Oona Giesen started practicing Iyengar yoga 45 years ago when she was 8 years old. She was trained by Agnes Hillen, Margriet Post, Victor van Kooten and, most of all, her mother Jeanne Buntinx, who were trained personally by Mr. B.K.S. Iyengar and were the founders of the Iyengar yoga movement in the Netherlands. Her first yoga holiday in 1975 in France with Agnes Hillen-Mineur was the inspiration for what she is doing for 25 years now: organizing yoga holidays. Recently she won a prestigious international award, chosen by 2 million members of LTG to be the best yoga school in Europe for 2018.
Jacqueline Van Veelen
from Netherlands, July 2018
"Heerlijke yogaweek op het mooie Paros"
De instructrice hield goed rekening met gebreken van deelnemers en had alternatieven voor mensen individueel. Prachtige omgeving, vriendelijke eigenaar van het appartement.
from United States, September 2017
"Perfection in paradise !! "
The best yoga teacher ever ! Very wise and in tune with her students. Felt so much in harmony and balanced after this yoga hol.
from United States, August 2018
"No nonsense yoga on a wonderful island. "
Oona is very attentive to the different levels of competence of participants, including beginners. She explains a lot and corrects postures. Down to earth and very effective exercises, without pretentious nor competitive or unnaturally exotic attitude which you sometimes find in West European yoga retreats. This is not a 100% of time retreat where everybody is together all the time. Here you can choose how much time you want to spend alone or in a group. Which I found excellent.
from Germany, October 2017
"Relaxing Yoga on Paros"
The village Aliki is very nice but at the end of the season there are only a few tourists. It is nice, if you will have some company with the other Yoga class members. I came alone and was lucky, that there were three members, who spend their dinner-time with me and we had have a wonderful time together. Otherwise it will be a bit boring and lonely . Yoga class is only in the morning, so you have time to discover Paros in the afternoon and it is worth to see other places on this beautiful island - also visit Antiparos and Naxos !
from Switzerland, October 2017
Oona ist eine wundervolle Lehrerin, der es ausgezeichnet gelang, der ganzen Gruppe gerecht zu werden und uns alle unseren Vorkenntnissen entspechend zu unterstützen. Auch der Informationsanteil war äusserst interessant, ich habe sehr viel gelernt und weiss jetzt, worauf ich bei den Übungen speziell achten muss. Ich war etwas unsicher, habe noch nie an einem Yoga-Retreat teilgenommen - aber ich war wirklich begeistert und freue mich auf weitere Retreats mit Oona.
Ihre grosse Erfahrung möchte ich noch explizit erwähnen!
I have accomplished a week-long teacher training with Oona. I have been teaching myself for some years now and I felt I need to be a student for a bit again. Oona's training served this purpose perfectly. She is extremely experienced and she gave me a different point of view on the poses, my own practice and also offered in depth explanation about different variations and alternatives of the poses using the props. It was exactly what i need as a teacher and I highly recommend this training to anybody who is looking for a teacher to learn from. She is friendly and lives and offers her retreats and trainings in a beautiful fisherman village of Aliki on a Greek island Paros, heaven on earth! Thank you Oona!