Yoga Paros


Join The Yoga Holidays on Paros for 5 days of yoga and fun in the sunshine.


- Sunday arrival on Paros 19:00 welcome dinner
- Monday 10:00 - 12:30 and 17:30 - 19:00
- Tuesday 10:00 - 12:30
- Wednesday 10:00 - 12:30 and 17:30 - 19:00
- Thursday 10:00 - 12:30
- Friday 10:00 - 12:30 and 17:30 - 19:00 after class goodbye dinner
- Saturday departure

The rest of the time is free for yourself, other activities, to enjoy the beach, the sun, the sea, the island and the hospitality of Aliki.

After the week of yoga you will have a better understanding of your body, and of your body's possibillitys and limitations, and the signals it gives you.

The aim of yoga is not to perform the most difficult yoga poses. With that you can easily overdo it and cause injuries and hurt yourself. The aim of yoga is to learn to listen to your body and finding more space, strength and balance, by doing exercises. Being aware of your body during yoga allows you to expand your limits without hurting yourself. Coming to that edge of tension and then softening, rather than pushing, allows us to becoming more flexible. I see yoga as a metaphor for life. If we met obstacles with being slow and gentle with ourselves, we can achieve more.

Teacher Oona Giesen started practicing Iyengar Yoga more then 40 years ago, around 1973. She was trained by Agnes Hillen, Margriet Post, Victor van Kooten and, most of all, her mother Jeanne Buntinx, who were all trained personally by mr B.K.S. Iyengar and were the founders of the Iyengar Yoga movement in the Netherlands. Oona grew up with yoga. She took her first yoga classes at the house of Margriet Post when she was about 8 years old. Her first yoga holiday, in 1975 in France, with Agnes Hillen-Mineur was the inspiration for what she is doing for more then 20 years now: organizing yoga holidays.

Oona started teaching - Iyengar based - Hatha Yoga more then 20 years ago, in her mothers yoga school in Amsterdam/The Netherlands. She started the first yoga school on the island Paros in Greece. Although she has a softer approach, you can feel the influences of B.K.S. Iyengar strongly in her classes. She broke her spine in a very bad car accident in 1998 and since then recovered herself extremely well with her yoga. In this proces she became expert by experience in managing back pain with yoga.

Classes start and end with 10 minutes of breathing. Because of the international character of the groups, classes will be given in English. No chanting, no worshipping but basic down to earth yoga practice with postures/asanas and breathing/pranayama. Emphasis on alignment and on the connection between the mind, the body and the breath.

Props will be used (pillows, blankets, belts and so on) to adapt the exercises to your own level. Small groups of maximum 12 people ensure enough personal attention and correction. Therefor people of all levels are welcome; from those without yoga experience, to more experienced yogi's. Yoga for 'every body', for people of all ages, from 7 and up to 77, also for the less flexible and less sportive. For people with back problems. For other yoga teachers who want to deepen their knowledge about yoga and back problems, hands-on-adjustment and the use of props. No competition, everybody works at his/her own level. Classes will be given in an open way. There is space to ask questions. The atmosphere is friendly and non-competitive.



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"I enjoyed my stay on Yoga Paros a lot! Oona is a wonderful teacher, and during her lessons I managed to do some things I have been practicing for years but never quite managed to do before. Paros is a beautiful, relaxed place and ideal for a retreat. There were enough of yoga lessons and enough of free time. I can warmly recommend a retreat on Yoga Paros to anyone interested in yoga."
"This was our second visit to Oona's yoga school - we went for a week of yoga at about the same time last year. Last year was wonderful, which is why we went back, but this year was even better. Oona is a truly inspiring teacher and we learned a lot from her, particularly about using the excellent equipment. Our class was smaller than last year and we got very personalized teaching. Aliki is a really beautiful village and the people are very friendly and welcoming. And to come out of class in Oona's studio and be swimming on a fantastic beach within 5 minutes is just amazing. I hope to go back soon."
"I spent a heart-warming week with an inspiring teacher and a helpful, generous group. In just 6 days with Oona I've learnt poses that I imagined not to be able to do in a lifetime and that a 6-month practice had never allowed me to try. Fun and energetic experience, during the week I've being always aiming for the next class or challenge. Oona is able to get the best from you with apparently no efforts, she gives you the details of all asanas and constantly helps you to have the best control over them. The class atmosphere helps an easy improvement too. I'll bring a lot of insights with me and I hope to keep all those precious teachings in mind in the future..."
Debora Marinacci
"An absolutely wonderful yoga holiday. Oona Giesen was born into yoga. She does not just practice it. I have never before experienced such attention to the small details of the asanas. Her yoga studio is located in the middle of the Greek countryside. Doing yoga with the sound of nature is equally an amazing experience. For sure, I will repeat it again next year."

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