A filmmaker by profession, Vivi found in Yoga and Zen practice a way to cope with her very stressful life. She has studied many types of Yoga and meditation for the last 20 years. She has had the opportunity to study with master teachers from the Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Hatha Yoga traditions. Her style is based on Ashtanga Yoga (which was the origin of Power Yoga) with emphasis on breath and awareness of our own body. She believes that each class should be a pleasant experience and a journey that brings us closer to a happy and balanced state of being. Vivi grew up in Greece and lived in California for 22 years.
She completed her Yoga teacher training with senior Ashtanga teacher, Tim Miller, in San Diego, California. Tim Miller was the first certified teacher of Ashtanga Yoga in United States. Vivi also completed her Pilates Mat certification from the Physical Mind Institute of New York.
Her earlier endeavors include engineering studies, post-graduate studies in theater and film, and a career in directing – producing plays and films. She also worked for the Thessaloniki Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival. To take a look at her filmwork, please check out: www.skeletonwoman.com and www.hiddeninplainsight.org.
In the 80s and early 90s Vivi directed a center for dance and music classes from around the world in San Jose, California. It was called KINISI Worldancecenter. There she invited renowned Yoga teachers to lead classes and seminars, and thats where her own journey with yoga started.
Interested in holistic health, Vivi has explored many healing, exercise, and meditation traditions. She studied at Berkeleys Acupressure Institute where she received certifications in acupressure, shiatsu, reiki, and acu-yoga. She is driven by the belief that we are here to heal ourselves and help others heal.