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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, 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.​​​

What encompasses a personal practice?

Students often tell me, “Oh yoga comes so easily to you.” In every practice I take time to analyze where my body needs to work and try to think of ways to open it. Much of my practice is spent … Continue reading

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Iyengar Sequence for Headache due to Congestion

Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero’s pose) Lying over cross bolsters Uttanasana with head support (Standing forward bend) Adho Mukha Svanasana with head support (Downward-facing dog pose) Prasarita Padottanasana with head support (Wide legged standing forward bend) Viparita Dandasana on chair with head … Continue reading

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The Monkey Whisperer

As I sit here my kitchen acknowledging all of the things I should be doing, I decide instead to write another blog. Galwar Bagh, the Monkey temple is an ancient Hindu pilgrimage site in the town of Khania-Balaji, about 10km … Continue reading

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Jorbeer, India (photos may be disturbing to some, please use caution)

Strong dust storms, shifting dunes, and hundreds of cattle carcasses can be found in this remote area of Bikaner.   I stood for a long time, amazed at the scene, taking it all in.  I wanted to learn more about this … Continue reading

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Photo blog – The Institute


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During my travels through India, the topic of arranged marriages and romantic love kept cropping up as a subject of conversation.  The majority of Hindu marriages are still arranged by the parents, although this is changing in larger cities like … Continue reading

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All great adventures must come to an end…

And as I sit here admiring the newly opened Mumbai International Airport, I realize my sneakers are still full of sand from yesterday’s camel safari :D. A little of India is coming back with me.

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Camel Safari

Things to bring on a Camel Safari • A hat • Sunscreen • A warm coat Things I didn’t bring on a Camel Safari • A hat • Sunscreen • A warm coat Something you shouldn’t bring on a Camel … Continue reading

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Karni Mata (Mother Karni) Rat Temple, Bikaner, India

Mother Karni is the reincarnation of the Godess Durga.  She is said to have performed many miracles as a child and throughout her life. One story tells of a woman who asked Mother Karni to save her son who drowned.  … Continue reading

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Wandering the desert of Bikaner

As we wandered through the desert following a fox, my guide shows me a tree with berries. Me: Is it edible? Guide: Yes. I eat it. Me: That’s not very good. Guide: Mostly only birds eat it. I laugh.

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