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Pete Guinosso

Pete Guinosso

Pete Guinosso

Pete Guinosso

 

Pete Guinosso

Pete Guinosso

Pete Guinosso
Pete Guinosso, E-RYT 500, helps students connect with their hearts. His gentle guidance and intuitive assists allow students of all levels to step out of their comfort zones and find their own authentic paths in the practice. Pete’s classes offer strong, vigorous sequencing grounded in the breath and intention, and always leave room for playfulness and fun. Drawing from his years as a scientist, Pete approaches his practice with a sense of curiosity and wonder. He also draws from what initially brought him to the yoga mat: over 25 years of running, cycling, and competitive sports.
 
 
Pete's light-hearted exploration of going deeper on a path that is both physical and spiritual has created a thriving community of yogis in the San Francisco Bay area and around the world. Inspired by his love of travel and the outdoors, Pete offers a wide range of yoga adventures each year, around the world and close to home. His passion to guide students into their role as skilled, authentic yoga teachers and healers led him to create his signature Lighting the Path teacher training. Pete tours internationally for workshops, festivals, trainings, and retreats. For more about Pete and his community, visit www.petegyoga.com.
 
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Years Teaching

10+ years

Style

Deep Vinyasa flow

Inspiration

Community practicing compassion

 

FAQ

What inspired you to teach yoga?

I am reminded of a quote by Maya Angelou: "I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." This quote has always been a huge inspiration to me. I graduated from my initial teacher training unsure if I wanted to teach. When I embarked on my journey to share my passion for yoga with students, I began to realize that I had been given an amazing opportunity to help people feel better and connect into their authentic selves. This is my main inspiration for teaching: to help my students feel good in their bodies, both physically and emotionally

Who are your most influential teachers?

The Buddha and my students. Being in relationship with a strong, powerful, and emotionally connected woman—my wife, Stephanie—provides an environment for deep intimate work. I am also being taught by working with my own healing—facing my own shit is a huge teacher.
 

How would you describe your style?

Light-hearted. Compassionate. Challenging.


My classes incorporate sequences and intentions that help us explore who we are in the world. Longer holds and a focus on breathing and body awareness provide my students with a vigorous class that also allows space to connect the body, mind, and spirit. There are moments that we cry and moments that we laugh out loud. My hope is that we always sweat and have a good time, even when we are moving through challenges. I want my students to feel cared for in a space that is safe and supportive.

 

What is your favorite pose to teach?

Breathing, feeling, and noticing-asana
 

What is your favorite pose to practice?

I have no preferences. They all can take me to my edge, depending on how I work them and, as Anais Nin said, “We don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are.”
 

What are your favorite places to travel?

Southern Utah, Bali, Italy, and Joshua Tree

Why do you feel retreats are transformational?

Retreats are transformational in many ways but in particular because they are an amazing place to build community. People have already set aside the time to be in one space for a few days. Shared experience is a powerful thing, and when people are together in this way, connections can form really quickly. 

I like to start my retreats out with a sharing circle, so that students can share something unique about themselves, along with what they hope to get out of the experience. I find that this really helps open people up to learning about each other, and sets the tone for having community as a big part of the retreat experience.

I try to set up additional activities beyond yoga—like group hikes or dinners or day trips. These activities create opportunities for conversation and bonding. Over time, I think people have also started to come on my retreats because of the community that builds on each trip, so students are helping to continue the strong sense of connection each time.