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 οf 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.
Akis Farmakis initially studied Law and worked as a Lawyer for 6 years, meanwhile he was practicing yoga since 2007.
Finally, Yoga won him and changed his life literally, as he travelled to India and got Certification of 500HR at Ashtanga-Vinyasa Yoga from "Sampoorna Yoga School" of Goa, India and teaches Vinyasa yoga since then.
Meanwhile Akis also got certified at Thai Massage from ITM School of Thailand.
Maria Hrisoheraki – Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor
I was born in Darwin, Australia and took my first steps in the path of yoga in 1986. For many years I explored some of the most famous systems in yoga - Sivananda, Yoga Works (a combination of Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga) and Prana Flow Yoga with Shiva Rea. In 2002 I was fortunate enough to come across Iyengar yoga and since then I have been a dedicated practitioner and teacher. I have participated in many seminars with certified Iyengar yoga teachers: Penny Chaplin, Pam Buttler, Eyal Shifroni, Carrie Owerko, Ephrat Michelson and Sheila Haswell to name just a few. I began to teach in 2005 in gyms and studios while in 2010 I opened my own studio. That same year I did a GroovyKids teacher training course with Greville Henwood.
Also from 2003 up to 2011 I was the foundress and owner of yogaonline.gr, the first online yoga magazine in Greece.
Today, I am a certified Iyengar yoga teacher (Level 3) and I publish articles about yoga in the Greek version of “Huffington Post” and another Free Press health magazine called “Natura NRG”.
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 200hrs 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.
Poly Giannopoulou met Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in 2002 and since then it is her main yoga practice. She started teaching group classes from 2005.
She is Authorized 1 Ashtanga Yoga Teacher by R. Sharath Jois and the official Ashtanga Yoga centre in Mysore, India. During her stay there, she took classes in Sanskrit and Indian philosophy.
For the first 15 years her practice was exclusively dedicated to ashtanga yoga. Then, trying to deepen more into asanas, anatomy and philosophy, she completed training programs at House of Yoga and has a 500h YTT/Yoga Alliance certification in Vinyasa Yoga.
Although yoga is her main subject, she is a Physicist BSc, Meteorologist – Environmentalist of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens and also holds a graduation from the Hellenic Conservatory in contemporary song.