I'M A BERLIN-BASED YOGA TEACHER, REIKI PRACTITIONER, WRITER, EDITOR, AND INTERSECTIONAL FEMINIST.
I am also a carioca (born and raised in Rio de Janeiro) and a proud woman of color. I've explored a radically different path before surrendering to Yoga: after working as a writer in TV and online markets for 15 years (and reaching a burnout), it was time to surrender and take a leap toward growing into who I truly am.
This leap led me 10,000km across the ocean. In Berlin, I earned a Master's degree in US-American Studies, with a focus on literature and intersectionality (Humboldt-Universität). Thanks to my intersectional studies and to Yoga, I embraced both the power that lies in holding space for myself and my wish to support others. This desire and my unending gratitude to Yoga took me to Dharamshala, in the Indian Himalayas, where I became a certified multi-style Yoga teacher (Trimurti Yoga / Yoga Alliance RYT 200).
Due to my understanding of Yoga as a system that goes much beyond physical postures (Asana), I incorporate other fundamental elements of the practice – such as meditation and Yoga philosophy – into my classes. My mission is to help individuals hold space for themselves, experiencing movements of breath, body, mind, and spirit, and engaging in a journey of exploration and self-discovery. To support this mission, I continuously work toward deepening my knowledge of Yoga and other holistic systems, such as Reiki and crystal healing.
Yoga is a holistic system dating back thousands of years. "Why, then, do you call your classes Holistic Yoga?", you may be asking yourself.
Naming my teaching style as Holistic Yoga was an active and conscious decision: my intention is to highlight and honor the essence of Yoga as an all-encompassing life path that offers its practitioners physical, mental, and spiritual nurturing, strength, and clarity.
Since the introduction of Yoga to the Western world and its exponential growth outside of its birthplace, India, this comprehensive path toward liberation has been reduced by many in the West to just one of its pillars: Asana, Yoga's physical practice. Although Asana is one of the fundamental limbs of Yoga organized and shared by the Yogi Patañjali over two thousand years ago in his 196 Yoga Sutras, it is not the only one. These Sutras have been studied and elucidated by many scholars, and you can access them with the help of literature and Yoga teachers interested in Yoga philosophy. Patañjali systematized the practice of Yoga in eight pillars:
Yama: social principles, consisting of five sections;
Niyama: personal observances and ways to respect oneself (also comprising five parts);
Asana: body postures, or shapes;
Pranayama: breathing exercises to control Prana (life force);
Pratyahara: sensory control;
Dhyana: devotion and meditation; and
Samadhi: union with universal oneness.
Teaching with the notion of Holistic Yoga in mind means, to me, acknowledging the limbs of the practice and the practice as a life path of continual learning and development. Although Asana is the central part of my classes (unless a student exposes a different interest or need, which can be done in private sessions), I also incorporate Yoga philosophy, breathing exercises, mantra chanting, meditation, and other creative elements into my teaching.
My goal is to help my students hold space for themselves, enjoying physical, mental, and spiritual benefits, as well as more freedom and autonomy through breath, movement, knowledge, and creative exploration.