I first stepped onto the Ashtanga mat when I was 19 years old.
Instantly bewitched by the method, I have been practicing and
enquiring ever since.
In 2008, after 6 years of daily practice, I made my first trip to KPJAYI in Mysore, India.
In 2010 I was invited to join the 1 month training taught by Sharath Jois, the director of KPJAYI in Mysore, which after accomplishing I was granted authorisation Level 1. On another trip during the year of 2014 I was offered Authorisation Level 2. While living in Brazil I've also learned a lot from Fabio Sayão, Matthew Vollmer, Osnir Cugenotta and have joined innumerable Yoga workshops.
For almost a decade I have taught in São Paulo
at several yoga centers (Santosha Yoga Shala, Una Yoga, Yoga Flow,
My Yoga and Espaço) and then founded my own Yoga Shala,
Ashtanga Pitanga, where I ran the Mysore program for 2 years.
It was a beautiful place!
I’ve also toured internationally teaching twice at Portugal, France,
Germany and Purple Valley, Goa (assisting Mark Robberds).
In July of 2016 I moved from Brazil to London, where I ran the Mysore Program at Triyoga Chelsea from Monday to Friday. In Apri 2018 I've resigned in order to further my studies in a 200h TT with Gregor Maehle and Monica Gauci. I kept on teaching at another great Yoga center, Indaba, until I left London in 2019 and moved to Valencia, in Spain, where I'm currently and happily living.
I truly believe in the Ashtanga system as an effective tool for self-knowledge, which then reflects in all our relationships with others, the environment and ourselves. I trust and I'm devoted to the loving effort of this daily discipline as a means for lapidation and integration of the different bodies that we’re made of: physical, mental, energetic, emotional and spiritual. Through the refinement of this inner intimacy, the organic purification that the practice provides and by observing virtuous atitudes in the day to day life, we can finally live and experience spirituality concretely.
On Patthabhi Jois's conduct:
I have heard about the sexual harassment allegations against Pattabhi Jois for a long time. Attitudes like this should never have space in Yoga communities or anywhere else. I personally have never practiced with him (my first trip to Mysore was in 2008 and I just met him briefly at his office). My connection to the lineage is through his grandson, Sharath Jois, who gave me his blessing to teach in 2010 (authorisation level 1) and in 2014 (authorisation level 2). Everything I have heard, seen and experienced as a student of Sharath has been indicative of a super safe teacher-student dynamic. This is fundamental to me and that is why I respect him a lot. In respect to the victims of Pattabhi Jois, I have decided to remove his pictures from the places where I teach,
The Ashtanga Yoga method has changed my life, has helped thousands of people in countless ways and I am deeply grateful for it, but I believe the practice alone does not make anyone, however famous, infallible. We must be able to have difficult conversations, question and confront our teachers when needed, and support people who have been abused in whatever way we can.
I do my best to reflect a high ethical standard during my teachings, to make my classes a safe place to practice, and to accept all feedback with true interest and an open mind.
I will always be a student, eager to learn and willing to grow.