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I was born and raised in Siena, Italy,  and started traveling at a young age to research the use of the arts for healing and well-being across cultures.  For the last ten years, I have been coaching individuals, designing and teaching academic courses, presenting at international conferences, and leading on-line workshops. My expertise lies in facilitating change  and transformation for my students and clients. I work with the power of breath,  language,  and  mantra to shape  our habits, beliefs and personality. My TEDx Talk, Reimagine Failure: Breathe, Belong, Believe (2018), explores the power of words to shape the perception of reality, and gain authorship over one’s life narratives. 


In  2004,  I received  a  Master  of  Arts  and  Ph.D.  from  the  Department  of  Performance  Studies  at  New  York  University, where  I  studied  theater,  performance  composition,  applied  theatre  for  social  change,  and  multicultural  communication.  While  in  NYC I  trained  with  Meredith  Monk  and  Pauline  Oliveros,  two  composers  and  performers  whose  work  is  still  shaping  my  own  aesthetics  as  an  artist  and  teacher.  I  also  embarked  on  a  spiritual  journey  to  become  a  non-denominational  minister  with  the  Ministry  of  Maåt,  an international spiritual and educational organization nurturing the ideal of a harmonious and balanced world community through the support of women and men's spiritual and physical well-being.  In  2010  I  received  a  Sound Healer Certification from the New York Open Center  after  training  with musicians,  doctors,  therapists  and  healers.  While  in  NYC  I  performed  my  work  as  a  storyteller  at  New  York  University,  the  Judson  Church,  LaMama  Theatre,  the  Gallery  at  Deep  Listening ,  Vassar  College,  and  the  Casa  Italiana  Zerilli/Marimò.


In 2012, I  traveld  to  India  to  study  yoga  and  completed a Two-Year Residential Yoga Teacher Training at the  International Center for Yoga Education and Research  at  Ananda  Ashram,  just  outside  of  Pondicherry,  Tamil  Nadu.  I  studied  karma,  mantra,   and  hatha  yoga,  pranayama,  dharana  practices  (contemplation),  Sanskrit,  Bharatanatyam  dance  theatre,  Carnatic  singing,  and  an  in-depth  training   in  Maharishi  Patanjali’s   Yoga  Sutra. As part of my seva (karma yoga service) at the ashram, I  edited  several  of  the  Ashram’s  publications,  and  helped with  class  teachings  and  program’s  productions.  


In  2013,  I  recorded, with  my  Yogacharya,  Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, the album Chanting the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, with chanting in the original Sanskrit. In 2013,  Dr.  Bhavanani  and  I published  the  book Saraswati’s Pearls: Dialogues on the Yoga of Sound, a multicultural project investigating the role of music in optimal physical, emotional, and mental health.


Since 2015, I have been lecturing at prestigious  institutions such as Vassar  College,  New  York  University,  The  Theatre  School  at  DePaul  University,  the Italian Institute of Culture in Chicago and New York City, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Artist Coalition, Howard University, Xavier University of Louisiana, and the New York Open Center.


In 2016, I joined The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago as the Multicultural Faculty and, in 2017, I designed and taught Uplifting Voices: Storytelling for Social Change, the  school's first  course offered inside the Cook County Department of Corrections (Cook County Jail), as part of the international Inside/Out Prison Exchange Program. In the summer of 2019, I co-designed and led, as Director, The Theatre Schools's first edition of the Summer High School Training Program, a three-week residential program that attracted students from all around the United States and abroad. In 2020, I co-designed the first Theatre School Virtual Summer High School Program in response to remote teaching through the COVID 19 pandemic. 


In 2020, I founded MyWildest, a company that offers educational and coaching programs in the USA and Europe. 

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TWO-YEAR RESIDENTIAL YOGA TEACHER DIPLOMA

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