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Francesca is a professional ballet dancer, a certified yoga instructor and a model. She graduated from La Scala in Milan and Royal Ballet School in London. Since the age of 17, Francesca has been dancing at Royal Ballet (London), Zurich Opera House and Den Norske Opera & Ballett. She has been practicing yoga since 2007, initially using yoga as a way how to keep the body healthy and to release physical and mental tensions created from the strenuous ballet regime. It was, however, due to an injury when yoga became her healing resource and her passion. In 2017 she received an official authorization to teach the Primary and Intermediate series of Ashtanga yoga from Manju Jois, as well as many other official certifications. She is also educated as a nutrition and pilates instructor. Yoga has quickly given her many new dimensions to the already extensive experience with physical and mental exercises. Practicing and teaching yoga has been a life changer and become a lifestyle for Francesca. Her passion is to share her experience and knowledge, as well as continuously learning more. @francesca.golfetto is known for bringing the balance of discipline and positive energy to students and colleagues in the yoga community. We asked her to share some of her favourite exercises with us below.

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FRANCECSA'S FAVOURITE YOGA EXERCISES

Urdhva Dhanurasana | Upward Bow Pose | Wheel Pose

This is an uplifting posture. It stimulates the nervous system and opens up the heart.  It strengthens your arms, legs, abdomen and spine.

This is a variation with straight legs which is even more intense than a regular wheel pose.

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana | King Pigeon Pose

Stretches the thighs, groins and psoas, abdomen, chest, shoulders and neck. Stimulates the abdominal organs, and opens up shoulders and chest.

Vasisthasana | Side Plank Pose

Strengthens your wrists, forearms, shoulders, and spine. It increases flexibility in the wrists and the full variation which Francesca is doing here, also opens up the hips and hamstrings. This pose tones the abdominal muscles and improves balance, concentration, and focus.

Prasarita Padottanasana | Wide legged forward fold/bend

Stretches and strengthens the hamstrings, calves, hips, low back, and spine. The various arm positions stretch your shoulders, wrists, forearms, and upper back. This pose has all of the benefits of both forward folds and inversions, including: A calmed mind.

Eka pada urdhva dhanurasana | One legged uppward-facing bow pose

This is a powerful heart opener...  It strengthens your arms, legs, abdomen and spine.

Kapotasana | King Pigeon Pose

A kneeling back bending asana. Extremely deep.  It stretches the entire front body, the ankles, thigs, groins, abdomen,chest, and throat. Stretches the deep flexors (psoas), strengthens back muscles, and stimulates the organs of the abdomen.

Baddha Parivrtta Malasane | Bound Revolved Garland Pose

  • Great for lower back This pose is good for the entire back and builds flexibility in the muscles related to the back. The spine expands with tightening of the lower back muscles.
  • Strengthens knees: As the knees are bent, the muscles around the knee are flexed.
  • Conditions legs: Works good for the entire leg, the inner thighs, quadriceps, hamstrings, calves and the ankles. The weight of the body on the ankle in this squat position ensures proper blood circulation and therefore greater functioning of the leg muscles.
  • Opens up chest and shoulders: The twist in Parivrtta Malasana opens up the chest and shoulders and improves blood flow and flexibility.
  • Improves Digestion: The abdominal organs are well massaged and the toning of the abdominal muscles helps improve digestion.

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