∙ Valeria Dialotti ∙
Hi! I am Valeria Dialotti, a certified Yoga teacher at the Hari-Om Yoga School and creator of the Yinside project.
I also like to define myself as a sinologist because China has been part of my life for about ten years now. For those who are not in the field, being a sinologist means being an expert in the language, culture, and all aspects of China. I have a master degree in Chinese language and culture from the University of Venice and the Far East is one of my greatest passions. I started traveling and discovering China in 2015, the year I left for my first period of study in Beijing.
Something powerful and profound happened to me there. It’s like I discovered a new me that had been hidden for years. China has revealed many sides of me that I didn’t know before. The more I was discovering her, the more she was giving back something of me.
Meeting the yoga practice
In Beijing, in 2015 I started practicing Yoga by chance.
In the basement of my dorm at the university. I had noticed the teacher coming into the room every night while I was running on the treadmill. I watched her from the outside take weird positions and fix the girls on their mats.
Moved by my unstoppable curiosity, one night I entered the room too. I didn’t speak Chinese well enough to understand the description of the sequences, but I watched the teacher and felt my body. From that moment I continued to practice every evening after the intense study afternoons.
Sometimes I wanted to understand better what he was saying, I felt frustrated, but then I realized that the body knew what to do and the mind let go of the voice in the background that seemed almost a chant.
Since then, the practice hasn’t abandoned me, or maybe I haven’t abandoned her.
The body as a universal language
I continued to study Chinese and spent a second period in Beijing in 2017. After graduation, I worked for almost two years as an interpreter for the Chinese Winter Sports Federation. A little dream come true.
Sport and the mountains have always been one of my greatest passions. I lived with a team of athletes and shared with them a really intense experience, around Italy, Austria, and China.
They allowed me to observe the body and movement more closely. It was their life and everything around which we spent our days. As an interpreter, I spent hours studying and understanding the movement together with the coaches and then transmitting it to the athletes in their language. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from this experience, it’s that body language is universal. It goes beyond every language system and culture.
The body moves in the same way in every population on this planet. It is a language that transcends all cultural and linguistic barriers.
Chinese medicine and Qi Gong
Exploring is one of my favorite words. I love traveling and discovering new places and new cultures. For me, exploring means opening my heart. Let yourself be enchanted by the beauty and soul that every place has, listening to what it has to say to you.
When the pandemic hit in 2020, I had to return from China and stop my work. I spent a difficult year, unable to move and travel as I had always done. This has led me to stop and ask myself many questions. I started exploring something else…instead of a train or plane, I was getting on my mat or taking the trail next to my home with running shoes.
I felt that I needed to understand a new language, this time not spoken. A deeper language, that of the human body and the soul.
In 2021 I decided to resume my journey and enrolled at the Tao School in Bologna, starting to attend the three-year course in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Qi Gong.
Finally, here I managed to find the missing piece to fully understand that language so complex, but at the same time so fascinating that I was looking for so much.
My mission here is to create a space within which I can learn to read the language of my body through the ancient disciplines of Yoga and Chinese Medicine. A project aimed at all explorers who want to rediscover the wisdom of their body and the bond that unites us with the world around us.