Gain in-depth skills to Hatha yoga through our 200 Hours Yoga teacher training program by Yogagyani which will take place online and offline.
Yoga Retreats (6)
Ritu Rai is originally from India and she devoted herself to yoga when she was 10 years old. Ritu's classes focus on making you work on your body alignment and adjustment by practicing various yoga asanas and motivating you to integrate the practice of Hatha yoga into your daily routine. During her classes, expect to work hard and to leave refreshed, energized, and with a calm state of mind.
Jyothi is from South India, he has completed his Yoga instructors course in 2004 SVYASA Swami Vivekananda yoga university in Bangalore, Post graduation diploma in yoga Andhra University in 2007. Jyothi completed also yoga Vedanta course from Vedanta forest academy Rishikesh 2015. He is highly specialized in the yoga field and he has experience of teaching for many years in many countries like China, Russia, and India. He is one of the best teachers in India and also the director of a yoga school. His experience is vast in Yogic field focused on the root of yoga and philosophy of yoga.
JP's journey started as a personal fitness trainer. In 2014, his health started to deteriorate due to an autoimmune disorder. When his mental health took a toll on him, he decided to take up yoga. His anxiety started vanishing & he soon became truly passionate about yoga & started to learn more about its teachings & anatomy. Due to his extensive knowledge in physical fitness, he decided to mix both styles in his teachings. JP found Ritu through a random Google search & soon became one of her students. After completing his training with Ritu, he decided to join her teaching team at Yogagyani.
from Austria, August 2020
"Incredible teaching for body, mind and soul"
Ritu comes from India and is practicing Yoga since she was a child. She is the most passionate and most disciplined Yogini I have ever seen. Through her empathy, her endless knowledge and practice experience, as well as teaching experience, is she the perfect Yoga teacher. Ritu became a friend for me these weeks and I miss her and the practice together already a lot. My philosophy teacher Benu and my anatomy teacher Raj, both from India via Online Class were also so passionate and full of skills and knowledge. The Training and information that I got, are holistic and are based on the original and ancient Yogabooks and Yoga philosophy. Besides the Yoga Training, is Alexandroupolis in Greece a wonderful and safe place to be. It has amazing beaches and food, as well as the people, are so open-hearted and friendly. Therefore was my stay also a wonderful holiday as well. I will come definitely back to Ritu and her friends, to continue learning and practicing with her. These weeks touched my body, mind, and soul and I will spread my amazing knowledge with the world. Thank you, Ritu for being so amazing and taking your job so seriously and professionally!. :) See you soon!
from Italy, August 2020
"I'm happy that I made the decision to live this experience "
Ritu, the teacher (a young, indian lady) is a very dedicated teacher. What I liked from the beginning, is her authentic approach to all what Yoga is. She lives it fully, but not in a completely or too strict way, in fact she finds a good balance between the yogic philosophy and the 'normal, actual society live'.
I think her specialty is the asana practice. In this field she is quite a perfectionist. She makes you work very hard and follow 1000 details, but at the end she brings you to make many improvements and to understand the why's and the how's.
Due to the Covid situation many people couldn't come so at the end I was alone (yes, I know, individual lessons are great - you get the maximum), but I was a bit upset, because I would have liked to spend some free time with other attendants and having some exchange. As this was impossible, Ritu presented me to her local friends, what I found very kind.
The philosophy classes were held from an Indian guru via Zoom. These hours did pass very quickly, as the teacher explained not only in an open, friendly, well structured and easy way, but also with lots of humor.
The offer I chose did not include an accommodation, so I rented an apartment. Unfortunately there were some technical problems, also the kitchen was not well equipped, so Ritu and her husband were so nice to support me.
from United States, June 2020
"More than a teacher training"
This training was a life changing experience for me! I found yoga 2 years ago after spending 15years as a trainer. I had developed bad habits, had horrible back issues and found myself emotionally a mess.
I started yoga and things started to get better. I felt I had finally found an approach I can help others with that was complete. Unlike training which was only the physical.
I knew I wanted to teach but I couldn’t find the right teacher. It’s funny because I’m in California and you would think it would be easy but I was looking for authenticity!
