Yoga is not only her passion. Yoga is her Lifestyle: the way she thinks, interacts, talks. Living Yoga as a Lifestyle is not easy, but yoga teacher from Greece - Niki- has found the balance between body, mind & soul and now happily sharing with us how yoga founds its way into her Life.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself
A: I live in Greece, in a small town nearly two hours drive from the capital Athens. I enjoy living here as there is so much green, fresh air and I feel much more connected to my roots, nature. Besides of yoga which is my way of living, followed by daily practices, I also like watching films, listening to music, dancing and taking photographs. I always have fun travelling because through the journeys I make, I always find new spots to practice yoga, new areas to take photos, new scenery to motivate my thoughts and detox my being.
Q: You are RYT 500 yoga teacher. How did yoga enter your life?
What also motivated me through the years was Yoga Nidra as I found it a strong method of self-therapy.
In my practice I mostly follow a fusion of Raja Yoga and Tribal dance, what I call yoga dance flow. As far as teaching is concerned, I have many groups of different yoga styles. In one group we may focus more on pranayama, meditation or Yoga Nidra whereas in the other we may focus mostly on combining dance with yoga in a flow full of energy and self-expression!
Q: How you started practicing partner yoga and what you like the most about it?
It is exciting to see how day by day you build such a strong bond with your partner, to the point where you start feeling like one body and mind.
So as acro, as well with partner yoga I mostly enjoy the fun in my classes and cooperation with each other. I also use partner yoga in my classes quite frequently in a curative way so as to stretch and massage one another before we finish class.
Q: What are the most common questions which you receive from your yoga students?
A: The first and most common question I receive is: ‘’Can I do yoga? I am old, chubby, I haven’t done yoga yet or even haven’t exercised in general.‘’ Wondering what is my answer to that?? Of course, you can!
Yoga is for everyboby! Every body type, every lifestyle, every nationality, man/ woman, old/young, there are no limits! So, from my point of view, through yoga every single person can get one step closer to his or her freedom, can unlock his or her body and set the mind free.
Q: What is your favorite book/movie and why?
A: One of my favorite books would be ‘Finding God through sex ‘by David Deida. It is a very comprehensive book on the very first tantric steps of my education on this path. A fundamental knowledge on finding your divine sexual masculine and feminine energy in yourself. Secondly, one of my favorite movies would be ‘What the bleep do we know.’ When I first saw that movie (recommended by my teacher) I was amazingly surprised. I saw that movie when I was training to become a yoga teacher and through that movie my world made sense. What do I mean is, that everything yogis shared through the years on their scripts, everything was now in the movie explained by scientists and quantum physics. It is amazing to me trying to get the pieces of the world puzzle through a scientific knowledge and also searching for more and more knowledge.
Q: On which ZENAGOY yoga mats do you practice?
Thank you for your time, Niki!