Laura Tonello is a school teacher, translator and pregnancy yoga teacher with a degree in theology and a diploma in sex education. She is mother to three sons, and lives in the north of her native Italy. Currently she works in collaboration with the “Acqua che Balla” (Dancing Water) Association in Trento (www.acquacheballa.it).
In addition to her work as a teacher and a translator, Laura organises and manages regular seminars and events on self-empowerment for women, promoting self-awareness through deeper understanding of the menstrual cycle as well as leading weekly classes in pregnancy yoga. She trained as a pregnancy yoga teacher with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, and organised and translated the Womb Yoga-Womb Wisdom retreats with Alexandra Pope and Uma Dinsmore-Tuli at the Tibetan Buddhist Centre Kushi Ling in Arco (Trento, Italy).
In collaboration with Jane Bennet, Laura completed her programme for mothers and daughters on the passage into puberty marked by the onset of menstruation, menarche, called “Celebration Day for Girls”. Laura was one of the first intake of women to complete Alexandra Pope’s pioneering “Women’s Quest,Women’s Leadership Apprenticeship Training”, a programme of feminine empowerment through awareness of the menstrual cycle.
Throughout her career, Laura has continued to deepen her understanding and practice of yoga, meditation and psychotherapy. This has led her to offer regular classes of Womb Yoga for pregnant women, seminars with mothers and daughters called “Celebration Day for Girls” and the Menarche Ritual as a one day workshop for women. She has also created a nine month programme called “Cerchio Rosso” (Red Circle), which she runs regularly in Italy to promote the practice of the female cyclic nature based on the awareness of the menstrual cycle.http://www.acquacheballa.it