Carmen brings more than 20 years of specialized experience as an advanced level personal fitness trainer, aroma massage therapist, Thai massage therapist, and level two Muay Thai boxing instructor. As a professional yoga devotee, she holds the renowned experienced yoga teacher 200 and 500, is registered at Yoga Alliance USA, and is also a Yoga Alliance Continuing Yoga Education Provider (YACEP). She also applies for her own unique and dynamic yoga teaching program. She has studied and trained with Master Dickson in Hong Kong and Swami Vidyanand at New Delhi Transformational Yoga.
Yoga Alliance USA (Hatha Yoga)
Dietmar is passionate about health and fitness. He is also a sports enthusiast and since 2007, he is a professional registered tennis coach. He enrolled in the famous Wat Po Traditional Medical School in Bangkok and received his certification in Thai massage. From there, he realized that Ayurveda was a vital part of the jigsaw and studied and became certified in Aroma massage, hot stone massage, and Indian head massage at the renowned ISBC (International Spa and Beauty College) of Hong Kong. In 2015, he received the Level II of Dr. Bach Practioner and in 2016, and a diploma in Kinesiology.
ISBC (International Spa and Beauty College) of Hong Kong (Hot Stone Massage)
Level II of Dr. Bach Practioner (Kinesiology)
from United States, July 2018
I visited the retreat for a one week recharge of yoga and treatments that included treatments. The experience was great and it was a very restorative time for me. I was impressed and inspired by Dittmar and Carmen expertise and conviction to overall wellbeing and wellness. I had great conversations with them and also met lovely people at the retreat. The daily yoga and treatments were restorative and chipped away my stress and taught me about looking after myself better. The resort space was an amazing and beautiful, close to the mountain trails with majestic views over the Greek coast. The beach was only a short walk away as well as the nearby towns with restaurants and shops.
I am now inspired to learn more about yoga as well as the healing I enjoyed. (Wish I had stayed longer!) Overall, I feel grateful and humbled.
from United States, June 2018
"Amazing and enriching experience "
Carmen is an incredible teacher, knowledgeable and experienced, but most importantly she is so deeply passionate about teaching. I felt very privileged and I’ve learned a lot. The week went too quickly!!! Dietmar is also great and the treatments (kinesiology, Bach flowers and massages) are a very good and effective addition to complement the yoga practice. Met some really great people and formed incredible connections. Thank you so much to Carmen and Dietmar, a really special couple. Big hug, Laura
from France, May 2018
"The perfect retreat to recharge your batteries and reconnect"
Carmen and Dietmar are a lovely couple, inspiring and really complementary. I loved the association of yoga + kinesiology/Bach Flowers/Massage. It is an holistic methodology to restaure you !
from United States, July 2018
Carmen and Dietmar run an amazing program. I learned the fundamentals of yoga, its history, critical anatomy, Ayurveda, lots of asanas, breathing and meditation techniques, and most importantly - how to effectively teach a class. Housing was clean, bright, and welcoming. The schedule was perfect - Carmen felt the pulse of the class and adjusted instruction appropriately. I made many new friends and learned a lot about myself in the process. This was a life changing experience for me! I loved this program and look forward to visiting again.
from Italy, April 2018
"Carmen has a lot of knowledge in the materia. "
I liked it all. Dietmar and carmen are very friendly and helpful. The atmosphere was very good. I met some very nice people and we all helped each other when needed. The yoga classes were excellent. Also by the ones teached by the teachers to be. The fact we were allowed to eat meat as well.
from United States, February 2018
The house is spacious and very nice. It is in a quiet area outside of Athens. I was very lucky - as we only were four students at the same time Carmen arranged for all of us to have a bedroom and we did not end up sharing rooms. While this was very fortunate I do realize that it was an exception and usually rooms are shared. The training itself was great. Carmen is a very good teacher and tailors the content perfectly to her students. Due to the small class sizes you can benefit a lot and you can learn in an intimate and positive atmosphere. I really liked the training and will definitely come back.
from Canada, December 2017
"Just book it!"
