Irana Ji An Fouroulis is a senior yoga teacher who has been teaching yoga for more than a decade and living and practicing yoga for more than 20 years. She is the founder, owner, and director of Paros Yoga Shala and Paros Yoga Retreats and Workshops. Irana has dwelt in different lineages of yoga (Sivananda, Ashtanga, Hatha, Anusara, Jivamukti, Bhakti Flow, Prana, Vinyasa, Yin, therapeutics, and Integral) throughout her yoga-life journey. She is also a master meditation teacher and a pregnancy and kids yoga teacher. Irana focuses on chakra work, mantra, pranayama, yoga Nidra, and meditation.
My rating for the retreat in Lanzarote is 9 out of 10.
Paola Veniera Italy
Amazing training, top standard level. Irana has a magical way of teaching supported by her angelic team. I felt at home and every day I was excited to start becoming more and more aware of my body and soul getting deeply in each pose. I am grateful to have met Irana And her teacher training on my yogic path. Namaste
My time with Irana at the shala really was life changing for me. She is an exceptional teacher with so much knowledge and experience that you never want to leave. Her holistic approach to yoga suits everyone, no matter previous experience.I left Paros after the three-week course with a whole different mindset than when I came. If you want to change anything in your life or become the best version of yourself I can highly recommend doing the 200h transformational hatha yoga course. The variety of classes everyday was exceptional and the food is out of this world! Greek vegetarian food made me want to learn how to cook properly when I get home :-) Thank you a million times Irana- you are a star.
Patrizia United States
When I choose Paros Yoga Shala I didn't know what to expect other than a beautiful island in Greece, but I have to say that my choice was an excellent one, from the accommodation to the amazing food, and Irana was the cherry on top of the cake. She has wisdom and great knowledge on yoga. I attend many workshops but her was my best so far. I got so much from her in more details. The transformation yoga program included the philosophy and science of the Buddhism culture, Chanty, and meditation is part of the program (it was not my favorite part, just from my personal view). I have to say though that everything was done professionally, well organized, and with good structure, even in the small changes she made to accommodate the intense course. She is very passionate as a teacher in every aspect and details. She also expects the same excellence from us, I like this quality in her. I cannot say nothing negative about my experience, she is my guru and I greatly respect her. Make sure you have a white dress for the ceremony.
The yoga retreat with Yoga Shala was phenomenal. Irana is a very competent and skilled teacher who has a deep impact on the mind-body connection of the people she is working with.
Lene Natur Denmark
I really enjoyed training yoga at Yoga Shala Paros. All the teachers are very skilled and kind. The yoga is inspiring and healing. Irana has many years of experience thus you will learn different yoga styles.
Paros is the most beautiful island. The city is at the ocean, with Greek houses in old style and good restaurants, is so beautiful and cozy that you won't believe it exists.You will enjoy the place with a lot of activities to do, such as swimming, diving, and many more.
Rav S. United Kingdom
I did my 200h TTC at Paros Yoga Shala in June with Irana and an amazing group of people. Irana is a truly inspiring teacher and a very supportive and caring person. Through the teachings she shared with us I felt a deep and renewed connection sparkling within myself and with Nature. The TTC wasn't just knowledge and practice of the knowledge taught, but rather an inspiring and magical display of how Yoga can become a way of life. I'd love to thank Irana for this opportunity of growth and for giving us the possibility of getting to know so many amazing teachers from all over the world and a variety of different teachings too. I could't recommend this TTC enough... It's just the perfect blend of practices that deeply nourish the mind, body and soul, leaving you feel whole again! Namaste, Clizia
a traveler Indonesia
So, this is my 4th (or maybe 5th) attempt of writing a review, since the previous ones never got through tripadvisor's system... Not sure why -_- Anyway, I spent the loveliest one week doing yoga here last year in May 2015. Lovely teacher, peaceful studio, with an amazing view of the town and the ocean from its window. I always look forward to seeing the sunset from that window every afternoon after the class. Missing this place (and the town) so much.
Something magic happenes at Paros Yoga Shala
The title summerizes my experience at Paros Yoga Shala. It was an amazing top level training. Irana has a magic way of teaching supported by her angelic team.
Every morning I was excited to start the day classes, becoming more and more awarness of my body and soul, getting deeply in each pose.
I am grateful to have met Irana and her teacher training on my yogic path.
My time at Paros Yoga Shala its been a life changing experience and felt like home over there. If you are looking for an impressive TTC in Greece definitely sign to Iranas, where you will learn not only about assanas but you will gain deep knowledge about yoga, pranayama, chakra system and meditation. Not only through the guidance in the classes of Irana but also by her kindness,wise knowledge and true spirit of a yogi.
Namaste and Thank you for everything.
