In Italiano


For years Federica has been into Capoeira, a natural union of play, dance, sociability and exercise. She has also been in love surfing, which has allowed her to combine physical activity with a deep contact with the forces of nature. Yet, after all, she discovered Yoga. She began practising out of curiosity, but soon her daily practice led her to teaching.

What do you have for breakfast in the morning?

Cappuccino, yoghurt and cereals or a piece of homemade cake. On Sundays I can never miss pancakes!

What is the first thing you do every morning to start your day the best way?

I wish I could write "a sunrise surf session" like I did when I lived in Sydney but in the end stretching out in bed and giving my baby a kiss on the cheek is my favourite thing!

What would you write on a billboard in the centre of your city?

A day without doing something for others is a day lost.

Do you have rituals that help you feel more confident with yourself?

Dedicating time to taking care of myself and my body, practising yoga and writing in my diary.

What comes to your mind when you think of the word ‘success’?

For me, success means finding a balance between the different spheres that make up our existence. This does not only mean achieving one's goals, but also knowing when it is necessary to take a back seat in order to give the right attention to those around us. I am successful if I can appreciate the ups and downs that are part of our daily lives, if I can find time for myself but also for those who are important to me. I am successful if I can understand when it is right to fight the challenges that life throws at me and at the same time if I know when I can rest or give myself peace.

If you were invited to speak at a conference and you didn't have to talk about your work, what would you talk about?

I think I would talk about psychology, how to feel good and make people feel good. The human mind has always fascinated me and remains for me something truly magical.

Is there anything you believe in that other people find crazy?

The idea of community, I am convinced that humans cannot do it without other fellow humans in order to be well. As Alex Supertramp writes at the end of his journey in 'Into the wild': “Happiness is Only Real When Shared”. Maybe this is not crazy for others, but the modern world is reducing social relationships and is making us increasingly lonely and only focused on ourselves.

What human characteristic most appeals to you?

Humility, empathy and kindness. In a nutshell, simplicity.

Three people you would invite for dinner if you had the chance and why.

My grandmother, because when growing up I thought of so many questions that unfortunately I never had the chance to ask her. Alan Watts because his words always touch the deepest chords of my soul David Attenbourgh, I don't think a dinner party would be enough to hear the story of his incredible life!

Do you tend to choose courage or comfort?

I think my life has been and still is a whirlwind of change, so I would say courage. Courage for me is synonymous with freedom.

If you could change your job for a day, what would you become?

Marine biologist. The sea is my natural element for which I have a visceral sense of attraction mixed with a reverential awe.

Do you have any favourite podcasts? Which ones would you suggest?

"Hidden Brain”, to find out why we behave in certain ways, experience certain emotions and handle the facts of life or relationships in a more or less satisfying way, always straddling biological science and psychology.

Describe your practice in three words.

Dynamic, regenerating and welcoming.


Your everyday uniform: jeans and a T-shirt.
Favourite flowers: peonies, buttercups, tulips
Your comfort food: does 'everything' count? I love to eat and can't choose!
Your favourite magazine: BREATH magazine, discovered in a small Australian airport
The book of your heart: Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Your favourite artist: De André and the Impressionists helped me in my adolescence
Your favourite city: Bergamo/Sydney are my two hearts.