Alessandro has been practising Yoga for over 25 years. He completed his training in 2007 at Jivamukti Yoga with founders David Life and Sharon Gannon, and has gone on to train with Laughing Lotus Yoga School in New York, and in Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater. Alessandro is a senior teacher registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals UK, and is the co-founder of YogaVenue and the Spiralling Crow Teacher Training School.
Alessandro teaches classes that are physically demanding, mentally stimulating with the intention to affect heart, head and spirit. Emphasizing gracefulness, concentration, attention to detail, safety and laughter, he aims to inspire others to explore the edge of their potential and push the limits of who they are as individuals. Alessandro is particularly interested in how yoga can support us in our daily life. Alessandro draws from a background in competitive endurance sports, Aikido, Shiatsu, as well as injury, sickness and dis-ease. He has been an Aikido teacher for many years.
Alessandro teaches Vinyasa Yoga, Jivamukti Yoga, Advanced Vinyasa, Restorative Yoga and Hot Power Flow Yoga.
Alessandro Gozzi instructs the following:
Vinyasa Yoga (Advanced level)
Vinyasa is a style of Yoga with an emphasis on breathing and healthy alignment in the poses.
Throughout class, each Asana (posture) flows into the next and the transition between Asanas is just as important as the postures themselves. The flowing Asana sequences (Vinyasa Krama) are dynamic and creative as well as ever-changing depending on the focus of each class.
This class allows those with a regular practice* to experience a more intense Vinyasa Yoga. This class introduces more challenging Asanas. Moving at a faster or slower tempo, this class builds stamina and strength while emphasising grace, precise placement and alignment. Our aim is to be able to move into and out of each Asana with balance, a quiet mind and a firm connection to the Earth as well as to actively seek the relationship between breath and movement. By turning up the intensity, we can explore the place where our breath, mind and movement come together.
The focus is not on tying ourselves into Yogic knots but classes are likely to include some more advanced Asanas, especially inversions.
This class requires a regular advanced Yoga practice. If you are new to Vinyasa Yoga, or do not have a regular experienced practice yet it is best to attend one of our other classes.
This class is 105 minutes long.
Restorative Yoga is a slow practice of largely seated or lying down postures. Props, bolsters and blankets are used to help ﬁnd ease in each asana (posture), inviting mental and physical release. In the Restorative Yoga class passive, restful asanas are typically held between 5 and 20 minutes. This allows the body to soften, open and relax deeply, and the mind to become quieter. In this restful state, the nervous system is given the chance to shift into ‘repair and renew’ mode, making Restorative Yoga a profoundly nurturing practice. It is particularly helpful during times of stress and fatigue and is the perfect complement to a regular Hot or Vinyasa practice.Please wear or bring warm layers to class including a pair of socks.
Restorative classes are 90 minutes long. All ability levels welcome. Classes are held at room temperature. Gentle music is played in these classes.
Vinyasa Yoga is a physically and mentally stimulating practice for all levels of experience. The focus is on our balance, breathing and connection to the earth — providing a way of moving through the asanas (postures) as well as exploring how our Yoga practice is related to our everyday life. Alignment is emphasized as a way of moving safely and deepening the practice. Expect sun salutations, chaturanga (alternative options given as well), and some inversions. In addition to the physical practice, breathing techniques (pranayama) encourage concentration and cleansing, chanting may be used to focus the mind, and Yogic scripture may be discussed from time to time. Music and hands-on assists are integral to the class.
Vinyasa classes range between 60 to 120 minutes long. All ability levels welcome. Classes are held at room temperature. Music is played in these classes.
Hot Power Flow Yoga
The YogaVenue Hot Power Flow class perfectly combines ﬂowing Vinyasa sequences with more static practices like the Hot 26. The structure of the class is designed to build strength and ﬂexibility with an emphasis on upper body and core strength. Flowing sequences promote grace and stability while longer holds develop strength. The class is held in a heated room, so the heat warms up the body allowing you to stretch into the asanas (postures) safely while at the same time aiding detoxiﬁcation and increasing the cardiovascular element of the class. All our Hot Power Flow classes are chaturanga free to allow you to work on your alignment and focus on the integrity of flowing from one pose to the other safely. Our Hot Power Flow class sequence changes every few months to ensure that the needs of both body and mind are met. Expect planks, sun salutations, warriors, hip openers and the option to include gentle arm balances. You may leave class feeling physically and mentally cleansed.This class is great all-round class for all levels. It is great to try if you are used to a Hot 26 practice and want to experiment with different styles in the heat. It's also perfect if you're used to more flowing Vinyasa classes and want to try something with a little heat.
YogaVenue Hot Power Flow classes are 75 minutes long. All ability levels welcome. Classes are held in a heated room (temperature 35-37 °C). Some of these classes are with music and are identiﬁed on our schedule.
Yin Flow harnesses elements of both yin and yang to create a blissful, energetically balanced class. It is the perfect combination of styles for those who love to move but also recognise the importance of balancing movement with steadiness and stillness. Beginning with a slow, warming flow, we will move through a carefully sequenced set of asanas to prepare the body and mind for the floor-based Yin stretches which will be held for 3-5 minutes each. Props will be used to support the body as we work gently into muscles and connective tissue. Yin Flow is designed to increase physical mobility, mental focus and overall wellbeing. The combination of flow and slow stretch will help you to move more deeply into your practice and to find release where you most need it. Music will be played and hands on assists may be offered. This class is suitable for all levels.
Jivamukti Vinyasa Yoga
Jivamukti is a style of Vinyasa Yoga that is physically and mentally challenging. Created by Sharon Gannon and David Life, it follows the philosophy of ahimsa (non-violence) and plays with the original meaning of the Sanskrit word ‘asana’ as ‘seat’, meaning the connection and relationship to all you come into contact with in daily life. Jivamukti aims to unite the physical, philosophical and spiritual aspects of Yoga so classes typically include vinyasa ﬂow sequences, pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation, Sanskrit chanting, Yogic philosophy and deep relaxation.
Jivamukti classes are 90 minutes long. All ability levels welcome. Classes are held at room temperature. Music is played in these classes.