Stefano Notarbartolo

My interest about Yoga started from the studying of the Bhagavad Gita in 2008, I was fascinated by the philosophy exposed in the text and naively thought that Yoga studios were teaching about philosophy, so I joined a well-known studio nearby my house – at that time I was living in Shenzhen, China. The mean teacher was a nice guy from Bangalore, a student of Yogacharya Venkatesh, who was quite puzzled when I approached him asking him about learning Yoga philosophy in his studio, but he recommended me to take a teacher training course where all the ideas I was introduced to would have been further explained. I took my first training under his supervision and guidance, which lead me to decide to take deeper studies in India, so in 2010 I took a three months training course at the Yoga Institute Santacruz in Mumbai, the oldest Yoga school teaching Yoga to the public since 1918.


I graduated in October 2010, a certification that under today’s QCI System recently implemented by the Indian Government and Ministry of AYUSH corresponds to an Advanced Teacher Certification or 500 hours under the American based Yoga Alliance.


After starting a full time teaching career back home in Jakarta, in 2013 I decided to take further studies under a different approach, I joined the Advanced Course at Yoga Vidya Gurukul in Nashik, India; the course helped me to learn more about teaching challenging techniques (asana and pranayama); in 2014 I took Yoga Therapy course, followed by Yoga Psychology course in 2015 – both course also at Yoga Vidya Gurukul.


If the Yoga Institute approach tends more towards Classical/Raja Yoga, based on Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Yoga Vidya Gurukul focuses more on Classical Hatha Yoga as exposed in Hatha Yoga Pradipika, following the syllabus of the Bihar School of Yoga, Kaivalyadham as well as Guruji’s Vishwas Mandlik’s own insights.


I am lucky to have had the opportunity to study first hand under the late Dr. Jayadev Yogendra, Smt. Hansaji Yogendra and guru Vishwas Mandlik, as all of them, are highly respected teachers from the classical tradition of Indian Yoga, not a modern creation for clever marketing purposes.


I have been conducting Teacher Training Course in Bali and Jakarta, both residential and non-residential, in cooperation with Wise Living Yoga Academy and Yoga Vidya Gurukul.


With Wise Living Yoga Academy, I have a long story of cooperation, for 200 and 300 hours courses.


My main interest is to expose the deeper aspects of Yoga as a science of study of the mind, how it works, how it can be analyzed and how to increase awareness in our daily life, trying to keep the high philosophical aspects of Yoga philosophy as accessible as possible to anyone, especially the uninitiated who have no background on this fascinating topic.