Yoga Holidays (All-level Yoga Retreat)

Looking for a holiday this August? Join us in Kineta, Greece for a yoga holiday and retreat. The retreat will be open to all levels and experiences and includes 2 vegetarian meals per day, morning meditation, pranayama and asana class, and some afternoon classes. This year we are offering a Thai massage course and you are welcome to participate in this as well. The retreat will be held at the beautiful Villa Arian, situated directly on the beach of Kineta. The villa is surrounded by a large garden with trees and lawn, and offers a private pool, a tennis court and rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Swim, practice, kayak and just enjoy your time away from your everyday life.

The teachers are Todd Tesen and Jonni-Lyn Friel, both experienced teachers, passionate about yoga, philosophy and life. George Androulakis is the teacher of Thai massage and is a dedicated practitioner, happy to share his knowledge. Come to learn and go deeper into your own practice. Find the space and quiet that is always within you and start to make friends with that space. Leave feeling refreshed, at peace and happy. What more can you ask from a holiday?

NOTE:There is a minimum stay of 3 nights. Accommodation choice is limited and is given on a first-come first-served basis. A deposit of 100 Euros is required to reserve your space. This is non-refundable after July 1, 2017.
Useful information at a glance:
The time: August 4-22, 2017
The venue: Villa Arian, Kineta, Attiki, Greece

• 90 Euros (single room)
• 65 Euros (double room)

Jonni-Lyn Friel

Jonni-Lyn Friel has been teaching Yoga since 2006 and is a RYT-500, E-RYT 200 and RPYT Jivamukti teacher based in Greece. In 2016 she founded Namaha Yoga School, a collective of teachers from around the world from different traditions who share the common belief that teaching Yoga is a path of Seva, or service. She first was exposed to Yoga as a small child in Canada through her first teachers, her parents, and joined in their practice by watching and following along. Yoga was always a self practice that took her through years of competitive swimming, University and backpacking around the world.

In 1999, she stepped into her first Yoga class and discovered the joys of having a teacher and being taught from another's experience and knowledge. In 2006 she completed her first teacher training in Athens, Greece. With a strong background in alignment and Anusara, she began to explore the world of Vinyasa, completing a teacher training with her wonderful teacher Rusty Wells. In 2013 she completed the 300 hour Jivamukti Yoga teacher training in Costa Rica and found again new teachers in Sharon Gannon and David Life. Finally, she attended and completed a Prenatal Yoga 85h training course in London.

Now a 500 hour RYT, she has taught numerous 200 hour trainings, where her love is to share the Bhagavad Gita and to teach service and compassion as a way to happiness and self realization. Jonni-Lyn knows Yoga to be sacred, healing and powerful. This is how it has affected her life and spirit. Her greatest joy is to share her knowledge and pass on the teachings of her beloved teachers to others, in hope that it serves them in their lives.
Todd Tesen

Todd Tesen has been a student of yoga and meditation for his entire adult life. He began his contemplative practices while still at University with daily meditation that created in him the dedication for continued practice and the space to reflect and question. Yoga āsana came to Todd, post graduation. By his mid twenties, Todd started to explore the different schools of yoga instruction. This quest would take him from the practices of Hatha Yoga and Sivananda Yoga to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

In 2001, Todd stumbled upon the fledgling school of Anusara Yoga and immediately commenced studying the school’s system and instruction. His evolving practice led him to the most important introduction of his journey; meeting his teacher and friend, world renowned tantric scholar, Dr. Douglas Brooks with whom he continues regular study today. By 2003, Todd was teaching under the auspices of Anusara Yoga, and by 2007 he was traveling the world as a respected Certified Anusara Yoga instructor.

Currently based back in the United States, Todd is a Licensed E-RYT 500h Certified Yoga Instructor, who continues to practice daily and teach throughout the U.S, Mexico and South America as well as internationally crisscrossing Europe including France, the U.K., Ireland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Greece, Turkey and Bali. Additionally, he teaches online at Known for his sense of humor, steadiness and the easy manner of his teaching style, Todd is also respected as the teacher who will challenge the student to linger in the depths and edges of each posture while guiding them to cultivated subtle refinements. His favorite question, “Now, what are you prepared to do?” rings out regularly, embodying serious support with detailed instruction while being invited to the underlying philosophy and science that is Yoga.

George Androulakis

George Androulakis was born in Crete where his involvement with movement in general started. He graduated from the State School of Dance (2009). He continued his studies at the “Yoga & Budo Center” school for Yoga Instructors, under the guidance of Andreas Proveleggios and graduated in 2010. In 2011 he attended the Certified Advanced Practitioner and Teacher (CAPT) Program at the “International Training Massage” (ITM) school in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Moreover, in 2013 George attended the “Swaha Aerial Yoga” training program and he has been officially certified as an Acro Yoga instructor since 2014. In addition to that, in 2014 he started studying Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture.

Over the course of his academic as well as professional career, he has collaborated with numerous Greek and international choreographers. The main axis and backbone in his study of motion and body so far has been “man as a unit and a separate entity within the community” and the various ways in which man relates to the environment and himself.

George is an avid practitioner of Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. He has been teaching contemporary dance and Hatha Yoga since 2008, as well as Aerial and Acro Yoga since 2013. He has been providing Thai massage treatments since 2011. Moreover, since 2015 he runs the well known Spiti Yoga studio in the center of Athens.
Traditional Thai massage
Thai massage is a special kind of therapeutic massage, which combines smooth muscle pressure, the use of acupuncture points and the application of passive stretching for improved body alignment. With characteristic wisdom, gentleness and dynamics, a session covers the entire body, “unlocks” the accumulated tensions of the body and the energy level, aiming to remove stress and provide a deep sense of relaxation.

The benefits of a session:
Thai massage is a wonderful combination of energy and physical exercise for body and mind alike with benefits such as:
• Relief from stress and strain
• Improvement of sleep and deep relaxation
• Relief of myoskeletal pain in most common cases (back, neck, shoulders, legs, etc.
• Improvement of the mobility in the joints
• Improvement of the posture and body alignment
• Activation and improvement of the immune function
• Improvement of the bowel function
• Stimulation of the activity of the nervous system
• Improvement of the function of the circulatory system
• Improvement of body awareness and breathing
• Reconnection of the power of body, mind and spirit
• Creation of a feeling of wellness and rejuvenation

Thai massage is one of the three main branches of traditional Thai medicine. The other two being a balanced diet and the use of herbs to cure diseases of the physical body and the practice of meditation for healing the mind and emotional pain.
Contact information:
Villa Arian, Kineta, Attiki, Greece

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