Our mission is to cultivate a new breed of conscious yoga teachers. Reawaken the true potential of yoga, create solid foundations for growth and inner peace.
Yoga Retreats (1)
Elias Ananiadis is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT), a founding member of the Registered Yoga School (RYS) of Conscious Yoga Teacher Training and the organization called Conscious Yoga Academy. He has received accreditation as an experienced Yoga Teacher E-RYT 500, YACEP, a Life Coach, a Sound, Aroma and Energy Healer. He continues to practice Karma, Raja, Bhakti and Kriya Yoga and to inspire others to be of selfless contribution. He pursues ever-higher states of consciousness and has devoted his life to causes that have positive and meaningful impact to humanity.
Anna Julie Wiederhold
from Germany, September 2021
"Life Changing Yoga Teacher Training"
I liked everything. The retreat is in a beautiful place surrounded by ocean and mountains. The food was very tasty and always freshly prepared. The yoga classes were beautiful. The teachers are heartfelt and always there for you. This Yoga Teacher training has changed my life in a positive way.
from United Kingdom, September 2021
The reviews looked good but nothing could prepare me for the journey I was about to undertake. Yoga for me was a joyful hobby that I wanted to explore and share, now I see that it as a whole holistic way of living.
Over 3 weeks I have been fully immersed into what yoga really is, how in the west we focus on the postures and that yoga is about being at peace with your mind, body and soul. This has been the most amazing experience, I feel with the knowledge I have learnt that I can navigate the next phase of my life.
The teachers Katherine, Elias, Persefonis and Coralia live and breath yoga with so much joy and passion its contagious. The classes are structured in a way that questions are always welcome and learning is encourage, you're not just regurgitating information but finding a deep understanding.
Finally the balance of classes, independent learning, excursions, beach time, films and good food is amazing. I'm already dreaming of going back to Kathys Island Retreat.
from United Kingdom, September 2021
"Best decision of my life"
I made friends for life. Everyone in the academy is absolutely amazing. The happiness is contagious. The learnings I took from it was incredible.
I could not recommend it enough. Yoga is now engrained in my life like never before.
Elias and Persefoni are excellent, both teach with such passion and they truly love everyone one of us from day one. I will never forget them!
Kathys Island Retreat is a magical place and I strongly suggest everyone to go visit and experience the joy that floods that piece of paradise.
The course is extremely well structured, the way is taught allows us to absorb knowledge effortlessly, the yoga practice, meditation, philosophy, everything is given with such care that when I got back home it was all in my mind and I didn’t even realised. I didn’t just learned about yoga, I lived it and it’s all down to the academy. Absolutely thrilled with the whole experience.
I’m forever grateful to be part of everyone’s life at Concious Yoga Academy
Can’t wait to go back and hug each and everyone.
from France, September 2021
Where to begin ? I arrived to this teacher training without really having any expectations but the experiences I had during these 3 weeks are something that I will be forever grateful for. The place Kathrine and Elias created on this beautiful Greek Island is truly magical. It is a place for growth, filled with love, kindness, delicious food and amazing souls. The teachers deliver a training that starts before you even set foot on Karpathos and that goes far beyond what most people know about yoga. It is holistic, complete and challenging in the best ways. During these 3 weeks, we explored asanas, meditation, energy healing, consciousness, basic anatomy, happiness, sound healing, mantra singing, yoga philosophy and so much more that it’s hard to even try to summarize. The retreat center and the surrounding area are definitely stunning. Everybody I met there, from teachers to volunteers to other participants, was so thoughtful, loving and kind. I can say with confidence that it has been a life-changing experience for me because I can now pass down everything I learned there to other people but also because I left the island with the precious tools I very much needed to keep growing. I would do it all again without hesitation and I really hope more people will choose this special place to do their yoga teacher training. To Kathrine, Elias, Persefoni and Coralia : thank you a million times and please keep doing what you’re doing ❤️
from Germany, August 2021
"only light "
Life changing experience and friends for life!
* amazing place on earth
* amazing rooms + Seaview
* amazing and conscious food!!
* amazing teachers and really good training and mentoring
* amazing group with wonderful souls *
Everything in this 22 days was just soo amazing, so it is really hard to get the right words for it.
The place is amazing, the whole atmosphere Kathrin and Elias created on this wonderfull place on earth helps a lot to reconnent with nature and come back to your true self.
