Cristina Villa is a certified teacher of the American Yoga Alliance and a certified Californian massage therapist, as well as a professor of Cinema, Comparative Literature, and Creative Writing for the University of California and Minnesota in Florence. She studied in Los Angeles at Yoga Works, Bhakti Yoga Shala, and Equinox with such well known yoga teachers as Annie Carpenter, Govindas, and Shiva Rea and she also practiced at Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga. She is specialized in Vinyasa Flow, Hatha Yoga, and Bhakti Yoga. She is certified in Ayurveda and she studied yoga, ayurveda, and meditation both in California and in India in Rishikesh, Mysore, and Puna. She also holds a Masters in “Yoga Studies, Body and Meditation in Asian Traditions” at University Ca’ Foscari in Venice.
As a teacher, Cristina follows the Socratic method in order to help the students to develop their path independently. She strives to become a truly exemplary pedagogue using the humble maieutic method based on Socrates’ words, “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing”. Her motto is the old Latin proverb “By learning you will teach, by teaching you will learn.” She supports her students in their path day by day and seeks to create a spiritual circle where love, respect, and knowledge circulate.