Who is Aris Papas?
Aris Papas (they/them), RYT 500, is a nature-loving, adventure-seeking, unconventional nomad with a passion for exploring the unknown. As a queer yogi Aris’s mission is to create safe and inclusive spaces in the realm of yoga and meditation. As a former wilderness therapy guide they are a mental health advocate and incorporate mindfulness-based techniques in their classes.
At a very young age, Aris began to connect with the healing power of nature. In 2021 they successfully hiked over 4,000km across the USA from the Mexican border to the Canadian border along the Pacific Crest Trail. They embrace the elements and find comfort in the universal powers. Spending time with Aris puts you in touch with your primal origin and wild heart.
As an environmentalist, Aris’ values have led them to sustainable/off-grid living and farming projects around the globe. They were the wellness event coordinator for an eco-living space in rural Colombia. There they taught yoga and meditation to digital nomads from all corners of the earth. They recently taught at an eco-lodge and organic avocado farm in Guatemala with stunning views of the volcano Acatenango.
What does Yoga mean to Aris Papas?
Aris Papas is a funky wilder queer on a mission to create progressive spaces which nurture, uplift, and increase visibility for LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and other marginalized communities, on and off the mat. Their classes emphasize an insight-based philosophy rooted in love, playfulness, and unconditional acceptance. Aris uses nature and the elements to connect you to the abundance that exists right here, right now. To flow with Aris is to journey through an embodied practice that embraces yoga’s roots while opening doors to your inner power.
Before finding yoga, Aris was a lead wilderness therapy guide where they implemented clinical therapeutic interventions to support at-risk youth and young adults. They also taught EFL through theater, improv, and play. They incorporate these creative and alternative methods into their practice and emphasize mindfulness-based techniques for healing and growth.
- 300hour Teacher Training in Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga Alliance
- 200hour Teacher Training in Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga Alliance
- BS Psychology, conc. Neuroscience, University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Wilderness First Responder
- CPR/Infant CPR
- Indian Philosophy: Paths and Worldviews, Dr. Jeffrey D Long
- Power of Awareness, Tara Brach & Jack Kornfield
Aris' Ongoing studies:
- Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, Tara Brach & Jack Kornfield