The teacher training was very well structured, but still it was always space for discussions and questions. All the teachers were just amazing! Very open to the energy of the whole group and just perfectly leading and supporting everyone individually.
I am so happy I choose this place for my teacher training! I learned so much... about the yoga philosophy, about what Yoga really is about and about myself.
Teachers, staff, volunteers... everyone was so supportiv, so that I could focus on my studies, rethinking, enjoying and meditating :)
Thank you everyone!
In the last week everyone was leading their Yoga Class, and all the classes were so amazing! I really cant belive how this training of 3 weeks could lead us to many excellent Yoga Teachers! I am so happy that we can all spread Yoga in this conscious way. There is hope for a better world ;)
from United States, August 2021
"A Transformational Experience "
I walked in the first day expecting to simply learn about yoga postures, alignments, etc., but walked out with an entirely new perspective of what yoga really means. This training does not just focus on the surface level knowledge of what yoga is as the West knows it (a workout), but unpacks the philosophy behind yoga and how we can individually use it to become better at life. It is not easy - it requires deep introspection, studying for exams, and a presentation - but it breaks down the barriers and limits we have set for ourselves our whole lives, and in the process creates fertile ground for us to expand and grow. From the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep, you will be questioning, learning, and applying yoga in three main aspects: breathwork, meditation and poses. The training emphasizes a holistic approach in mind, body and spirit, rather than just “body” which most trainings solely address. Incorporated into the program are delicious healthy meals, one-on-one discussions with the trainers, group activities and excursions, and of course a lifetime of knowledge. I truly could not be more grateful for the deep truths I forged here and the lifelong connections I made along the way. If you go to any yoga teacher training, go to this one.
from Poland, August 2021
I loved the people, food, accomodation and the surrounding. Place worth coming back to.
from Germany, August 2021
"Amazing Training "
I honestly don't know where to start! I feel like I received so much in these 3 weeks. The lovely people of the conscious yoga academy opened up a whole new chapter for me and I feel like I got the opportunity to get in touch with a (missing) part of myself that I didn't even know existed.
If you want to get to know Yoga, eastern philosophy and the key to a happy and blissful life (yes, I'm serisous! :) I can totally recommend it! You will not find a regular asana teacher training but instead reconnect with your true self and find inner peace and happiness and the tools to transform your everyday life into a more balanced and amazing experience on this planet. I am forever thankful and feel very privileged to being able to attend this training and already miss all of them so much!
from Germany, August 2021
"Highly enriching experience"
These three weeks were one of the most special experiences I have had in this life. I can´t imagine a better way to introduce somebody to the fascinating world of Yoga with all its facetts. The learning contents were multifaceted and conveyed in a wonderful way. Everyone was highly esteemed and cared for. The group energy was lovely. The food was gorgeous. The location between the mountains and the sea was perfect. I am deeply thankful and fulfilled.
from France, August 2021
"BEST EXPERIENCE !!"
What a beautiful and amazing teacher training.
I found more that I expected, I learn a lot about myself thanks to the philosophy, mantra and introspection. Yoga classes were amazing, I learn a lot about asanas, energy, chakra, alignement. The place is wonderland, we are alone in the middle of the nature. 5 min by walk to the see, perfect to refresh and to reconnect with the nature. I really appreciate sounds healing, remedies, litotherapy. The food was so delicious and made with a lot of love. Thank you very much Katherine, Elias, Persefonis and Coralia for this unforgettable peaceful and rising journey.
from Switzerland, August 2021
"Life changing experience "
This was way beyond my expectations, this is more than a teacher training ! This is a life changing experience, showing a new perspective on life.
The place is beautiful full of very good energy, love and kindness are everywhere.
The training is intense, very complete and holistic, the teachers spread the fundamental values of yoga which go way beyond the asanas.
This was simply amazing, and I am forever grateful for this experience.
from United Kingdom, August 2021
"Outstanding and wholistic yoga teacher training. "
A very well organised program. Intensive, disciplined and fun. Many different aspects of yoga are explored. Caring and inspirational instructors. I was also very lucky to also benefit, from another instructor called Coralia who was a new addition to our training. Delicious vegan and vegetarian food. Excursions on our ‘off day’ also an option. Swimming and hiking opportunities available on the doorstep.
The location of the retreat is peaceful and incredibly healing.
I have no reservations about recommending this training to others.
The organisers were also happy to accommodate my elderly mother ( she came with me for a break ) and she also was very happy and enjoyed her stay.
