Roberta Giannotti is authorised - Level 2, to teach the Astanga Yoga System by the late Sri K.Pattabhi Jois (Guruji) and his inheritor, Sharath Jois.
Born in Montreal, Canada, Roberta also speaks Italian, French and Spanish.
Roberta is one of the most experienced and recognised Astanga Yoga teachers in London.
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 which 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 Teacher and my home.
Here it was! 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 2003 Guruji Married Justin and I, and in March 2005 my life was blessed once more with the birth of our beautiful baby girl Lalita, whom Guruji helped us name...
Yoga finally blooms 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!"
Our dear, beloved 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.