Lino Miele's first interest in yoga dates back to the early 1980's.
It was Tina Pizzimenti who introduced him to yoga and later inspired him to travel to India in search of a guru. On their trip to India in 1988, Lino met his guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Guruji, and the beginning of a long-term teacher- student relationship began.
Lino became a devoted Astanga Yoga student while maintaining his work as technical director in a theatre. In 1993, Lino created the Federation of Astanga Yoga Centres with a few other dedicated students.
Lino's passion for the practice and curiosity for really understanding the vinyasa system led him to do a research and write a manuscript under the guidance of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois'.
The final manuscript contained the profound study of the exact vinyasa in the first and intermediate series and upon Guruji's request, it was published under the title "Astanga Yoga Book" in 1994.
Shortly after, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois acknowledged Lino for his personal research on the vinyasa method as well as his many years of apprenticeship by giving him the Certificate to teach. (1994). Although certified, Lino kept coming back to study with Guruji in Mysore, and in 1996 he finished his second book, the result of his study done on the advanced series A and B. The same year, Guruji told Lino to give yoga demonstrations back home.
Lino gave yoga demonstrations first in Italy and then in other European cities and little by little he started travelling and teaching workshops.
To celebrate Sri K. Pattabhi Jois' 60th anniversary of teaching in 1998, Lino produced a commemorative calender showing photos of Guruji with his closest family members. In 1999, Lino produced a video demonstrating the full form of the 1st series to give a visual understanding of the vinyasa system.
Two years later a second video followed (2001), where Gwendoline Hunt and Lino performed the full form of the intermediate and advanced A series. Recently a new video came out (2008), produced by the Astanga School of Rome, in which Lino demonstrates the daily practice of the 1st series and which also includes extracts of him teaching.
Over the years, Lino has also produced a number of posters, the very first being a tribute to his guru called "A Yogi's Life" (1995), a collage of old photos where every member of the family is represented doing an asana.
The second poster (2000) is with Sharath doing the 1st and Intermediate series and the third (2007) is with Lino himself doing the advanced A.
Lino is the founder of the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Rome, and of the Ashtanga Yoga School in Milan, Helsinki and Copenhagen. The longest workshop however takes place in Lino's centre in Kovalam Beach, here he teaches for two months every year. Lino has now been touring and teaching for more than a decade, he is loved, respected and renowned because of his uncompromising way of passing on the traditional Astanga Yoga.