I came to Paros to have basic knowledge of yoga, yoga asana, adjusting of students. I did not plan to sing mantras and meditate for a long time. But this training appeared to be a bit different from expected. Of course we had active practices and a lot of necessary theory... But concentration was paid to the awareness of the body, to breathing, to relaxing.
Finally I understood that this is what I really needed and this is what needs the majority of people in the world. Not simple asana repetition. I had problems with my upper back after the pregnancy and carrying the kid, I tried to heal it with different methods (massage, fitness, doing 'normal yoga', osteopathy...), but only after this training the pain is gone (amazing!!!) and now I know how to care about myself. This personal experience will give me opportunity to help other people. Now I know for sure that what we want is not always what we need. We all need health, this is the most important, isn't it?! In this training I got an understanding how to heal the body and the mind using Yoga.
Irana is a wonderful teacher, she has a great experience - it is felt from the outside. And it is great opportunity to take life and yoga experience from this beautiful woman. She does not give you step-by-step model of teaching, but she teaches by her own example and gives some words for thinking. Then you can choose your own way.
The Studio is beautiful and clean. Valentina and Monica are angels of the Studio.
Sunrise hotel is excellent - very-very friendly staff, clean rooms.
This course was really transformational and healing for me. Thank you, Irana!
If you want to understand and feel what the real yoga is, you definitely should go to Paros.
a traveler United Kingdom
I undertook my 200-hour yoga teacher training here. I had the most incredible experience during my three weeks. The studio is so peaceful and has such a great energy. I felt calm and at ease as soon as I walked in. The view from the yoga shala is absolutely breathtaking. I loved the variety of classes and teachers, which means that there is something for everyone, seasoned yogis or complete beginners! Irana is so knowledgeable, patient, and generous with her teaching. The team running the studio is so friendly and really cares about their students, which creates such a welcoming and positive environment. I would recommend this wonderful place to everyone!
Irana is a wonderful skilful teacher and the studio is located in the beautiful Naoussa with the prefect view of the sea. It is magic!.
It has a lovely studio; pristine with great view. The Hatha yoga class struck a good balance of being challenging but also relaxing. Suitable for all levels. Everyone is friendly and helpful. Tea and water is available for free. Highly recommended.
Mia Filiani Greece
Paros is an amazing island. I had the most beautiful yoga experience with Irana that really changed my life. I thank you for the great Vinyasa and Aerial yoga.
The title transformational yoga teacher training truly sums up the program. The teacher training changed my life. I am grateful to have met such wonderful people in a beautiful place. The teachers are the most talented and compassionate yogis I've met. They inspired me to deepen my practice and embrace yoga as a way of life. They always made sure we were happy and they genuinely wanted us to learn and grow throughout the training. The accommodations were perfect, clean, comfortable, spacious, and conveniently located at a 5 to 10-minute walk from the yoga shala. The food was out of this world! I still dream about the lovely dishes that we ate. The chef is a genius. The yoga classes were phenomenal. They varied from Vinyasa, Yin, Transformational, Aerial, and more. I was never bored. The studio gives off peaceful vibes. Every time I walked into the Shala, I felt happy and relaxed. It is perched on top of a hill, so glass windows overlook a breathtaking view of mountains and sea. The yoga teacher training was one of the best things that happened to me. I wish I lived in Paros so I could go to the yoga shala every day.
I've done yoga in many different places and I consider Yoga Shala to be the best of them. The atmosphere is great and the level of teaching is extraordinary. I've never experienced a state of bigger relaxation, fulfillment, and general well-being after a class. It was amazing! I've done four different classes and they were all special. I wish I lived closer. I will definitely come back when I'm in Paros.
It was the first time for me practicing yoga 2 or 3 times a day. Previous to my stay I was a little anxious to know if I could make it, but Irana and her assistant, Lucy, offered a very well-balanced yoga schedule that consisted of dynamic flow classes, meditation, relaxing yoga, and more.
Waking up in the morning for a yoga class and coming back in the evening was not perceived as a to do but something really pleasant! Irana and her assistant took enough time for everyone during the practice and gave me important tips on how to improve my practice.
Naoussa is not that big, so walking from the centre to the studio took only about 15 minutes. I can recommend Yoga Shala Paros to everyone, from beginner to advanced practitioners. Looking forward to go back to beautiful Naoussa and Yoga Shala Paros!
Peaceful studio with experienced teachers that provide an environment for you to go deeper into your practice. Each and every class is unique and I learned something new every time I was in the studio. There is a class everyday to suit what your body is craving, even the meditations and dance sessions. The aerial yoga on Saturdays is a challenging and uplifting experience, I fell in love with flying.The food for the course was simply divine, fresh ingredients and the creativity of the meals was amazing! The accommodations were very comfortable and well located. It was a short walk to the yoga shala, the beach, and to town. The view of the sea was beautiful and I loved waking up in the morning and doing my practice looking out the window and breathing the fresh sea air. For the entire three weeks, every need was taken care of so that I was able to concentrate on absorbing the yoga and lessons.
a traveler United Kingdom
Since I was a complete beginner I was looking for a perfect introduction to yoga. I did a lot of research on the internet and finally came across Irana's yoga shala. It had excellent reviews so I decided to sign up for the Integral Yoga Purification Program with her. After one week of yoga lessons, I feel very happy that I followed the recommendations. Irana is a great teacher and I am sure this yoga experience will have a sustainable effect on my health and overall well-being. Thank you, Irana.
