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ROBERTA GIANNOTTI

Roberta is authorised - Level 2, to teach the Astanga  Yoga System by the late Sri K.Pattabhi Jois. (Guruji) and the now head of the Yoga School: Sharath Jois.

 

Born in Montreal, Canada, she also speaks Italian, French and Spanish

 

I was first introduced to yoga in high school where a short term of practice had performed miracles on my math grades!

After obtaining my  degree in Dance & Choreography from LADMI (Les Ateliers de Danse Moderne) in Montreal. I went on to work as a performer and choreographer in Canada & Europe. While in London/UK I became interested in the healing arts and trained for 2 years as a spiritual healer.

In 1996 I started practicing yoga with John Scott. 

I immediately felt a huge connection to this beautiful practice.   

Later in 2000, I travelled to Mysore, India to meet and study with Guruji  this became a much loved yearly ritual; returning to Mother India and the magic of deep, cleansing and transformative Yoga.

As soon as I met Guruji I knew I had found my home and my Teacher.

Here was  finally the  marriage of all the, until then, disparate passions/interests of my life… Being in the presence of his warmth and beaming smile I felt safe,

I give thanks daily to have had those years of practice with such a gifted Healer and a very sweet soul.

In 98’ I was asked to teach; I taught at the Sangam, Triyoga and The Life Centre among others. In 2000, just back from India I began teaching self practice at Astanga Yoga London and taught there until the recent opening of Astanga Yoga Here in 2017. 

In March 2005 my life was blessed once more with our beautiful baby girl Lalita. Yoga has finally bloomed into full meaning for me, as I strive for the honesty, generosity, dedication, compassion and love motherhood inspires. Guruji always said "Family is Eighth Series!"This was all the more poignant for me, as he was also the one who married my husband and I, and helped us name Lalita.

Guruji passed away in 2009, he is sorely missed.

My experience of the beautiful practice he taught me so generously ,with boundless joy and energy  is that it is a Huge Gift! To be respected for it's infinite healing power, received with grace and practiced with honesty and love.