Her partners call her “little buddha” because she carries her students’ secrets and stories within, like a lucky charm. She teaches yoga, yoga swings, pilates equipment, and pilates mat classes, and offers private classes as well! She’s a hurricane in all kinds of weather!
Alexandra Rossopoulou, founder and owner of the Studio Anima was born in Thessaloniki and graduated from Kalamari Greek-French High-School Studied Modern Languages (Bachelor of Arts with Honors) at the University Lincolnshire- Humberside, UK.
Obtained the diploma of dancer and dance teacher from the Ministry of Culture (Machi Kafantari Higher School of Dance). Student of Aspa Foutsi, Dimitris Kyanidis, Marianthi Psomataki, Popi Sfika, Machi Kafantari, Zuna & Milan Kozanek et al. Student of L. Mcconville, Sasha Roubichek, Lauren Potter, Rachel Krische, Yael Flexer, Akram Khan, Union Dance Co, Candoco et al. (GDA, ID, Place, Laban Centre), in London.
2009. Taught as Faculty for the first time in a Hatha Yoga instructors training program, hosted by Atmanasana Studio.
2010. Founded Studio Anima
2011 (August) & 2010 (July): Attended the Thai Yoga Massage course with Krishnataki (Sunshine Network) and acquired the respective diploma
2012 (June): Started organising and teaching yoga workshops with yoga, pilates & fitness elements, around Greece.
2012 (July) & 2011 (August): Attended acro yoga immersion 1 & 2.
2013 (July): Assistant of Elyzabeth Williamson (PBPY) in Yoga Teacher Training hosted by Athens Yoga.
2014 (July): Obtained her diploma from the International Training Massage School.
2015 (June): Attended the Prenatal/Postnatal (www.basipilates.com/education/pilates-through-pregnancy).
2015 (September): Attended the Mentor Program with Rael Isacowitz (www.basipilates.com/education/the-mentor-program).
2016 (November): Attended the Master 1 Program with Rael Isacowitz (www.basipilates.com/education/the-master-program).
2017 (June): Attended the Pilates For Dancers with Karen Clippinger (www.basipilates.com/education/pilates-for-dancers).
2017 (Οktober):Attended the Pilates for Injuries and Pathologies με τη Samantha Wood (www.basipilates.com/education/pilates-for-injuries-pathologies).
2017 (December):Attended the Master 2 Program with Rael Isacowitz (https://www.basipilates.com/education/master-reunion/)
2019 (May): Attended the 1st Honors Programm with Rael Isacowitz (https://www.basipilates.com/education/honors/)
Immediate student of Leela Miller, she is an ashtanga, alignment, yogad’up (children yoga) instructor.
Attended yoga and pilates classes and seminars with: Todd Tessen, Susanne Lahusen, Lara Baumann, Jonathan Monks, Howard Napper, Doug Swenson, Leonidas Mezilis, Alexandra Ruiz, Pau Castellsague’, Nikky Chrisostomou, Dharma Mittra,Peter Goodman, Primo Lombardi, Vivi Letsou, Dylan Bernstein, Rael Isacowitz, Lolita San Miguel, Eduard Botha, Amit Younger, Elizabeth Larkam, Samantha Wood, Mathew Sweeney, jonny nobleza, maral hadidi, anastasis, Kristina Karitinos- Ireland, Karen Finck, Elyzabeth Williamson, Richard Orbach, Karen Klippinger, Sheri Long,Ashley Ritchie,Maria Sylla, Georgia Kissa Debora Taddeiet al.
Collaborated, as a dancer, with the following teams: Exis, Kinaisthisi, x-soma, Frauke Requardt co, Adrasteia, as well as with the Organization of Thessaloniki Concert Hall.
Worked at Aspa Foutsi and Vicky Sianou dance schools, the Body Soul and Tribody studios, as well as the Kundalini Yoga Centre. Moreover, worked at Triyoga, Pilatesworks, Queen Mother Victoria, Brixton Cultural Center and Hampton’s Houses, in London, UK.
Has collaborated with “Chorokinisi” dance school in Chania, Crete, Greece and the yoga centre Atmanasana as well as Bhavana Yoga Center, in Athens, Greece. She collaborates with NYSY studios regarding the BASI Pilates comprehensive training.
She specializes in the rehabilitation of women treated for breast cancer. In collaboration with the association AELIA she gives speeches in oncology conferences around Greece and teaches specialized seminars for teachers and health professionals in this area, under the BASI name (www.basipilates.com).
Since 2011, she hosts the BASI Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training, since 2018 she hosts the Leela Miller Yoga Teacher Training, accredited by Yoga Alliance and since 2019 she is a BASI Pilates Faculty.
