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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 and attended Abhijata's 2-week intensive in Pune, India, December 2016. 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 a 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 specializing in prop use. She uses props to help students and teachers 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.​​

Student question: With my busy schedule, I only have twenty minutes to practice each day. Is there anything you can suggest?

I thought about this question while I was in India.  During a Q&A session, Abhijata talked about how we have to touch the standing poses, in our practice, everyday.  Standing poses are the foundation for all other asanas. However, it is … Continue reading

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Sequence for Janu Sirasana

Sequence for Janu Sirasana indicating one or two linking actions for each asana. Tadasana – Lift and spread the front of the chest, lift up through the side ribs. (vertical extention) Urdhva Hastasana – Roll the outer upper arms toward … Continue reading

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The Power of Practice

This photo was posted on Facebook by Heather O’Hara.  This is a photo of her grandmother before and after she started practicing yoga. The photos were taken less than one year apart.  Her teacher is Rachel Jesien, a Certified Yoga … Continue reading

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Yoga teachers are human

I am sometimes made uncomfortable by how I am perceived by my students. I am not a perfect being. I am flawed. I am human. I have observed my teachers made uncomfortable by a student’s idolization. Yes, we practice and … Continue reading

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One should not overstretch or understretch

“One should not overstretch or understretch.  If one thing is overstretched, something else gets understretched.  If overstretching comes from a swollen ego, then understretching results from a lack of confidence.” BKS Iyengar  “The challenge of yoga is to go beyond … Continue reading

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Sweat is 99% Water, 1% Natural Stuff and 0% Toxins

So twist and do so knowing that you are helping create movement in your internal organs, but in NO WAY are they “wrung out.”  That is not possible and if that happens to you or inside of you please go to a hospital, … Continue reading

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In Mumbai, a Catholic priest-yogi attacks Western propaganda against yoga

Father Joseph Pereira, who teaches Iyengar yoga around the world, believes its opponents are extremist ‘God addicts’. Is yoga incompatible with Christianity? Conservative Christians in Europe and the US have been posing this question with growing fervour in the past … Continue reading

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