Q1: Tell us about the yoga mat colours you chose for yourself and for your studio, and what is your personal opinion about the mat?
The mats are very comfortable and have a great grip!! What most caught my attention was the unique and eco-friendly material, which can help and inspire new trasitions! I chose almost every color, because, honestly, I liked them all.. Different shades of color can transmit different sensations as calm (shades of violet), balance (shades of green), harmony and confidence (shades of blue), pleasure and good energies (shades of orange)… In my opinion, all tones have a lot to do with the yoga practice and the balance of energies. In my personal studio where I use the mats I attend to private practices and in small groups, so I leave everyone at ease to choose the color they find best for the day!
Q2: Regarding the practice of yoga, when and how was it introduced into your life?
Some time ago I was looking for some exercise that could improve my flexibility. I went to some yoga classes near my home in that time, on Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, where we have a lot of good places to practice. After some classes, when I least expected I was not only more physically flexible, I had turned my thoughts flexible too, I was calmer and could take some better approaches in almost every other aspect in life. At that time, maybe 6, 7 years ago, I was not so regular and frequent to practice in schools, it was a bit more seasonal, what kept me going was practicing at home, dwell, feeling my body and bringing my mind to every part of it, a part of meditation practice I used to do. I also remember that yoga has always been there when I looked for some stretching before surfing since then. My regular practice came with time and wound up culminating in my decision to do teacher training and some other workshops to improve my knowledge and practice. Yoga has transformed my life into the sense of discipline, balance, inner peace, learning to breathe in everyday situations, in addition to the obvious improvement of muscular strength, flexibility and physical equilibrium.
Q3: When it comes to self practice, do you normally practice at home or do you prefer going to a studio with others, changing from teacher to student?
I like to be always doing new things, different things! When it comes to personal practice everyday I have what I call my inner practice, in which I dive into myself trying to just still and keep my mind focused on nothing while I move or just stay, but also I really like to learn from other people, I think we always have any lesson to draw from whatever experience we have, when it comes to the practice of yoga, teachers, students, each person has a practice, independent of the school she relates, each one has something new to teaching and learning, each has some technique he has mastered, some detail or some setting where my mind’s not there yet and can be understood and learned more easily. It’s always a very nice exchange.
Q4: How did Yoga impact your professional and personal life? In what ways does it contribute to it?
This is a story When I started practicing yoga I was in the middle of my law degree, after that I worked for four years as a lawyer in Rio de Janeiro and in the midst of a very hectic life, I realized that it didn’t make much sense to me, and so I decided to take some time to think about something that I would like to do. I decided to leave my career and take the courage to follow something that was already awakening inside me, in a way I could help people get to know their selves better, reconnect with their inner self, and where I could connect with my truest self, that would actually make sense for my life. Through yoga, in addition to all of its physical and mental benefits, of integrating human beings, I provide to exchange knowledge and meet people with different cultures almost every day. Through yoga I reach people who believe in the way of goodness and who seek an improvement not only personal, because it starts in themselves, but also for the society as a whole, and connecting different minds in this same tune I can feel that somehow I am able to change the world and my reality. Now I feel like I am on my way, happier, trusting fate and doing little things every day.
Q5: Apart from yoga, are there other exercises / sports that your practice?
I’ve always practiced a lot of sports, ever since I was a kid, I’ve always been encouraged by my family. I played competitive basketball and always enjoyed playing sports on the beach, where I fell in love with surfing, which I practice for 11 years. Other than that I also like to run and balance my strength with a lightweight exercise of weight and also bars. Anything that releases a lot of endorphins All activities that release a lot of endorphins and helps building energy. And of course what makes me sweat!
Q6: As you know, our mats are made for SWEAT with their vegan-suede towel like surface. We all have a yoga pose that we find the TOUGHEST! As our bodies are perhaps not there yet, or we are too tight in some parts. Which yoga pose makes you BREAK A SWEAT?!…
Hahah I’m sure we all have some in that the body requires a little more. I think with me it would be in any one of the warriors (well done warriors!), with a prolonged stay, working hard the isometry, as backbendings, splits, or working the hands and armbalances, it really makes me sweat!
Q7: We see you have quite a lot of Tattoos! Do you mind telling us about them? Did you get them all at once, or have they been building up over the time? Do any of them link together with your journey into yoga?
My tattoos always accompanied special moments in my life. I have some for my family, some for things that I enjoy, such as surfing, universal and natural geometry and connection, the sea, and yoga, of course! … I also have a few skulls, I love skulls, I think they represent wisdom and the brevity of life, still symbolizing the relationship between the human microcosm, macrocosm, nature and the universe. Did the first when I was 17, today I am 28. I was doing all of them gradually, as the ideas transcended, for me they are very personal remember me about what wherever experience, we always have something to learn.
Q8: How has the yoga scene evolved in Portugal over the years?
Actually I am Brazilian. I live Portugal for almost two years, maybe I might not know to tell you precisely how the scene has evolved around here, I have lived most of my life in Rio de Janeiro, where the scene of Yoga is very strong too. I know that here as in many other places people are increasingly in search of self-knowledge and that make healthy activities not only physically but also mentally and spiritually. People are waking up to a healthier lifestyle, not only here, in the world. Yoga is nothing more than a tool for the integration of people, connecting them with themselves and waking to lives that make sense to them, in order to contribute better to a better society. It is a growing, for sure.
Q9: Could you recommend some great healthy spots in Lisboa to eat or hang out for when we next visit?!
Lisbon has great places to practice outdoor activities, many parks and other places where you can be quiet (or not!) and enjoy the day! Inside Lisbon I like the park Eduardo VII, Monsanto Park, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum Garden, the gardens of the Belém Tower, running on the boardwalk by the Tejo River! A lot of light and a great energy! To eat I know some great healthy options such as Fauna and Flora, Heim Cafe, Amelia and to buy natural products I always go to a Celeiro store, no doubt!
Q10: Lastly, back to yoga…. if you had to choose your FAVOURITE ASANA, which one is it?!
I think the one I like practicing the most is Adho Mukha Vrksasana, or famously the Handstand, I like to practice it in some variations and I find this posture really fun, it is always teaching something about you, whether it be something about your body or about your state of mind! It requires focus and concentration and a good job of bandhas and control of respiration!