Richy Batten

Florence FI
Italy

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Richard is a co-founder of LoveLightYoga Firenze, Tuscany, Italy. He teaches Yin Yoga, Ashtanga & Rocket Yoga and Kids & Family Yoga. His life-goal is to create a space for all people, of all ages, from all walks of life to heal, become empowered and find their path.

Richard began practicing Yoga whilst studying East-Asian philosophies at University in 2009, when he also encountered and integrated Buddhist meditation practice into his life. In 2011 Richard began intensely practicing QiGong, and is currently undertaking a Shamanic QiGong training programme with Master Wu Zhongxian. Richard began practicing Yin Yoga in 2014, following Paul Grilley & Biff Mithoefer's teachings, and is working toward training with Paul and Suzee Grilley. In 2014, Richard achieved his Yoga Alliance 200hr training with Larry Schultz's school, It's Yoga. He seeks to bring life to his dreams.

Richy was born in Essex - just outside of London - England in 1986. First introduced to yoga whilst studying History & Philosophy at University in 2009, he was first drawn to the power and subtely of the 'breath', in the form of Buddhist meditation, and a budding friendship with meditation opened his heart, body and mind to an inner and outer calmness that he had not felt since he was very young. Continuing his studies in the Republic of Ireland with an MA & then a PhD in East Asian Philosphy, he balanced this intellectual activity with a regular and intensive practice of a Chinese form of body-work called QiGong. And whilst teaching Philosophy at the University College Cork at the start of 2014, he began a daily & dedicated yoga practice, and has not since looked back. He completed his Yoga Alliance 200hr Teacher Training - in Ashtanga & Rocket yoga - at the It's Yoga School Firenze in October 2014, completed his training with Rainbow Kids Yoga in Rome in Febuary 2015, has studied deeply the materials of Paul Grilley, Biff Mithoeger & Sarah Powers and has trained, and continues to train with Rocket maestro Donovan in the Ashtanga & Rocket styles.

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