The word yoga originates from the Sanskrit language (ancient Indian) and means unification. Yoga is a spiritual discipline which, through philosophy and its practices, promotes quality in human life, what the ancient Greeks called “Wellbeing”.
Systematic exercise in yoga provides the understanding that the body, mind and spirit are inseparable and that there is an interaction between them.
So the mental and physical health (healthy mind in a healthy body) gives the practitioner the opportunity to have a personal experience that leads to the experience of who they really are, what has been named as “know thyself”.
Everyone should be practicing yoga in a holistic manner to meet the needs of the body and mind. Through the practice on the techniques of Hatha yoga (asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha) a number of benefits is achieved, such as, increased flexibility and vitality, harmonious functioning of systems (endocrine, nervous, circulatory, lymphatic, etc.), elimination of toxins, balancing the two hemispheres of the brain, neuromuscular coordination, etc.
Raja yoga is the branch that includes internal observation techniques, meditation and relaxation and introduces the practitioner to the cultivation of internal qualities (yamas – niyamas). Exercise in Raja yoga purifies the mind and cultivates inner equanimity. It helps in the recognition and utilization of human resources in order to address and meet the personal needs and objectives.
Each of us can be practiced in yoga, regardless of age, gender and culture. From toddlers to seniors, everyone can seek and find the source of joy and peace within themselves that is independent of external circumstances and conditions.
“The soul that moves through the world of senses and yet keeps the senses in harmony … finds rest in peace.”
Theodoros Chiots was born and grew up in Athens. In 1995 he started practicing and studying the yoga system of Satyananda yoga under the guidance of Swami Sivamurti Saraswati.
In 2000 he attended and successfully completed the undergraduate program “Studies in Yoga 1” and the “Training Workshop Yoga” in Satyanandashram Greece. He continues his education attending specialized courses in many fields of yoga with renowned teachers such as Swami Sivamurti Saraswati, the Swami Vedanta Saraswati, o Jean Claude Garnier, the Diane Long, etc.
He teaches since 2001, he has guided seminars for students and teachers of yoga and continues being trained and deepening in yoga under the guidance of his teachers. Since 1998, he composes and sings kirtan. Kirtan belongs to the field of sound yoga (nada yoga) and yoga of the heart (bhakti yoga) and it is an effective tool of expression and association with the “ourself”. He has participated in many conferences and festivals of yoga and every opportunity that is given to people sharing this transcendent experience.