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Welcome to Hot Yoga Athens!

My love and passion for yoga and Greece led me to the decision to return to my homeland and to devote my time and energy to what truly and fully makes me happy. From summer 2015, I took over Hot Yoga, aiming to create a beautiful and relaxing space, where each person can enjoy their practice, the services offered and to leave feeling rejuvenated. Having deeply rooted faith in the Hot Yoga team, and deriving from a desire for evolution and innovation, I believe that the space we have created is an ideal refuge for us all.

Respectfully, Niko Geo

About Niko

After years of finance studies, BSCs, MSCs, CFAs, I decided to leave the busy lights of the City of London, in search of the inner light within. Initially trained in Hatha and Vinyasa flow (Sally Parkes – UK), I have since studied Hot (Kristin Campbell – Canada) and Pregnancy (Nadia Narain – UK) with Triyoga, a world renounced yoga center, where I worked as a teacher. I continued my studies, in search of new and innovative yoga styles and schools and found: Broga (Matt Miller – Los Angeles), a unique style targeted to Athletes and Budokon (Cameron Shayne – Miami), a style with artful movement that incorporates Martials arts. More recently, I completed my 300hrs of training and graduated from the Jivamukti School of Yoga; a school that is considered to be one of the top worldwide. With this method, I found my spiritual home and the light I was searching for in my personal, as well as professional teaching life. Graduating at the feet of my mentors; Sharon Gannon, David Life, Rima Rani Rabbath and Moritz Ulrich. Currently undergoing 500hrs-advanced training in Tantra Vinyasa with the world renowned Sianna Sherman.

With over 1,000hrs of training, and following 11 years in London, I decided to change my home base and moved back to my mother land Greece. I bought Hot Yoga the brand and Hot Yoga Athens, the studio in Psychiko. I now spend my time between London and Athens, teaching classes internationally in Berlin, Japan, Bali, New York, Boston and California.

In the past few years, I have undertaken a series of seminars, workshops, trainings and taken classes with a list of internationally acclaimed teachers and masters of their craft. I have enjoyed the fast and furious side of vinyasa flow with celebrity American born and London resident Julie Montague, the fast and fun side of Rocket yoga with the queen of Rocket – first line up of teachers by the founder of rocket Lary Sulz; Amme Poulton, the slow and controlled creative flow of the awesome Naomi Absalom, the handstand king Patrick Beach, the inspirational founder of Dharma Mittra, the innovative Anna forest, creator of Forest yoga, the arm balance master Dylan Warner, the flexible Kino Mc Gregor, the queen of strength and softness Elena Brower, the qigong master Mimi Kuo Deemer, the yin and restorative yoga expert Judie Hanson, the tantra vinyasa master from America Sianna Sherman, the inspirational Iyengar master Simon Low, the Jivamukti queen Emma Henry and my Jivamukti mentor from Germany; the charismatic Moritz Ulrich. I have also practiced alongside some of the best and pronounced teachers, some of which I am proud to call gurus, some of which I am humbled to call friends.

We are the 1st Hot yoga studio in Greece and the 1st studio to offer Hot and Non Hot classes.

About Hot Yoga Athens

In 2011 we brought Hot Yoga to Greece first and in 2015, while changing management and direction, we are welcoming students that wish to practice non hot yoga as well with a group of internationally recognized and certified teachers.

We are committed to providing our members with a beautiful, clean, safe and relaxed environment focusing on a serene spiritual yoga experience. In our studio every member is treated with respect as a unique individual.

We are offering you the opportunity to try more than 10 different styles and levels of difficulty, from beginners (Hatha yoga) to experienced level 2-3 (Rocket yoga) and be a part of a high quality and delightful experience.

In our sophisticated and minimal studio you can find classes from that are philosophical and spiritual, to fun and funky ones; from hardcore sweaty workouts, to softly paced classes; from sunny spelled to candlelit led, we offer it all.

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ABOUT YOGA

What is Yoga?

Yoga is NOT for women only. Yoga is for everybody.

Yoga is an ancient Indian body of knowledge that dates back more than 5000 years ago. The word yoga comes from Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language. It is a derivation of the word ‘yuj’, which means yoking, to bring together, to unite. Yoga is said to be for the purpose of uniting the mind, body, and spirit.

Ancient Yogis had a belief that in order for man to be in harmony with himself and his environment, he has to integrate the body, the mind, and the spirit. For these three to be integrated, emotion, action, and intelligence must be in balance. The Yogis formulated a way to achieve and maintain this balance and it is done through exercise, breathing, and Meditation – the three main Yoga structures.

