I grew up in a small family, my mother, 4 aunts, and cousins. I spent my childhood in Bahia, the northeast coast of Brazil. In the '80s that area was not so developed yet and still had places of complete virgin forests and paradisiac beaches. We lived a simple life and didn't need much to be happy.
I studied Permaculture (sustainable agricultural designs) and I was very passionate about it. I thought it was the solution for many of the problems in the world (and I still believe it is) but I realized a few years later that it wasn't necessarily my path. There was another way for me to serve, and that led me to yoga and to study massage therapy.
I was 17 years old, living in a big city, and having problems with sleep. I saw a magazine article "Yoga for Good Sleep'' and it got my attention. It came with a CD of guided meditation and yoga Nidra. That was the beginning of my yoga journey, practicing by myself, following the instruction from a magazine, and listening to the meditations. It became part of my life ever since.
Traveling was my greatest teacher and nature has always been my greatest inspiration. I have stepped foot in places of incredible beauty in Brazil, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, Nicaragua, Ireland, England, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, and India.
To come close with so many different cultures and ways of living changed me. I saw (and experienced) suffering and struggles too. Traveling opened my mind to look at the world we live in as a big collective. We all are intrinsically connected and in order for us to thrive, we must find new ways to live in harmony with each other and nature.
While traveling between Europe and India for 3 years in India, I completed my 200-hour training in Rishikesh and Elemental Yoga Therapy 200- hour Teacher Training in Goa.
I practiced different modalities of yoga such as Iyengar yoga, kundalini, ashtanga vinyasa, vinyasa flow, meditation, and other healing arts such as taichi and qigong. It was wonderful to experience all of them and today I'm finding a practice that is beyond any ''style''. My own practice. And it is very inspired by the cycles of nature, breath, stillness, movement, and deep listening.
We never stop learning on this path. I look forward to completing my education as an Ayurveda counselor and mindfulness meditation teacher as well as continuing to grow as a yoga practitioner and teacher.