Wish I would have gone sooner and never left! Can't fault a thing, highly recommend!
from Australia, December 2017
"Terrible experience and course not worth the money"
I liked that you live with the people you are doing the course with. I liked Greece. The Greek people are friendly and the food is great.
from Morocco, October 2017
"My yoga experience "
I discovered the science of yoga and so much more I meet wonderful people
from Australia, September 2017
- great location, close to shops, restaurants + the beach, not too far from the city
- Everyone is so kind ? they each had something new to teach me
- Athens has amazing weather + cats
- The apartment is beautifully furnished + air conditioned
- free wifi in the studio + the apartment
- great training; Carmen has true expertise and passion. She is full of grace and character. I felt so welcome
- Carmen has excellent advice for developing mental + emotional strength. She taught us many lessons about staying present, practicing non-reaction + developing calm, this one stays in my head:
The mind is a garden + negativity is a snake in the garden. To let the garden flower, take the snake out of the garden. Then when the mind is beautiful, the body will follow.
- Carmen is a charitable person ? Seeing her take care of the space + her practice inspired me.
- Many mornings I came to the studio the candles burned + there was a great smell
- Encouragement to eat fresh, healthy food
- The studio + apartment are cleaned weekly professionally
- the coffee machine is amazing + the lounge is so comfortable
- beautiful yoga studio
- it is intense training ?studying the asanas + the sutras are strongly encouraged
- learning the muscle + bone groups and the benefits of the asanas
- the booklet is a fantastic learning resource
- students from all over Europe
- the beach yoga class
- individual focus of classes
- prac in the morning + theory in afternoon
from United States, August 2017
"A holistic transformative training for real yogis"
The training is holistic and yet personalised. It covers all fundamental aspects of Yoga and teaching. On top of that, Carmen and Dietmar Hellman are great inspirers who recognise individual teacher trainees' strengths and weaknesses. Carmen is a dedicated and encouraging master teacher who sees the best in each individual. She helps to open up the consciousness and accelerates personal growth which is vital for teachers.
from United Arab Emirates, August 2017
"Extraordinary experience "
The location is amazing. Close to many nice places in glyfada.
The school operated like a home. Very clean and comfortable.
The teaching is trabsformational. We received the science in theory and also applied with many expamples to our personal lives and how we can improve it.
Most of us taught first class within day 5. We learn as we practice. It builds confidence and flexibility as creativity in writing a class and performing it.
Amazing experience. Coming back for the 500hr soon.
from United States, July 2017
I am so happy to have completed my 200-hour RYT training at Yoga Skyros IKE in Glyfada! It was perfect and it is one of the BEST decisions of my life. Before booking the training, I struggled because there are SO MANY OPTIONS (all over the world) but I went with Carmen’s place because of her background in yoga (and other related fields) and the academy’s concept of training smaller classes (10 students max). I think this is excellent because it really shows they care about spreading the knowledge to each and every student by building on his or her strengths.
The accommodation was lovely - comfy bed and cozy room with everything you need. The neighborhood was beautiful and the location was great - only a 10-minute walk to the beach and downtown Glyfada where there are shops - supermarket, bakery, pharmacy, and restaurants. It’s approximately 20EUR to the airport using Uber (or you can take a taxi too).
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The yoga training itself was great - I felt myself improving every day (mentally and physically). Practicing yoga with the people of Glyfada as well as visitors from around the world is what makes this location unforgettable. Thank you for everything
Carmen and Dietmar! I will definitely be back!
from Philippines, July 2017
"Wonderful experience "
It was amazing to do the course in Greece with such an International team. There is a family feel to Yoga Skyros which I don't think you would get elsewhere. The teachers are so full of information and I learnt a huge amount in a very short space of time and feel a fuller and better person for it.
from United States, May 2017
"Surprisingly Transformative Time "
What did I like most? Not easy to tell, because everything was great! The teacher couple is extremely lovely, open and supportive. Their goal is to give you confidence and they actually achieve it with a lot of patience and continuous teaching. The Yoga Studio is very private, a beautiful flat with a great salon for yoga, a huge kitchen for everybody with a blender and everything you could need. The bedrooms have a good ambiance, and huge closets. So you really feel at home and have all the time to enter in the awesome science of yoga. I feel that I had a deep insight into the science and in some points a real understanding which really transformed me and gave me hope and motivation to keep on this path.
