Hi Guys…i know i know it sure has been a while since the last post!
I did not forget about you guys…it’s just been a mad mad mad phase…packing, moving, shipping, saying bye, leaving, flying and arriving to Milan, Italy after 11 long and rich and wonderful years in London, UK.
But the time had come for change….so i quit my full time job in media (film advertising) and moved to Milan to pursue my dream and teach yoga full time….i know what some of you might be thinking, crazyness, perhaps, but sometimes, you just gotta follow that gut feeling!
So besides packing and the various leaving drinks – i managed to get down to Flying Fantastic in Battersea and finally seeing what they were all about. I had so much fun! Hanging upside down, sideways, climbing up a ribbon….it was great, but definitely need more than just 1 lesson! I will be back for more, that’s for sure! I thoroughly suggest this to anyone that’s up for doing something different and having a laugh and meeting some great people in the process!
Here’s a pic to show you what we were up to:
So i’m now living in Milano, the fashion capital of Italy…and so far so good…the city has been pretty dead – Milanese have a tendency to escape the city during the month of August as it gets so unbearably hot, and run away to the beach or anywhere else for that matter…it has been pretty warm to be honest, i already have a tan! Fancy that!
After a few days here, i spent the wkend at the beach, Variggotti in the neighboring state of Liguria…my cousin Karim, and his two friends, Gianmatteo & Edoardo took a little impromptu roadtrip to the beach and camped out….AMAZING time and i even got a tan! it was 37*C! actually it was so hot, i couldn’t even walk on the sand!
oh and i’m already peeling! 😦
One thing i’d really like to mention is the seafood resto we ate at – it was incredible! TRATTORIA SAPORE DI MARE….if ur ever in the civinity, please do – so fresh and delicious….just thinking about it now is making me hungry!
Besides that, i’ve been doing a lot of research on yoga studios and gym here in Milan, as well as meeting lots of new people and friends, going to parties in the park – Trees Can Dance Too – where Gianmatteo DJs, and last but definitely by no means least – i went WAKEBOARDING with KEIBOLONLI for the first time ever @ the Idroscalo (a man-made lake). I did it for an hr, and in that hr i fell constantly – they make it look so easy, but really, it isn’t…it takes perseverance and a hard head and energy, lots of it….cuz boy oh boy are you tired by the end of it!!!
What else can i say?
The weather is amazing, puts a smile on my face seeing the cloudless sunny sky every morning when i wake up….the food is so tasty, and the wine is…well, need i say?
I’m gonna check out the 2 English studios i’ve found and i’ll tell u guys all about ’em! I’m back now, and i promise not to leave u guys with no news for more than a day!
Ciao a tutti!
OOoooPpps i almost forgot!!!! Here’s my “Italian” flier in English – once the translation is ready, i’ll be getting brand spanking new fliers – 1 side in English and on the other in Italian 🙂
Christiane has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. Her yogic journey began in 2000 as a student of Swami Nirmal (now at the Satyananda Centre in London) at the Fitness First gym in Kensal Rise, London. She experienced various teachers in different Fitness Firsts in Central London and around Clapham Junction before changing gyms and meeting Alexa Kho at LA FItness in Piccadilly Circus, London. Christiane attended Alexa's Anusara classes as well as her workshops.
In January 2011 she enrolls in a 200hr Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training course with Rebecca Ffrench at YogaLondon. Vinyasa Flow is a modern form of yoga that comes from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and follows Sri K Pattabhi Jois. She quickly become passionate of this discipline and wants to deepen her knowledge; this brings her to meet and attend many workshops with Stewart Gilchrist, Shiva Rea, John Scott, Danny Paradise...all very famous teachers around the world. Being in the presence of such teachers is a significant experience for Christiane, in terms of her yogic journey, personal transformation and growth as well as understanding of yoga.
After 11years in London, she moves to Milan to deepen and continue her journey. In Milan she teaches privately (1:1 and group classes) as well as in various yoga and dance centers. Milan is where her love for Ashtanga Vinyasa deepens and grows, bringing her to attend workshops with Lino Miele, Sharath Jois and most recently Kino MacGregor...all original students of Guruji, Sri K Pattabhi Jois. All of this culminates with a long awaited and long overdue trip to India, the birthplace of Yoga. Here Christiane deepens her practice and knowledge of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga by doing a 200hr Ashtanga Vinyasa TTC with Yogi Kamal Singh at Tattvaa Yogashala in Rishikesh India. After the monthlong course, her travels take her around India practicing with various other world renown teachers, namely with Sri V. Sheshadri in Mysore and with Rolf and Marci Naujokat in Goa.
In 2013 Christiane decides to embark on yet another yoga adventure, this time in Aerial Yoga! The course was divided into two weekends: level I in April and level II in June, after which she becomes a qualified Aerial Yoga teacher.
Teacher and student of yoga, writer, adventurous soul, creative mind, curious world traveler & lover of the outdoors. Current HQ: Milan, Italy.