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Our Friendly, Professional and Approachable Team of Instructors

These are the Yoga instructors that will be teaching your Yoga classes in 2019. Each and every one of them is highly skilled and experienced, but just as important: they are always friendly and approachable.

Amy Chambers

Amy chambers

Manager & fitness teacher - Vassiliki

Amy joined us in 2011 for the fitness side of the Healthy Options programme and has never looked back, becoming Manager in 2013. Amy grew up in Cyprus; it was there that her love of water sports and triathlons began. During university, she competed in the British Triathlon Championships and then went on to teach water sports.

Amy has taught kite-surfing, windsurfing, and diving in various locations around the world. Throughout this time, her love of all things fitness-orientated has continued to grow; she is a Personal Trainer, spinning and circuits instructor and holds various swimming and aqua qualifications.

Throughout this season, Amy will be teaching Body Sculpt, Swiss Ball, run circuits, Hydro Fit and swim technique classes. If that’s not enough to get your heart rate going, Amy will also be available to give those who are interested some beginner windsurfing tuition or 1-1 swimming lessons.

Amy has a wonderfully fun and realistic approach to fitness and loves teaching at all levels. But don’t worry, she won’t be enrolling anyone in a boot camp, after all, our philosophy of doing as little or as much as you like always applies!

Amy Chambers will be available from 4th May to 6th October

Alexia Dranidi

Manager and yoga teacher - Syvota

After many years of practising yoga and developing a profound interest in alternative therapies and the numerous physical and psychological benefits of yoga, Alexia pursued her aspirations and qualified as a 200hr Yoga Alliance teacher and as a therapeutic Thai massage therapist. She is a firm believer that rediscovering that connection between the body and the mind is the key to overcoming any obstacle in life and living it to its full potential.

Her teaching style is a personal mix of Hatha yoga and Vinyasa techniques, aimed at empowering individuality whilst synchronizing breath awareness with correct posture alignment in order to create a harmonious flow of movement and a stillness of the mind. She also teaches Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra and meditation and her Thai massage incorporates elements from yoga, meditation and breath awareness so as to release tension and truly experience a deep state of relaxation. Alexia has recently completed her Qi Gong training and is looking forward to sharing her new found skills with you!

Alexia feels she is honoured to have the privilege of sharing with her students what she has learnt and to help them realize a deeper awareness and connection to themselves and the world around them. Her classes are a celebration of life and an opportunity to love, breath, live, laugh and shine both on and off the mat! Let your breath inspire you!

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Alexia Dranidi will be available from 5th May to 30th June and 1st September to 30th September

Holly Pearn

Yoga Teacher - Syvota

"Holly's keen interest in anatomy led her to train as a clinical Pilates teacher and Sports massage therapist followed shortly after with Yoga teacher training's in India, where her true passion now lies.

She has worked in many different settings from Physiotherapy clinics & studios to retreats in UK and Europe as well as joining the Healthy Options team for several stints since 2015.

Now living and working in Derbyshire, Holly hosts regular classes in Hatha & Flow Yoga, and holds special monthly events exploring Yin yoga and mediation, also running workshops & hosting Yoga retreats.

Holly attends regular classes, workshop's and training's to continue in her journey in the world of Yoga & Wellness & is looking forward to joining the team at Syvota in September 2019"

Holly Pearn will be available from 1st September to 30th September

Joanna Jeczalik

Yoga Teacher- Syvota

Joanna has studied yoga for over 20 years, and teaches in Oxford and London.

She qualified with the Life Centre in London, and has the British Wheel of Yoga Accredited Teaching Diploma

Joanna teaches hatha yoga in a gentle, flowing style, which is accessible and nourishing. Her classes combine yoga poses, breathing, meditation and yoga nidra for a relaxing and rejuvenating practice.

She has qualified with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and integrates mindfulness techniques into her yoga classes.

Joanna also does the holistic style of massage called 'Raynor' which is deeply relaxing concentrating on the main anchor points of the body – the head, hands and feet.

She is particularly interested in the benefits of yoga for chronic fatigue, stress, anxiety and depression, and is currently writing a book on 'Yoga for Chronic Fatigue'.

