Yoga teachers

Shaini Verdon

Shaini is the founder & organiser at Yogaion retreats.  Her love for yoga started in 2000 after being in the field of dancing,  fitness & martial arts from a very young age and always having big philosophical questions about life. Following different yoga styles, certifying herself over the years in Hatha, Anusara & Iyengar yoga. After many years of training she got certified in 2017 as a level 2 Iyengar, but in 2022 decided to let go of her Iyengar teacher status as she wants to be able to explore different types of Yoga & other movement modalities in her own practice & teaching.

 

Besides her Yoga certificates she is also a FRC® mobility specialist & ISSA® corrective exercise specialist. She uses all these different modalities to create a mindful movement experience.

She is immensely fascinated by how the human body moves & the inner workings of the mind. Currently, she is studying yoga combined with physical therapy to deepen her awareness of the movement possibilities of the human body.

She also has a deep passion for the feminine side of yoga, working with the female cycles to encourage female health & create a profound connection to our ever-changing bodies. Her connection to the female side of Yoga started when she suffered for a long time from undiagnosed endometriosis of which she was finally able to heal through a combination of allopathic medicine, alternative medicine including diet, cycle awareness & herbal medicine and through her yoga practice which gave her an immersed sensitivity to her own body.

 

Her teaching is based on creating awareness through mindful movement. Exploring functionality, mobility & stability within the body & soul.  Staying playful along the way. Through verbal alignment, precise hands-on adjustments and bringing awareness into the practice she creates a warm, joyful safe & loving space.

Accreditations:

(Currently studying) Yoga & physical therapy

Corrective exercise specialist at Issa trainer

FRCms (functional range conditioning specialist)

IYENGAR® Yoga introductory level 2

Anusara® Yoga certified 

Health coach at Integrative nutrition

Hatha Yoga certified at school of Yoga institute

Sportmassage therapist

Inês Forjaz

was the first certified IYENGAR® yoga intermediate Senior 1 in Portugal, born in Sintra. She started her practice in 1999 and passed through several yoga schools, but since discovering IYENGAR® in 2007, she hasn’t looked back.
She lived in Nice for a long time while completing her first training with the great Christian Pisano and always sees herself as a yoga student, continuing to travel to study with Christian, Patxi Lizard, Faeq Biria and Patricia Walden, some of the best and most experienced teachers in the world.

She currently teaches in her hometown of Sintra and organises & teaches at retreats. She also assists during the IYENGAR® teacher training exams, facilitating & leading the way for new teachers. 

Her teaching style is warm & precise. Infused with her deep rooted experience in the practice.

Accreditations:

IYENGAR® Yoga intermediate Senior 1

IYENGAR® Yoga intermediate Junior 3

IYENGAR® Yoga intermediate Junior 2

IYENGAR® Yoga intermediate Junior 1

IYENGAR® Yoga introductory level 2

Luísa Geraldes

is an Intermediate Junior I IYENGAR® yoga teacher with more than ten years of teaching experience.

She’s been practicing yoga for more than fifteen years and has traveled several times to India to both deepen her knowledge of Vedānta and Yoga vision and to practice yoga.

Luísa was born in Porto, Portugal, and when she was fourteen, the practice of yoga appeared in her life to “save” her body and give her the confidence that, as a teenager, she had been lacking.

 

When she was twenty, Luísa traveled to Brazil to complete Modules I and II of a haṭha yoga teacher’s training course led by Pedro Kupfer. In this course, she first encountered Vedānta – the knowledge about the self, comprised in the final sections of each Veda.

Inspired by this newfound knowledge, Luísa went to Rishikesh, India, in 2010, to learn directly from Swami Dayananda, the teacher who established the venerable Dayananda Ashram. Here, Luísa realized that the practice of yoga can never be separated from the Vedic vision of the self.

In 2010, she started practicing the IYENGAR® method with Cláudia Villadelprat, a long-term student of Christian Pisano. She found in this methodology the most effective instrument for training the body and mind.

In 2011, she came back to India to learn IYENGAR® yoga from Usha Devi and Rajiv Chanchani, B.S.K. Iyengar’s oldest students, and Vedānta, once again, with Swami Dayananda.

She continued her IYENGAR® yoga practice with renowned Christian Pisano in Portugal and France.

In 2013, she started her IYENGAR® yoga teacher’s training, led by senior teacher Billy Konrad, with whom she practiced weekly for two years.

With great joy, in October 2016, Luísa became a certified IYENGAR® yoga teacher.

Later that year, she went to India to study at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune and with Usha Devi, currently Luísa’s main teacher. Luísa spends half the year in India, practicing intensively with Usha Devi.

Luísa has studied with other world-renowned teachers, such as Zubin Zarthoshtimanesh, David Jaccobs, Patxi Lizard and Ido Manor.

For Luísa, the most important thing is to practice, but she loves to share what she has learned through her vast exposure to these great teaching.

Due to her unwavering conviction in the results of yoga practice, she is a passionate, generous, and dedicated teacher.

Luísa is now based in Algarve, Portugal, where she runs classes and intensives. She also conducts workshops and retreats in Portugal and abroad, in addition to teaching in Rishikesh, at the behest of her teacher Usha Devi

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"Fantastic"

"We have done this retreat 3-4 times and it's always great, yoga, surfing, food and location. The yoga teaching is excellent and we benefit from her knowledge and learn everytime more and more."

~Silvia, Marc & Nico, Swiss

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