About Vesna

Vesna C. Petrovich, Ph.D., RYT-200, turned to yoga to relieve stress while pursuing a teaching career in academia. She studied extensively several different styles of yoga, including Kripalu, Iyengar and Anusara, and has been teaching yoga since 2001 at various studios and health clubs in Sarasota, FL.

Her studies and teaching have evolved over the years to be integrating anatomy, meditation, and a gentler approach to the yoga tradition. With that knowledge and experience, she created the Gentle Yoga Program that focuses on providing a safe and gentler practice, offering progressive levels of yoga and adapting it to the individual student.

In addition to yoga, Vesna runs a language program, FrenchClasses.net. A native speaker of French and Serbian, she holds an M.A. from the Sorbonne and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Dr. Petrovich is a published scholar in Eighteenth-Century French Studies as well as a trained conference interpreter. Currently, Vesna is adjunct faculty in French at New College of Florida, in Sarasota.

Originally from former Yugoslavia, Vesna grew up in francophone Tunisia (North Africa), studied in Paris (France) before moving to the United States.

She loves to share her passion for learning and teaching, and enjoys bringing yoga and French to a wider community of all ages.


My Mission

My yoga teaching is inspired by alignment-based hatha yoga, stemming from the classical Iyengar and Anusara styles, as well as gentle Kripalu yoga, body awareness practices and mindfulness meditation. I am passionate about experiential anatomy and strive to give alignment-based instructions for a safe and healthy practice at any level. I also believe that teaching progressively over a period of time and through different levels empowers you to develop a strong, sound and joyful practice at any age and ability.
— Vesna