Leda Shantala



"My relationship with yoga and meditation is a relationship of friendship and love with everything deep and essential life offers me. It is a live link with myself and I desire, from the bottom of my heart, to share this experience with you"

Leda Shantala

Hatha yoga is a method of anti-stress exercise that tones the whole system, strenghtens the immune system and maintains physical, energetical and mental fitness.
The gentle, non-invasive yoga poses have a positive impact on the heart, the circulatory, endocrine, digestive and myoskeletal systems. They enhance agility as well as muscular strength in the body. Promoting good health, they are an excellent form of preventive medicine. "Mens sana in corpore sano", healthy mind in healthy body.
Breathing is directly linked to the autonomous nervous system, the mind and the emotions. Conscious breathing means calmness of the mind, absence of emotional turmoil, strength of will and right action.
Learning to be conscious of breathing and to connect breathing with movement is one of the main concerns of Yoga, which thus offers a feeling of mental balance, relaxation and wholeness.

In Shantom we teach:

  • Asanas: Exercise poses that train the mind and the body, enhancing psychosomatic health.
  • Pranayama: Breathing exercises that cleanse the body from the inside out, strengthen the immunity of the organism, calm obsessive thoughts, as well as developing the ability of discernment, self control and the realization of internal needs.

  • Dhyana: Meditation. "Exercise in stillness that reveals the internal dimention of the soul and the spirit, enhances self-observation and self-understanding; it cultivates the soul and builds character, and helps in the healing of diseases, by acting on the inconscious level, by treating its causes rather than the symptoms.
  • Theory: Patanjali's Yoga Sutras are studied, alongside related ancient texts which examine, with great accuracy and knowledge, the nature of the mind, the causes of the human existential anxiety and of psychological pain, giving directions to overcome them.

Leda Shantala

In Paris, where she had gone for literature studies at the Sorbonne University, Leda Shantala came into contact with yoga in 1976, when a Linguistics professor had managed to fit into the university curriculum. "My first experience was enough for me to understand that this was what I needed, a complete answer to what my body and my soul were looking for". Her teacher used to invite all great yogis touring Europe, so she had the chance, right from the start, to come into contact with great teachers.

After the end of her studies, in 1978, she travelled to South India. There, she studied Yoga, theory and practice - delving into the ancient Indian philosophical texts, travelling all over the country to meet and learn from great modern yogis and sages. She stayed repeatedly at the ashrams of sri Ramana Maharshi, Ramdas, Ma Αmritananda Mayi, Shankaracharya (Chennai). She is a graduate of the Υoga Research Institution "Kaivalya Dhama" of Lonavla (Poona). Her teachers were sri Rocketti and Arnaud Desjardins, (France), Leopoldo Chariars, (Argentina), Baba Khan (Egypt), Swami Satyananda, B.K.S Iyengar, T.K.V. Desikatchar (Chennai) and many others, mainly Vedanta teachers. Since 1989, she makes regular visits at the ashram of Sri Chandra Swami, near the Yamuna river, to practice meditation. (See Teachers page)
On her return to Greece in 1985, she founded the Mandiram Cultural Centre, an innovative place of multi-cultural character where, since, she shares her experience and knowledge through lessons of Indian dance and yoga. Since 2003, Mandiram Centre has shifted to the Shantom House of Culture in Kato Chalandri.

Yorgos Sandandoniou

Yorgos Sandandoniou came into contact with yoga and oriental philosophy in 1977, when he was an Economics Science student at the Athens University. In 1979 – 1980 he started his teaching career at the Ogyen Kunzang Choeling Centre.
In 1980, when he had finished his studies, he settled in Brussels, Belgium, where he deepened his knowledge and his experience in yoga and oriental philosophy. He also took part in seminars and classes in Belgium and in Southern France: Alpes de Haute Provence and Dordogme.
From 1990 to 2007 he thought yoga and meditation at the Ogyen Kunzang Choeling Centre of Brussels and, in 2007 – 2008 in Malaga, South-Western Spain. Then he returned to Greece: and he teaches yoga in Shantom since September 2009.


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