Karastergiou Maria

About us


Adresse : Auroyoga International Academy, 

Naggar, Himachal Pradesh, India 

Tel. : India: +918219341015 


email : mariakarastergiou@gmail.com

Website : www.auroyoga.


 Silent Meditation Course, (21 days, Mars. 2017), Chong Tong Buddhist Monastery, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Vipassana Silent Meditation Course, (10 days, Sept. 2016), 

Vipassana Meditation Center, Mownya, Burma

Silent Retreat (16 days June 2016), with Venerable Ajahn Chah, at Wat Marp Jan Budhist Monastery, Thailand 

Vipassana Meditation Course, (20 days, Mars 2012), Nislambe Meditation Center, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Integral Yoga Seminar, (Nov. 2012-April 2013), by Shradhavan, Savitri Bhavan, India 

Restorative Yoga Training (Summer 2009), Shambhala Yoga Center, Kho Tao, Thailland

Astangha Yoga Seminar, (summer 2008),with Manjou Jois, Crete, Triopetra Yoga Center, Greece

Vipassana Meditation Course, (10 days, Mars 2008), Vipassana Buddhist Center, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Sivananda Yoga training, (February-Mars 2008) by Joly, a blessed yoga teacher in Varkala, Kerala, IndiaSound Healing Meditation Seminar, (December 2007), with Omdasji, Ahmadabad, IndiaAstangha Yoga Seminar, (summer 2007), with Caroline Bourlinger, Crete, Triopetra Yoga Center, GreeceAstangha Yoga Seminar, (summer 2006), with Kristina Karitinou-Ireland, Mani, GreeceAstangha Yoga Teacher Training, (2005), with Kristina Karitinou-Ireland, Athens, GreeceAgni Yoga Classes (2004-2012), Agni Yoga Hellas, Athens, Greece Astangha Yoga Seminar, (summer 2004), with Kristina Karitinou-Ireland, Mani, GreeceAstangha Yoga Training, (2004-8), private classes with Kristina Karitinou-Ireland, Athens, GreeceKundalini Yoga Training (1998-2001) with Nota Rota, Athens, GreecePhD in Psychology of Education (1994), Department of Education, University Paris VIII, Paris, France, Mention “Très Honorable”, Advisor :Dr Guy BergerD.E.A. In Psychology of Education; (1987) University Paris VIII, Paris, France, Advisor : Daniel Zimmerman, Claude Puzade-RenaultM.A. Seminar in Psychopathology (1985), Advisor: Dr Helene StorckM.A., Master In Genetic Psychology (1985), University Paris VIII, Paris, France, Advisor: Dr Tran ThongB.A. Bachelor in Psychology, (1982), Concordia University, Montreal, CanadaYoga Teaching ExperienceAuroyoga teacher (June 2017- present), Auroyoga Academy, Naggar, Himalaya, IndiaAuroyoga teacher (May 2017), Koh Rong Sanloem island, Cambodia, Auroyoga teacher (January-April 2017), Kon Dao island, Vietnam, Auroyoga teacher (Nov.-Dec. 2016), Kefalonia Auroyoga Retreat, Island of Kefalonia, GreeceAuroyoga teacher (Mars 2016), Goa, IndiaAuroyoga teacher (April-Oct. 2016), Academy of Arts of Nikolas Roerich Museum, (for children and adolescents), Naggar, Himalaya, IndiaAuroyoga teacher (Feb.-March 2016), Kefalonia Auroyoga Retreat, Island of Kefalonia, GreeceAuroyoga teacher (December 2015-February 2016), private classes at Rincon, Puerto Rico, USAAuroyoga teacher (Oct-November 2015), Amorgos Auroyoga Retreat, Island of Amorgos, GreeceAuroyoga teacher (September 2015), Pelion Yoga Retreat 2015, Tsagarada, Mountain Pelion, GreeceAuroyoga teacher (July-Sept. 2015), Auroyoga classes, at Kato Koufonisi island, GreeceAuroyoga teacher, (June 2015), private classes at Ponta Do Ouro, Mozambique Auroyoga teacher, (June 2015), private classes at Imbubu Lodge, Richards Bay, South AfricaAuroyoga teacher (April-June 2015), summer yoga seminar, at Koufonisi Villas, Koufonisi island, GreeceAuroyoga teacher (September 2014), Pelion Yoga Retreat 2014, Kalamaki, Mountain Pelion, GreeceAuroyoga Teacher (30 days Yoga Teacher Training, April 2014), Nilaveli, Sri LankaAuroyoga Teacher (10 days retreat, Mars 2014), Nislambe Meditation Center, Kandy, Sri LankaAuroyoga teacher (January - Mars 2014), private classes at the «International House», Auroville, Pondicherry, IndiaAuroyoga teacher (Dec. 2013), volunteer In MacLeon Gudge, Dharamsala, IndiaAuroyoga teacher (August-Sept. 2013), summer yoga seminar, at Koufonisi Villas, Koufonisi island, GreeceAuroyoga teacher (2012-2013) Volunteer in « Savitri Bhavan », Auroville, Pondicherry, IndiaAuroyoga teacher (Mai 2012), Pelion Yoga Retreat 2012, Afissos, Mountain Pelion, GreeceAuroyoga teacher (Jan.