Teacher Trainings & Workshops

Luigi in Vatayanasana asana

Luigi Gaccione - Education and Experience

Lou began teaching Ashtanga Yoga in 2002 at various studios throughout the Westerly, RI and Southeastern CT area. He opened ASHTANGA YOGA RHODE ISLAND in 2005. The following is an abridged list of some of Lou's training background.


Mysore, India - December 29, 2006 to January 29, 2007 at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute. Daily practice with Pattabhi Jois, Sharath, Saraswathi, weekly conference, Sanskrit reading and writing classes, Patanjali's Yoga Sutras classes.

North America

Maui, HI - April 1, 2014 to April 14, 2014. Nancy Gilgoff
Maui, HI - March 22, 2011 to April 8, 2011. Nancy Gilgoff
Maui, HI - March 9, 2010 to April 4, 2010. Nancy Gilgoff
Maui, HI - March 4, 2009 to March 18, 2009. Nancy Gilgoff
Maui, HI - April 15, 2008 to April 29, 2008. Nancy Gilgoff

In addition to the Ashtanga Yoga experience, Lou also has a 10 year background of Chinese internal martial arts (Yang style Tai Chi Chuan, Hsing-Yi) and Chi Kung.


4/26,27/2014 Nancy Gilgoff, Great Barrington, MA

7/6/2013 Nancy Gilgoff, Montclair, NJ

3/23/2013 David Swenson, Westport, CT

5/13,14,15/2011 Kino MacGregor, Westerly, RI

4/14/2011 Sharath, New York, NY

9/11,12/2010 Saraswathi, New York, NY

6/26,27,28/2009 Christine Hoar, Westerly, RI

5/8,9,10/2009 David Swenson, Westerly, RI

3/20,21,22/2009 David Swenson, Lenox, MA

1/17/2009 Eddie Stern, New York, NY

8/16,17/2008 Nancy Gilgoff, Westerly, RI

11/24,25/2007 Christine Hoar, East Longmeadow, MA

8/3,4,5/2007 Christine Hoar, Westerly, RI

7/17/2007 Nancy Gilgoff, Berkshires, MA

6/1,2,3/2007 Nancy Gilgoff, Southborough, MA

4/28,29/2007 Kino MacGregor, Norwalk, CT

3/2,3,4/2007 David Swenson, Southborough, MA

12/9/2006 Beryl Bender Birch, New London, CT

12/1,2,3/2006 Manju Jois, Wakefield, MA

11/25/2006 Christine Hoar, East Longmeadow, MA

7/11/2006 Beryl Bender Birch, North Kingstown, RI

6/23,24,25/2006 Christine Hoar, Westerly, RI

4/10/2006 Beryl Bender Birch, North Kingstown, RI

3/26/2006 Pattabhi Jois, New York, NY

2/3,4,5/2006 Christine Hoar, East Longmeadow, MA

7/17/2005 Nancy Gilgoff, Berkshires, MA

5/16/2005 Pattabhi Jois, New York, NY

5/9/2005 Pattabhi Jois, New York, NY

7/1/2004 David Swenson, Norwalk, CT

6/28/2004 David Swenson, New York, NY

5/1,2/2004 Christine Hoar, Windsor, CT

11/29,30/2003 Christine Hoar, East Longmeadow, MA

11/14,15,16/2003 Himalayan Institute, Honesdale, PA - Yoga Nidra

10/27/2003 Pattabhi Jois, New York, NY

10/20/2003 Pattabhi Jois, New York, NY

6/7,8/2003 Christine Hoar, Windsor, CT

5/2,3,4/2003 Nancy Gilgoff, West Hartford

3/7,8,9/2003 David Swenson, Doylestown, PA

10/19,20/20002 Christine Hoar, East Longmeadow, MA

9/28,29/2002 Michelle Holley, Bristol, VT

8/24,25/2002 Christine Hoar, Berkshires, MA

6/23/2002 David Swenson, New York, NY

5/17,18/2002 Beryl Bender Birch, Cambridge, MA

5/4,5/2002 Christine Hoar, Windsor, CT

Lori Cote

Lori Cote LMT, LPTA

Lori sought Ashtanga Yoga from Lou Gaccione in 2003 after nearly three decades of competing in long-distance running and Ironman Triathlons. Forced to give up running due to chronic knee injuries, she soon discovered that Ashtanga Yoga not only provided her with the challenging workout she craved, but did so in a safe and low impact way.

Now a regular Ashtanga Yoga practitioner, Lori was able to heal her knee joints while maintaining a high level of physical fitness. It also brought relief from back pain and emotional stress, while increasing mental focus. She credits Ashtanga for bringing her clarity, structure, calmness and balance. Now with her competitive athletic career long over, Ashtanga enables her to handle the wear and tear that daily life brings.

In 2006, Lori Cote received a Yoga Teaching Certificate from David Swenson. In 2009 she attended a Primary Adjustment Clinic with Nancy Gilgoff at Bristol Yoga in Vermont. She had the great privilege of participating in led classes with Pattabhi Jois and Saraswathi in NYC. In 2014 she attended a Led Primary Series clsss , lecture and pranayama with Sharath Jois on his U.S. tour. Lori has attended many additional workshops with Nancy Gilgoff and David Swenson though out the years, as well as workshop participation with Ashtanga teachers Manju Jois, Lino Miele, Christine Hoar and Kino Macgregor among others. Lori continues her daily Ashtanga Yoga practice at Ashtanga Yoga Rhode Island.

Lori Cote is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, Licensed Massage Therapist and STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor. She is the owner of Aproma Studios in Mystic, Ct and Westerly, RI. She teaches and subs at Ashtanga Yoga Rhode Island.