Katerina was born in Ptolemaida and got involved in sports from a very young age (gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, tennis, high jump ,ski ) gaining medals in local and national events. She also played basketball for Apollon Ptolemaida. She graduated from the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. At the same time, she attended the GRAFTS diploma in aerobic and fitness. She also attended many seminars, by Greeks and international presenters for aerobic exercise, resistance training, nutrition, business management and human resources as well.
From 1996 to 2005 she worked as a fitness instructor and co-owner of a fitness center. In the next decade she dealt with women’s clothing industry, being a co-owner of a store and simultaneously practiced Pilates and Yoga. Then she became a mother.
In 2018 she returned professionally to the field of exercise, attended and completed her education at Human Mama Prenatal Fitness Training and since then she leads exercise classes for pregnant women.
She presented the results of the study she has done with Sia Zourladani, on the effect of exercise on fertility, at the 10th Panhellenic Conference with International Participation, Sports Medicine in the 21st century and in 2019 (March) at the 3rd International Conference on Sports Science.
She holds a master’s degree in Exercise for Prevention and Rehabilitation, at the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
She is a BASI TT 500hr Pilates teacher and has attended BASI Pilates through Pregnancy and Beyond course with Ashley Ritchy, BASI Pilates for Breast Cancer Recovery course with Alexandra Rossopoulou, Pilates For Injuries and Pathologies with Samantha Wood.
She has also attended Pilates workshops with :
Rael Isacowitz, Ashley Ritchie, Debora Tadei, Tash Barnard, Alexandra Rossopoulou, Tali Hanoch and Eduard Botha.
At Anima she teaches pre-postnatal, equipment, mat and private classes.
Argiro, was born in Plati, studied computerized accounting, marketing and advertising and at the same time raising her daughter.
The last ten years she attended seminars about communication, trade, adults training on marketing, public relations, complaint handling, crisis management etc.
She speaks english and italian and she is a yoga and pilates student. She is an excellent user of social networks and PCs. In anima she is in charge of secretarial support as well as the reception.
Thanasis began his journey into Yoga in 2006 at Yoga Arts with Joanna Hatzisavva as his teacher, after having practiced martial arts for a long time (Kung-Fu, Qi-Qong, Judo). A special stage in this journey has been the acquaintance and systematic involvement with the system of Aṣṭāṅga Vinyasa Yoga, under the guidance of exceptional teachers.
He has attended numerous trainings on many types of modern Yoga, which have infused in him the belief that Yoga is one and –should be– is simple. He has been authorized to teach the 1st and 2nd series of Aṣṭāṅga Vinyasa Yoga by Manju Jois, Aṣṭāṅga Yoga Guru of Mysore, and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’s eldest son. Another area of exploration is the Vinyasa Krama Yoga method, which he is currently practicing and studying.
Nancy ‘s deep love for Yoga as a physical exercise, as a philosophy and as a way of living, infused in her the desire of sharing the joy of Yoga practice with other people. So, having apprenticed at Yoga Arts School since 2001, she completed in 2008, the Yoga Alliance 200-hour Registered Yoga Teachers Training Program at NYSY Studios with Vivi Letsou. In August 2011, she completed the NYSY Studios Yoga Alliance 500-hour Registered Yoga Teachers Training Program, having chosen Meditation and Tantric Studies as her focus field. In December 2016, she was certified from the Traditional Yoga Studies Institute (Georg and Brenda Feuerstein), for having completed a 3-year Distance Learning Course (800-hour) in Philosophy and History of Yoga.
Her practice is deeply inspired by her Teachers, as well as by the numerous Yoga workshops and Teacher Training programs she attends, in Greece and abroad, led by exceptional Teachers, and concerning various techniques of physical practice (Asana), Pranayama, and Meditation (Dhyana).
Since 2008, she teaches classes, leads workshops, and participates in Teacher Training Programs, in which the physical postures, meditation and applied Yoga Philosophy lead and inspire each other.
She completed her studies with a bachelor with honors degree in Drama at Queen Mary University of London in 2017. Alongside her studies, she took part in the Summer Acting Course at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
After her studies in London, her strong passion in dance lead her to audition for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at the Ailey School in New York City in 2018. After receiving her certificate, she continued at the Summer Intensive Program at the Ailey School. Then, she returned to London to enrich her dance education in ballet and contemporary at Danceworks School.
After returning to Athens in 2022, Anna Maria decided to attend the Basi Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Program (Mat & Equipment 500 hours) at Nysy Studio.
Among her teachers were: Alexandra Rossopoulos, Maria Sylla, Maro Stogiannidou and Tali Hanoch.
In 2023 she also attended the Basi Pilates for Breast Cancer Recovery taught by Alexandra Rossopoulos in Thessaloniki.
Besides her passion for pilates and dance, Anna Maria loves traveling, nature and sports. In her free time, she enjoys kite surfing, mountain biking, mountain hiking, running, skiing and ski mountaineering.