Bibi Lorenzetti – Ashtanga Yoga Mama

Bibi Lorenzetti is an inspiration to the Ashtanga Yoga community! During this podcast I had the pleasure of speaking with Bibi about her experience with mother hood and how her yoga practice is evolving because of it. Bibi is honest and real about the challenges and the joy that comes with parenting. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

Check Bibi out on her website: www.bibilorenzetti.com
Also you can find her at her studio website here: www.newburghyogashala.com
Follow her on Instagram: @bibi.lorenzetti

You can listen to the full episode for free here.

Todd McLaughlin

Hello, I’m so happy you are here today. I have the pleasure of bringing Bibi Lorenzetti to the podcast. And Bibi is an Ashtanga Yoga teacher. She’s also a doula. And she has a website called bibilorenzetti.com. She also has her yoga studio website, which is https://www.newburghyogashala.com. And I’m going to put her Instagram link in the description as well check her out, I found her via Instagram, because I was super inspired by her post. And this conversation is so fun. She’s got a lot of great insights. The focus during this conversation is centered around motherhood and what it’s like to practice Ashtanga Yoga. Also to have a yoga practice before getting pregnant, having a child and after having a child. She offers a lot of great insight. So I’m so excited that I had this opportunity. And I’m also really happy that you are here. Alright, let’s begin. 

Todd McLaughlin

I’m so excited to have the chance to talk with Bibi Lorenzetti. Bibi,  thank you so much for joining me today. How are you doing?

Bibi Lorenzetti

I’m good. Thank you, Todd, for having me on the podcast. I’m happy to speak with you.

Todd McLaughlin

Oh, well, thank you so much. I know you have a busy life. So to carve out some time to do something like this, I realize is a very generous offer. So thank you. And can you help me since it’s my first time getting a chance to meet you and speak with you? Can you tell me where your first yoga class was?

Bibi Lorenzetti

My first yoga class. Yeah. I want to say Yoga to the People in New York City.

Todd McLaughlin

Cool. I’ve heard about that. I’ve never been but I’ve heard it was like a donation based yoga classes?

Bibi Lorenzetti 

Yes. That recently had a whole scandal around it. But yes, that’s the core of it. Is that? Yes.

Todd McLaughlin

I didn’t know about the whole scandal part. But maybe maybe we’ll slide past that. Because there’s scandal everywhere. And I think the world is a better place if we stay on a positive track. Yeah. But I’m so curious. You’ve totally piqued my interest. Was it like a financial scandal or like a sex scandal? 

Bibi Lorenzetti 

Little both. 

Todd McLaughlin

Okay. All right. That’s all we need to know. But I heard that they were like, really busy classes. It was a real happening. 

Bibi Lorenzetti 

Yeah. Yeah. It was the same way. It started in St. Mark’s and I actually did my first teacher training there in 2008. And then, they just it spread like wildfire. They had…. I don’t even know how many in the city in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and then Queens. Then just across the country. 

Todd McLaughlin

Wow. 

Bibi Lorenzetti 

Yeah. It was donation based. Only cash in a box. And there were celebrities in there. It was like a mix of everybody. But yeah, so that’s where I started.

Todd McLaughlin

That’s cool. Do you remember what year that was?

Bibi Lorenzetti 

Probably 2005.

Todd McLaughlin

Cool. And what was the feeling you had on your first class?

Bibi Lorenzetti 

Well, it was a very distinct feeling of coming home. I still remember where I was in the room. I was on the right side next to this brick wall that had a belly bar on it where we would hang the mats after practice. And it was like the second row back. And the teacher was very young, Actually the teacher had this really nice kind of like dance music/melancholic, non vocal music. And I just remember being just like, taken into another dimension and really feeling myself in my body. Even though there was the music even though there were a million people in the class, even though the yoga there wasn’t yoga like Ashtanga Yoga. It definitely did the thing of bringing me home inside myself. After that day, I think I went like three or four times a day. 

Todd McLaughlin

Wow. 

Bibi Lorenzetti 

Yeah. Because I was a waitress in the evening in a study theater. So anytime I had free, I was there because you know, it was donation based, so you could pay $1 and do yoga.

Todd McLaughlin

That’s cool. Yeah, so it was that feeling of coming home. Home to myself, not like in the studio just like inside myself.

Todd McLaughlin

I understand what you mean. Did you say you were studying theater? Had you had any other connection to any sort of mind body practices like dance? Were you an athlete as a child? What was your history with movement art?

Bibi Lorenzetti

Yes, I was a gymnast. For many years, I stopped when I was fourteen, I think no, maybe 12. Because I was doing a tick tock on the high beam and one of my hands slipped, and I hit my head. And my vertebras in my cervical spine went out. And I had really intense headaches anytime I went upside down after that. So I had a physical therapist telling me that I should stop inverting. And so that was it. When I really picked it up, it was yoga. Many years, you know, I waS 20 years old.

Todd McLaughlin

Nice. Had you been able to rehab the injury so that when you went into yoga, did the memory of this injury return?

Did that cause you to be cautious when you approached yoga practice?

Bibi Lorenzetti 

I wish I could say yes to that, because I didn’t. Then it kicked me in the butt years later, when I was in Mysore and I learned the second series headstands. I think like the third year that I was doing them, something went out and I was in my car. My neck just went out and I couldn’t move. It was like this feeling of being paralyzed. Because when your neck, you know, when you have like a subluxation of your cervical spine, it’s fairly intense. So I was in a lot of pain that trip. And then I always managed to kind of work around it with chiropractic work. But now that I’ve had a child, I think the very long labor and having a peanut ball during my epidural time, really didn’t do a favor to my hip alignment. And so my neck has just been constantly going out of place ever since I’ve had my child.

Todd McLaughlin

I understand, not from the having a kid part obviously, but but from learning and practicing the headstands. Doing the second series and having major neck problems and going to a chiropractor and the chiropractor asking me well, what are you doing? Are you doing any sort of head standing and I was like, Oh my gosh, if I tell her what I’m actually doing, she’s going to think I’m insane. And then she said, you know, look, just stay off of that for a while. And I remember that was like an earth shattering moment for me because I thought, you know, but how is this going to look and what does this mean? And but lo and behold, I stopped doing them and my neck got better. So I’m with you.

Bibi Lorenzetti

Yes. Good point. Good point. It’s real. Oh my gosh, it’s still real. 

Todd McLaughlin

I had come up against it a couple times today already. How about you? 

Bibi Lorenzetti 

Yeah, I can’t say I don’t come up with it every day. 

I hear you. Yeah. 

Todd McLaughlin

Can you help me fill in the picture of the transition from your first class? Yoga for the People to Mysore? I don’t know what year that was. Do you remember what year that was? 

Bibi Lorenzetti 

Yeah, that’s 2011. 

Todd McLaughlin

What was the progression and/or transition from that first experience to going to Mysore?

Bibi Lorenzetti 

So after Yoga to the People I left the United States for a little while. And then I came back. And I did the yoga teacher training at Yoga to the People. And then I started working there. And then I had an unfortunate situation with the owner, and I walked away. I didn’t react to his request the way he wanted me to. So I was the next day kicked out of the studio in a very not yogic or even human way. And I was very kind of shattered, because that was like my life. I was teaching there, you know, I was managing the studios, I was teaching maybe like three or four classes a day. It was just my whole life. And so I started looking for a place to go practice.

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