Did you know, that Arianne Traverso of the Yoga Expo of Fort Lauderdale was the first certified AcroYoga teacher in the South East United States, back in 2006? She has been sharing her knowledge in Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga and all three levels of AcroYoga to South Florida yogis for years. We caught up with Traverso for a Quick 10 interview.

Tell us about yourself – where are you from and how did you find your way to the 305?

I am Peruvian and moved here when I was only nine with my family. There was terrorism and a lot of violence in the country in the late 80’s, so my parents wanted a better future for all of us.

How did you get your start in fitness and as an instructor?

I took my first yoga class in 2001 and I was hooked. After practicing for five years, my instructor asked me to teach a class for her since she was sick and I loved the feeling of being in front of the class. I took a private training with her and have done over 10 trainings since 2005.

What is one fitness myth you would like to bust?

Yoga is only for flexible people.

Tell us a little bit more about your specialty.

I am a Yoga and AcroYoga professional with certifications in various styles like Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga and all three levels of AcroYoga. I was the first AcroYoga teacher in the South East United States in 2006.

Other than where you teach, where is your favorite place in Miami to train?

There are so many cool places but I love 305 Yoga, Pilathon, Polestar Pilates and Blissful Yoga Miami.

Besides fitness, what’s one thing you’re passionate about?

Traveling. I have been to hundreds of cities in over 35 countries. I was on my first plane at three years old, and the travel bug hasn’t let go since.

What are you excited about right now? 

The Yoga Expo of Fort Lauderdale and my book launch, The Abundant Yogi. I love helping people in their business and their bodies and share my entrepreneurial passions.

What is the one thing you do every day to stay fit?

I do yoga and some at-home workouts. I also love to dance and I paddle on my surfboard.

How do you practice mental health in your everyday life?

I meditate daily for a minimum of 10 minutes. I also have a gratitude journal I write in often.