Salvatore Zambito

Salvatore Zambito

Meet Salvatore

Salvatore Zambito is a well-known mystic, rogue scholar, and world-traveling recluse.

In 1967, while a sophomore in college, Salvatore discovered Hatha Yoga and massage. This was the beginning of his active and very personal bodymind research in transpersonal psychology and anatomical kinesiology.

He began his exploration of yoga as a student of Hatha Yoga with the Sivananda Yoga Centers in Chicago and Val Morin, Canada. He was gently coerced into becoming a teacher in 1969. The Yoga-Sutra of Patañjali entered his life in 1969.

Through the years, Salvatore has established several yoga centers in America and taught yoga related subjects at institutes and universities around the world. From 1980 to 1986 he taught Yoga and Stress Management at Boise State University. During this period, he also served as BSU’s Chief of the Anatomical Kinesiology Laboratory, where he directed cadaver dissection and prosection, and served as a teaching assistant. He provided stress management consultation to the Boise business community and taught stress management strategies at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise and Mercy Medical Center in Nampa, Idaho.

Salvatore always looks for interesting areas to explore. In 1980 he researched, proposed and administered one of the first two national pilot programs for the application of Hatha Yoga as a functional improvement and comfort modality for Multiple Sclerosis. He administered the program for several years.

In 1988, Salvatore’s research finally took him to India, where he lived for two years. To his surprise, he found himself teaching in ashrams and universities there. Salvatore returns to India regularly to study and teach.

Salvatore is the author of The Unadorned Thread of Yoga: The Yoga-Sûtra of Patañjali in English, which presents each of the 196 sutras, with text analysis and twelve authoritative translations.

In addition to his expertise in yoga, Salvatore is a structural bodyworker in the Rolfing tradition and a licensed massage therapist in the State of Washington. He has created a 400-hour course of bodywork instruction (Dimensional Integration™) accredited through IMSTAC (International Massage and Somatic Therapies Accrediting Council). His years of yogic breathwork, hands-on bodywork and cadaver dissection led to The Wind of Life, a workshop that addresses the dimensions of human respiration. This set of seminars provides techniques to open and balance the respiratory capsule through movement education and manual therapeutic facilitation.

Salvatore is the founder of the Yoga-Sûtras Institute. His teaching areas span meditation, the Yoga-Sûtras of Patañjali, anatomy, kinesiology, and physiology. He is on staff at several yoga centers and ashrams around the world.

Salvatore lives with his wife, dogs, and a flock of pampered chickens on a tiny hobby farm in western Washington State.