Sarita-Linda Rocco, E-RYT500,
Certified Svaroopa Yoga teacher (CSYT 700), Ayurvedic Practitioner/Teacher
“Sarita inspires you to reach greater levels, while making it seem easy and effortless. She reaches depths that others haven’t thought of yet. Plus, she's drop-dead funny, never taking herself too seriously.” Susan L.
Sarita is a Sanskrit name given to me by my spiritual teacher Maya Tiwari. It means “a sacred river/stream” and “the flow of consciousness through daily life”. I see the meaning of Sarita as an invitation to teach and share the sacred science of yoga and ayurveda as an integral part of the daily flow of life, which is what I do as my life work.
Ayurveda has been my personal spiritual study since 1996. Maya Tiwari has personally trained me. She is a world spiritual leader, author of 6 books and founder of Wise Earth School of Ayurveda. I've earned the title of Wise Earth School of Ayurveda Master Teacher and currently train Wise Earth Ayurveda practitioners worldwide. Maya continues to mentor me in the science of Ayurveda, and I continue to teach and develop meditation workshops, and seasonal yoga/ayurveda retreats.
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.
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 Pulse Practitioner.
I currently teach Svaroopa Yoga in both classroom and private sessions. It is a powerful practice that prepares students for meditation by decompressing the spine and calming/balancing the nervous system.
My yoga study began through the doorway of 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 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.
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 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.
My teachers are my greatest gifts.
They inspire me to go beyond my limits and experience my full human potential.
I hope to share the gifts I've received from them with you.
1996 Yoga College of India – Bikram Hatha Yoga 750 hour
1997 Yoga College of India -Advanced Bikram Hatha Yoga 500 hourSo here's the information I've gathered from the various tests ... it's taking me some time to digest... that big black empty circle is where my new "anthem" will go... once I decide what that is...
This is such a deep self inquiry... and is very helpful!
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
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