Michele Anne BarocchiInstructor - Founder
Michèle Anne Barocchi received her PhD in Infectious Diseases and Immunity from University of California, Berkeley in 2003. During her doctoral studies she discovered Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in a small studio in the Haight District in San Francisco. She decided to attend the It's Yoga San Francisco Teacher training in June, 2003, prior to moving to Florence, Italy – in order to deepen her practice of Ashtanga. There she met Larry Schultz, and with his inspiration, founded the Cultural Association It’s Yoga Firenze in 2004. Via dei Bardi 21 was formally inaugurated on February 21, 2007. She is a Yoga Alliance registered ERYT-200, and has attended workshops by David Swenson (Bolgona, Italy) and Manju Pattahbi Jois (Bologna, Italy). Michèle is actively involved in supporting the vision of It’s Yoga International. She is the European Ambassador and will serve as contact and support for current and future IY schools and affiliates in Europe. She continues to do research in pediatric ID full time.
Max has been practicing Yoga since 2004, starting from the sun salutations which has become a fundamental daily practice for a couple of years, enjoying the magic of breath reaching every single cell of the body. Fascinated by the techniques and teachings of this ancient art he deepens the knowledge of the dynamics of mechanisms of a light body and a free mind. The interest in meditation and sports becomes a passion for Yoga. The physical, mental and spiritual dimension of the research of an intimate balance between the world and the individual. Max has promoted for over 15 years activities of individual and social development with the Humanist Movement and has studied (and is trying to apply!) the Contemporary Humanism of Mario Rodriguez Cobos, called Silo, who is saying: “The human being of the future, to overcome pain and suffering, needs a mind of a mathematician, a heart of a poet and a body of an athlete.”
Mara Guadagni graduated from Florence University in 2006. She continues to study cultural anthropology with a focus in Childhood Theater. She has been working since 2005 with the TeatrOsfera Company and GruppoAutoprod of Giovanni Carli. In 2010 she started her work as a performing arts resident clown at Meyer Hospital. She began practicing yoga in 2006 for theatre warm up until she found It's Yoga Florence and began to incorporate the Ashtanga system into her daily life. She completed her Yoga Alliance Certified Teaching Training program in 2011. She is now incorporating her background in childhood theatre and yoga to run the It’s Yoga Bambini Firenze program.
Miranda DaltonInstructor / english
I first came to yoga as a complement to ballet and modern dance training. Yoga allowed me strengthen my body in a more balanced and general way that I needed to excel as an athlete. As the years went on, I started to notice the effects of the yoga practice that unfolded that were not just physical. A spiritual practice began to develop, a deeper understanding of the body and mind connection, and a more well rounded and holistic experience with the world was awakening. I began to search for a place where I could expand my experiences and share them with other like minded individuals. In October of 2009, after practicing different forms of yoga for almost 15 years, I came upon the It’s Yoga Astanga Vinyasa system and enrolled in the Teacher Training Program as a beginner. Since my teacher training I have enjoyed an ever expanding and deepening love for the practice. Watching the nuances and correlations of what happens on and off the mat is a pleasure. Seeing changes, awakenings and awareness unfold in myself in others is a joy. I love practicing yoga and love sharing the practice with others, learning from others and developing a community, a communication and a shared language. Life’s a trip, life’s a journey, enjoy the ride and watch from the Rocket ship. This path is just one of many, but I love this path.
Lilith started her practice of Ashtanga Yoga with Michele Barocchi in 2004 and was certified as a yoga teacher in 2008. She taught at the "It's Yoga Studio" in Florence and took part in trainings with David Swenson and Lino Miele. She moved to Berlin in 2008 and became a student of Andrea Lutz. She participated in Andrea's teacher training and in trainings guided by Manju P. Jois and Nancy Gilgoff. Lilith assists Andrea in her teaching and in 2010 she began to teach her own classes at the Ashtanga Studio. Lilith studied philosophy and literature at the University of Florence with a particular focus on philosophy of the mind and fenomenology.
Si avvicina all’Ashtanga Yoga nel 2005, dopo aver praticato Hatha Yoga per due anni. Comincia a seguire a Firenze le lezioni tenute da Roberto Palagi, insegnante certiﬁcato da Lino Miele, direttore di AYRI (Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute - Roma). Incontra Lino Miele nel 2006, negli anni ha continuato a seguirlo in diversi seminari e ritiri e dal 2009 ha iniziato il suo apprendistato per l’insegnamento presso l’Istituto di Roma e assistendo Lino Miele nei suoi corsi in Italia e all’estero. Nel 2011 ha tenuto corsi per principianti a Napoli, da Marzo 2012 ha insegnato Mysore Style presso l’Ashtanga Yoga Studio di Copenhagen Giulia si è laureata in architettura presso la facoltà degli studi di Firenze nel 2010.