While we often search for the destination, it’s in the journey that we learn so my journey, like most, started very different than how I anticipated it would turn out.
I started my professional career as a dancer at the age of twenty and carried on an international performing activity dancing with ensemble of Imperial Russian Ballet, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Wiener Volksoper, National Theater in Belgrade, National Opera of Olomouc, National Theater of Sibiu, etc. touring all over Italy, Spain, Serbia, Germany, Romania, Czech Republic, Japan, South Korea.
I approached GYROTONIC® Method because of a knee problem in 2007 and to improve flexibility, then in 2015, after have been practicing constantly the GYROTONIC® Method for about 8 years, I started my journey to become a GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® instructor, studying in Rome with Master Trainer Pietro Gagliardi.
At the same time I started deepening my Yoga practice, reading more about body/mind connections and spiritual philosophy.
My enthusiasm, my desire to share these practices with others and the passion for travelling, led me to move and share my passion in Asia, where I stayed for about a year: I fulfilled another of my childhood dream.
I was a successful instructor in many different pilates and fitness centers in Tokyo but I was unhappy: too much stress, inhumane working hours with the pressure to live in a society where only if you make lot of money you are successful.
At that time work is all I've ever known.
Back to Europe, I stumbled upon Ashtanga Yoga and fully immersed myself into a devoted practice, I met Vairagya Ranko (a disciple of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Sharath Jois and authorized KPJAYI level II teacher) in Belgrade.
He widened my mind and helped reveal what yoga truly is and he was a great inspiration for my practice, since then, I’ve continued to draw inspiration from a daily visit to the mat.
The will to improve and to learn more about Yoga made me decide to travel to India; I met Guru Ramesh Sheety (a disciple of BNS Iyengar) in Mysore, I studied Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, adjustments, yoga philosophy, anatomy and yoga diet.
I continued travelling, studying, practicing and sharing my knowledge and experience in many contries: Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Vietnam, Spain, Serbia.
Those who love India know: It hurts to stay away from her so that the next year I returned.
I went to Rishikesh the city by Holy Ganga river, I studied Hatha and Vinyasa Flow Yoga, yoga therapy, yoga anatomy, yoga philosophy, Ayurveda and meditation.
I had chance to study different meditation techniques with Guru Swami Atmatattwananda Saraswati and at same time I approached Vipassana meditation.
I’ve traveled all over the world experiencing many different cultures and ways of life, discovering interest in books that changed my life: Bhagavadgītā, Yoga Sutra of Patanjali and The Upanishads.
Finally in 2022, I went back to Mysore and practiced for a month with Paramaguru Sharath Jois, the lineage holder of Ashtanga Yoga, at the Sharath Yoga Center; in the same month I studied Sanskrit and deepen my knowledge in philosophy with Lakshmisha Bhat with a focus on Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Patanjali Sutras.
Over the years by travelling, reading, studying, meditating, experimenting and practicing I realized that body, that had always been in the middle, it's just a "tool". As well as mind and breath, they are instruments to find the path to reach the ultimate reality, the "union", the liberation from this impermanent and material world and from the ego; my Dharma is: teaching how to use these tools, no matter which is your faith, religion or aim of your practice.
Every year, I deepen my Yoga and GYROTONIC® studies attending courses and updates on biomechanics and anatomy applied to movement; this allows me to combine the knowledge of various movement systems offering the best from each techinque I know.
As Confucious said: “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” so that I’ve turned my passion into my way of living.
I currently share my Yoga, GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® knowledge around the world, working as a Teacher Trainer.