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Valentina Candiani

London, UK

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About Valentina Candiani

I started studying classical dance in Venice, Italy when I was very young, then went on to explore other forms of dance such as jazz and contemporary.  I further trained as an aerialist, hand balancing and acro-balance contortionist with Ernesto Belley (ex artist...

I started studying classical dance in Venice, Italy when I was very young, then went on to explore other forms of dance such as jazz and contemporary. 

I further trained as an aerialist, hand balancing and acro-balance contortionist with Ernesto Belley (ex artist and trainer of the Moscow State Circus) at his Acrobatic Club in Venice. With a professional background in arts and design, when I moved to London I started working as a cartoon animator in several projects and continued my career as graphic designer for magazines, then moved on to television graphics and web design. At the same time I developed a growing interest in Yoga and the desire to express my visual creativity in a more artistic way. 

I left my job as a designer in 2001 and qualified as a Sivananda Yoga teacher, but my practice moved on to the more dynamic form of Ashtanga Yoga, which I studied and practiced directly with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. 

I practiced regularly at the Ashtanga Yoga Shala with Hamish Hendry, completing third series. I also participated to various workshops and intensive courses with David Williams, David Swenson and John Scott (2002-2005).

I started exploring other styles of yoga, while living in the US with my actor husband, where I studied with David Life and Sharon Gannon (Jivamukti) in New York as well as Los Angeles, where I practiced extensively Power Yoga and Flow Yoga with teachers as Shiva Rea, Brian Kest, Vinnie Marino, Annie Carpenter, Nancy Corcoran, and Erich Shiffmann, Ashtanga Yoga with Maty Ezraty and Chuck Miller, and Kundalini Yoga with Gurmukh Khalsa (2005-2006). 

Back in London in 2006 I started practicing intensively with my teacher Edward Clark and performed worldwide with his “Tripsichore Yoga Theatre Company” (a Physical Theatre including dance, acrobatics and yoga) until 2012.

My teaching style is Power Vinyasa Flow, with strong emphasis on breath awareness. I also teach Ashtanga Yoga (primary and second series), Restorative, Yin Yoga and Tapasya Hot Yoga

I’m also a certified AntiGravity Yoga and Restorative AntiGravity Instructor.

I have been teaching popular yoga classes, workshops, retreats and private sessions for 17 years, and I developed my own school of yoga, Shakti Power Yoga delivering Yoga Alliance 200hr Teacher Trainings in London since 2010, graduating over 75 teachers. www.shaktipoweryoga.com

I’m the founder and owner of Coco Yoga, Yoga and Aerial Yoga studio in London where I currently teach full time www.coco-yoga.co.uk as well as the owner and director of Aerialand, an aerial fitness, circus and creative space in London www.aerialand.com

I am a registered Cranio-Sacral Practitioner (graduated in 2002 with Thomas Attlee at The college of Cranio-Sacral), and a Nathuropathic Nutrition Practitioner, (graduated at the College of Natural Nutrition, with Barbara Wren in 2006)


September 2001 - 200hr Yoga Alliance Certificate - Sivananda Teacher Training 

March 2013 - AntiGravity Yoga Level 1 

October 2013 - Restorative AntiGravity Yoga

October 2016  - Yin Yoga Teacher Training

October 2017 - AntiGravity Just Kids

February 2018 - Tapasya Hot Yoga Teacher Training

First Registered March 2010
Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider

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Shakti Power Yoga

January 2010 - Current
1 Dalling Road, London, UK
First Registered March 2010
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