Anthony Benenati

Meet Anthony

Anthony’s journey into the world of yoga started in 1991 when he moved to Los Angeles. After years of study, he decided to become a teacher. That decision would change his life forever. In 1994 he began teaching public classes. By 1997 he had already made an impact on the burgeoning LA yoga scene by starting the yoga program at the newly opened Crunch Fitness LA in West Hollywood. After building that program to over 90 students per class, he decided it was time to open his own space. In June of 1999, City Yoga opened its doors. City Yoga remained on the leading edge of yoga culture for over 14 years training hundreds of teachers and hosting many of the groundbreaking leaders of the yoga movement worldwide including Krishna Das, Dave Stringer, Aadil Palkhivala, Manouso Manos, Shiva Rea, John Friend, Sally Kempton, Douglas Brooks, Gary Kraftsow and Georg Feuerstein. City Yoga nurtured a close-knit community and became a force for change in the community through their Yogathon™ program which raised over a quarter of a million dollars for charities such as Project Angel Food, Habitat for Humanity and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

In 2014, Anthony sold City Yoga to YogaWorks to focus on writing, spending more time with his kids and bringing his teachings to students around the globe. The working title of his book, “That’s Not Yoga” explores the practice from inside the culture [of yoga] and works to demystify yoga and show the practicality of the teachings. It is more than a book title; it has become his mantra. Anthony’s ability to take these ancient and esoteric teachings and make them applicable to everyday life is renowned. His consummate teaching blends precise alignment, deep knowledge of anatomy and philosophical allegory with clarity, humor and rigor. Anthony is as effective teaching to a convention room as he is to his private clients. His extensive experience and profound expertise make him a master teacher. However, Anthony never plays the guru. It is always about the teachings, never the teacher. He challenges and inspires his students to pursue transformation both on and off the mat.