Wow! Irana is an exceptional teacher. Her approach is so balanced and respectful, embodying all the elements of yoga. Irana herself is not only an inspiration but also a woman with deep and grounded philosophies of what it means to be human and to exist in the modern world. I experienced both precision of alignment and the freedom of flow at a level where my limits were not compromised at all, but where every potential could be reached. The aerial yoga is exhilarating, strengthening, and wonderfully playful and liberating. Irana is slow and careful in her teaching methods and respectful of personal limitations, making the class accessible to everyone who still believes in safe, controlled fun.
As for the studio, the simplicity of light, subtle, calming aroma and coolness, in a space which is large, spotlessly clean, and with the most amazing view of the sea and sky, go to make the whole experience invigorating and cleansing. Irana's attention to detail leaves absolutely nothing to be desired, from her sensitive choice of music to the lemon and ginger water she generously offers. I felt so light and full of joy on leaving the shala and will be sure to go back. Thank you Irana.
For many years I wanted to do yoga but hadn't find the right place. Now I'm so happy to have found wonderful Irana and her amazing space. The space is beautiful, sitting on a great location over looking the town of Naousa and the sea. You can choose the right kind of yoga for you and there are more classes and teachers that come to give classes in meditation, dance, Aerial yoga, and more.There is no need to say that I love learning with her and my body became stronger and happier. Thanks!
a traveler Greece
I can highly recommend Yoga Shala on Paros for every body! The place where is located it's beautiful and has really special and nice atmosphere. Just perfect to enjoy yoga!! Irana is very professional and helpful teacher and also very kind, friendly and beautiful person. She does many different kind of yoga classes, which I love very much because I'm free to choose what is my yoga mood of the day and I never get bored. My favorite is the Aerial yoga, which is amazing! She does many interesting and joyful workshops as well. I have joined one until now, which was really great and I wish I could be there for all of them. I have been practicing yoga here only for a few months, but I feel this has made me addicted for life! Thank you Irana!
a traveler Netherlands
Yoga with Irana is something different than what I experienced in a variety of classes all over Europe and Asia. Irana teaches from the heart for all different bodies it suits. It is not about flexibility but self balance. Irana can guide you perfectly!
a traveler Greece
Doing yoga with Irana is pure refreshment for body and soul! The studio is beautiful, with a superb view all over the bay. Irana is a perfect teacher who has always a positive motivating good vibes!
Irana the body and mind behind Paros Yoga Shala, will make you feel at ease and you will definitely enjoy yoga in a wonderful environment and peaceful atmosphere. Take a break from the craziness of the peak period on the island and discover the peace within! Irana, at once your teacher and friend will help and guide you to have a wonderful and unforgettable yoga experience!
I consider myself to be extremely lucky for having this great place to practice. The view from the main room is just amazing and Irana has done a great work in creating a space that actually inspires and encourages you to keep up on your practice. Irana is a truly influential teacher and a person with infinite love for her practice and work. She generously shares her knowledge and never ceases to inspire and motivate her students. Thank you Irana for maintaining such a beautiful, true, and pure space for us to practice at.
a traveler Hessen, Germany
Beautiful shala with a great view across Naoussa and over the sea, and the fantastic and inspiring teacher Irana. We always had a great sweaty and mindful practice! Thanks for the great time, we would love to come back soon!
Nasos Christopolous Greece
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Amazing retreats while on holidays in Paros! Highly recommended.
Stella Asteria Greece
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The best retreats for your vacation in Greece! I had the greatest yoga experience ever!
Anna Kiritsi Greece
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Best yoga experience at Paros!
a traveler Greece
Practicing yoga with Irana for the last five months has been a great enrichment to my life. It has improved very much my awareness for my body and not at least for my soul. Apart from being a great and experienced teacher, Irana is also a very lovely person with a lot of patience and understanding for her pupils.
Nikolaos V. Greece
I started training in yoga a couple of months ago but I have seen a lot of improvement in my body. Irana is a well trained teacher with many years of experience in yoga. She has different programs that can cover the needs of every person, from the unskilled trainee to the advanced yoga trainee. Furthermore, she alternates the sessions in order to keep the level of interest high. If you are a fan of yoga or you want to try something new during your stay in Paros, I definitely suggest Yoga Shalla.
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