Many thanks 🙏
from Netherlands, July 2021
"22 days of spiritual awakening"
The YTT with Conscious Yoga Academy in Karpathos was a truly transformative experience for me. I arrived expecting to learn more about asanas and yoga philosophy in general. Little I knew about what was awaiting me! during the 3 weeks of the training we dived deeply into what yoga is really about, a journey of constant growth, spiritual, emotional and physical. I left with so much knowledge, curiosity to investigate more, gratitude and love for the community that hosted us. I miss it like I would miss home. I highly recommend this training to anyone willing to explore and change.
from Poland, November 2020
"The best possible way to teach yoga and consciousness."
I really feel like everything was better than expected. Very diversified classes on all the aspects of yoga, taught in a great friendship-like way with amazing atmosphere, no stress, but a lot of knowledge that can be used in everyday life and everyday teaching. I finally feel like I am ready to be a teacher, and ready to be a conscious teacher that does not only teach asanas, but also helps people to feel more content with themselves, more present, more at peace. I know it wouldn't be possible without your great energy, exceptional knowledge and love towards all beings, Elias, Persephoni, Marianna and Kathy.
The schedule met my expectations, I really wanted to have the most from this training and I really felt like I am using my time in most efficient way.
Even though there were a lot of classes, there was still time for external activities like swimming in the sea, walkign up to the mountains and having trips on the days off. I love the karma yoga project that we created all together, it felt really special. I also loved the celebrations to the moon, it felt very spiritual and fullfilling. Thank you for creating a second home for me. I hope you will be able to share your great energy with more and more great human-beings :)
from Germany, October 2020
"Amazing Yoga Teacher Training"
The whole teacher training was an amazing experience and opened sooo many different and new point of views. I even would rather say it is a training for life providing tools about how to be happy in our lifes.
Apart from that the stuff was great, the location, the weather, the food and the group. So, in conlusion, erveything was perfect and I can strongly recommend it.
from Belgium, October 2020
"This is not a conventional Yoga Teacher Training"
The accommodation and yoga space are based in a beautiful location, which enhances your experience. The food was delicious, the ingredients were always very fresh and we got a great variety of choice every day. The people I met are amazing human beings and I have made life-long friends.
from Austria, September 2020
"Amazing training at a magnificent place with lovely people"
It is a wonderful place surrounded by nature and close to the sea with lonely beaches and crystal clear water. The whole retreat center is designed with a lot of love and small loving details. There is a large terrace where we ate together and spend the evenings together. The food is delicious, fresh and varied. This is also how the entire training is designed - with variety. :) Asanas, pranayama, philosophy, meditation, sound healing, chanting, acupressure lessons, walks in the nature and a little bit of anatomy.
To sum up, it was just an incredible time, I've learned so much about Yoga in this 3 weeks but also about myself and what really matters in life.
from Czechia, September 2020
"Heart warming experience "
Although Covid has been complicating travels and restricting aspects of the trainings, the academy was well prepared and well organized and the training followed through without any problems. The accommodation was very comfortable and clean and the food was too good! The training itself was of good standard considering the complications that arose due to the virus and the instructor Nikolas always took into consideration our energy levels and any possible injuries and pains so we always enjoyed the yoga class. Our group was very well connected and balanced which resulted in an amazing 3 weeks full of love and support and a lot of karaoke. I hope to see everyone again soon.
from Norway, September 2020
"Wonderful experience! 🙏🏼"
I'm very happy that I hade possibility to meet so many beautiful and kinde people. Was an amazing experience to grow together, to learn and share the love 🙏🏼❤️
Beautiful place, good location, inpesive mountains and the sea. 😊
Super tasty food, many different variations, fresh fruits. 🍀
Our teachers Nikolas and Elias gave as all their knowledges and share with us their experience. I'm very grateful for that. 🙏🏼🍀
I learned many thinks, but some information I was missing the good think that now I feel strong and I have enough will power to continue studies on my own. 😊🙏🏼 This yoga teachers training helped for me to trust much more in my self. 😊❤️
from United Kingdom, September 2020
"You will grow "
The setting, accommodation, the people I met, the excursions to local beaches on days off, the food were all amazing. I learnt a lot and feel like I have grown as a person. Thank you
from Germany, August 2020
"A wonderful journey into Yoga, meditation & consciousness "
Fantastic place, beautiful environment, very conscious & professional yoga teachers with a good sense of humor 😊 and magical skills in meditation combined with a deep & profound knowledge in the map of Yoga they share in every moment. This training is perfect for all who want to go deeper in their own journey of consciousness.
from Austria, August 2020
It has been a beautiful journey with the most lovely, inspiring and amazing people.
