My name is Ameriga, I am a yogi from Sicily, addicted to salted water, travelling, kitesurfing and surfing. I teach yoga at my rooftop yoga shala in a tiny beach village in the south of Sicily for 8 months a year. For the remaining 4 months, I travel around the tropics looking for wind, waves and yoga gurus.
I was always attracted by Asian philosophies and cultures; in fact I even decided to pursue my first University degree in Oriental languages and Cultures. My studies brought me to live in Japan and Burma, which subsequently led me to travel through most of South East Asia. I became very fascinated with Buddhism, and began to practice meditation. At 25, I completed a silent Vipassana 10-days meditation retreat while I was pursuing my Masters in Anthropology and Development in the UK.
After that, I took a break from Asia, and begun a new journey across Africa, where I worked for an NGO in Guinee Bissau for a year, and Latin America- where I spent the following 5 years. It was in Chile in 2011 where, while I was spending my time between my work as a lecturer at the University and host of a TV show on a local channel, I begun to practice yoga.
I’ve always practiced very dynamic sports- such as basketball, to which I sacrificed my two ACLs. However, despite its apparent stillness, that first yoga class struck me. The beautiful postures and the alignment taught in that class required concentration, strength and flexibility – I felt so present and engaged.
However, a few months later I was again travelling around the world, with jobs in Panama City, Bahrain, and finally in the small beach village in Sicily where I live know. Yoga studios were hard to visit with such a hectic lifestyle, however I kept up with a strong self-practice, which I carried almost every day to prevent my otherwise frequent backaches – which at this time of the story were caused by kitesurfing, an amazing sport I learned in Panama!
When the occasion came to pursue a Yoga Teacher Training in Bali, I took it without thinking twice about it. Since there were no yoga instructors teaching close to our beach town, I had no choice but to become my own Yoga Teacher.
That first intensive one-month yoga training completely changed my life. I didn’t have to do anything much except just let it happen. All the people around me, especially my boyfriend, told me that I had become a very different person: calmer, happier, less confrontational, and just much easier to be around. All of a sudden I could just let go of any bad resentment that I was holding, I could forgive and forget much faster, and it just seemed that life became so much easier. And I didn’t have to do anything, just practice yoga everyday, and let yoga simply make me into a happier person.
After the first yoga class, I immediately decided I wanted to learn more about it, and begun to ready many books on the topic. Today you'll find these books, and many more, in our Yoga Library at our B&B Floripa Surf & Yoga House.
In my classes I lead my students on the path to experience the mental and physical benefits of yoga. You will develop an ability to concentrate on the present moment, and avoid succumbing to unnecessary thoughts, by placing total attention on your breathe, on your focal point and on the sensations your body is experiencing. Challenging postures such as arm-balances and inversions will build up your confidence and trust in your capabilities. Your spine will be stretched in all directions, to restore its flexibility and youth, and your whole body will get a good workout to increase both strength and flexibility.
After my first teacher training in Bali, I basically became a travelling yogi, and continued to study and search for knowledge and gurus. Yoga had changed my life in such a quick and powerful way that I wanted to let everybody know how great it is, and contribute to people’s welfare through yoga. I begun teaching here and there while I was travelling and, as I came back home, I decided to build a yoga shala.
Vinyasa flow yoga is a dynamic style that was developed in the USA, taking elements of Ashtanga Yoga and blending them with Hatha Yoga through the introduction of a variety of postures.
While I have explored many styles of yoga (Iyengar Yoga with Usha Deva, traditional Hatha with Dr Omanand, Sivananda with Lyndon Mason, etc.), the teachers that have influenced my style the most are Shiva Rea (Prana Flow), Simon Borg-Olivier (Yoga Synergy) and Lino Miele (Ashtanga yoga).
I am a Yoga Alliance Certified 200 HRS and 300 HRS teacher. Currently I am completing a second 300 course with Shiva Rea in Prana Flow yoga.
PS: My favourite postures are arm-balances and inversions, so I love to teach workshop on how to manage these postures and overcome the fear of flying!
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