Joanna Jeczalik will be available from 5th May to 5th June

Olympia Tsarouchi

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Yoga Teacher- Vassiliki

Olympia is a 500ERYT qualified Yoga teacher and massage therapist who has taught classes, workshops and teacher trainings in the UK, Greece and Thailand. She joined the Healthy Options team in 2016.
Olympia is multi-facetted and explored many different disciplines in her life: from a Law degree, to professional music, Brazilian Ju Jitsu and other sports. “But Yoga was where everything fell together,” she says. Olympia teaches Anahata Yoga which is a style of Hatha Yoga that combines a dynamic, flowing style of asana practice, called the Dance of Shiva & Shakti, pranayama and meditation. 'I love to see people, having fun in my classes, learning new things about their practice and leaving the class feeling relaxed and invigorated'.
Olympia also teaches Vinyasa Flow classes, the Five Element Form, Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra.
As a teacher I aspire to share my experience and knowledge with the group, coming from a space of love and care for the participants. I like to keep my yoga classes informational but light hearted and fun. Sometimes we take yoga too seriously, there is no need to.
Olympia has a special interest in body work, the biomechanics of movement and anatomy, which motivated her to study massage therapies. She is qualified in Swedish Massage, Myofascial Manipulation, Ayurvedic Massage and Thai Massage.

Olympia Tsarouchi will be available from 28th June to 6th October

Lynne Gentle

Lynne gentle

Pilates and Yamuna Body Rolling - Vassiliki

Lynne has been practicing Pilates since 1996, when she loved how it restored her lost power following childbirth. At the time she had a successful career in London but her epiphany came and she began to train as a Pilates teacher on the side of her regular job. She set up her Harley Street practice ‘Gentle Movement Clinic’ in 2010, and has since been teaching people to treat themselves.

She describes herself as a Manual and Movement therapist and has been helping people to feel good, teaching them to get rid of aches and pains, and restore natural, balanced posture. Her work is not exercise, but movement, and is a firm believer that if you move well, you move often.

At Healthy Options, Lynne will be leading special Yamuna Body Rolling taster sessions, a cross between foam rolling and rolling on a tennis ball, working to realign the body, self massage, and give you a workout all in one.

Lynne Gentle will be available from 21st July to 25th August

Kathi Elliott

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Pilates Teacher– Syvota

Kathi has worked in the fitness and beauty industries for the past 28 years.
Over the years she’s taught group fitness classes in a variety of disciplines but now specialises in Pilates group and personal training, plus Pure Stretch and Spinning classes.
She recently completed her 200 hour Yoga Diploma and is excited to be beginning her Yoga journey and benefitting from working alongside the fabulous team at HO with their wealth of experience.
She also works for the fitness industry awarding bodies ACTIVE IQ and CYQ as a course tutor, assessor and verifier for instructor training courses.
Kathi has her own home beauty business specialising in Electrolysis plus facials, massage and other holistic treatments.

MY PASSION IS HELPING PEOPLE TO FEEL GOOD!

Kathi Elliott will be available from 1st June to 30th June and 1st September to 30th September

Kirstie Steadman

Pilates & Fitness - Syvota

Kirstie's passion for fitness began when she was young. She was always busy at dance classes and loved performing on stage. She started going to exercise classes and eventually did her Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification. She started to teach Stretch & Tone, Swiss Ball and Ab group classes at her local gym and had done lots of Pilates Mat classes and enjoyed them so much that she decided to train to become a teacher. Kirstie qualified as a CYQ Level 3 Pilates Advanced Matwork Instructor and knew that she had found her dream career. She went on to complete her Pilates Equipment training and went to a Pilates convention in Windsor and fell in love with the Classical Pilates repertoire and went to train in this method at the Everybody Pilates Studio in Portsmouth.
As well as teaching Pilates, Kirstie teaches Aerial Circus skills at her local Circus centre, teaching Aerial Rope, Silks, Trapeze and Hoop.
'I enjoy working with all types of bodies but especially sports people, dancers and active bodies. I am in awe of how the Pilates method changes people’s bodies to become taller, stronger, more flexible and improves their posture and movement. It is such an achievement to see clients benefit and change their bodies through Pilates'

Kirstie Steadman will be available from 5th May to 30th June

Melanie Hershaw

Fitness Teacher- Syvota

Elanie says; 'I feel my best assets are talking to people and making them feel at ease and better about themselves, I work well as part of a team and I am very reliable. My classes are always full so in my opinion that's good, so then the same people keep returning!'

Melanie currently teaches Bodypump and Spin and Circuits with and without weights and stretch classes.< br/> She is a qualified Personal Trainer and so teaches on a one to one basis and also small groups, with advice on Diet if needed.

Melanie used to do Karate and has done Bodybuilding Figure competitions.

Melanie Hershaw will be available from 1st September to 30th September

Alexandra Bowley

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Yoga Instructor - Vassiliki

Alex is a former professional dancer who has travelled the world, performing in and choreographing shows.

After settling in London combining a career as a TV Executive and Dance Teacher, the need to travel called again and she found herself on a sabbatical doing voluntary work for various International charities.

