Varvara is the co-founder and teacher at Akshara Yoga school. During her childhood, along with her education, she used to participate in a team of aquatics in Greece from where she hails. She had participated in several swimming competitions, and had secured 3 gold medals in 50 meters freestyle.
Before her college, she had excelled in two languages (French and English) and later on she was authorized by the Greek government as a tutor. After two years in college pursuing advertisement she understood that this field doesn’t reflect her personality and thus focused on teaching English to children. She had also worked in the tourism industry, in the customer care service where she had to deal with an average of 100 people per day with great success because of her good skill in communication and her deep empathy.
“The autobiography of a Yogi” by Swami Paramahansa Yogananda was the book that inspired her to start her yoga journey at the end of 2009, when Yoga was not so much popular in Greece. The unique self-transformation that Yoga gifted her, led her 4 years later to undertake the first Hatha Yoga teacher training course in Greece, under the guidance of Andreas Provelleggios. Andreas Provelleggios is one of the most senior teachers in Greece, he was one of the founders of Hellenic Yoga Association and a former president of the Yoga Association. After finishing that course, she was selected as an assistant teacher for the next batch, next to the leader teachers Tina Myntzzymarakis and Chrysi Bambali (very well known and respected teachers in Greece).
Her passion and yearning for yoga and spirituality made her to visit India for the first time in 2015. She visited Mysore, where she was trained in Ashtanga Yoga, under the guidance of the yogacharya Ramesh Shetty, disciple of Shri BKS Iyengar, and Praveen Somu, disciple of K.Pattabhi Jois. In Mysore she met Saurabh Chaudhary and together they developed the vision of establishing a Yoga School. Next year she visited India, where she got trained in traditional Hatha Yoga and Indian Philosophy under the guidance of Saurabh Chaudhary, whom now she considers as her Guru. Since then they conduct together yoga teacher training courses. She has studied traditional yoga scriptures and texts like Bhagavadgita and Hatha Yoga Pradipika.
Varvara believes that knowledge is endless, and the ultimate tool by which ignorance can be removed. That is why she keeps herself abreast with the latest trends and developments in the field of yoga. She has participated in many workshops in anatomy and physiology, under the guidance of physiotherapists which are specialized in athletes’ traumas. She is trained in yoga for seniors and yoga for orthopedic diseases under the guidance of physiotherapists and orthopedic doctors. She has attended the workshops in prenatal yoga by qualified midwife and yoga teachers. She has been trained in vinyasa yoga in Rishikesh India, and she is also a certified aerial yoga teacher trained by Tanya Popovich. She has been introduced in Vipassana meditation, in the Dhamma Suddha institute of India under the tradition of acharya S. N. Goenka. Since 2018 she is an Ayurveda student of International Academy of Ayurveda.
Varvara is an E-RYT 500 from Yoga Alliance, USA. She is member of the IYTA (International Yoga Association) and member of HYA (Hellenic Yoga Association). She offers yoga classes to senior people in a care center of seniors in Greece as a Karma Yoga.
She strongly believes that in every student there is a potential teacher that has not been manifested yet.
Her desire is to live a peaceful life free from any kind of dogma.