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Yannis Sampsonidis

I was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1968.

During my university studies on Civil Engineering, I was blessed to discover the Eastern Internal Martial Arts.

From 1990 to 1999 I have intensively studied Master Mantak Chia's Universal Healing Tao System. After this long training, I have decided I want to live and work as a teacher and therapist and not as an engineer, so I committed myself to the path of spirituality and healing.

Today, as a certified instructor of the Universal Healing Tao System, I teach Conscious Breathing, Healing Sounds, Chinese Yoga, Qi Gong and Meditation.

I am also a certified Thai Massage practitioner, certified by the Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai, Thailand, and a 300h certified Hatha Yoga instructor by the Lotos Yoga Academy, one of the oldest Yoga Alliance certified schools in Greece.

I continue my studies both in Thai Massage and Hatha Yoga.

I volunteer to my community by offering free or basic-cost yoga and qigong classes, mostly to children with special needs and to older people.

I keep my passion for the preservation of the natural environment and wildlife alive by being an active member/supporter of various NGOs in Greece and worldwide, like: ALKIONI, ARCHELON, AVAAZ.

On top of that I have founded the not-for-profit corporation Hellenic Tao, that has soon grown to a vivid network of volunteers, supporting members, social enterprises and socially responsible companies, all sharing the same vision: To promote the Greek authentic culture, protect the environment, support local sustainability projects or initiatives and generally inspire towards a more conscious and holistic way of life.

Finally, I wish to add that I have become a pescetarian (one who eats fish-meat only) after my introduction to the inspiring Meatrix and Earthlinks documentaries. These are highly suggested to watch, but only if you feel ready inside for the ..change.

A complete list of my honored teachers follows. I thank them all from the bottom of my heart!

  • Master Wang Ting Yun - Medical Qi Gong for the spine

  • Master Wen Mei Yu - Soaring Crane Qi Gong

  • Master Alex Dong - Yang Tai Chi Chuan

  • Dr. Gaspar Garcia - 8 Jewels Qi Gong

  • Dr. Ho - Traditional Chinese Medicine & Ear Acupuncture

  • Dr. George Pappas - Tai Chi Qi Gong & Daoist Meditation

  • Dr. George Aggelinakis - Bio energy Balancing

  • Moscha Skodra - Shiatsu

  • George Tsirakidis - Thai Massage

  • Spyros Peristeris - Thai Massage

  • TMC-Thai Massage School - Thai Massage

  • Sunshine Massage School - Thai Massage

  • Master Duan Zhi Liang - Wu Ji Qi Gong

  • Master Tew Bunnag - Bodhisattva virtues and Tai Chi Chuan

  • S.N.Goenka and assistants – Vipassana meditation in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin

  • Dr. Kyriakos Zografos - Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture

  • Linda Kapetaniou Lotus Academy - Hatha Yoga, Sotai Yoga

  • Andrzej Kalisz - Zhan Zhuang Qi Gong  

  • Panayotis Derventis - Daoyin Yangsheng Gong

  • Biff Mithoefer – Yin Yoga

  • Robert Krzisnik & Marjeta Novak – The Transformational Power of Nonviolent Communication

  • Liu Jianshe – Zhineng Qigong

  • Master Juan Li – Thibetan meditation to transform emotions and beliefs

  • Irene Norberg – “Touch for Health 1″ (International Kinesiology College)

  • Monroe Institute – Hemi-Sync

  • Elias Koumpounis – Laughter Wellness

  • Oriental Medicine & Shiatsu Training Centre – Sotai Corrective Bodywork

Come and join one of my retreats! As a teacher, I share with all my heart what I have learned in life so far and as a group leader I make sure you enjoy a well-coordinated itinerary. 


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