About Sophia Argyris
My earliest memories of yoga are from my childhood in Belgium. My parents had a book about yoga for children, I still remember the black and white photographs, and how I would take the book and copy the postures. However, it was only many years later that I really began my practice of yoga seriously. Before then I studied Creative Arts, and later an MA in devised and physical theatre at Goldsmith’s. Although these may seem unconnected to yoga and massage, studying physical theatre introduced me in many ways to movement practices, and to the idea of body memory (emotional memories held in the physical body) and was really the beginning of my interest and love of bodywork and the connection between the physical body and our emotional and mental states. This is a subject I am still fascinated by, and continue to learn about through my own practice, trainings, and reading.
I began my practice of Iyengar Yoga in January 2006. I had spent that New Year in Paris where I happened to see a programme about B.K.S Iyengar that inspired me to find a class when I returned home - I never looked back. This practice has brought me so many benefits physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I qualified as a teacher in 2011, and took two of the more advanced Iyengar teaching qualifications in 2016 & 2017. In 2014 I was drawn to train as a Thai Yoga Massage practitioner, which has led me deeper into yogic practices and bodywork. I strongly believe in the benefits of TYM for the whole being, and love sharing this wonderful healing and meditative therapy. In 2019 I also attended a course in Integrated CranioSacral Biodynamics, which has helped me develop deeper ways of listening to the body and the energy during treatments.
Aside from yoga and massage, I am also a published poet, and have a love of Meditation, chanting, and Kirtan, which all feeds into my understanding and practice of Yoga as a whole.
Qualifications and training:
Iyengar Yoga Teacher (IJ2)
Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner
Advanced Thai Yoga Massage
Dynamic Thai Yoga Massage
Thai Yoga Massage with the Feet
TYM for Upper Back Neck & Shoulder Pain
The 5 Bodies & Thai Yoga Massage
Integrated CranioSacral Biodynamics - Level 1
BA (Hons) Creative Arts & MA in Performance (devised & physical theatre)