Connie Maugeri: "Yoga e meditazione mi hanno cambiato la vita! grazie a te per avermi portato nella profondità del nostro mondo interiore!
Me a Yoga and Pilates teacher? No way!
I’ve always been quite a tomboy… always running around, climbing trees and – why not? – also fighting... SO not yogic!
I remember that, when I was a little girl, my mother never saw me coming: I often got home with skinned knees (well, practically every day …), various injuries from skate falls, bike falls and so on, as well as broken teeth (at least two fore teeth lost in a terrible stair fall!).
In the attempt to refine their little girl, my parents decided to enroll me into dance classes and, despite not having exactly the fisique du role of a ballerina, I ended up attending that school for 8 years!
I still remember my teacher, the awesome Ms. Marchesi and her raps on the knuckles! Even many years later, I still feel that sense of discipline and a great mobility and flexibility…
Each of whom is very useful in Yoga practice.
So, the little rascal grows up among dance, swimming and ski classes… Yes, I just couldn’t stay put, even on the mental level… And that’s what brought me to follow my first Yoga classes, more or less 25 years ago, in some sort of basement in Milan!
Yoga was not well known in Italy at that time, and I consider my teacher as a sort of pioneer.
Life went on by, and in my various adventures I always kept on practicing, mostly at the gym and therefore putting the stress just on the physical part.
The turning point came in 2001..
Sunday September 17th, New York.
I had been living there for a couple of years at the time, and that Sunday in 2001 (yes, it was just a few days after the infamous 11/9 that changed history) I was on my way home from work and got caught by an intoxicating scent of incense coming from a building which I later found out to be the Sinananda Yoga Vedanta Center of NY. Stress, fear and anxiety about the future were palpable in the city, as all certainties had suddenly crumbled down.
I followed that fragrance, as if under a spell.
So I found myself attending a meditation class led by Swami Padmapadananda, who later became my Master and who gave me my spiritual name, Padmàvati.
That late afternoon changed my life.
For the first time I really felt what Yoga can give besides the physical experience.
During those 2 hours I felt a new vibration in my heart.
I understood that the real essence of a human being often lies dormant, waiting for a way to disclose itself.
Practicing Yoga and meditation is just one of the possible paths, and I decided to interiorize it and share it with anyone who might be interested.
If you’re reading these pages, maybe you’re seeking a new path away from stress, leading you to soothe your fears thanks to a new awareness.
If you wish, I can guide you through this path made of asanas, pranayama and meditation.
Thank you for your attention!