It felt like staying with family, a very high vibrational place.
The rooms are beautiful, the resort is located in an amazing area, the food was amazing.
The teachers where so sweet and caring. Everything was just perfect.
from United Kingdom, December 2019
"Best three weeks of my life!"
I am so glad that I chose this course. I was initially looking for a weekend but when I saw their programme I just knew I had to sign up!
Everything about this course resonated with me. We dove down deep into all aspects of yoga and Patanjalis 8 fold path teamed with guidance on how to get the most out of each part.
The resort and accomodation perfectly compliment the course. So tranquil and seems to carry a high vibration nestled in between the coast and a back drop of mountains. Nature at its best helping you along your yogic path.
The rooms are wonderful. Comfortable, stylish and clean with a fantastic large baloney which I used to just simply sit and absorb the sounds of nature and the scenery of the sea and mountains. The food was glorious, every single meal was 5 star. Varied, healthy and colourful.
from United States, November 2019
"This yoga teacher training went far beyond my expectations! "
The training team were all wonderful in every way - excellent in their delivery of the program, so very friendly, approachable, and caring, and they made every effort to ensure each person got what they needed, so aware of each person’s individual needs while also doing such a great job of creating a feeling of unity amongst the group. I really appreciate that they limit the number of people attending the training (there were 13 of us) to assure this kind of attention and allowed us to all get to know each other. The location is magical and gorgeous!! Amazing view of the Agean Sea from every part of the retreat center, including the yoga terrace and all the rooms, with only about a 3 minute walk down to the water. I was so attracted by the photos when considering this training and it is even more beautiful in person. The combination of the powerful energy of this incredible island, the genuine devotion to share the practice of yoga with such integrity from each of the trainers, and the commitment to provide a truly pleasant experience from the lovely rooms, delicious healthy meals, a safe and secure feeling, and fun activities mixed in, made for a training that far exceeded my expectations! The yoga, meditation, gong and singing bowls, study of yoga, the feeling of community, and the care and concern from the training team and retreat center staff made it one of the best experiences of my life. I left with so much more than a certificate to teach!! So very grateful!
from Australia, November 2019
"Incredible team, incredible experience "
The whole experience far exceeded my expectations. The teachers were extremely dedicated and made me feel supported before I had even arrived for the training. The location, food, staff, facilities and teachers were amazing. This training is perfect for anyone who is considering teaching or for those wanting to deepen their practice and understanding of yoga for their own personal development. I cannot wait to visit again!
from Netherlands, October 2019
"I did a lot of research + I am happy I booked my YTT Here!"
Katherine has a wonderful oasis on the island of Karpathos. Surrounded by sea views, sunshine, nature and love. Her hospitality is as warm as the sun and so is her smile. My time at the Retreat center was remarkable- 3 weeks total. She graciously accommodated my every need, from food intolerances and special diet, to early check in and included airport transfers. The excursions were great, and being so close to the sea is fantastic. Not only did I hear waves crash from my room at night but you can also view the water from the balcony, from the dining area, from the hammocks, from the yoga deck and of course, within a short walk, you can immerse yourself in the sea itself. The rooms are well appointed with everything you might need to include kettle, hair dryers and are decorated in a lovely Greek fashion. I highly recommend Kathy’s Retreat for yourself, your group or even for a family/ friend reunion. Everything was on point and within 24 hrs I felt at home. Imagine… 3 weeks later it became a second home.
The Yoga Teacher Training provided by Conscious Yoga was much more than just learning yoga. We dove deep into the heart and soul of yoga, not just learning to teach, but how to do so from a conscious perspective. We saw movies, had discussions, learned about chakras, went on excursions, enjoyed Greek food and so much more. If you are doubting yourself— DON'T. This experience was magical and so special.
from United States, August 2019
"Incredible Experience "
The 3-week YTT with Conscious Yoga was an amazing experience. The program is well rounded encompassing yoga theory/philosophy, extensive meditations with sound baths, intensive physical practice, anatomy studies, healthy vegetarian eating, and comfortable accommodations. I met the most wonderful, beautiful, kind people from across the globe. I am truly grateful the universe offered me this experience, it completely aligns with the journey of life.
from Australia, July 2019
"I really loved the content and the structure."
