Ashtanga Yoga With Antonella

I was introduced by my family to the philosophical and meditative aspects of yoga at a young age, but it wasn’t until February of 2003 that I took my first yoga class and was exposed to the therapeutic effects of Ashtanga Yoga. I was instantly enthralled by the system. I couldn’t quite say what made it so different from anything I had ever experienced, yet somehow I knew that there was more to it than met the eye.

For the next few years I took guided Ashtanga classes at my local studio, and in September 2006, I completed a 200-hour teacher training with YogaWorks and began teaching full time. During the training my instructor suggested that I should try Mysore style classes. I believe that my real Ashtanga practice began the day I set foot in that Mysore room, until then I had only skimmed the surface of what the practice had to offer.

Once I started teaching in 2006, I jumped in with both feet and taught between 15-20 classes per week, including private, corporate, and group classes. In 2008 I started teaching Mysore classes at one of the only two dedicated Ashtanga studios in the city; and in 2011 I started my own Mysore program in Washington, DC.

Teaching Mysore full time added another layer of depth to my Ashtanga practice. Not only was I able to share what I had learned through practice, but students constantly exposed me to new insights. I consider teaching Mysore a tremendous responsibility that should not be undertaken lightly, but it is also one of the most worthwhile things you can ever do as a teacher.

In September of 2013 I left Washington and settled in Barcelona, Spain, with my now husband; and in December of 2014 I opened a studio dedicated to traditional Ashtanga teaching,
Barcelona Ashtanga, in order to share my love of this practice with students in that city.

My teaching style focuses on alignment, ease of movement, and being kind to yourself and your body. I urge my students to challenge themselves physically and mentally while also understanding that we need to laugh, and enjoy the sweet moments that open up for us in our daily practice.

Since 2009 I have been fortunate to be able travel to Mysore, India, annually to study Ashtanga in its traditional setting with my teacher R. Sharath Jois, Director of the KPJAYI and grandson of the late master of Ashtanga yoga, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. I have also benefited from instruction by Sharath’s mother, Saraswathi, who with a twinkle in her eye, embodies the legacy of the venerable Ashtanga tradition.

I am deeply honored to be one of a select number of students to have been given Level 2 Authorization by the KPJAYI Mysore, and also to have been asked by Sharath to assist in the Shala (school) for the entire month of March in 2012.