A line has formed from the top of the stairwell down the stairs and following the perimeter of the office, continuing all the way to the outside. The hall is crowded and loud. There is a mad rush to the props and a search for prime real estate near Prashantji. Don’t students realize that rushing to the front of Prashantji’s class is a fruitless effort? You won’t be there long. Practicing non-attachment is the only way to make it through his class. Your mat will not be your mat for long.
I am in the back near the windows holding a spot for a fellow teacher. There is another rush to the prop room for straps.
I am frazzled. How can you learn in this crowded space. June at the Institute is intimate, February is insane. I see Marcia Monroe. “Look that’s Marcia, she wrote a great book on scoliosis!” Shhhhh! I hear directed at me. I have monkey mind.
Triangle pose. We are two to a mat at the windows. I feel the hot breath of the woman in back of me, I feel the hair of the woman in front of me brush across my face. A woman’s watch beeps, a man burps, another woman has the loudest Ujjayi breath ever uttered in an Iyengar classroom. Chitta vrittis. How can I possibly learn anything today? This is insanity.
Sukasana twists. I see Bobby Clennell, I pat her on the knee for a silent hello. I twist.
I focus on my breath. Is my breath the “benefactor or the beneficiary”, I hear Prashantji’s voice in my head. I start to move inward. Yogaś-citta-vṛtti-nirodhaḥ. The waves are settling. The chatter in my mind and my wandering eyes quiet. I start to hear Prashantji instead of the noise in the room. I forget the size of the class and the closeness of the bodies.
The class ends, I feel whole.
About EssentialYoga Studio
Roberta Dell'Anno E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer
Owner EssentialYoga Studio.
Roberta has been practicing yoga since 1988 and teaching yoga since 2004. She has studied extensively under master yoga teachers Patricia Walden, Zoë Stewart, Sri Arun H.S., Elise Browning Miller, and others. She completed a two year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training program with Sr. Iyengar Teacher, Peentz Dubble in June 2017.
Roberta has studied yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune, India during June 2011, February 2014, attended Abhijata's 2-week intensive in Pune, India, December 2016 and BKS Iyengar's Centenary 10-day intensive taught by Prashantji & Geetaji, December 2018.
She completed training and certification with Elise Browning Miller as a 'Yoga for Scoliosis' instructor in 2014, completed a 500 hour Hatha Yoga Certification program with AURA Wellness Center in 2005 and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. She has been a Certified Meditation Teacher since June 2007 and an Usui Reiki Practitioner since 1989.
The studio provides individual & specialized privates, semi-privates, group private sessions, and yoga workshops. Roberta conducts local and out of town workshops. She specializes in yoga for scoliosis and back care. She uses props to help students and teachers of all levels transform their backbends, twists, standing and seated postures, as well as inversions like sarvangasana (shoulderstand).
She also works with individuals who have physical challenges, specifically individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, CMT, Parkinson's Disease, scoliosis, and amputees in private, semi-private and group sessions.
so beautiful, intimate, teaching