Yanna Papaioannou

United Kingdom
Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

5 Reviews

Discover the wonder of yoga through indepth learning of the postures (asanas) in a safe environment moving with the breath.

I'm Yanna and I teach Ashtanga Vinyasa for beginners in London. I also organise workshops and yoga retreats in Greece and New Zealand for those who wish to immerse and deepen their yoga practice.

I have completed two yoga teacher trainings: one in 2010 (200h) and another in 2016 (500h) both in New Zealand, both in Ashtanga in the tradition of the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

I love to adapt yoga to meet individual needs so that the practice is enjoyable and fun. This can result in a blend of yoga postures, strength & flexibility exercises & meditation.

My experience and fascination with movement from yoga, dance, running and mountaineering has developed in me a sensitivity and openess in approach which enables me to create a custom practice that is sustainable, rewarding and satisfying.

For those who wish classic Ashtanga training of the Primary series I offer half a day and full day workshops and week long retreats on the Greek islands. Check out my upcoming schedule.


Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

5 Reviews

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Demonstrates More
Explains More
Very Friendly
More Hands off
Frequent Adjustments
New Teacher
Very Experienced
On the Wild Side
Safety Oriented
Body Focused
Very Spiritual


Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

Thanks to Yanna's well rounded teaching I have made a major breakthrough in my yoga practice that I would like to share here: I have overcome fear without having taken risks. Due to my lack of flexibility, middle age and numerous injuries from sports, I arrived on the yoga mat late in life with apprehension, overprotecting myself to avoid further injuries, and considering many poses out of reach from the start. Yanna's teaching has helped me remove these imaginary obstacles.


She creates a safe environment where yoga practice finds the right balance between wellness and effort. She does this in many ways which I am not sure to be able to identify all, but here are some notable ones: her clear instructions, her personalised attention, her mindfulness, her beautiful voice, her right rythme. In addition, she is a lifelong learner who shares her insights generously with her students to help in their continuous empowerment. So, this is more of a huge thank you note than a review! Looking forward to attending more of your classes and workshops!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Clean and serene

Yanna is the real deal! A positive, attentive and accomplished teacher/practitioner. She takes time to connect with everyone in the room and create a space that feels harmonious. She instructs very clearly and gives as much support as you need. A true professional, she's also a really nice person to boot! A great experience all round.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Love Yanna's classes!

I'm a beginner so a yoga instructor that is willing to explain and demonstrate in detail is important to me. Yanna does just that, in a friendly and encouraging way. She is knowledgeable and very clear in her instruction. I like that she relates each pose to the part of the body that it benefits. She's extremely fit herself and I feel very inspired when I work with her. At the end of our sessions I feel more flexible, calm and centered. I highly recommend her classes.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Finally the yoga training that worked for me

I've been suffering from a lower back problem for years. I've tried various forms of exercise over the years, including yoga, but with little success until I worked with Yanna. Being mindful of my back condition, Yanna designed a programme for me that combines general stretching exercises with yoga, over time gradually introducing more demanding yoga poses.


It has been a huge revelation and relief for me to be able to work on strengthening my back and improving my flexibility without suffering pain and injuries which I know all to well from my past attempts. I've found Yanna to be very symphatetic and highly dedicated and knowledgabe as an instructor, not only about yoga, but also about anatomy and fitness more generally. I highly recommend her classes and workshops.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Yanna’s classes are fantastic!

Yanna’s classes are fantastic with a balanced variety of poses, emphasis on breathing, and a challenge without being complicated. Yanna is thorough with her adjustments, does a good amount of demonstrating and is verbally clear. I would highly recommend her classes.