Ioanna Gourni (Kevalya) in the early years of her life, lived and studied in Athens. From a young age, she felt a spiritual calling to travel and discover her true self. Thus, after completing her studies at the Agricultural University of Athens, she left for London, where she studied Chinese Medicine with a specialization in Shiatsu. During her time in London, she embarked on several journeys, immersing herself in new cultures and civilizations.
It was in London that she first encountered Yoga and Buddhism, which have since become the guiding paths of her personal evolution. Upon returning to Greece, her love for learning led her to pursue training in Yoga and further education in Holistic Therapies. She attended seminars on various systems, such as herbal medicine, Bach flower remedies, SuJok, applied kinesiology, and energy psychology.
Her inherent desire to help people heal their emotional and psychological traumas led her to choose the Satyananda Hatha Yoga system. In a yoga class with Ioanna Kaivalya, the focus is not on achieving perfect physical postures. Her intention is to create space and awareness throughout the entire body, particularly in areas that unconsciously hold emotional burdens and tension, using breath and body awareness.
The path to self-discovery is not linear; it has its ups and downs, obstacles, and sometimes even setbacks. A yoga practitioner is trained to use these obstacles as stepping stones for growth, to embrace change, accept and love oneself as they are, in the present conditions, in the current asana, in the now.