Chrysanthi Risa Doulgeridou ( क्रिस्सन्थि रिसा दौल्गेरिडौ )
I was born in 1983 in a small town called Veria. Raised by a religious family with certain beliefs that always felt very narrow to me, I was drawn to explore the vastness of spirituality at the age of 15, driven by my need to expand my consciousness and understanding of human nature and the purpose of life. I started reading books about Zen, meditation, and Buddhism and it didn’t take time for me to understand that there is more to be investigated and that my conventional mind would have to be stretched open. At the same time, I had to decide what career I was going to follow after high school and which university I would enter. I always knew what I wanted to do with my life, I had very few things I liked and which I was good at, and that was gymnastics and foreign languages. After two unsuccessful attempts to enter English Language Literature university, in 2003 I decided to move to Thessaloniki to find out what more is there for me to do with my life. In 2004 I was introduced to my first Hatha Yoga classes at YMCA Thessaloniki and without me realizing it the Yogic practice became a constant daily habit. Continuing with my search for answers to my life’s purpose I moved to Valencia Spain a year after that to learn the Spanish language. It was there I attended my first massage course after being introduced to it the summer before. I have been an athlete most of my life experimenting with different forms of exercise and athletics like speedrunning, swimming, floor, aerial and pair acrobatics!! I have had to cope with quite a few injuries, a fact the led me to research and studying about ways to heal the body and to prevent injuries. Massage and anatomy helped me understand the mechanics of the body and how I could relieve pain, my own and that of others. Returning to Thessaloniki Greece in June 2006, I started practicing the art of massaging to make money for my living traveling the islands. Meanwhile, my life took an even more spiritual turn taking my initiation and 1st degree on Usui Reiki Ryoho system. While working in one of the Greek islands I met some people that talked to me about how easy it is to travel to India and how I should go there and study more about Yoga! So, on January 1st, 2008 I traveled to Kannur, India to attend a course about Ayurvedic massage and treatment, while simultaneously attending a Pranic Healing course. After that, I moved to Varanasi where I attained my first 200hr TTC and stayed there practicing for two months. It was there where my life changed and I was introduced to my Bhakti guru who taught me everything about the Yoga of faith, Karma Yoga and spirituality. Strong experiences on meditation and realization put me right on my path, on which I have been on since, accepting every experience that has come to show me how to stay on it. Upon my return to Greece, I moved to Athens where I started teaching yoga classes in schools and gyms gaining in teaching experience. I received my 2nd degree in Usui Reiki Ryoho system and, two years after moving to Athens, in 2010, I opened my own Yoga Shala under the name “Laughing Buddha” in Exarchia, Athens, offering Yoga classes and treatments. I taught there for a year but life had different plans for me, taking me away from the city life to move at a small and isolated island in southern Greece where I spent 8 years of my life deepening in my practice and living a simple life while studying and providing treatments and yoga classes. This was the most intense experience of my life: attaining the same purity of the self my Guru had so gracefully given to me, by my practice and my constant faith in myself. Meanwhile, I traveled the world and visited more places, attended classes here and there, to be drawn back to Asia in 2018 to take a course of 150hr in Yoga therapy in Kannur, India and a short course in sound healing in Kathmandu, Nepal. A year later I went back to India, this time in Rishikesh to take a Thai Yoga and Reflexology course.
My life’s purpose has become clear; I serve others by relieving them of the suffering and pain of the body and the mind, facilitating the beauty of the real Self to be revealed and embraced.