Hi there! I’m a Certified Anusara® yoga teacher and naturotherapist specializing in alignment-based yoga therapy. My highest intention is to help guide people towards their source of abundance and inner wisdom. Yoga is more than just a physical practice, it’s a discipline, a way of being and a practice that develops our ability to embrace challenges and to truly enjoy life. My students like that my classes are always different, I inspire contemplation, bridge spirituality and science and I try to be funny (emphasis on try.…). I bring to my students what I myself have learned, practiced and benefited from over my last 20+ years of practice. The following is a little bit about my story, background and professional experience. [Learn more about my approach]
I’ve practiced yoga for almost 20 years and have been teaching yoga since 2008. I started practicing yoga and meditation, as part of my rehabilitation regiment, after a ski accident and subsequent knee surgery. Yoga helped me uncover an innate capacity to work in partnership with the body, manage and overcome pain, anxiety, and to nurture wellness and wellbeing. My practice has transformed my outlook on life and has opened me to my co-creative force.
I consider myself a highly curious person. I love anything that brings me to a better understanding of the inner dynamics of movement and stillness. My yogic studies mainly focus on the following subjects: biomechanics, physiology of fascia, somatics, energy anatomy, cosmology, and classical non dual tantric philosophy. I have over 1500 hours of formal and traditional yoga teacher training, including professional training in movement and yoga therapeutics. I have studied with brilliant teachers and continue to learn from many of them including: Robin Golt (E-RYT500), Barrie Risman (E-RYT500), Christopher Wallis (Ph.D), Bill Mahony (Ph.D), Mark Dyczkowski(Ph.D) and Thomas Myers.
When I’m not working with students, I’m working as the Director of Professional Development for the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga (the School). An international, non-profit organization and spiritual yoga community that supports Anusara yoga students and teachers around the world. I’ve also served as a volunteer on several committees and worked on various projects within the School, since 2013.
Professionally, I’m registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT500, certified with the Association of Naturotherapist of Quebec, and qualified to lead Anusara immersions and teacher trainings. I love traveling and am a dual citizen of Canada and Portugal and therefore occasionally teach internationally, presenting workshops at yoga festivals and studios. I love working in humble spaces, sharing my yoga practice with others.
I have a lot of energy and live life with enthusiasm but I also take time to ground myself by retreating into my studies, sitting in quiet meditation, resting with a cup of tea and a good book, taking long walks or spending quality time with my partner and family. I recently learned how to play the ukulele and thoroughly the creative aspect of playing music; singing and dancing too. Yoga has taught me many lessons, the most valuable being how to rest within myself regardless of what is going on in my body or in my environment. It’s a lesson that I hope to one day master. Life is my playground, and although it is not always easy and sometimes heart wrenchingly difficult to endure, it’s a game I plan on co-creating and playing at least until I’m 116 years old.