My name is Chiara Ghiron, I opened The Yogi Cat Studio in Siena in 2011 where I guide accessible vinyasas for all levels of practice, under the inspiration of the Yoga of Sri T Krishnamacharya, his sons TKV Desikachar and TK Sribhashyam and his long term student Srivatsa Ramaswami.
I have deepened my understanding of TKV Desikachar’s Viniyoga of Yoga teachings through a 4-year 500h course at the YogaViniyoga Centre in Rome (http://www.ayvi.it) under the guidance of Antonio Olivieri. In my teachings I try to honour what I received from this lineage.
My interest for Yoga started unexpectedly, a casual encounter with its most Western form Power Yoga, where I felt for the first time the magic connection of movement and breath of the vinyasa form.
From there, it was a short step to regular Ashtanga Vinyasa practice, deepened through workshops and a 40h Teacher Training with David Swenson.
I practiced Hatha Yoga with Clemente Cocchiola for three years at the Scuola Italiana Yoga Shiatzu in Siena.
As the recognition of the benefits of Yoga grew beyond the mere physical aspects, I undertook a 270h teacher training with Monica Angelucci of Prague Yoga and qualified as Vinyasa Flow Instructor.
I remain open to different forms of Hatha Yoga, but the strongest call comes from the teachings of Sri T Krishnamacharya and his long term students TKV Desikachar and Srivatsa Ramaswami. Under Ramaswami I followed a 25h Core Vinyasa TT, a workshop on developing a Vinyasa Krama personal practice and a thorough lecture of the Bhagavad Gita. I have followed seminars by Claude Maréchal on the Yoga Sutras and Sri TK Sribhashyam on his father Krishnamacharya’s practices. I currently study with Aurelia De Benedetti in Milan and Bologna.
I am currently registered with Yoga Alliance US as E-RYT200 and am a member of the Independent Yoga Network, of the Association for Yoga Studies UK and YANI (Yoga Associazione Nazionale Insegnanti).
Before becoming involved with Yoga full time I have worked as a researcher in the pharmaceutical industry for twenty years. I have a degree in Organic Chemistry and have then gained experience in the Medicinal Chemistry field. Maybe for this reason, I always seek to understand the connections between the gross and subtle bodies and what happens to both physiologies when practising Yoga.