Fast forward.. pandemic, can’t leave my house and a late night search for teacher trainings.
I found Ritu and immediately started writing her. I couldn’t physically go to her but there was something about her which made me feel like I could do it through zoom.
It was the best decision of my life. I learned everything I wanted to learn and more. Ritu is extremely knowledgeable. She new how to guide me to help me find my yoga. The others teaches were also great and gave me the material in a way that helped me figure it out for myself.
That’s the beauty of it. It’s not specific. It’s traditional yoga which allows you to figure out what works for you. In that you learn how to teach others to fit them and not just a generic style.
I have gained a teacher, mentor and a friend in Ritu. I’m already teaching others and I feel more confident than ever in my ability to help anyone that comes my way.
from Germany, June 2020
Ritu is very caring and I always felt like I can trust her. I loved that she is flexible and sometime I had to move class to another time, and she was always helping out in these situations. In addition, we I liked variety of teachers, this improved my understanding of yoga.
I was getting individual classes so teacher was really able to correct me and help me advance!
from United States, September 2019
"Excellent yoga with wonderful people "
Ritu is an absolutely excellent teacher and has a really wonderful energy. She combines a patient and conscientious attitude with an informality that kept us fully engaged throughout the daily classes. She gave a lot of personal tuition which meant I saw my practice evolve a lot throughout the course of just one week. I continue to return to her advice in my group classes now. Ritu’s guidance on mediation and the philosophy of yoga was also incredibly helpful in our approach to class.
Ritu and Kyriakos are warm and generous hosts. They took good care of all their guests and arranged everything possible to help us experience the most of Samothraki.
The retreat was everything I hoped for—Samothraki is a special place and I would recommend this to anyone looking to experience an authentic version of Greek island life.
from Austria, August 2019
"Authentic yoga on wild and wonderful Samothraki island!"
Small group meditation/yoga classes with a truly dedicated and gifted instructor. Delicious vegetarian food prepared with ingredients fresh from the garden. Amazing location for nature lovers, well off the beaten track!
from Greece, August 2019
"Excellent lesson, bad accommodation "
Ritu is an excellent yoga teacher, with real interest to focus on each person's body and needs. Her lesson is very authentic, besides asanas she explains analytically about philosophy and theory of yoga. We started by singing some mantras, it was a beautiful way to start our practice.
Her studio is quiet and peaceful, in an excellent location, and her husband is growing a beautiful garden.
from Netherlands, July 2019
"Back to basics physical and mental transformation "
Foundational hatha and vinyasa package customized to the user’s need, in a room or in nature. The location is no-frills because nature is the spectacle and purely magic. Immerse yourself in waterfalls, hot springs, the sea and the forest to experience a simpler life with a spiritual journey if you desire. Ritu is both caring and knowledgeable and allows her guests flexibility to shape their trip as needed. I returned transformed both physically healthier, balanced and mentally calm with my priorities refreshed.
from Greece, July 2019
"Special and Genuine"
First, Ritu is a very dedicated and knowledgeable yoga instructor. She is inspiring and encouraging, which is very important for a beginner practitioner like me. Due to her personal attention to me, I felt myself improving in confidence every day. In fact, Yoga has acquired new "colours" for me: Ritu has dedicated many hours to share her knowledge about why Yoga is an "instrument of manifesting the consciousness" and not merely physical exercise. She has the ability to verbally explain the poses, but also (very important and different than the other instructors I met) she carefully watches and corrects you during the whole process.
Second, the dinners cooked by her husband Kiriakos are so delicious and special. Not only he uses many vegetables from his own garden, but he also adds two very important "ingredients" in his food: dedication and conscious presence during the cooking process.
Third, Samothraki island is very unique and full of powerful energy deriving from nature (my personal opinion is that its uniqueness is more bout the waterfalls, springs, gorges and forest than about the beaches). Ritu and her husband arranged 1 day of hiking (the craziest 11 hours hiking adventure of my life) and half-day of sightseeing on the island.
Last but not least, I am grateful for the bright souls I met during this retreat: the other participant Monika, our guides Nikos and Giorgos, the owners of the bakery...