As the sabbatical came to an end, Alex realised it was time to chase her dream of living and working abroad as a yoga Instructor and so put her degree in Combined Health Studies, dance and 15 years of practicing Yoga to good use.
She finished her first teacher training in Greece and went on to expand her studies in India and is now a Yoga Alliance qualified RYT 600 with 100s of hours of international teaching experience behind her, including leading on a Teacher Training course.

Alex previously went on a Healthy Options holiday as a guest in 2015 and enjoyed it so much she set herself the goal to work for us one day, 2019 will be her 3rd season with us and she couldn’t be happier to be back!
Alex's teaching style is fun and naturally flowing. She combines knowledge of anatomy and breath to give her students the opportunity to explore the mental and the physical.
"I enjoy a balance of calmness and power when I teach and I allow my dance background to influence my classes in part, sometimes including music and more fluid movements. I want my students to leave feeling energised and happy!"

Alex's classes include emphasis on breath, energy, flow, alignment, power and relaxation; postures which will invigorate the physical and mental being, leaving you with a general sense of change, growth and wellness.

Alexandra Bowley will be available from 4th May to 6th October

Emma Rigby

Pilates Teacher- Vassiliki

Emma is from London, she studied ballet at the Royal Ballet School, where she learnt a lot about the benefits of Pilates for the rehabilitation of injury and gaining strength and flexibility for perfecting technique. She went on to dance in many classical ballet companies in Scotland, Norway and Madrid before arriving in Paris to dance with Le Moulin Rouge.

Whilst dancing in the Moulin Rouge she used her days to become certified as Basi Pilates instructor on all Pilates equipment, gyrotonic and xtend barre instructor. Emma also works closely with a chiropractor, trying to constantly learn and deepen her knowledge to ensure she can work as safely as she can with her clients. She likes to combine her two worlds, creating classes that flow often to music to allow people to escape and enjoy movement, whilst also working in a way that concentrates on stability and alignment.

Emma can't wait to be spending time this season in magical Vassiliki!

Emma Rigby will be available from 5th May to 16th June

Karolina Ziolkoska

Pilates Teacher- Vassiliki

Karolina is a professional dancer. She started her career in Poland where she completed her bachelor's degree in dance. In 2010, inspired by the French cabaret world, she moved to Paris to fulfill her dream and become a showgirl. Here she started to practice Pilates to keep in a good shape but also to prevent injuries.

The desire to travel took Karolina to India where she fell in love with yoga, to the United States where she obtained my RYT 200h Strala Yoga Certification and then to Bali where she completed her Pilates mat teacher training with Balanced Body.

Back in Paris Karolina is teaching Barre Shape method, the mix between ballet, Pilates and fitness.

'I can’t wait to come to Vassiliki to share my experience, my knowledge and my passion for Pilates with the guests!'

Karolina Ziolkoska will be available from 16th June to 20th July

Iro Gkioka

Fitness & Yoga teacher- Syvota/Vassiliki

Yoga + Aerial Yoga Teacher, Pilates + Fitness Instructor

Iro, since a very young age, has been engaged in physical activities and music, two aspects of her life, where she felt and feels like herself, while being always occupied with different life-matter questions and big curiosity about Cosmos.

She studied at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, at the Faculty of Physical Education with a specialty in Outdoor Activities. At that time she began mountaineering and climbing.

She has successfully completed a Pilates Training program (Mat, Props, Reformer) at the GRAFTS Fitness Training School.

Having a real thirst for knowledge of kinesiology and the functions of the human body, she begins to engage in  japanese martial arts, such as Aikido, Iaido, Jodo. Through this exploration, Iro became acquainted with Eastern Philosophy, started learning the Japanese language, involved herself in Hindu dance, and, finally, she was being led to Yoga.

She attended the Yoga 200hr Teachers Training course and continued with the Advanced Yoga 300hr Teachers Training course, at the Anahata Yoga Studio, always under the guidance of her teacher, Elena Mouratidou.

She has attended different workshops and seminars with many great teachers, such as Yiannis Andritsos, Emi Takahashi Tull, Jerome Burdi, Maite Garbizu, David Swenson, Kristina Karitinou-Ireland, Manju Jois and others.

Pilates, yoga, trekking, swimming, all these activities for Iro are the perfect means for exploration of human body and mind movement.

Pilates, yoga, trekking, swimming, all these activities for Iro are the perfect means for exploration of human body and mind movement.

Iro Gkioka will be available from 25th August to 6th October in Vassiliki and 10th May to 30th June in Syvota

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