I really loved the content and the structure. It was easy to follow and relaxed. If you like this and don’t need every minute to be accounted for then this could be for you. Kathy, Elias, Vicky and Perstefoni are stunning beacons of light. I loved all that I learnt and I am grateful for the experiences that the Conscious Yoga Academy delivers in their YTT course.
They do state in the course information that they accept beginners. I actually thought it was beginners teachers but it also means beginners in yoga asanas. There were YTT students that didn’t have a daily practice yet and were complete yoga beginners.
This was fine, I was here to learn how to teach every level. My advice to myself, if I had known and prepared, would be to ask each teacher how you can protect your energy from injury. This will protect your energy (and experience) from being inhibited from development.
from Ireland, July 2019
Top quality course with passionate people in an idyllic location !
from Germany, June 2019
"I don't think I can find the words to express my gratitude.."
I don't think I can find the words to express my gratitude toward the Conscious Yoga Academy Team.. Let's start with the layout of the course: I thought it was well organized for optimum results, but they were always flexible to the needs of the students (which I think is incredibly important). Each week we strategically and thoroughly went into different areas needed to become an all-around, holistic yoga teacher, not just a teacher of asanas. I appreciated the knowledge and clear communication from the teachers and even when we weren't in class, they were always willing to help or clarify anything that was needed. The food..was...incredible. Wenke, the Chef, was a bright beam of sunshine and her food was delicious. Miss Nadia, the house staff, was incredibly sweet and amazing as well. It wasn't just the teachers or coordinators contributing to this powerful journey, it was everyone on that property. The energy that surrounded all of us is something unforgettable and life changing. I highly recommend this course for everyone. If you're interested in being an asana teacher, or furthering your spiritual journey, or want to learn more about the basics of yoga asanas or yogic science, or even if you want some time and space on a beautiful island retreat to change your life... Choose this place, choose this course. It's most definitely the best thing I ever could have done for myself. Thank you, with all my heart.
from United Kingdom, June 2019
An amazing course in a stunning location. The course offered such a diverse level of teachings reaching a depth that truly inspired me. The range of yogic philosophy covered far exceeded my expectations and my gratitude goes to all the teachers who each had an impressive ability to adjust to the group and induvial needs. A fun, inspiring, truthful, and powerful experience that will be forever in my heart!
from Canada, May 2019
from Algeria, May 2019
"A life changing experience "
I arrived with no expectations and a beautiful world opened up for me. Wonderful teachers and amazing students, together we created such powerful and clear energy that from now on will accompany us all.
from Switzerland, September 2020
Die Philosophie von Yoga wurde sehr gut herübergebracht und bei persönlichen Blockaden wurde geholfen.
from French Guiana, August 2020
"Une aventure de conscience au-delà de toute expectative..."
Ce fut une aventure au cœur du yoga comme je n'aurais jamais osé la rêver... Pas qu'une initiation d'asana, mais bien plus que ça.
C'est une invitation à prendre sa vie en main sous tous ses aspects, à calmer son esprit, à se connecter avec l'Univers, à manager son énergie et ses blocages,... Un vrai plongeon dans une dimension bien plus grande de ce qui est communément entendu par yoga dans nos contrées occidentales.
C'est une formation tant physique (hatha, vinyasa, anatomie) que spirituelle. Et c'est ce qui m'a conquise intégralement, cette merveilleuse partie sirituelle qui nous invite à nous reconnecter avec l'essentiel pour retrouver notre équilibre et notre paix intérieure. Je ressors de cette formation avec mon diplôme certes, mais bien plus que ça dans mon cœur...
Les profs sont pédagogues, bienveillants et empathiques. Pour les personnes vraiment débutantes, vous vous sentirez accompagnées et choyées au même titre que ceux qui pratiquent déjà dans leur quotidien.
Je sors de cette formation prête à partager avec le monde cette philosophie saine et authentique du yoga. A partager tous les bénéfices de son application dans nos vies quotidiennes...
J'ai adoré les cours d'asana, les séances de bols chantants, celles de gong, le yoga nidra, le débloquage de nos chakras,...
Les repas à bases de produits sains locaux sont délicieux, variés...
Et que dire de l'environnement, un véritable havre de paix entre montagne et mer. Un seul mot : EXTRAORDINAIRE ! MERCI à vous tous!