© 2016 Created with love by Lucia y Catalina D'Alessandro

ME... IN MY OWN WORDS 

A great friend of mine told me once that I was born an artist. And I feel that somehow we all are. Co-creators of our lives, discovering the plot of who we are. Artists in every corner, wherever life happens and whatever our occupation is. Being able to inspire and share ourselves with the universe, just as we are inspired by other beings from that essential, authentic, human space. Since is not only in the encounter with oneself that alchemy happens but also in the encounter with others. And in this co-creation, my home bodily self is all that I have from my birth until the last day that I breathe ... so how am I going to inhabit it?

 

From a very young age, I've been passionate, curious about the body and its infinite ability to move. I've been always quite intellectual, and the only way I found to be able to channel tons of mental energy without suffocating me, was through physical activity. There was something magical about moving and connecting with my physical body that I didn't understand so consciously at the time. But then I understood ... we don't have a body, but WE ARE BODY.

 

My journey into the dance~movement began at the age of eight studying jazz and ballet. And as I grew older into the adolescence phase, I became more interested in contemporary dance and acrobatics, disciplines that I alternated with tennis and swimming. And at the age of 16, existential questions such as 'what is this Universe'? 'What are we here for?' 'Why are we here?' were peeking strong. And thanks to those synchronicities in life, a book by Swami Prabhupada came to me and I devoured it in one summer. It was the first time that I heard about Yoga, and it really touched some core fibers within me. So I continued to deepen my readings about it, but it was not until three years later from that first approach to the subject, that I took my first yoga asana practice. 

That same year a big health issue unleashed in me, and in the background spoke of deep anguish and lack of meaning among other issues. It was then, that my journey in the psychotherapy world began. The sessions helped... but without my dance~movement practice, there was something that was still missing. I finished school and studied Fine Arts for two years, but my eagerness to know myself and continue inquiring about this mysterious mind and the emotions field led me to study four years of Psychology in college. I was amazed by all the research and learning intellectually, but every year that passed, I wondered and asked my teachers, "And the body, when will the wisdom of the body be included in a therapeutic treatment"?

One year before finishing college, I decided to pause my studies and travel to India for two months. There I had the experience of living in an Ashram, doing my first silence retreat for six days, practicing seva and travelling around, visiting the temples and getting to know a tiny bit of their huge culture and profound tradition. That same year, after returning to Argentina, I did my first Hatha Yoga Teacher training and right after finishing it I dedicated full time to teach.

Working for two years full time in an international NGO that is well known for its work and contribution in human development, social and humanitarian work through different programs. I was the director of one of its Yoga studios where I gave and organized classes, workshops and seven day courses that included meditation, philosophy, asana, mantra and pranayama. We used to offer kirtans and different yoga teachers as guests. Forever grateful for the trust placed in me, and for having felt so deeply the power and support of the sangha, of the community.

But at the end of the second year I felt very strongly the call to integrate more intuitive movement to the asana practice. Since a while ago my work was already being soaked by a somatic approach that I was exploring in the Dance practices of some teachers with whom I regularly studied (such as Feldenkrais, BMC, Eutony, Authentic Movement, among others). And so little by little, it was unfolding what years later would be called Yoga Dance Flow.

Receiving this call I ended opening my own space 'Surya Espacio' in 2010. It was a stage of much growth and many challenges. I had the joy of sharing and working with a team of people who taught me a lot about myself as a guide and that without them the evolution of Surya would have been impossible. I thank you infinitely!  

 

After almost nine years of managing my own Yoga Studio back in Argentina, offering an International Teacher Training Course as well as Workshops and Retreats all over Argentina, Uruguay and Brasil, life invited me into one of the most challenging journeys that I went through... moving abroad. All of my life I have been fully immersed in my passion~work, which is my profession and my way of making a living, fortunately. And just when I was at the peak of my career, I had to decide whether to move to Australia and start a life together with my beloved or stay in Argentina and continue to fuel my work. Love impulse was stronger... so I moved to Melbourne, Australia!

Bit by bit I'm starting to know the big yoga and movement community here, as well as sharing my classes in different studios around Melbourne, offering retreats and workshops.

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