Valentina Petrova

With more than 25,000 hours of teaching experience to populations with different needs and abilities – from disabled individuals, to children and seniors, and every type of person in between, I offers a unique perspective, attention to detail and creativity that inspires as much as it challenges and informs. My fascination with the body and extensive anatomical knowledge helps me create a practice for every type of body and every type of intention. Because of my long study of the historical and philosophical roots of yoga I can entertain any kind of question and curiosity on the subject, facilitate discussions and lecture successfully.

I began teaching in 2001 by request from many people in the area. From 2004 - 2012, I was a contributing writer with a monthly column called "Yoga for Life" for The Bay News. In 2013, I wrote a column on all things psychologically human for Indulge SLO. From Dec 2009 - May 2011, I had fun producing a regular monthly TV show, called "Yoga for Life" on Ch. 2/Charter/San Luis Obispo County.

I have a very diverse background in yoga. I've had the privilege of studying (past and present) with Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley, Shiva Rea, Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama, Scott Blossom, Dharma Mittra, Jack Kornfield, Dr. Georg Feuerstein and many, many others, gaining understanding and experience in many yoga traditions and styles.

My classes are smooth, grounding, and meditative, following the breath and developing mindfulness. Often students say that they find a deeper connection to their bodies, and appreciate the non-judgmental care they receive from me. You will never e asked to do something you can't or you don't want to. I encourage personal exploration and self-compassion.

In addition to my passion for yoga as vehicle for liberation, I have a Masters in Psychology from JFK University. I am a life long student of personal development, growth and transformation, Eastern wisdom traditions and Western social sciences.

Valentina Petrova instructs the following:
  • Sweet Vinyasa
  • Our vinyasa classes are generally more active. Expect to sweat to a faster paced class that connects movement with breath. These classes will energize, challenge, and inspire you. Expect to build strength, flexibility, mobility, and core integration. This class is for all levels and we try to offer plenty of options for the beginner or advanced yogi so it's a healthy challenge. For those who like more of a workout, these classes will focus on challenging standing poses, basic arm balances & inversions.