from France, May 2018
Carmen and Dietmar are great teachers
I learn a lot about yoga . The teaching was great , yoga classe was great , food excellent 👌 I will come back again 👍
from France, May 2018
"Discernment, knowledge and self-awareness"
Yoga Skyros IKE offers the students a live-in yogic learning experience in a warm, loving and compassionate atmosphere. Patanjali's teachings are fully integrated in every aspects of the student's everyday life. Carmen is a true guru in the proper sense of the Sanskrit word. She is assuredly on the path and knows how to show the way to her students, with open heart and clear sight. Whatever your expectations on starting the journey, you will come out transformed. Thank you, Carmen, for planting the seeds in such a beautiful manner that we can, in turn, share yoga in conscience. पारमिता
Stéphanie St-onge Perron
from Greece, April 2018
Carmen was really respectful of other professions and experiences. She greatly adapted her teaching according to our needs. With all the knowledge she shared with us, I am feeling confident to guide students the best way I can. The house was clean and dispose of nice balconies. I highly recommend Yoga Skyros Academy!
from Peru, January 2018
"Un sejour et un apprentissage riche et profond"
Le studio est beau, spacieux, confortable et situé dans un quartier d Athénes tres agréable d ou l on peut marcher, aller à la plage.
Carmen Hellman est une excellente professeur qui a beaucoup de savoir faire et savoir être à transmettre et une belle personne ainsi que son mari Dietmar. Je recommende vivement à tous ceux qui veulent faire une formation de qualité de la faire dans ce lieu exceptionnel avec ces personnes d exception.
from Croatia, July 2017
"Go for it!"
The reason I chose this school is that you can start whenever you want to and that the group of students is small.
You'll start to teach asap, even with Carmen's clients. Where else will you find that in a TTC? And if you think you're not ready, just know that you are and that you'll fine support both from Carmen and Dietmar as well as your fellow students.
What I really liked about this course is that the program is not cast in stone. There is (some) flexibility in the program and classes. Which gives you time to process and take everything in. Or give your body a rest so you can keep on opening it more and more. It still will be intens and you will go through a transformation. If a 7 am - 9 pm fixed program doesn't appeal to you, than this for sure will.
That being said, I don't believe any training can ever be perfect. Someone once told me that you always get exactly what you need. If your gut feeling is telling you to come here, then trust it and go for it. For everything will fall into place at some point in time. Even after the training is over.
from Switzerland, May 2017
"Excellent séjour !"
Le lieu est super, chambre spacieuse, grande salle de bain, grande cuisine toute équipée ! Les cours sont complets, et la prof est superbe ! Je vous remercies encore pour ce séjour !
Si j'ai un conseil à vous donner: N'HÉSITEZ PAS !
from France, May 2017
"An wonderful and unforgettable life and yoga experience "
I really liked the philosophy exchanges, the private and high quality teaching, as we were just 4 students during the training, we learned a lot and quickly. We were able to give a class since the second week ! The atmosphere was really a family atmosphere. That was a wonderful yoga and life experience which awake the consciousness?!
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The training here is a trip of self-discovery! I have come to know and develop myself in so many levels.. The people, the teacher, the teaching.. is so much more than I'd have expected! I can't wait to go back and discover more. A great learning environment, relaxed and realistic. You really need to be open to the process and accept the change.. And believe you me, being here can be a life-changing experience if you allow it! I can already tell the difference in my teaching..
Thank you Carmen and Dietmar!
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Thanks to Carmen's guidance I definetely became a better person and a better teacher, and while my transformation will be perennially ongoing at Yoga Skyros Carmen offered the opportunity to speed it up. Namaste!
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Yoga Skyros provides top-notched Yoga Teacher Training programmes to future Yoga teachers from all over the world. Both Carmen and Dietmar Hellman combine their passion with compassion, science with spirituality in their training. Teacher trainees receive a holistic education on Yoga, encompassing in-depth studies of the theories, principles, pranayama and asanas. Carmen Hellman, a revolutionary expert in the science of Yoga, serves to 'walk the talk' on the yogic path. She is an inspiring role-model for all who are dedicated to a lifestyle of wellness and non-violence.