Owner of Ananda Yoga & Detox Center, was born in the picturesque resort town of Lavrio, Greece in 1968. In Greece, he had several successful businesses; teacher and owner of a computer school for children and unemployed adults and a director of stock brokerage office. Despite his financial success at age 35, Evangelos started to wonder if there is more to life than financial rewards. Poor health contributed to his inner turmoil as well. More specifically, doctors in Greece advised Evangelos that the only way to heal his back was through surgery. Driven by thirst to find something of higher value, Evangelos took a journey to holy mountain, Athos in 2003.
Valerie Jeremijenko -Director of Yoga Programming
Australian-born Valerie Jeremijenko, (PhD, ERYT 500), is the Director of Yoga Programming at Ananda Yoga and Detox Center. She has been teaching since 1991, training yoga teachers since 2007 and was the founder, owner and director of the highly acclaimed Yama Yoga Studios in Qatar for 12 years. She now brings her high-quality programs to Ananda Yoga and Detox Center while continuing to offer on-line classes and summer retreats at Yama Yoga Bulgaria.
As a teacher Valerie is both charismatic and nurturing. She infuses her classes with compassion, humor, intelligence and challenge. Her class forms include dynamic lead ashtanga, creative vinyasa, and technical workshops. She also offers classes in myofascial release, breathing, yoga nidra, and mediation. Her in-depth teacher training programs are renowned for their thoroughness and rigour and to date she has graduated over 300 200-hour teachers and close to 100 teachers from the 300-hour program who now teach world-wide. She is also the editor of How We Live our Yoga (Beacon, 2001) a collection of literary essays about the way yoga transforms our lives. Favourably reviewed by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and many others, an e-version of this classic text was released in August 2020.
Find out more about Valerie’s background here
Villy – General Manager
Vasiliki Terzi, affectionately known as “Villy”, comes from Kilkis in Northern Greece. She studied at the Macedonia School of Tourism Professions (O.T.E.K.) and then entered Greece’s hospitality industry, landing jobs at several major hotels. In 2010 she moved to Koh Phangan, Thailand to join the team of Ananda Yoga & Detox Center to run the resort’s Detox programs, and assist guests to develop a new, healthy, lifestyle.
“I’ve always been an energetic person,” says Villy, “and as a child in Northern Greece I was constantly active, played lots of basketball and did everything I could to maintain a good level of health and fitness. But in my late teens, I found myself partying too much, eating the wrong foods,barely exercising and sleeping too Little at night! I knew nothing and cared less about purifying my body – The word “detox” had never even entered my consciousness.”
Moving to Thailand to work at Ananda changed Villy’s life completely. She sees it as a huge stroke of luck that she was offered a job there. “Thanks to the atmosphere at Ananda, I have personally given up all my own former bad habits. I now eat properly, quit cigarettes and drinking alcohol, and exercise daily! I also regularly Detox my system and always try to get a proper night’s sleep. I am genuinely proud of being able to demonstrate to our Detox guests what a thoroughly purified body endowed with excellent health can look like. Because I went thru all of this in my own life and I have the understanding to really help others