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Valentina

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I first approached yoga when I was 15 and living in Italy, at a time when the benefits of the practice felt far away, yet something within me brought me back time and time again. I practised sporadically until moving back to Bristol and in 2016 I decided that I was ready to expand my practice and knowledge of Yoga. I trained at Yogasara, completing both the 200h and 300h Teacher Training over a period of nearly two years. This is where I was first able to understand the depth of this practice and, thanks to the support of my teachers Sarah Harlow and Christopher Gladwell, I started to appreciate the nuances and relationship between asana, philosophy, spirituality and the psycho-emotional body. Since then, the love and passion I nurture for this practice has exponentially grown, becoming a daily dedicated aspect of life.

Whilst in India, I studied Iyengar yoga with Usha Devi amongst other teachers and appreciating the focussed detail of alignment-based practice, invited me to further my attention using the body as a meditative tool. In the last few years, I have also started to explore Sri Pattabhi Jois’ Ashtanga series and have found comfort and purpose in the high level of discipline which is associated with this lineage. I discovered Purple Valley Yoga and have had the opportunity to study with some of their teachers, such as Ty Landrum and Joey Miles. I am continuously inspired and challenged through this practice in all aspects of life.

I firmly believe in the importance of appreciating and respecting the different roots of Yoga as well as being open to a multi-disciplinary approach which keeps developing century after century in order to support our modern lifestyle. Using tools such as mythology, philosophy and embodied therapy, I’m discovering how crucial it is to translate the presence and awareness that we find on our mat into the world. Yoga to me is a rebellious act of self-discipline, a socio-political stance achieved through “yoking” and coming together, an inclusive place which transcends time and space yet roots us down so deep in the flesh and bones of our human-ness.

Currently I’m assisting on the Advanced Teacher Training at Yogasara and teaching 1 to 1 private sessions. I continue to develop my practice by attending Sarah Harlow’s classes at Yogasara as well as practicing Iyengar at Yogawest with Jacob Rihosek and Mysore Ashtanga with Christine Gregory.

I’m studying Sociology and Psychology at UWE, with a vision to use these disciplines to support and expand my passion for Yoga.

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