-Mai 2012), Pelion Auroyoga Classes, at Kalifteri Hotel, Afissos, Mountain Pelion, GreeceAuroyoga teacher (Sept. 2011), Auroyoga Retreat 2011, Ubud, IndonesiaAuroyoga teacher (August-Sept. 2011), Gili Meno Auroyoga Retreat 2011, Gili islands, IndonesiaAuroyoga teacher (August 2010), Hydra Yoga Retreat 2010, at “Yoga Essence”, island of Hydra, GreeceAuroyoga teacher (August-Sept. 2009), Boracay Island, Yoga classes, PhilippinesAuroyoga teacher (August 2005), Pelion Yoga Retreat 2005, Faros Hotel, Tsagarada, Mountain Pelion, GreeceAuroyoga teacher (2005-2012), at “Yoga Essence», in Psichiko, Athens, GreeceAcademic Teaching ExperienceLecturer : 2000 – 2001, Courses : Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Introduction to Psychology at University of Thrace, GreeceLecturer :1999 – 2001, Courses : Intercultural Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Research Methods, University of Rouen, GreeceLecturer: 1998 - 2000, Courses: Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, at « Pedagogical Institute» (“Pates”), Athens, GreeceLecturer: 1990 - 1992, Courses: Child Psychology, Introductory Psychology, Educational Psychology, University of Thessaly, GreeceClinical ExperiencePsychotherapist (winter 2013), Volunteer in the Association Chu Man Chu, working with Tibetan refugees, MacLeon Gudge, Dharamsala, IndiaChild Psychologist (2012-2013) Volunteer in 'New Era School' in Auroville, India, and 'The Kindergatten School', Auroville, Pondicherry, IndiaPsychotherapist (1998-2012), private practice in “Yoga Essence», in Psichiko, Athens, GreecePsychopedagogue (1998–2000), Research udertaken with the parents, students and educators of the LF/H and Therapy Group with the students, in Lycée Franco/Hellenic 'Delacroix' ( LF/H ), Athens GreecePsychopedagogue, (1992–1998) Institute Moissons Nouvelles, (for disadvantaged children and adolescents), Paris, FrancePublications“Agni yoga: East Meets West”, Ed. Create Space, (à paraitre), summer 2017“From Plato to Sri Aurobindo, from the West to the East,” (in English), Academia, 2014“Post Babel”, (in french), Ed. Create Space, 2013“Ode to Alterity” (in greek), Ed. Create Space, 2012'Le probléme Piagetien d'inclusion des classes et la pédagogie Montessori', Ed. Grin, 2011'The Lulling of Babel', (in Greek), Paper presented, Symposium organised at the University of Pantion for the 100 years of Piaget, Athens, Greece. (2006)“Enfance, bilinguisme, biculturalisme”, (in French) Les Cahiers, Ed. Desmos, Paris, France, (Déc. 2004)“Entre deux langues : clinique du couple interculturel”, Sphinx, Paris, (June 2001)“Problems of communication in an intercultural educational system”, (in French), Paper presented at Delacroix College, in Athens, Greece (Oct. 1999)“Drug use during the adolescence : focus on prevention rather than healing', Seminar, French Institute, Athens, Greece, (Dec. 1998)“Infancy, Bilingualism, Biculturalism”, Post at the Congress of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA), Université De Sorbonne, Paris, France, (Sept. 1996)“Interculturalism & Identity Problems of the Greek Children Living Abroad”, Seminar of Formation for the Teachers of the Hellenic Schools in France, Maison Ηéllénique in Paris (Jan. 1995)“Bilinguisme in Early Childhood”, Revue de Linguistique Appliquée, No 10, (1994)"Enfance, Cultures, Langage(s), Du biculturalisme familial a la psychopedagogie interculturelle", Editions Universitaires de Lille, France (1994)Grants and FellowshipsInternational Center for Research Grants (I.K.Y.), Athens, Greece, (1982 - 1986). A four years award to accomplish post graduate studies in France.Awards and HonoursScholar, I.K.Y, Athens, Greece (1982 - 1986)Skills and QualificationsComputer Literate, Microsoft OfficeFluent in Greek, French and EnglishScuba Diving Advanced Diploma, Advanced Seminar Scuba Diving, (Summer 2009), Kho Tao, ThailandTikhal Expedition, (February 2009), GuatemalaSpeleology Expedition, “7th mile Expedition”, (Mars 2009), Maya Caves, BelizeAstangha Yoga CertificatePersonal Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Institute de Psychanalyse of the SPP (Societe' Psychanalytique de Paris, (trans. French Pychoanalytic Society), Paris, France (1995-1998)Personal Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in Paris, France (1994-1995)Intercultural Communication SpecialisationMinor in Sociology, 1982, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, 'L'Anthropologie du Langage', Ecole des Hautes Etudes, Paris, France, Seminaire de FormationProfessional AffiliationsMember of the 'Agni Yoga Hellas, association, Athens, Greece (2004-present)Board of Directors, of the prestigious college in Athens, L F/H (Lycee Franco/Hellenique), French/Hellenic College, Athens, Greece, (2001-2002)Vice-President and Member of the Parents’Association, of the prestigious college in Athens, LF/H (Lycée Franco/Héllénique), French/Hellenic College, Athens, Greece, (1998-2005)Member of the Comitee for the organisation of the Congress “The birth of Thought”, at the University of Pantion, Athens, Greece, (May 1997)Member of the FHAP 'French/Hellenic Association of Psychology, Psychoanalysis & Psychiatry' in Paris, France (1995-2005)

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