Meet our team
Everyday we are doing what’s necessary. Sometimes we do what’s possible, and suddenly we are doing the impossible.
Savvas Giantsis is the owner and founder of the House of yoga since 2007. After many years of experience in the field of sports and fitness he’s been practicing Yoga since 2000 , after training in Vinyasa Yoga taught by John Tomayo, at the famous Atmananta Yoga studio, where he worked for 2 years, as well as at other studios and gyms in New York.
He attended Vinyasa flow classes for five months , in Los Angeles. Then for the next 2 years he stayed close to Dharma Mittra in NY. who was an inspiration for his courses.
In 2005 he makes his first trip to Mysore in India to be trained in the system of Ashtanga by its founder Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath Rangaswamy , a destination which he tries to visit every year. In parallel, to this day he has lessons with many teachers abroad and in Greece.
Savvas is Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS) – House of Yoga.
Alexandra Vassiliou was born and raised in Athens. From an early age she engaged in classical ballet. In 2000 she graduated from the Professional School of Dance “Niki Kontaxaki”. Since 2001 she practices Capoeira (Brazilian Martial Art) and holds the title “Formada”. She has the Yogaworks Diploma since 2010, member of Yoga Alliance.
She was born in Athens in 1987. From a very young age she did classical and modern dance. She holds professional diplomas from the English system “Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing” for ballet and modern dance. She participated in many dance performances and dealt with theater kinesiology.
She studied civil engineer in National Technical University of Athens with postgraduate studies, which contributed to a deeper understanding of the mechanics of the body.
Being a lover of body and spirit, she met yoga and daily practice became a part of her life. She has completed the 200hours Vinyasa krama Yoga teacher training and Aerial yoga of Yoga Alliance. She traveled to Mysore, India, where she deepened her practice by completing the 300hours Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga of Yoga Alliance. She is a certified Pilates instructor in mat & studio equipment (MK Pilates).
She teaches classes with emphasis on the flow of breath through movement, alignment, harmony and holistic approach to wellness.
Spiros got born in Toronto, Canada but grew up in Greece. He has been introduced to Yoga at 2005 by a teacher that taught the “inner cleaning” rather than asana practise. That experience was enough to led him at 2010 in Ashram of Sivananda at Vrindavan, India. Continuing his journey he visited North Thailand and been taught the art of Thai massage and since then he travels every year to Asia in order to meet and collaborate with various teachers but also to learn new Yoga practises.
Theodore Famelis was born 1981 in Athens. After graduating he studied German Literature in Thessaloniki. 2002 while still being a student, he had his first Yoga and Pilates classes. Since 2010 he practices mainly yoga, because he was enchanted by its philosophy and the ability to be able to control your own body and do amazing things with it, whereas 2011 he meets Savvas Giantsis, who is up to the present day his Teacher and Inspiration.
He practices on a daily basis Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga and Dharma Yoga. He constantly keeps himself informed by attending workshops and seminars.
He is a certified Yoga Instructor with 500hrs Training at Ghyta Yoga School with Michalis Filinis, 50hrs Teacher Training Course at Yin Yoga and 500hrs at YogaWorks method, where he works as a teacher trainer.
In February 2015 and 2017 he visits Mysore, India where he studies for a month each time at the KPJAYI (Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute) with Sharath Jois the traditional method of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
He teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga and Dharma Yoga at various schools and yoga studios in Athens and organizes workshops and retreats. He constantly gets inspired by other teachers as well as practitioners and students and continues his journey of discovering his inner self and others through the practice of Yoga always with humbleness, modesty and respect to the other human beings, to other teachers, who came along his path and to the tradition of the whole philosophical system of Yoga.
Vasiliki Dimogianopoulou is a graduate of the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science of Athens.
She has won third place at the National Junior Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in group all-around. She was professionally involved in coaching in Rhythmic Gymnastics where she won numerous national championships with her athletes. She is a certified yoga teacher and teaches VINYASA and HATHA YOGA at the House of Yoga. She has undertaken the training of adult yoga teachers in Base Training.
She is a Physical Education teacher at the Leonteio Lyceum of Nea Smyrni.
