Ashtanga Yoga Athens

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Ashtanga Yoga Athens
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About
Ashtanga Yoga Shala in Athens. Traditional teaching as tought by Sri K Pattabhi Jois. Aris Kapetanakis is the owner and founder of the shala,authorized level 2 by Manju P Jois. He is studying under the quidance of Tim Miller and Nancy Gillgoff. Pranayama,Zazen meditation and misogi harai (purification through breathing) are also tought here
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
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Neighborhood: Psirri / Gazi
Side-by-side neighborhoods Psirri and Gazi provide some of the city’s prime nightlife. The almost claustrophobic streets of Psirri feature an interesting blend of original small businesses with the restaurants, cafés and bars that have recently sprouted up. The central artery of Agion Anargiron Street has lively places to eat or drink. Further west, you can visit the peaceful ancient cemetery of Keramikos, then cross busy Pireos Street to find yourself in Gazi. With the huge Technopolis performance and art complex converted from old gasworks at its heart, you really have to come at night to appreciate this maze of bars at its best, although a daytime stroll will allow you to admire the excellent street art.
How to get there
  • Monastiraki • 4 min walk
  • Thissio • 7 min walk

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yogini1991
Nicosia, Cyprus11 contributions
complete fraud
Mar 2020
I booked a workshop there which was cancelled and they told me they will keep my money for over a year because the workshop will be rescheduled for next year. Something that not only is a horrible thing to do, but also illegal, since they announced it NOWHERE. They hold 380EUR from me, without being ashamed and with no yogic spirit at all. such a shame. I was about to visit in May and I started asking them about the possibility of the workshop being cancelled, and in the beginning, they would not even answer to me. It is the most anti-yogic space I kno.w
Written March 19, 2020
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https://www.ashtangayogaathens.com/2019/10/david-garrigues-second-series/ Please read our cancellation policy.
Written March 20, 2020
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Meredith M
1 contribution
Please Go Somewhere Else
Oct 2018 • Solo
If you are considering practicing yoga, there are much better, healthier places to do so in Athens. To be fair, for my first visit, the instructor was very good. I wish I could remember her name. But, she was strong, encouraging and respectful.
However, I am basing this review on the class with the other instructor, Aris. He was incredibly rude in his manner, and the way he gave instructions. it seemed as though he was more interested to ignorantly barking orders than he was about being truly being present as a strong instructor.

First off, I understand that Ashtanga’s approach to yoga tends to be more strict than other schools as I studied as an Ashtanga teacher myself. Yet, one can be strict and firm without being rude and disrespectful. One can be strict without abusing and dismissing the practice of others.

For example: To begin with, his physical adjustments were harsh. Secondly, when I closed my eyes for some of the poses at first…he ordered me to: Stop that. The immaturity, disrespect reverberated in his voice. I calmly explained that closing my eyes in some poses at first is essential to feel more grounded in my body. If my eyes are always open it can overstimulate me, and I lose touch with my senses, and can become panicked.

But, he was not capable of listening. He only snapped again: “don’t do that! “
I replied again, “I understand what you are saying, but I'm a yoga teacher, and …I am healing from trauma, trying to calm and listen to my body..”

He simply barked “I don’t care what you are.”

Woah.

Then he asked me to leave the class. Of course I did so easily.

Maybe he was upset that I was not following his instructions like a puppet and that I had my own voice.

As an Ashtanga yoga student, it is vital that I listen to my own body’s wisdom.
As an Ashtanga teacher, I would never insist my students do something that was detrimental to their healing practice.
As a human being, nobody deserves to be snapped at the way he did with me.
In any event, It is often not what people say, but how they say it. There were a variety of other ways he could have handled the situation.

I would suggest the instructor try to incorporate more flexible and humble attitude to the practice and the people. I suggest that the teachers also make themselves aware of trauma sensitive yoga practices. And finally. I suggest that this instructor be in much less of an ego state when leading a class.

