “one for all recipe”can not be applied.
A certified Grandmaster of Yoga, Worldwide Ambassador for Yoga Alliance International and currently practicing and teaching at Ashtanga Yoga Athens. Marita has previously studied with Baron Baptiste, Manju P. Jois and Swami Vidyanand and continues to study Ashtanga Yoga with Aris Kapetanakis.
She has attended workshops with Tim Miller, Nancy Gilgoff and David Garrigues for Ashtanga Yoga. She has been teaching in Greece, Germany and England. Marita is also a certified Reiki Practitioner and has been an educator in various yoga teacher trainings for over 10 years. She is a Practioner and Teacher of Meditation.
Researching the life and work of Krishnamacharya enthusiastically, Marita has attended intensive training with Srivatsa Ramaswami (a student of Krishnamacharya for 30 years) and also teaches the classic Vinyasa Krama Yoga system at Ashtanga Yoga Athens. Her teaching is generally very strongly based on the integration of asana, pranayama, meditation and mantra into the practice of yoga.
Sandra Konstandinou has been practising yoga since 2006 but she learned to love Ashtanga in 2016, when she started practising it dialy at Ashtanga Yoga Athens.
For the past two years she has attended workshops with Tim Miller, Atsuro Chiba and Manju P. Jois she has completed the educational programme of the first series of the Ashtanga with Aris. She continues to learn by his side, while teaching at Ashtanga Yoga Athens.
At the same time she practises Zazen meditation, Pranayama and Misogi Harai (purification through breathing). Through her daily practise and the guidance of her teachers she has come to realise the thruth of really knowing yourself, the importance of breathing and the importance of the living in the moment. Following this path herself, she encourges her students to connect with their inner self while practising and to extend that awareness into their everyday lifes.