More asanas does not mean better, everyone meets their obstacle at one point. That’s where yoga starts, that’s where I meet students.
Monica was born in Milano, Italy, in 1961. After completing her studies at the High School of Visual Arts there in 1980, and having also studied ballet and contemporary dance for several years, she started working as a dancer, dance teacher and later on as an interior and industrial designer.
A few years later her travels took her to South America first and to East Asia later. In 1985 in Sri Lanka she came across Vipassana meditation during a stay at a local monastery, and back in Italy she continued her studies at the International Meditation Center under the guidance of John Coleman in the lay tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin. For 9 years she studied, worked and taught there, working at the same time on a MA in English Literature and a BA in Hindi.
In 1994 she graduated with a thesis in Indo-Anglian Literature, after having worked for a few years as a translator of Anglo-Indian authors for different publishing houses in Italy. Next, she started a family.
In 1995 she moved to Auroville, an intentional spiritual community located in South India, where she has been living, working and raising her two sons for the past 20 years.
In the same year she also had her first introduction to yoga, but it wasn’t until 1999 that she begun the study of ashtanga yoga with Karen Haberman, and continued in the years to come studying in Asia and the States with different senior teachers, among whom Tim Miller, Rolf Naujokat, Dena Kingsberg, David Swenson, Gerald Disse, Chad Herst and since 2001 under the guidance of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath at the Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India. In 2009 and 2014 she completed 2 special authorized teachers courses with Sharath at KPJAYI in Mysore.
In 2003 she started teaching ashtanga yoga to children in Auroville. In 2004 she opened Ashtanga Yoga Auroville with Chad Herst, where she has been teaching since then, running a regular daily Mysore style program in the mornings, teaching teenagers in the afternoons and also offering Patanjali Yoga Sutras chanting classes.
When she’s not teaching in Auroville, Monica also travels around the world to offer classes and workshops (see SCHEDULE page). She also assisted Sri Sharath at the KPJAYI in Mysore in September and October, 2010 and in August 2012.
Monica first received Guruji and Sharath’s blessings and authorization to teach in 2007. In 2009 she received the Authorization Level 2 to teach up to Full Intermediate (2nd) Series. In 2010 and 2012 she was also assistant teacher of Sharath Jois at KPJAYI in Mysore for a total of 3 months. She is currently studying Advanced A or the 3rd series of the Ashtanga yoga system with Sri Sharath at the KPJAYI in Mysore. With deep gratitude and respect she shares the teachings as she has been taught by them.