Maurizio started practicing Yoga 20 years ago in search of an activity that could help ease the feelings of anxiety and stress due to his highly demanding corporate job in IT.
Intriqued by its effects on his mind and body and wanting to know more of the philosophy and history,in 2015 he attended a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Aananda School of Yoga in Fort Lauderdale; To do it, he took a 6 month hiatus from his job. He started teaching family and friends in his home studio and then expanded his teachings around town. And now he is expanding his own knowledge and challenging himself once again.
Since January of 2021, he has been attending classes at the Optimal State School of Yoga Therapy based in California with the objective of becoming a Yoga Therapist.
At the beginning of his Yoga path, his practice had been mostly with very active Vinyasa classes where he would push himself to do more and more. Maurizio says:
” A Vinyasa class is the classic representation of Yang in our life. We sweat, we work out our muscles (Yang tissue), and we feel good with our body, mind and spirit. With time, I incorporated a more subtle type of Yoga in my practice and teaching: Yin Yoga. In Yin you actually target the bones, cartilages, tendons, ligaments and fascia which are, by definition, Yin tissues. In a Yin class, we work out our minds more than our bodies, since it takes a big effort to stay still, without fidgeting, for longer periods of time. Yin Yoga is a great way to complement your strong Vinyasa practice, if you have one, or to start your own Yoga Path. If you are already an experienced yogi or if you are new to this practice, a combination of Vinyasa and Yin yoga will provide you with a set of tools you can use daily to improve your life.”
Quoting Bernie Clark, from his book “The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga” in Yin Yoga, we seek:
“The stillness of the body, like a majestic mountain
The stillness of the breath, like a calm mountain lake
The stillness of the mind, like the deep blue of the sky”
1.Favorite place to meditate?
Under a tree
2.How did you discover yoga?
In searching for a way to manage the stress and anxiety from work
3.What have you given up that still tempts you?
Working out at the gym 4 times a week. Even though I still work out, it is less intense.
5.Who or what inspires you?
History and Mythology