Yoga changed my life and brought me back to my essence
After 15 years of classical ballet, one day I realised that I needed more. As I wrote here, the past few years have been crucial for me.
Not being particularly religious, at some point in my life I missed the spiritual part. So I started looking for something deeper, but I myself didn't know exactly what! I was a Yoga-skeptic, convinced a priori that Yoga was absolutely not for me.
When I stopped doing ballet I wasn't attracted by any form of indoor sport so I started running in the nature, with no music or company: just me, the wind, the birds and my own breath.
If I look back I realize that was the first form of meditation I ever experienced
A couple of years later a dear friend literally pushed me into a Yoga studio.
She wanted to ask some information at the local Bikram Yoga studio and we quickly stopped by.
She also convinced me to do a trial class with her. I was reluctant, but I liked the challenge of the heated room so I joined the class.
The seed of yoga had been ignited!
I started to research and learn more and more about Yoga, its origin, its effects. My curiosity to try other forms of Yoga became quickly very strong, so a couple of months later I started practicing Hatha, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and meditation.
I felt an enormous sense of peace, connection and fulfilment.
My perception of the world around me and of my own life changed completely. Although my job as an architect was rewarding and exciting, I needed a higher purpose in my life, something that had nothing to do with business and profit.
I needed to take care of my spirit, to do something that could bring back my essence as a human being made of shining energy and pure love
So I enrolled in a traditional Hatha Yoga teacher training course based on Swami Satyananda's lineage with Poonam Stecher Sharma, Sanjeev and Manoj Bhanot of Yogalife. I will be forever grateful for having received this precious gift from such wonderful people! Teaching Yoga makes my soul glow in front of other bright souls: an amazing alchemy every single time.
Yoga is union, harmony. It's turning the chaos into calm, a curvy line into a straight one, a spiral into a circle.
Yogaschitta vritti nirodah.
To block the patterns of consciousness is yoga. (Patanjali, Sutra 1.2)
Yoga is a lifestyle, once you are into it you' ll practice it every second of your life.
My classes come straight from my heart and are fluid, focused on safe alignments and strongly inspired by Hatha, Vinyasa and Anusara Yoga.
In the past years I have been deepening my knowledge of yoga with amazing and inspiring masters like Poonam Stecher Sharma, Swami Maheshananda, Shiva Rea and Stephen Thomas. Each one of them taught me something new and let me experience a different way of seeing and living Yoga. I love to incorporate into my classes chanting, meditation, powerful mudras and inspiring Bakhti, devotional attitude, reminding my students about our symbiosis with the universe.
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Second week in Mysore!
Today I want to share with you a short collection of tips, little wisdoms and basic information about Mysore that I wish I could have found before my adventure began.
And here I am, almost on the flight to mama India, recording every minute of this sweet wait, observing the changes in my mind, my mental status and above all living the present with (I try my very best!) no expectations. Because a trip to India is not like all the other trips.Read More
I still remember one of my teachers on our first day of training, explaining how the different Karma-teams would have worked.
. . . there will be every week groups of 3 taking care that the teapot is always full, making sure that the glasses are always clean, the towels in the bathrooms are nicely folded, checking whether the rooms need to be hoovered . . .