Liana Romulo has been a yoga practitioner since 2004 and a student of pranayama since 2007. Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor are her principal teachers and an important source of inspiration and illumination. With them Liana studies Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga within the broader context of Sanskrit, chanting, meditation, anatomy, philosophy, Buddhism, and pranayama. Liana began her yoga journey in the Philippines, her birthplace. She spends a few weeks every year with Richard and Mary, and has just come home from a two-week retreat with them in Thailand, where she lived as a young teen.

She follows the pranayama lineage of Swami Kuvalayananda, founder of the Kaivalyadham Yoga Institute in India. Liana has completed more than 800 hours’ formal training under O.P. Tiwari, who was Kuvalayananda’s student and who is respected internationally as a pranayama master. She also receives pranayama guidance from Richard Freeman and sometimes, too, Paul Dallaghan, who introduced her to the practice.

She received Tiwariji’s blessing to share the pranayama practice with others in 2012. Liana looks forward to traveling again to India to take part in his Anusthan course this September.