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Christos Charikiopoulos

“Through my practice and experience I have come to realize that the greatest gift given to us in this life is Breath. A unique “bridge” that connects our Body, Mind and Spirit. Breath in Greek is called Anasa, so one day I had an inspiration for a play on words, which occurs only in the Greek language (!). “Asana begins with Anasa (breath)“. It characterizes the way I approach my yoga practice today. From this starting point I seek to balance the two opposite aspects of human duality, the earthly/material aspect with my divine/spiritual. Always looking for a new balance between Effort and Expectation.”

I was born in 1967 in Munich, but I feel that in my first contact with yoga in 2001 I really started to “live”. I met Iris Benarie who introduced me to Ashtanga vinyasa and I started to discover myself and the world all over again like a little explorer. Almost instinctively, I followed Satyananda’s system of yoga and began an inner journey in search of awareness, one of the most important elements in the evolution of human nature. I then felt the need to visit the “source” and began my journey to India to deepen my study of body, mind and spirit. I graduated from Yoga Vidya Gurukul’s 300+ hour Hatha yoga teacher training program with Yogacharya Vishwa Mandlik and Gandhar Mandlik as teachers. At the same time in collaboration with other trainees from all over the world we started the SSF (Seva Scholarship Fund) project to support the local community of Trimbakeshwar around the area of the Yoga Vidya Gurukul ashram. We managed to distribute school books, stationery and nutrition equipment to approximately 1000 children and in addition the costs of repairing two schools in the area and the creation of sports facilities were covered.

I then attended intensive Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga classes at the Mandala Yogashala center with V. Sheshadri, Mysore and later followed my study of the holistic human approach and Ayurvedic philosophy at the Yoga Vidya Dham healing center. I returned in 2006 from Mysore in India having graduated from yet another 300+ hour advanced Hatha yoga teacher training program organized by the Yoga India Center with the wonderful teacher Bharat Shetty. 2013 was another milestone in my journey when I attended the Advanced Yoga Teacher Training 300hrs. with Shri Yogi Hari in Hellenthal, Germany, with special emphasis on philosophy and Sampoorna yoga. In my path so far on the path of self-awareness I have obtained the A degree in Reiki healing, I have been taught my favorite Whirling Meditation by the great teacher/psychotherapist Vikos Nahmias, I attended “The Art of Communication” with Valerie Saier with tools and techniques of N.L.P. and many other workshops and seminars. At this time I am requesting the educational program, “The Foundations of Yoga” 250 hours by Georg Feuerstein, an in-depth study of the foundations of yoga from ancient times to the present day.

Returning from India I created the Yoga House with the intention of this space offering all of us, teachers and practitioners, the opportunity to share Knowledge, Inspiration and Evolution. Through my contact with practitioners I seek to help them discover their own path to self-knowledge, always safely, mindfully and with respect to the principles of Ahimsa (non-violence) and Satya (honesty). As Galileo used to say: “You cannot teach man anything. All you can do is help him discover what’s inside him.”

Today I am registered in the international organization Yoga Alliance (USA) as an E-RYT 500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500hrs.) and a member of the Board of Directors. of the Hellenic Yoga Association. Yoga House is recognized by Yoga Alliance USA as RYS (Registered Yoga School) 200 & RYS 300 for Basic & Advanced Yoga Teacher Training. I teach in classrooms almost every day and at the same time run teacher training programs, lead workshops and yoga retreats on a regular basis. I am always open and willing to offer my energy to sensitive social groups that may benefit, like when I taught for 3 years in healing programs of O.K.A.NA. and I’m constantly looking for ways to be of use where I can. After all, in ancient Greek “khristos” means useful.