Yoga Poses

Yoga is NOT just stretching but uses stretching as a key element to balance the body through developing both strength and flexibility.

This is done through the performance of poses or postures, each of which has specific physical benefits.

The poses can be done quickly in succession, creating heat in the body through movement (vinyasa-style yoga) or more slowly to increase stamina and perfect the alignment of the pose. The poses are a constant, but the approach to them varies depending on the yoga tradition in which the teacher has trained.

Yoga Practice

Yoga Teachers will often refer to “your practice,” which means your individual experience with yoga as it develops over time. The amazing thing about yoga is that your practice is always evolving and changing, so it never gets boring. Although the poses themselves do not change, your relationship with them will. Anyone can start a yoga practice, even if you don’t feel like you are very flexible or very strong. These things will improve the longer you practice. Another great thing about thinking about “your practice” is that it encourages the non-competitive spirit of yoga. One of the most difficult, but ultimately most liberating things about yoga is letting go of the ego and accepting that no one is better than anyone else. Everyone is just doing their best on any given day.

Yoga Classes

In addition to practicing the poses, yoga classes may also include instruction on breathing, call and response chanting, meditation, or an inspirational reading by the teacher. The variety and amount of this will depend on the individual teacher and the yoga style in which he or she is trained. Typically, a yoga class at a gym will be more focused on the purely physical benefits of yoga, while at a yoga center, you may delve more into the spiritual side. Some people find that the physical practice of yoga becomes a gateway into a spiritual exploration, while others just enjoy a wonderful low-impact workout that makes them feel great. Whatever your tendency, you will be able to find a yoga class on our schedule that suits your style or mood of the day.

Hot Yoga

Hot yoga is at the heart of what we do in our studio (40c and 50% humidity), whereby students can enjoy a combination of the benefits of yoga with those of detoxification. We also offer a variety of other styles, catering for everyone from complete beginner to veteran yogi.

Benefits:

Yoga has been around for many centuries, and is practiced today by millions. Its popularity and longevity are testament to the host of physical and mental benefits it offers, and yoga can help with:

  • Weight loss
  • Body toning
  • Body Detox
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Healing and preventing sports injury
  • Decrease of anxiety, stress
  • Increasing mental focus
  • Increasing fitness and stamina
  • Insomnia
  • Poor Digestion
  • Asthma, arthritis and a wide range of chronic conditions

TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

Should I try it?

Trying something new for the first time might be exhilarating, but also daunting. The first step is to enter the studio. Leave the rest to us. At Hot Yoga Athens, we understand what it feels like to have never tried yoga before and we are here to make it safe, relaxing and fun for you. It’s only a matter of time until you will feel like the studio is a second home!

Is it difficult?

It is common to feel that the heat can seem overwhelming or a non-hot class too fast to follow. We want you to know that it is ok. It takes a little bit of time to get used to it, but we guarantee that you will start feeling the benefits from the first week and Yoga will soon become an inextricable part of yourself.

With some patience and a little dedication the science of yoga gradually unfolds.

Ideally you should aim to try your first 10 classes in a period of 2-3 weeks. You will steadily but surely build your strength, stamina, concentration and flexibility.

From the first two (2) weeks, you will start to develop a new perspective as you will quickly experience both physical and mental changes. For changes that will conclusively change your lifestyle, you should work out 3-4 times per week. Check out our different packages or speak to someone at reception for options that work best for you and suites your lifestyle.

Come prepared for class

It is advised that you arrive approximately 15 minutes before class. It is also recommended that you refrain from eating 2-3 hours prior to class time and to drink lots of water.

What should I bring with?

In our studio you can source water and refreshments.

You will need two large towels (one to shower with & one for your mat). Towels are available for hire and mat towels with grip are available to purchase at reception.

Comfortable and sweat bearing clothing, shorts or leggings with a suitable lightweight sports top or t-shirt. Wear clothes that absorb sweat but don’t restrict your range of movement.

Change of clothes for after your class (shower facilities are available).

Our heating system

Our studio is fitted with the latest state of the art heating system, creating the perfect environment to get sweaty. Our heating system reads the C02 in the room and cleverly pumps in fresh oxygen to allow our students to perform at their best. Our teachers are equipped to adjust as necessary to make sure everyone breaks a good sweat!

Please feel free to speak to the teacher after class if you have any questions or concerns. A good teacher and the right practice can significantly contribute to your enjoyment, growth, and understanding.