Irana Ji An Fouroulis is a senior yoga teacher who has been teaching yoga for more than a decade and living and practicing yoga for more than 20 years. She is the founder, owner, and director of Paros Yoga Shala and Paros Yoga Retreats and Workshops. Irana has dwelt in different lineages of yoga (Sivananda, Ashtanga, Hatha, Anusara, Jivamukti, Bhakti Flow, Prana, Vinyasa, Yin, therapeutics, and Integral) throughout her yoga-life journey. She is also a master meditation teacher and a pregnancy and kids yoga teacher. Irana focuses on chakra work, mantra, pranayama, yoga Nidra, and meditation.
from Turkey, September 2018
"Not really a retreat..."
The studio was great
from Belgium, September 2018
Some of the other outside instructors were very good, particularly the one who used to be a journalist (sadly I forgot her name). And the lady who did the chanting had a lovely positive aura. Even though chanting is not my thing, she made it really enjoyable by clearly transmitting all her radiant energy.
from Greece, June 2018
Irana is outstanding as yogi, as a host, and as a person. This is serious yoga, yet also with a relaxed and friendly environment, and in a beautiful village and island.
from Norway, July 2017
I really enjoyed the variety of yoga classes offered by Irana, Connie & other teachers at Yoga Shala Paros. You can go for every single one of them on the schedule, or choose the specific classes you want to try. I loved the vinyasa classes L3 mostly but also the Iyengar, aerial yoga and tai chi thaught by other teachers were great! Meditation is also offered several times throughout the week which is fantastic.
The location of the yoga studio is close to the hotel where I was staying, so it' s comfortable to walk to and from classes. Breakfast and dinner is included in the package, which is nice. Dinner is at Open Garden restaurant and I had delicious vegetarian meal (salads, mushroom risotto, Greek starters as tatziki, aubergine dip every day. The chef seems to be flexible to your preferences and adjusts the meals (vegan, vegetarian, etc.). I had grilled fish one evening and grilled prawns another day which was tasty.
Overall, I was very happy with the retreat, the yoga practice, accommodation and experiencing Paros!
from Switzerland, July 2018
"Une semaine inoubliable "
j'ai énormément apprécié la qualité des cours et la gentillesse des professeurs.
Irana avec sa présence attentive donne au studio de yoga une atmosphère toute particulière et très accueillante .
J'ai aimé le mélange entre des personnes venant prendre des cours depuis l'extérieur avec des participants, comme nous, pour une retraite de yoga.
Du yoga intensif, de belles rencontres, un emplacement idéal, une mer limpide et des dîners délicieux !
À recommander sans hésitations !
from Canada, October 2017
"Yogashala with Irana - life-transforming "
I definitely feel as though I’ve grown in many ways. From start to finish, I felt nurtured & cared for:
-loving, wise, experienced yoga teachers
-transforming & diverse yoga practice
-informative & useful curriculum & resources
-healthy delicious veggie / vegan meals
-gentle walk to & from accommodation & studio
-comfortable location to explore Paros
-helpful hotel staff who meet you & drop you off at the airport / port
from United States, October 2017
"An excellent Yoga Teacher Training Course in Paros by Irana"
This yoga 200 hours Hatha transformational and Vinyasa teacher training course in Paros, Greece has been one of the most amazing experiences in my life. The course provided all that was said in the website and much more! After a bad experience in a London teacher training course where there were almost 90 students, I decided to choose quality not quantity. There are so many websites about Yoga teacher training that I was very lucky and blessed to find Iranna. This review will not be enough to say how much I enjoyed this yoga teacher training course. I am so so grateful to Irana, my Yoga Master teacher.
Irana is an extraordinary yoga teacher. She has my admiration as a teacher. She is very professional, calm and a quality provider of yoga teaching. The course was so amazing; the asanas, the pranayama, the meditation, the mantras, the lectures, the alignments, ying-yoga, hatha transformational, vinyasa, aerial yoga and also dancing to get our bodies more limber and relaxed. In addition Irana emphasised the importance of Yamas and Niyamas, the ethics of yoga, and the philosophy of Yoga to get into a deeper practice. The arrangement of the hotel, the vegetarian food and an amazing restaurant for dinner that Irana provided as part of the course, was fantastic. The teacher training was run in such a way that you really did not want to leave. I strongly recommend that if you want to start the journey of becoming a Yoga teacher take this Yoga teacher training course.
from United States, October 2017
"Book This Retreat "
This training was incredibly well thought out and taught by instructors who truly embody what yoga is all about. From the very first day, I felt like I was in exactly the right place and that feeling continued throughout the whole course. I left feeling really confident in all the information that I had gained and excited to share it with other aspiring yogis.
from Spain, October 2017
"Magical Paros "
WOW. Plain and simple. This experience was beyond wonderful! I am so happy that the universe led me to Paros to do my training with Irana. I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.
