Yanna Papa

Yanna was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. She was trained as a competitive swimmer until 2004, when after a point she was introduced to the world of Dance and instantly fell in love with it. She trained and performed contemporary dance in Thessaloniki, where she roughly spend 8 years training with different choreographers and teachers. But she was really searching for something beyond the dance techniques she was learning to execute. That’s when she decided to travel in the U.S.A. to search for deeper movement practices where she discovered methods of embodied techniques that bring the body and mind into connection. She practiced and trained in somatics, contemplative practices, Contact Improvisation, composition, movement improvisation and group awareness.
The relationship with Yoga and meditation essentially started in New York in 2010 and has been evolving ever since. At that point Yanna was so inspired by Body Mind Centering and Yoga that shifted her entire worldview. In 2010 she met her teachers and trained as a Hatha Yoga Instructor in Integral Yoga Institue. With the quidance of her teachers, she has been teaching Yoga ever since and continue her education up until now in order to be able to adapt and offer the practices to everyone. She recently started her studies in Nada Yoga (the yoga of sound) and Sound healing massage.
Yanna is a Certified Yoga Instructor (700hrs) from the Integral Yoga Institute (NYC) and the Yoga Impact Institute. Her studies apply in all levels of practitioners (begining-advanced) and her core approach is mainly therapeutic. Her classes combine philosophy, asana, pranayama, meditation, stress management in a creative way of communication. Her goal is to guide individuals towards an awakening of their own potentials so they can experience holistic health and well-being.
In 2016 she has been trained in Accessible Yoga, a path of yogic practice that comes closer to people with kinetic limitations, dissabilities or autoimmune diseases that are usually excluded from many types of exercise. ‘Accessible Yoga makes Yoga practices accessible to everyone can experience the benefits of the practice beyond the physical level’, that is something she strongly believes in.
Yanna loves teaching Partner Yoga, Restorative, Chair Yoga, Creative Movement for Children and adults. She is the co-founder of the Thessaloniki Yoga Festival which started in 2012, she loves writing, her articles are published in free press journals (Parallaxi, Natura, HolisticLife).  Her personal practice and guidance is under American-based teachers, and for the past 4 years she has been practicing Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N.Goenka. ‘Vipasana’ means seeing things as they are, is one of India’s oldest meditation traditional techniques.
Her personal goal is to become a better human being and to share unconditional love. Carrying and using the tools of Yoga, movement and meditation is one great jewel that helps her to spread her love for a coscious way of living.


Hatha Yoga
Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Restorative Yoga
Partner Yoga
Accessible Yoga
Chair Yoga
Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga
Yoga Dance Practice
Chanting, Mantra & Meditation Practice
Bodywork Techniques
Contact Improvisation

Certified Yoga Instructor 700hrs
Integral Yoga Institute NYC
Accessible Yoga Ambassador

My Articles

Definitions of Yoga

Sanskrit definition of yoga Yoga means ‘union’ or ‘connection’. In Sanskrit, the word ‘yoga’ is used to signify any form of connection. Yoga is both a state of connection and a body of techniques that allow us to connect to anything. Conscious connection to something...

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According to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the “pathway” (the way towards development and evolution of consciousness and its elevation to the light) of yoga leads upwards to eight stages. In the previous article we discussed about yamas, the first stage. The secong stage,...

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The five Yamas

The eightfold pathway of yoga According to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the “pathway” (the way towards development and evolution of consciousness and its elevation to the light) of yoga leads upwards to eight stages. First stage (Yama) The first stage requires moral...

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When someone is in Warrior 2 position, what we see is that he has spread his legs and raised his arms… Easy, right? Let us examine what we don’t see and why this posture is so exquisite and so liked by many Let’s start our check from the floor up The feet are not just...

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I am not flexible… Can I do yoga?

When my daughter was little and the time had come for her to go to school, she was panicked and did not want to.  “Why child, don’t you want to go to school? “  “How can I go??? I don’t even know how to read!!!” This is a true story… It seemed very funny to me and I...

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Yin Yoga Secrets

Where there is the light, there is the shadow and none of these conditions is permanent. Each one encounters the possibility to be transformed to the other.  Yin Yang symbol pictures this by bringing a spot of light in the dark side and vice versa. Yin is the...

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The 5 stages of an asana

INTRODUCTION Just like when we were young children, when we first started to walk, it was hard in the beginning. It took time and practice. We would fall and get up again, and fall again… When we learn something new, our nervous system forms new synapses in order to...

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