Tony G, an east coast native of Italian roots, took to heart his parent’s advice to be a “renaissance man.” From a young age, he was encouraged to explore his creativity and to follow his heart. In high school Tony began his journey into self-expression with painting and the visual arts, later on moving into music and songwriting to eventually finding a deep passion for meditation and Yoga. At 16 his love for spiritual practices was ignited when his uncle gave him books on Kundalini yoga and on Native American mythology.
Tony’s devotion to the path of yoga fills his classes with both knowledge and intensity, while his big heart lends sweetness and compassion. His classes are infused with biomechanics, philosophy, breath work and a healthy dose of humor. Tony views teaching as a live collaboration and he loves to encourage students to experience and explore the movement arts. He pulls inspiration from his diverse artistic background and this, in turn, creates the vision and voice for his teachings. Tony’s greatest joy is in helping to awaken new students’ passion for yoga and to see new and seasoned practitioners find deep freedom and self-expression in the context of a safe and loving environment.
In 2011 Tony was offered an amazing opportunity to become a co-owner of Yoga at the Raven, a beautiful sanctuary located in Silver Lake. The Raven is Tony’s platform to create, share and expand his hearts’ vision and to inspire others to do the same. Prior to that, Tony taught public classes at several studios in Los Angeles, including Exhale and Yoga Collective in Venice Beach, Mission Street Yoga in Pasadena and Still Yoga in Silver Lake.
Tony is the creator of Yoga Elementals™ and founder of Meditate Study Practice (MSP)™ - a program designed to be accessible to students and teachers of all levels and life paths. Tony leads monthly workshops and 200 and 300-hour teacher trainings, in Los Angeles and abroad.
Tony’s Personal Path of Learning
Tony has been studying, practicing and teaching professionally for the last decade.
Yoga: Tony has taken multiple teacher trainings and workshops focusing primarily on alignment and therapeutics. Moving to NYC in 1990 he began his Yoga studies with Kundalini teacher Ravi Singh. Tony completed his first Anusara teacher training in Los Angeles in 2003 with Noah Mazé, Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzeny and was certified in 2009.
Meditation & Philosophy: Tony studied philosophy and meditation extensively with Dr. Douglas Brooks and Dr. Paul Muller Ortega over the last decade.
Certifications: Yoga Alliance Certified “E-RYT 500” (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher).
Tony holds a bachelor of arts from the University of New Mexico in fine arts with an emphasis in painting.