Irana is an amazing teacher with such wisdom and passion for what she does. She not only encourages her students to continue learning and always seek their highest potential but she does so herself! She goes back to India every year to keep training because there is always something to learn and to improve - that just goes to show the type of person she is and she practices what she preaches!
The food was beyond words - GOURMET vegetarian food every single day that kept the entire group so excited and curious to see what the next day would have offered. Paros itself is an underrated island - the people are so kind and lovely, the beaches are beautiful and overall I will definitely go back!
I feel like this training was a breath of fresh air and the beginning of the best years of my life.
from Switzerland, October 2017
"Great classes with Irana"
Irana's teaching and her very professional way and her sound knowledge of yoga
from Israel, September 2017
"the Yoga Shala retreat"
I enjoyed very much the location in Paros, the Yoga venue itself, the spiritual setting and the classes. Irana and Connie are amazing teachers - the environment is very spiritual and cosy, a lot of mind-soul work is being done during the classes and I especially enjoyed the pranayama sessions which were very heart opening. The body movement class with Noa was extraordinary and gave a new surprising flavor to the whole Yoga experience.
from Netherlands, September 2017
Every minute of this 100h teacher training I enjoyed so much: Irana is such an inspirational person and teacher, this experience feels like a real gift. All the other teachers were so unique and very good, learnt so much and loved the variation. The accomodation was really nice and the food was delicious every day!
from Germany, July 2017
Gute Qualität. Wohnen - Essen und Yoga. Nette Leute. Qualifiziertes Yoga
Rav S. United Kingdom
I did my 200h TTC at Paros Yoga Shala in June with Irana and an amazing group of people. Irana is a truly inspiring teacher and a very supportive and caring person. Through the teachings she shared with us I felt a deep and renewed connection sparkling within myself and with Nature. The TTC wasn't just knowledge and practice of the knowledge taught, but rather an inspiring and magical display of how Yoga can become a way of life. I'd love to thank Irana for this opportunity of growth and for giving us the possibility of getting to know so many amazing teachers from all over the world and a variety of different teachings too. I could't recommend this TTC enough... It's just the perfect blend of practices that deeply nourish the mind, body and soul, leaving you feel whole again! Namaste, Clizia
a traveler Indonesia
So, this is my 4th (or maybe 5th) attempt of writing a review, since the previous ones never got through tripadvisor's system... Not sure why -_- Anyway, I spent the loveliest one week doing yoga here last year in May 2015. Lovely teacher, peaceful studio, with an amazing view of the town and the ocean from its window. I always look forward to seeing the sunset from that window every afternoon after the class. Missing this place (and the town) so much.
Something magic happenes at Paros Yoga Shala
The title summerizes my experience at Paros Yoga Shala. It was an amazing top level training. Irana has a magic way of teaching supported by her angelic team.
Every morning I was excited to start the day classes, becoming more and more awarness of my body and soul, getting deeply in each pose.
I am grateful to have met Irana and her teacher training on my yogic path.
My time at Paros Yoga Shala its been a life changing experience and felt like home over there. If you are looking for an impressive TTC in Greece definitely sign to Iranas, where you will learn not only about assanas but you will gain deep knowledge about yoga, pranayama, chakra system and meditation. Not only through the guidance in the classes of Irana but also by her kindness,wise knowledge and true spirit of a yogi.
Namaste and Thank you for everything.
I came to Paros to have basic knowledge of yoga, yoga asana, adjusting of students. I did not plan to sing mantras and meditate for a long time. But this training appeared to be a bit different from expected. Of course we had active practices and a lot of necessary theory... But concentration was paid to the awareness of the body, to breathing, to relaxing.
Finally I understood that this is what I really needed and this is what needs the majority of people in the world. Not simple asana repetition. I had problems with my upper back after the pregnancy and carrying the kid, I tried to heal it with different methods (massage, fitness, doing 'normal yoga', osteopathy...), but only after this training the pain is gone (amazing!!!) and now I know how to care about myself. This personal experience will give me opportunity to help other people. Now I know for sure that what we want is not always what we need. We all need health, this is the most important, isn't it?! In this training I got an understanding how to heal the body and the mind using Yoga.
Irana is a wonderful teacher, she has a great experience - it is felt from the outside. And it is great opportunity to take life and yoga experience from this beautiful woman. She does not give you step-by-step model of teaching, but she teaches by her own example and gives some words for thinking. Then you can choose your own way.
The Studio is beautiful and clean. Valentina and Monica are angels of the Studio.
Sunrise hotel is excellent - very-very friendly staff, clean rooms.
This course was really transformational and healing for me. Thank you, Irana!
If you want to understand and feel what the real yoga is, you definitely should go to Paros.