Our Team

founders

Marilou Nikolaou

Marilou studied management and communications and worked in related fields for over ten years.
In the course of searching for a more creative way of life, she participated in various arts and crafts seminars, including photography workshops, drawing classes, pottery making and sewing seminars.
In collaboration with artists from different backgrounds, she founded LU Creative Studio, an artistic multiplex where creative workshops, retreats, exhibitions and special events are organized.

Her quest for creativity also lead her to the path of Yoga. She started practicing yoga from an early age with different yoga instructors in Greece and abroad. In 2006 she started working at Shantom, where she also participated in theoretical and practical workshops with Leda Shantala.
In 2010 she received her first Yoga Teacher Training Diploma (RYT 200hr) from Sivananda Vedanta Centre and in 2013 she completed the Advanced Teacher Training Course (RYT 500hr) in Ghyta Yoga School with Michalis Filinis (both centers accredited by the Yoga Alliance International).
Since then she has been practicing Iyengar Yoga with Zoi Gaitanidou in Yoga Summit, while she also continues to enrich her knowledge participating in classes and workshops on different yoga styles with many inspiring teachers (Alessandro Ortona, Ephrat Michelson, Ana Forrest, Angela Farmer, Constantinos Giannetakis).
Over the last 7 years she enjoys organising Yoga Retreats in selected locations, where she seeks to harmonically combine the benefits of Yoga with the calmness offered by nature and the pleasure derived from creativity, in unforgettable journeys of physical, mental and emotional relaxation.

Marilou NikolaouSeminarYoga
Giorgos Tsirigotakis

Giorgos graduated in 2005 from the School of Fine Arts in Athens, with a specialization in painting.
Since then, apart from his personal work, he has been engaged as an Art Director in various cultural events, short film productions and corporate promotional actions.  He has also created wall paintings for corporate and private spaces.
He has participated in various art exhibitions in Greece and abroad.

He is cofounder and actively involved in the setup and operation of LU Creative Studio, where he also teaches drawing and painting classes in small groups or private sessions.

Giorgos TsirigotakisSeminarPainting - Drawing

yoga instructors

Pranathi Nagarajan

Pranathi was born and raised in India and has been practicing yoga for over 20 years.
She completed her first Yoga Teacher Training in 2000 at the Vivekananda School of Yoga in Madras, but continued her training with classes and workshops in various schools in Madras of India, Melbourne and Athens, where she currently lives.
In 2010 she completed the Sivananda Vedanta Centre Teacher Training in Rishikesh, one of the older schools of traditional yoga. The teachings of swami Sivananda combined with his scientific approach of the asanas, provided a great source of inspiration and substantial knowledge, which she hopes to carry on through her classes.Although most of Pranathi’s training is on traditional Hatha Yoga, in her classes she likes to incorporate elements from her Ashtanga practice, as well as from Zen Meditation, which she has been practiting over the last years.
In 2015 she completed the Prenatal Teacher Training with Sue Elkind, in NYSY studio, which she has been practicing and offering only in private sessions the last few years, parallel with the classes she teaches in small groups or private sessions. She has also conducted yoga workshops and classes for the non governmental organisation “Women Act”, in Athens.

Pranathi NagarajanHatha YogaYoga
Polyxeni Aklidi

Polyxeni’s  love for yoga and acting lead her to travel around the world from Brazil to India, Costa Rica, the United States and the UK, where she had the opportunity to connect with important teachers and also to share her knowledge and inspiration on the way. Although she has been studying extensively and completed many teacher trainings within various and diverse yoga traditions, in 2015 she became aquatinted with Jivamukti method, which offered her the possibility to combine elements that inspire her, like philosophy, poetry, music, asanas and the breath.
She completed her Jivamukti teacher training in Costa Rica, with Sharon Gannon, David Life and Yogeswari.
She is grateful for the time she spent with Sri Prem Baba in Rishikesh India, with Tyohar in PachaMama in Costa Rica and all the simple people who know the ways of nature in the forests of Central Brazil.
She has been an assistant instructor for the 200hr teacher trainings of Swaha Yoga Centre, Evergreen Studios, Feldenkrais Centre and HotAshram.

She cherishes having the opportunity to share her yoga practice, combining asana, meditation, chanting, yogic philosophy, poetry and literature in order to inspire people to live with more awareness and love for themselves and other sentient beings.

Polyxeni AklidiJivamukti YogaPainting - Drawing

artists | designers

Evi Skarvelaki

Evi is the motivation factor behind the handmade bags and fashion accessories of the EVISK brand. She studied International Relations in the UK and returned to Athens to work as a journalist for political newspapers. She abandoned her career in journalism, in order to get more involved with her natural talent in crafts and sewing.
After a few years of making jewelry and accessories, she focused on sewing unique handbags that are characterized by a playful nostalgic mood with pop/retro details. Every bag is a unique piece, sometimes influenced from fairy tales and other times from real images of everyday life.  You can find her creations in selected stores and boutiques in Greece and Cyprus.

Evi SkarvelakiSeminarSewing Handbags
Christina Stratsiani

Christina graduated in 2010 from the School of Fine Arts in Athens, with a specialization in painting. She continued her studies at the “Facultad de Bellas Artes” in Granada Spain.
Apart from her personal work, she has focused her attention in perfecting the art of Macrame, making extraordinary jewelry that can be found in galleries, museums and selected stores all over in Greece.
She has participated in many exhibitions and art bazaars, while she also teaches various art and craft seminars for children and adults in Athens and Ioannina.

Christina StratsianiSeminar - MacrameMacrame

photographers

Tina Zafirakopoulou

Tina studied Graphic and Media Design at London College of Communication, University of the Arts, where she also completed her postgraduate studies in Photography and Digital Image Processing.  She continued her studies taking specialized courses on photography and moving image at the Universitaet der Kuenste, in Berlin Germany.
Over the last 10 years she has been working as a photographer covering corporate, social and cultural events, in a highly professional, yet fully artistic manner. She has also specialized in Fashion Photography, shooting for catalogs and shows of well-known fashion designers (LAK, THEIA, Manifactura, Just Perfect, Lana Williams etc).

Tina Zafirakopoulou Photographer
Xeni Taze

Xeni studied Photography at the “Likourgos Stavrakos School” in Athens, as well as in the Technical School of Copenhagen. She completed her practice under the guidance of the known photographer Andreas Smaragdis.
Her work experience in advertising agencies, film production companies, municipalities and hotels helped her develop her own personal style. She has participated in team exhibitions (Contemporary European Photography – Museum of Modern Art in Teheran 2002, Le Deglinazioni della gioia – Rome 2009), while she has successfully conducted two personal exhibitions (the pairs of opposites 2005, My Sahara 2003).

Xeni TazeSeminar - Photography

musicians

Nikos Polychronidis

Nikos co-founded the non-profit organization Pangea World Music Center, which aims to cultivate and disseminate various forms of art from around the world in the wider Greek public. After completing a course in modern and traditional percussion in Greece, he participated in many workshops in West Africa, deepening in African percussion and performing alongside famous musicians, including Ponda oBraian, Drissa Conne, Reiner Polak, Harouna Dembele. He is actively engaged in the dissemination of African music culture and teaching and organizing percussion workshops, musical events, and concerts.

Nikos PolychronidisMusic workshops