April Instructor Spotlight: Lavinia Nannini!
Q+A with Lavinia:
What sparked your interest in yoga, Pilates, and/or barre?
My yoga journey started in Rome, roughly fifteen years ago, with a wonderful Jivamukti teacher whose classes were well-rounded and a fabulous introduction to chanting, yogic philosophy, Sanskrit, meditation and a very dynamic asana practice, typical of this yoga style, influenced by Ashtanga Yoga. Classes were led in a small intimate space in the quaint neighborhood of Trastevere in Rome overlooking an internal courtyard making the atmosphere even more peaceful and conducive to the holistic spiritual practice of yoga. The experience changed my life.
When did you decide to start teaching these practices?
Right after my first teacher training!
What fuels your inspiration and creativity?
Love and Intuition
Favorite pose or workout?
Eka Pada Koundinyasana, translated as 'the One-Footed Pose dedicated to the Sage Koundinya'. It's a favorite pose of mine because it is an invigorating and strengthening arm balance but also involves concentration and finding equilibrium between holding on and letting go in order to hold the pose for longer periods of time. It's a pose that allows you to defy gravity and lengthen the body in all directions permitting you to soar like a bird.
Favorite jams to listen to while teaching?
A mix of diverse, uplifting, inspiring tunes to open the heart! I'm also a musician and have a very deep love for music and take great pleasure mixing ancient spiritual music with contemporary funky beats... Instrumental music with positive lyrics!
Favorite affirmation and or/quote?
"I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul." -Rumi
"Be the change you wish to see in the World." -Mahatma Gandhi
Favorite “healthy” treat?
Wellness is important to you because…?
"The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in." -B.K.S. Iyengar
Three words to describe yourself today?
Solar. Happy. Heartfelt.
Coolest place you have been?
As a yogi I'd have to say India!
Places you want to visit?
Nepal and Tibet
You feel most ecstatic and confident when you are?
Sharing the practices of yoga with my students.
Your spirit animal is?
Three words that describe your style?
Dynamic. Holistic. Spiritual.
What challenges have you grown from and overcome while teaching and/or while practicing yoga…?
Ice cream or FROYO?
Deepening your connection to yourself which ultimately will deepen all the connections in your life and allow you to feel more at peace and interconnected with everything that surrounds.
Favorite Brooklyn cafe?
Cafe Regular in Park Slope
Coffee or tea?
Coffee and Tea depending...
Last movie you saw in theaters…?
What brings you the most joy?
Slowing down and trying to be fully present...