If you do wind up here as for your practice, I hope you leave space to listen to your own inner guidance as well. Yoga instructors are not gods. You have your own inner guidance , and if any class is leads you away from it, please go elsewhere.
Written October 11, 2018
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atouloumi
Athens, Greece2 contributions
Best place to practice Ashtanga Yoga in Athens
Sep 2018 • Solo
Ashtanga Yoga Athens is a sufficient, organised and spacious shala with great feel, plenty of air and light in which you can experience the pure form of ashtanga yoga. There are approximately 4-5 sessions each day at different hours that you can choose according to your schedule.The teachers: Aris, Marita and Sandra are very competent, helpful, friendly and they offer a nice variety of adjustments.
There is a great mix of students, with regulars from town and visitors/travelers passing by.
All in all it works for a really dynamic studio and supportive practice, encouraging self-development in students.
I 've found the place I've been looking for in years ...
Written September 26, 2018
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Artemis2424
Athens, Greece1 contribution
Heartful Yoga & Wise Teachers
Aug 2018 • Solo
We are blessed to have this studio in the middle of Athens. It is full of light, love and wisdom. Genuine and experienced teachers with a true commitment to helping us surpass our limitations and find happiness in our bodies, hearts and minds. A healing place, where you can be reborn.
Written September 24, 2018
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7Beijing
Beijing, China2 contributions
Unique Experience
Sep 2018 • Couples
Practicing Ashtanga Yoga I wanted to keep my practice during my journey to Athens.
After checking the profile of Ashtanga Yoga Athens and the teachers I decided to join Marita Mittag‘s Vinyasa Krama Yoga class. A huge Hanuman graffiti welcomes you at the entrance of the building and leads you to the very nice shala. The atmosphere is very welcoming, warm and you feel immediately at your ‚home’-Shaka.

It has been an amazing experience and inspiring class. Marita is a highly experienced, empathic and caring teacher with very good guidance and (verbal) assists. I would highly recommend every yoga practitioner and Ashtangi to take this unique class. Looking forward to join as well the Mysore classes the next time when I‘m in Athens.

Namaste Marita and Ashtanga Yoga Athen
Written September 23, 2018
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mallonden
Athens, Greece2 contributions
Not recommended
Mar 2018 • Solo
Very rude and indifferent behavior of the teacher, too far from yogic theory and practices. Not recommended
Written September 20, 2018
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Dear Sir, How can you review Ashtanga Yoga Athens since you have never been in one of our classes? Are you sure you are not confusing us with another Yoga Shala. I kindly request you to withdraw your review as you never visited our shala. Thank you
Written September 21, 2018
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Anargiros K
10 contributions
master class school
Nov 2017 • Solo
If you think yoga, you think asthanga, if you think asthanga visit this school......teacher will change the way you think act....
Written August 23, 2018
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Lori B
Pittsburgh, PA1 contribution
Total Jewel
Jul 2018 • Solo
I traveled through Athens in June 2018 and found this absolutely lovely ashtanga space. The teachers literally changed my ashtanga practice in 3 short visits. I am so grateful and looking forward to returning someday. Without hesitation I recommend this space.🙏❤
Written July 27, 2018
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Sara A
London, UK11 contributions
Wonderful shala to practise Ashtanga
Jul 2018 • Solo
Ashtanga Yoga Athens is an intimate, light-filled shala with a calm and beautiful energy. From my first day, I felt welcomed and at home. Aris and his team are dedicated and professional teachers, but more than that, they are warm and lovely people. The incredible adjustments and encouragement I’ve received since joining has advanced my practise tremendously and I look forward to evolving further with their guidance. Highly knowledgable instruction and a positive atmosphere, it is a truly wonderful place to practise at any level! Would highly recommend!
Written July 17, 2018
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Jenny F
1 contribution
Spot on!
Jun 2018 • Solo
I highly recommend practicing at Ashtanga Yoga Athens. The team there are knowledgeable and skilful as well as welcoming and warm. I instantly felt at home in the shala. The shala itself is bright, clean and has everything you need. There is also a shower which is useful after a sweaty practice. The adjustments I received were some of the best I have had in the Ashtanga community! The teachers are extremely generous with their teaching and energy they transmit. I had a truly brilliant experience.
Written June 28, 2018
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