Panos Kontis started his journey with the practice of yoga through a traditional but also therapeutic combination. Based on traditional Hatha Yoga, pranayama exercises, exploring the range of motion of different muscle groups and adding functional exercises, SoLunar Hatha Yoga is one of his two distinct practices. His path continued abroad with Daniel Rama by deepening his practice in meditation, mantras, yogic philosophy and in Hatha & Vinyasa practice. At the same time, he worked and still continues with circus and gymnastics artists such as Andrey Moraru and Janchivdorj Sainbayar, developing his body awareness in the world of Handbalancing. He has managed to stand out as a teacher through the technique, precision and harmony that accompanies each of his lessons. His journey based on the exploration of the wonderful system we call the human body did not stop there, as he is also known for its healing services through Thai massage. Starting from his basic training at Sunshine House, he followed a progressive course continuing with more advanced trainings on T.S.T (Trouble Solving Techniques), Dynamic Thai, Osteo Thai (Osteopathic application through Thai massage) and Craniosacral therapy. His basic principle is always, love and respect towards the human body. Touch with awareness through a sacred connection between body, mind and breath.
Tania in her own words:
I had my first encounter with Yoga in 2004, in my hometown Athens, under the guidance of Savvas Giantsis. In the years that followed I tried different styles but Ashtanga opened a whole new world to me. The tradition and history behind this practice, the strong commitment and dedication it requires fascinated me. After moving to Paris in 2010 I started studying with Patrick Frapeau and practicing Ashtanga Yoga daily. A few years already into the practice, a very difficult moment in my life forced me to dig deeper. I started studying the ancient texts of yoga philosophy in quest of meaning. That, along with the daily practice gradually made my horizons expand. I realised that yoga was about to become something much bigger than a daily physical practice; a life calling. In 2017 my path led me to India. In Mysore I studied with Saraswathi and Sharath Jois - the daughter and the grandson of the late founder of Ashtanga Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. After my first trip to India, I decide to quit my job as a corporate lawyer and dedicate my life to studying and teaching yoga. Ever since then I have been returning to Mysore every year. In February 2022 my teacher Sharath Jois granted me authorisation Level 1 and his blessing to teach. In January 2024, at the end of my 5th trip and after assisting him for one month, he granted me authorisation Level 2 to teach the Intermediate Series. In my teachings I focus on the quality of the breath, as a unique path to harnessing the potential of the body and gradually getting to calm the mind. The way I experience it yoga goes beyond asana; yoga philosophy and how it is still relevant in modern life is one of the things i am passionate about and share with my students. My teaching is tightly knit to the tradition but not dogmatic. My wish is to accompany the students on their journey towards a deeper awareness and show them that with practice, transformation is possible. By sharing the practice of Ashtanga yoga I seek to empower students to become confident and free, unleash their full potential and live a conscious, healthy and meaningful life.
Danai Petrakogianni has been working as a yoga instructor since 2018, dedicating herself to both personal & group sessions. Recently, she became the official yoga trainer for Adidas Runner Athens, a prominent wellness community under Adidas.
Initially combining her passion for yoga with her former position as a Visual Merchandising Manager, Danai soon realized her true calling & decided to pursue a career solely in yoga.
The allure of yoga for Danai lies not merely in its physical benefits, which encompass overall wellness and strength but also in the profound spiritual journey it offers. She passionately embraces the inner quest for self-discovery, personal growth & fulfillment, masterfully guiding her students through the transformative practices of Yoga practice, pranayama (breathing techniques) & meditation.
Theofilos Kofidis was involved in athletics from an early age and is an active cycling athlete in the P.O.VELOS Thessaloniki team. Since 2012 he is a Grafts Hellas (Trainers School) Presenter and deals with Personal Training - Functional Training and Corrective Exercise. He is Acroyoga international teacher, Master instructor PADI and Emergency First Response Instructor EFR.
The goal of Acroyoga classes is to experience the yoga of Thai massage and the dynamics of acrobatics. These three practices make up Acroyoga and cultivate confidence, safety and joy in participants.
The ultimate goal of the lessons is to get ready to play and communicate with others, creating a nice and pleasant experience.
But without excluding anyone else who wants to fly for the first time.