Supporting people with their Wellness, Health or lifestyle has taken many different turns in my life. Practicing first as a Massage & Beauty Therapist on cruise liners, Hopping around central London as a special events make-up artist. Running Healthy Options Yoga Holidays in Greece, Teaching Yoga in Lymington and The New Forest and now starting to Coach in Wellness and Health.
I am a mum of 2 children, I am half English and half Greek and I have always lived my life between both countries,leading a very colourful and healthy Lifestyle. I am keen to reflect my Mediterranean roots through my work and I feel this influence has enriched my practice in many ways.
I am fascinated by the aspects of Yoga that can improve both mental and physical health and well-being. I feel it is of great importance that through Yoga, Wellness and Health Coaching and self-study we can gather a collection of skills that can help us to discover more about ourselves and guide us through troubled and stressful times.
In the last 20 years I have practised different styles of Yoga, Hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow which I have been drawn to at different times of my life, from needing more inner strength after I had my children to finding more mindfulness in my practice with moving back to the UK after 17 years. The wonderful thing is that Yoga can be there for you at different times in your life, offering you exactly what you need.
Founding and working on Healthy Options Holidays has also given me opportunities to practice and work with so many different Yoga teachers, Clients, making my teaching more open and diverse.
Yoga is my mirror every time I step on my mat, It’s never a perfect practice but it’s life, with all its challenges, and ragged edges.
- Vinyasa Flow – Vinyasa Flow Yoga is a creative form of yoga, modified from the primary series in Astanga.Yoga .Poses are linked together with the breath and movement in a flowing sequence.
The beauty of Vinyasa yoga is the variety. There is no standard sequence in Vinyasa yoga, so the style, pace and intensity will all vary from week to week. Classes may be sequenced around a peak pose such as a backbend, or they might focus on a particular theme such as the chakras or an aspect of yoga philosophy. The class may be dynamic and focus on strengthening postures, or it may be a slower flow with an emphasis on mobility and flexibility in the spine or the hips.
- Hatha Vinyasa – Hatha yoga is an umbrella term for all Yoga meaning Ha(sun), Tha(moon) but now commonly refers to a class that is often less Dynamic. In a Hatha Yoga class, you hold the poses for longer and I make demonstrations for you to understand alignment. So a Hatha Vinyasa class of mine is very well rounded, it combines some flow of Vinyasa and also the benefits of a Hatha class with added Yoga Philosophy, breath work and adjustments.
- Yin Yoga – Yin Yoga comes from the Taoist tradition and focuses on passive, seated postures that target the connective tissues in the hips, pelvis and lower spine. Poses are held for anywhere between one and 10 minutes. The aim is to increase flexibility and encourage a feeling of release and letting go. It is a wonderful way to learn the basics of meditation and stilling the mind. It is ideal for a more grounding practice and those looking to fully relax and also for athletic types who need to release tension in overworked joints.
- Restorative Yoga – Restorative Yoga is all about healing and restoring the mind and body through simple floor poses often held for as long as 20 minutes, with the help of bolsters, pillows and straps to enhance a deep sense of nourishment within. It is similar to yin yoga, but with less emphasis on flexibility and more on relaxing.
- Yoga Nidra – Yoga Nidra Also known as yogic sleep or sleep with awareness, Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice that is intended to induce full-body relaxation and a deep meditative state of consciousness.
During a typical class, I use a variety of techniques—including guided imagery and body scanning—to aid relaxation. And unlike Savasana at the end of class, Yoga Nidra allows enough time (about 30/40min) for you to physiologically and psychologically sink into it.
“Amazing classes. Varvara is very welcoming and she is very in tune with all of us.” Flavia
“Varvara’s yoga classes are an absolute delight, I couldn’t wish for a more welcoming, professional class. Varvara has simply inspired me.” Sarah