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Gianna Carotenuto, PhD


Gianna Carotenuto, Ph.D. ~ yogini, professor, art historian, ceremonial leader, spiritual intuitive, published author, leadership coach ~ brings unique methods and skills to awaken innate creative power & transform lives. She sees yoga as a healing path to empower all aspects of our lives.


"Yoga addresses all aspects of who we are.

Counter to popular culture, yoga is not just “hot” exercise but rather a profound ancient system of self-discovery and spiritual exploration designed to bring our lives into alignment and balance. When we pause, look inward and re-learn how to think, feel, and act, we engage our higher wisdom, remap our body, and free our spirit."

Gianna has walked the yoga path since 1990. A dedicated yoga teacher for close to 20 years, she is a Senior Teacher of Forrest Yoga, a dynamic style of yoga that emphasizes healing founded by Ana T. Forrest.  Gianna offers masterful depth and expertise to her students. Her mission is to assist people in redirecting their energies, healing their trauma and cultivating greater understanding and access to their spiritual lives. She uses yoga asana, Insight & Vipassana meditation, Buddhist practice & psychology, and contemporary leadership strategies as tools for self-empowerment.

Beyond yoga. Committed to her own self-empowerment, Gianna has given special dedication to the teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama having studied with him from 1998-2007. She has received transmissions from the Hindu saint Amma-ji, and been a residency student of Tassajara Zen Monastery. She is founder of Spirit Yoga Lodge, leader of Earth and Sky Retreats & Art Residencies, and co-owner of Hot Springs Ranch Nevada. Her signature teachings are  seasonal Yoga Cermonies, Vision Quest Meditations, Spiritual counseling.

Beyond the Mat

"We are all artists of our own lives, in whatever form we choose to express it." Trained as an art historian at UCLA, Gianna's expertise spans ancient to contemporary periods of art, specifically feminism and colonialism in India, China, Japan and Southeast Asia. With 17 years of teaching ~ in realms of body, mind and spirit ~ Gianna blends her interests, passions and professional training on and off the mat. Her commitment is to illuminate how art, education and creativity can transform us as individuals. 

"Yoga is transformative. Each breath creates new neurological pathways. Each asana opens channels of energy that feed our personal transformation. I teach students how to live with courage and commitment, to be honest with themselves and cultivate personal integrity. My aim is to guide them into more beautiful, expressive, artistic and authentic lives."