Seattle Yoga News is on a mission to find and highlight all of the hidden, and maybe not so hidden, gems in our yoga community and beyond. We want you to learn about their experiences and perspectives, but also a bit more about their personalities, so we have a few fun questions for them. This week’s spotlight is turned towards Cosetta Romani.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A YOGA TEACHER?

Cosetta-Romani

Cosetta Romani:

Becoming a yoga teacher was part of my personal process of dying, creating and transforming. I died to an old sense of identity when I left Italy. In that process, I bestowed a farewell to family and friends, sold my business, let go of a lifestyle and the apparent security that comes with it and “jumped the pond” with my husband Ivo and our son Emmanuele. Seattle was a one-way ticket and our destination. Yoga was waiting for me here (I didn’t know that), and a new journey of creation and transformation had begun. I learned the language- I still remember how afraid I was to answer the phone. I opened myself up to a completely new culture and social system, to a large city incomparable to my native town. It took me two years before I had the guts to drive on a busy highway. I formed new friendships, one at a time. Because of the temporary visa, I could not work for three years, so I volunteered my time at my son’s school, at a retirement house on Aurora 99 and I cooked for many friends. I practiced yoga every day, and through this practice (and the shamanic practices) I have been learning how to constantly [be born], create, transform and die. This was my inspiration to teach and it still is.

WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU ALWAYS GIVE YOUR STUDENTS?

Cosetta-Romani

Cosetta Romani:

Don’t try to do yoga, instead become yoga, which to me means becoming authentic to one’s Self and to all my relations. I tell my students to learn how to merge the spiritual with the practical (material), because if it is not practical, it cannot be spiritual!

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR YOGA PHILOSOPHY?

Cosetta-Romani

Cosetta Romani:

To me, yoga is a path of no-rejection, in a sense that I use any experience, situation or person as an opportunity to grow and evolve. My favorite quote comes from The Bhagavad Gita ” Get in there and do your thing. Don’t worry about the outcome.” So, once we show up fully, without attachment to the fruits of our labor, we begin to see the beauty of life, in all its facets. And if we focus on love and truth, we recognize the true yoga of our daily lives.

IF YOU COULD PRACTICE WITH ANYONE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD THAT BE AND WHY?

Cosetta-Romani

Cosetta Romani:

In this lifetime, I am blessed to practice yoga, in all its forms, with my beloved consort Ivo Grossi. Yoga is helping us to find the real Union while strengthening our Individuality. We met in high school. We were sweetly young and much in love, but we had to transform that initial co-dependency, sometimes possessive rapport, into a deep, mature and intimate relationship like the one we are in now. And guess what? We love each other more.

HOW LUCKY ARE YOU AND WHY?

Cosetta-Romani

Cosetta Romani:

I feel very lucky, but since I don’t resonate much with this term, I say I feel very blessed because of the countless miracles of love, friendship, beauty, faith, sanity, health and resources present in my life. It is a co-creation process. You call it out and the Universe answers back.

IF YOU COULD BE AN ANIMAL, A PLANT OR AN INGREDIENT, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU BE AND WHY?

Cosetta-Romani

Cosetta Romani:

I would be a hummingbird or a rose, because they both bring joy, beauty and love to anyone, anywhere.

WHAT IS YOUR LATEST FAVORITE THING ABOUT HUMANITY?

Cosetta-Romani

Cosetta Romani:

The awakening of women’s voices and their presence all over the world after being suppressed and abused for too long.

WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO NOMINATE NEXT FOR THE YOGA TEACHER SPOTLIGHT?

Cosetta-Romani

Cosetta Romani:

                               I nominate sisters Angela & Jill, co-owners of Kula Movement.

Cosetta Romani’s Bio:  “I am ferocious in my dedication to seize the present moment. Living life as it comes allows me to experience and teach yoga as a living practice, weaving all the wisdom traditions in the now. I am a grounded, intuitive, compassionate being that likes to wear the alchemical hats of the consort, mother, friend, teacher, energy healer, artist, dancer, poet and priestess. I have been practicing the healing arts of yoga, meditation and shamanism for 15 years and will continue to study until my last breath, under the direct guidance of Life! I received certifications from various teachers and yoga schools, although my most influential and empowering teacher is Shiva Rea and her lineage of Yoga Prana Flow. Registered with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500). The Sacred Path of the Warrior in the Shambhala Tradition, as taught by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, is the core foundation of my meditation.
I completed a five-year mentorship with Sundust Oracle Institute under the compassionate guidance of medicine woman Char Sundust (Lakota Tradition). Currently studying with renowned teachers and shamans Sandra Ingerman and Christina Pratt.
In the last three years I have been deepening an ongoing healing and learning in the vegetalismo tradition of the upper Amazon by travelling to South America on a regular basis. I am also a creative dakini, who has been studying and practicing the art of ikebana (flower sculptures) of Sogetzu school, and devotional beauty. Intuitive guidance, precise breath work, creative flows, chanting, moving and sitting meditation are explored in my classes. My students are constantly invited to shift inward in order to reach outward.”


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