Eleni Vardaki

 

1)  Your name

Eleni Vardaki

2)  Where do you live?

Athens, Greece

3)  Where are you from?

I’m a weird mix of “Greek” and “International”

4)  What is your occupation/training?

I’m an experienced classroom teacher and workshop leader.

5)  Tell us your first three jobs (ever!)

Waitress in a cute little coffee shop in Pilio, a tour guide for the University of Liverpool, a teacher trainee in one of Liverpool’s teaching internship programs

6) What’s your Zodiac sign?

Proud Scorpio, all the way!

7) What’s your Enneagram type?

Type 3, Achiever/Motivator

8) What you love about Athens or Greece in general?

The sea, the sun and the meaningful level of communication

9)  Tell us something most people don’t know about you.

 When I was a teenager and my family would take us to the ‘xorio’  (the village) during our summer holidays, I started to notice that the kids my age who were born and raised in Greece were referring to me as a ‘xeni’ (a ‘foreigner’).

That hurt. Because whenever I’d go back to my school in Pakistan, I was treated as if I was THE ‘Greek girl’ of the class.

Now, I’m grateful for my mixed Greek-International identity. I’m now proud to say that I’m a ‘Greek from Abroad’. But as a kid, there were many times when this situation left me feeling confused, sad and lonely.

10)  Where we are most likely to find you in the Lynn’s Kundalini Yoga community?

I love Lynn’s Enneagram evenings and the SUP Yoga lessons. They’re different, and I get to meet interesting people. Shout out to Katarina Gleisberg, Stavros Papadopoulos and Irene Sarikosta!  🙂

11)  Tell us about the first time you tried Kundalini Yoga (where/when/with whom)?

I first tried Kundalini Yoga with Lynn, which was a great experience as I knew I was a Type 3 in the Enneagram, and her lesson was specifically focused on teaching Kundalini Yoga positions that are particularly helpful for Type 3s.

12)  Anything else you’d like us to know?

Yes!

(But first a side note: I know that this is such a Type 3 thing to say…but I’m going to say it anyway. Because I love being a Type 3!)

I’ve started my own Youtube channel, where I  upload a new video once a month, to help motivate pre-IB students and IB students. In these videos, I interview successful IB graduates who share their success tips for stress and time management. Feel free to share with parents or kids you know who might find them helpful.

THANK YOU  for reading to the end and I hope to see you around!

Eleni