Petra Bianco


Petra grew up in a yogic environment in Zagreb as her parents were practicing and teaching Yoga back in eighties. They are her great inspiration and her first yoga teachers. In 2001, when she was working worldwide as a successful professional model, yoga became her daily practice.

This helped her to balance between worldly life under reflectors of fashion industry and her intimate nature of yearning for connection from within. Very soon she realized yogic path is her life calling and after finishing her carrier in 2010 she decided to enroll in teacher training program in Rishikesh with Kamal Singh and Sunil Sharma and started teaching Ashtanga method on a daily basis. Today she is studying Ashtanga system under a guidance of her beloved teacher Eddie Stern  who introduced her with power of mantra chanting and puja performance. In 2012 her strong passion for pranayama practice brought her to study under the guidance and tradition great teacher, O.P.Tiwari, one of the few living masters in India teaching pranayama practice in a traditional way. With his blessing, guidance and yearly extensive education in pranayama teacher training program in Kaivalydhama Yoga Institute of India, on 2015 she became the first registered pranayama teacher of this tradition in Balkans. Every year she is going back to Kaivalydhama to continue her studies with Tiwariji and his son Sudhirji. Currently she is a student of an Advanced three years Pranayama TTC program with Sudhir and many other scholars and teachers from Kaivalydhama tradition. She is a passionate meditator, very grateful to her meditation master and life guide Ananda Vdovic, amazing woman and well-known meditation teacher, musician and painter, for guiding her on the path of self discovery since she was a rebel teenager, trying to find her way through yoga tradition.

In early 2012, together with Marco, she opened the Pink Elephant Yoga House, well known house for Yoga in Croatia and developed one of the most complete teacher training program taught today in Zagreb and Rijeka called Pink Elephant Yoga Institute. She feels truly humble for having an opportunity to work and assist Marco as this experience of learning from one of the most unique and knowledgable teacher she knows, as well as her husband, shaped her life profoundly, both as a teacher, female partner and as well as human being on the spiritual quest. 

Beside teaching in Pink Elephant and other places, she is a passionate traveler, philanthropist and sociologist by profession. Petra teachings are based on a deep understanding of all aspects of yoga. In her teachings, she is putting attention on the traditional approach to Ashtanga method, classical Pranayama and a strong emphasis on Patanjali Yoga Sutras and Vedic Mantra chanting. She works a lot with mindful hands-on adjustments and energy transfer, breath and bandha work by focusing the attention of students towards their own personal experience and discoveries.