This photo above is an image of me and my mom (my bother in the background), taken by my dad on Lake Como where I grew up, circa 1962. I love it. My mom was showing me how to make these little flowers "pop" on the back of my hand....It was a magical time, where simplicity reigned.
My passion and interests have changed over the years. I have searched far and wide, in my travels and where I lived (Italy, Switzerland, England, a few places in the US, currently Winthrop, WA) & what I was searching for was.... me. A deeper me, a new and improved me, a larger me, a fabulous and oh so much wiser me...and finally a few years past the extremely young and fabulous 50 years of my life, I think I finally found her! It took me a while....I knew she was there, and even though I thought I lost sight of her a few times in my life (you know, in someone else, at the mall, in food and I am sure a few other places!), it was never for too long, and I never truly forgot to keep searching.
My enthusiasm for learning and studying went from photography to yoga, then teaching yoga, and studying many forms of massage therapy, childbirth education, Health Coaching, Life Coaching trainings, becoming a Reiki Master, owning a yoga studio (currently with my husband Todd), energy medicine, and so much more. All fun, all wonderful explorations into myself, others, and more expressions of me than I could have possibly imagined when I started. All the while I was a (little, sometimes a lot) desperate for that sense of completion that we find, I believe, only when we connect to our source. You can call it God, Spirit, nature, Higher Self, true self, SOURCE.
I am now settling in to that stillness that comes with connecting to our source (and staying connected more of the time). It's fabulous, let me tell you! It's deep, magical, mysterious and all inclusive. In that place I am less judgmental, more enthusiastic, less self-critical and more loving. It's really a great place. We can all access it, and the energy on the planet today is making much easier for everyone to connect.
I love to support others find their "Selves", as it is what each of us is ultimately looking for, under the guise of looking for joy, happiness, fulfillment, money, freedom, love, the perfect relationship....and .... add your own. If you are not satisfied with your life, and I mean truly feeling peaceful and overflowing with energy most of the time, then your connection can be deeper.
I have lots of certificates and diplomas from all the training and courses I have done through the years of my life. Many, many years' worth. I spent many years acquiring knowledge, and even though I had quite a lot of fun along the way, the yearning was still there....I found myself at around 40 years young thinking, so this is it? I knew it was not. I FELT it was not. I knew my life was going to be GREAT! I know now we all can. We are all here for that.
I am grateful to my teacher, Marie Manuchehri, an energy intuitive who was my mentor for over 2 years (2013-2015). She was the one that did not give me more homework, told me to stop reading/studying (not fill my head with more stuff), and to practice feeling my feelings and practice self-love. She irritated me slightly at the time, but I kept coming back to her words (which finally sank in, and I began to practice, with great success!).
I am grateful I never gave up. Todd, my husband of over 22 years is and has always been an immense support, because even in my moments of darkness, he was always there, present. We all can use someone to be present with us. There is great healing in that. If you can find someone to be present for you, even just a friend that can witness you, it makes the process faster and easier.... towards a rich and fulfilling life.
All images copyright 2012-2017 Vittoria Palazzi
If you are interested in finding out more, check the EVENTS and see if I am teaching a class or hosting a retreat. Online classes typically run 3-5 weeks and are about 2 hrs long. Sometimes I teach locally and in that case, we meet at our yoga studio OmBase, Fri evenings, Sat afternoons and/or Sunday afternoons about once a month. I now offer the Intro to EFT every 3 months.
I also facilitate meditations which are about 1 hour long and they are generally a combination of guided and silent meditation. Those will be available online soon.
If you want to talk to me about a specific issue and want to inquire about a private session, please go to the CONTACT page and send me an email.
To book an appointment or find out more see the coaching page. I do believe in continual support for most people, and my rates include a recorded meditation, homework, session recap, and a quick email to answer any questions that may come up, etc. A lot happens AFTER a session, and I find it very helpful to support you at that time.
Recorded guided meditations to purchase are in the works. Stay tuned for more on that.
Yoga is my first love, and when I started practicing yoga my entire life changed completely. Many people have that experience, and it differs for everyone, but essentially yoga puts one in touch with his or her essence, her Self more. There is a falling in love process, a recognition of that something deeper that we all yearn for. Of course most people start yoga because they just want to reduce their stress level, or stretch more, or feel better in their bodies. I started because it just happened that the gym I was attending happened to offer yoga: it was a very thought-less process. A synchronicity you might say.
Our yoga studio OmBase is a welcome place where the community thrives, regardless of previous yoga experience or "level". We actually don't like to teach by level because it categorizes and separates people. However, we have classes that are suitable for different abilities and interest, such as Deep Stretch, Easy Does It, Vinaysa Flow, Prenatal, and many others.
In March 2015, I retired after about 17-18 years of teaching yoga. For a while I taught only special classes and events at OmBase, mostly on occasional weekends. These classes introduced other modalities, which are very effective at helping us heal and release energy that does not serve us. You can see the EVENTS page for more information.
In the summer of 2017 I returned to teaching yoga! Just one class a week....mostly because there was a need at the studio, but I discovered how much I still LOVE YOGA! So if you are in Portland, come and join me for Deep Stretch on Sundays 5:30 pm.
My passion is to experience how we can create our own healing & wellbeing by shifting our vibration. Movement can facilitate this shift so much faster. I love how movement helps us release stress and tension that would truly make us sick. Yoga can help us free our minds from limiting beliefs and restoring vitality and health to our bodies. I encourage you to find your yoga community, whether it's OmBase or another studio for you!
“You have been such a delight to have in my life, and truly see you as an angel sent to me during this special time.” ~ Stephanie
"Your deep stretch class is helping me a lot. I definitely want to come the whole month of August. I'm not taking a vacation this summer. Taking your class is like a mini vacation for me every Monday evening! You and Todd have cultivated a very peaceful and positive environment at your studio". ~ Don
"I wanted to tank you again for tonight's class Vittoria. I really enjoy your teaching (as did my sister) and your encouragement to go within and pay attention to self/breath/one's own limitations. Your classes always have a sweet flow to them". ~Eileen