No words can describe my gratitude for that special week of my life.
from United Kingdom, July 2019
"The perfect island get away! "
The warm welcome, excellent food, caring instruction and attention!
from Turkey, June 2019
"Perfect instructor located at a perfect place. "
Best instructor. Very kind and patiently explains everything you might ask for a complete Yoga experience. Best for beginners and advanced Yoga learners. Delicious Greek food. Untouched environment.
from New Zealand, September 2018
"An authentic teacher"
This is a person who has grown up immersed in her culture including yoga. The authenticity of learning from such a person is in stark contrast to other teachers who on reflection I feel yoga was more of a commercial business they had completed training in a discipline from another culture and I now question the validity of others teaching something so central to another’s culture.
from Italy, August 2018
"A great, unique experience..."
The retreat turned out to be an extremely interesting experience.
You can either love or hate the island of Samothraki, a paradise of wilderness still shy of touristy activity in the Northeastern part of the Aegean sea. The 2.5h ferry ride from Alexandroupoli is really worthwhile, judging from the unique benefits you can get from your visit to this special place.
Ritu and her husband also provide interesting excursions to the waterfalls, where you can truly be at one with nature. My best advice is that you be open minded towards the island's special flavor and interesting visitors, because you might probably gain a different point of view about life at the end of your stay.
Ritu is a very knowledgeable, friendly and charismatic teacher, who can truly introduce you to Yoga in a proper way, by offering something that is very far from the Western, commercialized fitness-like experience that most people look for.
Simply put, join Ritu's retreat and forget about Instagram's #yogashares and get to work seriously... that's how you can truly respect and appreciate the deepest meaning of Yoga. I'd say this is a unique opportunity to learn about India's purest traditional wisdom within Europe.
My best wishes to Ritu and Kyriakos for her great initiative.
from United States, July 2018
"This adventure can make the world a better place"
It was more than retreat; Ritu is a great yoga teacher with huge knowledge; and a kind person who is taking care of us not just on the classes; but in the free time too; exploring the wonders of Samothraki. I have got much more experience during these days; than i could ever expect. 😊
from Italy, July 2018
"Transformation through Yoga in my favorite Greek island "
This yoga retreat has been an incredible experience for me and I feel completely regenerated. Ritu teaches Gyana Yoga, which translates into “knowledge path”. She is the most passionate yoga teacher that I have ever met. The teaching was comprehensive of meditation and breathing exercises and on one day we had Vipassana.
I had a fantastic time with Ritu and her husband Kiryakoss, who cooked the most amazing organic food, with recipes from Greece and India.
The accommodation was just amazing. The room was very comfortable and had access to an idyllic garten full of fruit trees, in front of the majestic Mount Fengari. The house itself is a 10 minutes walk to the beach and 15 minutes to the waterfalls and to the center of Therma. In Therma you have plenty of Tavernas, Cafeterias and of course the hot springs, which are free of charge. Your body and soul will regenerate in this untouched paradise.
Ritu and her husband are the most hospitable and generous persons and I really felt like being part of their family.
I was able to learn a lot in this week. Ritu helped me to find the power to improve day by day through her constant attention and knowledge of every pose of yoga. She is a very spiritual person and loves what she does. She can transmit the determination to fight against the limits of the body. I benefitted from this week in the form of a stronger sense of balance, more energy and more happiness.
from Luxembourg, August 2019
"The perfect retreat to relax and be in nature"
It was an amazing yoga-retreat! Everything was just perfect, the yoga and especially the food! The accommodation is nicely located. Ritu and Kyriakos are both passionate about what they are doing and do everything so that their guests feel good. If you love nature and remoteness, then it’s the place to be.
from United States, July 2018
- Priceless deep knowledges in yoga and meditatation;
- Yoga and meditation in different locations in the open air;
- Fantastic nature: amazing waterfalls, mountains, sunsets on the sea, hot springs;
- Flexible timing and guiding trough the beauties of the island;
- Extremely interesting communication;
- Spring drink water on the hole island;
- Delicious fresh food.
Deep gratitude to Ritu and Kiryakoss for an unforgettable time!!!