Sarita-Linda Rocco, E-RYT500, Certified Svaroopa Yoga
(CSYT 700), Ayurvedic Practitioner/Teacher
Sarita is a Sanskrit name given to me by my spiritual teacher Maya Tiwari. It means a sacred river/stream; the flow of consciousness through daily life. Receiving the teachings and the name Sarita has inspired me to teach and share the sacred science of yoga and ayurveda through the lens of practical, everyday life. This has become my main contribution to evolution in my greater community.
Ayurveda has been my personal spiritual study since 1996. I am personally trained by Maya Tiwari, world spiritual leader, author and founder of Wise Earth School of Ayurveda. Through loyal study and personal practice, I earned the title of Wise Earth School of Ayurveda Master Teacher/Sadhaka Adept and have trained many Wise Earth Ayurveda practitioners worldwide.
I'm a certified 700 hour Svaroopa Yoga Teacher/Therapist and currently teach classes and private sessions. Svaroopa yoga prepares students for meditation by decompressing the spine and calming/balancing the nervous system. I have been immersing in this practice professionally since 1998.
I've owned 3 successful yoga businesses and developed numerous videos, products and workshops over the past 25 years. This year, 2019-2020, I'm co-teaching and developing a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training that includes yoga asanas and aspects of Ayurveda as self care and deeper knowledge.
Through the grace of my family of teachers, Maya Tiwari, Vaidya Mishra, Swami Nirmalananda, Satyanatha, Sylvia Nakeech, Judith Cornell I have had the privilege of teaching yoga and ayurveda professionally for my entire career. I continue to develop interesting and creative programs that blend the yoga and ayurveda sciences while teaching locally and for online schools worldwide.
My teachers are my greatest gifts. They inspire me to go beyond limits and experience full human potential. I hope to share the gifts I've received from them with you. -Sarita
Some background and important moments....
I began my entrepreneurial life with a longstanding fitness career (1986-1995). A passionate fitness pioneer, I researched and introduced body-mind fitness to a growing community in the late 80’s. I was privileged to be hired by a number of elite athletes looking for safe and fun ways to re-inspire their work outs. I have always loved creative approaches to success.
I trained aerobics instructors and loved every minute of it. This unique and mindful approach included many yoga philosophy concepts. This hybrid style of fitness/yoga fit the needs of many students and athletes. Using new tools like Steps, Strongput open handed weights, and Slides kept exercise fresh and interesting. Incorporating "meditation in action" helped the fitness enthusiasts connect with their body and become more present during competition. We had our own version of Crossfit in the 80's. Many of the relationships formed in those days are still strong today.
Why I started studying yoga...
In 1991 I had an accident that damaged my knee. This motivated me to research more and discover natural pathways to recovering from the injury. I succeeded in rehabilitating my knee, and more. Today, 25 years later, my yoga career includes 3000+ hours of training with certifications in 3 styles of yoga. These include Bikram Yoga, Freedom Style and Svaroopa Yoga.
In 1997 I created and developed a yoga style called Yoga on the Ball®. This system uses a large ball for practicing yoga. This practice arose organically as service to the students who struggled with classical backbends. The students needed support with these difficult asanas. Using a ball really helped. I produced two videos that are still used throughout the industry. I taught this style internationally in teacher workshops.
In 1999 I created and developed a yoga prop called The Original Superblock®, an oversized yoga block that helps less flexible students safely do asanas. I still use the ball and oversized block in my classroom today. Yoga on the Ball DVD and The Original Superblock is currently sold internationally through Yoga Accessories- www.yogaaccessories.com.
In 2007 I expanded my Ayurveda studies with adjunct courses and clinical experience with Vaidya RK Mishra in SVA Health practices. Vaidya personally certified me as a SVA Health Practitioner and SVA Pulse Diagnosis Practitioner. Vaidya and I co-wrote articles, did podcasts together and produced recorded vedic chants.
Sound and Art too...
In 2008 I began a profound three year journey with Silvia Nakkach is a profound teacher of The Yoga of Sound. She has helped me deepen my understanding of the role of sound and vibration in yoga. In 2009 I received a grant to study Mandala/Yantra creation with Rajita-Judith Cornell and use these ancient yogic symbols to support student’s recovery from illness.
