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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, Manouso Manos, 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 and continues her weekly studies with Sr. Iyengar Teacher, Manju Vachher. 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.​​​

You’re doing what? Ten days of Silence at the Vipassana Meditation Center

Every time I told someone where I was going for 10 days, their faces would twist in horror and the responses would be: “You’re doing what?” “Why in the heck would you want to do that?” “You are crazy!” “Be … Continue reading

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Abhijata Iyengar, “Can I be called an Iyengar Yoga Teacher?”

These are some notes I took on Abhijata’s presentation about BKS Iyengar’s legacy at the 100 Centenary Celebrations in Pune, December 2018. I cannot adequately put into words what Abhijata said, it was a very moving presentation and I hope … Continue reading

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Social Media comment: “Restorative?” What exactly is being restored?

I often receive comments and questions on my social media accounts regarding videos of my yoga practice.  I try to make it a point to respond to each comment and question.  In addition to responding on the original site, I … Continue reading

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India: Connections

I got up early and went for a walk. Walking in Pune is unlike walking anywhere else I have ever been. It is suffused with noise, brilliant colors, traffic, throngs of people, so many smells all at once, it is … Continue reading

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Simple Yoga Wall

I often receive comments from my students, or posts on my social media pages, saying, “I wish I had a ropes wall” or “I have nowhere in my house for a ropes wall.” To that I say, You can! It … Continue reading

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Student question: I enjoyed the twist (Jathara parivartanasana) we practiced in class. Is there a way I can practice it at home without a rope wall?

Yes! I have shared videos of the two practices below. The first video using wall ropes and the second video demonstrating how to practice this pose using a door and strap.  

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Diaphragmatic Breathing, “A handbook for Yogasana Teachers: The incorporation of Neuroscience, Physiology and Anatomy into the Practice” by Mel Robin

In diaphragmatic breathing the movement is largely that of the diaphragm moving down on the inhalation and up on exhalation. There is also specific involvement of the abdominal muscle wall, resulting in the lifting and expansion of the lower rib … Continue reading

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