Proud to be called a sadhaka adept...here's why
In 2010, Wise Earth School of Ayurveda awarded me the title of Sadhaka-Adept. It is a great honor to be called a sadhaka, one who is devoted to practicing daily life as sadhana (conscious living). Most importantly, it acknowledges the ability to apply Yoga & Ayurveda knowledge to daily life. The hallmark of being a sadhaka adept is always seeking the easiest, simplest solution to life-challenges, while maintaining a steady inner state.
Loving this part of life...
In 2015 I sold my yoga business and became a full time teacher in a new location called Bldg7Yoga, a multi-yoga facility started by a long time colleague. I have happily renounced the day-to-day work of "running the entire yoga business" and now focus 100% on my teaching and writing. WooHoo! I'm very content and inspired to share more.
1996 Yoga College of India – Bikram Hatha Yoga 750 hour
1997 Yoga College of India -Advanced Bikram Hatha Yoga 500 hour
1998 Eric Schiffman Freedom Style Hatha Yoga/ Vinyasa Flow 200 hour
1999 Master Yoga Teacher Institute Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher 700 Hour
2000 Master Yoga Teacher Institute Svaroopa® Yoga Business
2000 Master Yoga Teacher Institute Embodyment® Practitioner
2003 Master Yoga Teacher Institute Meditation Teacher
2007 Wise Earth School of Ayurveda Advanced Teacher 1000 hour
2008 VOX Mundi School/ Yoga of Sound
2008 Grant Study- Dr Judith Cornell/Mandala/Yantra Group Facilitation
2009 Vibration & Mantras of Ayurveda/SVA Health
2009 Prana/SVA Health
2009 Award Sadhaka-Adept Wise Earth School of Ayurveda
2010 Shaka Vansya Ayurveda Health Practitioner
2010 Wise Earth Ayurveda Master Teacher
2015 Shanka Vansya Ayurveda Pranavidusi/Pulse & Marma
2016 Awake Living with Cate Stillman/Yogahealer
2017 Living Ayurveda Course with Cate Stillman/Yogahealer
2017 Mentor in Living Ayurveda (Family Healer Path)
2018 Mentor in Wise Earth Ayurveda Kitchen Sadhana
2018 Awake Living Course with Cate Stillman/Yogahealer
2018 Mentor in Living Ayurveda (Family Healer Path)
2018 Body Thrive Course with Cate Stillman/Yogahealer
2019 Mentor in Living Ayurveda (ProHealer Path)
Svaroopa Yoga Courses Completed
2/20/98 ATT 51 Experiential Anatomy
3/24/98 ATT 50 Embodyment
8/15/98 SUM: YTT Intensive
3/5/99 *TP: Teacher Practicum
5/14/99 ATT 52: Yoga Business Skills
6/22/99 ATT 60: Yoga Therapy 1
6/22/99 ATT 60: Homework
1/24/00 *TP: Teacher Practicum
7/15/01 DTS Mentor Training
1/2/02 *DTS 1 G: DTS Week 1
1/8/02 *DTS 2 R: DTS Week 2 Repeat
1/7/03 DTS 1 R: DTS Week 1 Repeat
1/10/03 *MTT: Meditation Teacher Training
3/15/03 *MMZ: Meditation Made Easy
3/18/03 *TP: Teacher Practicum
1/3/04 DTS 3 G: DTS Week 3
1/4/04 DTS 4 G: DTS Week 4
1/6/04 DTS 2 R: DTS Week 2 Repeat
9/10/04 YTT Level 2
9/26/04 *TF: Teacher Forum
10/8/04 Embodyment Weekend
1/28/05 *MTT: Meditation Teacher Training
1/28/05 *MTT: Homework
7/24/05 *Yogini Conference
10/13/05 *Sutra Studies
11/4/05 SAT Conference
11/16/07 *Conference a la Carte
11/18/07 *Harmonium Course
7/9/08 EYTS: Foundations Review
10/13/08 EYTS: Level 2 Ext: Enliven & Advance
1/28/11 ATT 51: Experiential Anatomy
10/21/11 *Partial Conference a la Carte
5/18/12 DTS Level 4
1/5/13 ATT 201: Teaching Half-Day Workshops
3/19/13 *TS1: Teaching Yoga Sutras 1
5/27/16 Teaching Review
6/24/18 *ATT 402: Lower Spinal Release