Shaini Verdon - Nontraditional Iyengar Yoga teacher
Shaini is the founder & organiser at Yogaion retreats. As a Yoga teacher or as she prefers herself: a Mindful movement teacher, she teaches the Yoga classes at the retreat & is also providing online yoga classes. 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, her heart eventually lay with IYENGAR® Yoga.
As a certified IYENGAR® yoga teacher, FRC® mobility specialist, ISSA® corrective exercise specialist and also holding Anusara & Hatha Yoga certificates, she now teaches NON-traditional Iyengar Yoga.
She is immensely fascinated by how the human body moves & the inner workings of the mind. Because of the latter, she is now also doing a Bachelor in Psychosocial counseling, to connect deeply & combine the inner workings of the body and mind.
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.
She is forever a student, practicing mainly with different renowned IYENGAR® teachers of whom she greatly respects Carrie Owerko for her ongoing exploration of the human body, Bobby Clennell for her immense contribution of female health, including her books, within the IYENGAR® method, Christian Pisano for his profound depth of Yoga. She is also greatly inspired by other forms of mindful, somatic & functional movement.
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.
(Currently studying) BSc Psychosocial counseling
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
From time to time guest teachers might take over when Shaini is indisposed to teach, luckily enough she has some amazing back up in the following teachers:
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.
In 2010, Luísa started practicing IYENGAR® yoga. In 2011, she went to India to learn from Usha Devi and Rajiv Chanchani, B.S.K. Iyengar’s oldest students. In 2013, she started her IYENGAR® yoga teacher’s training, led by senior teacher Billy Konrad. 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. Meanwhile, she has studied with other world-renowned teachers, such as Christian Pisano, Jayne Orton, Zubin Zarthoshtimanesh, David Jaccobs, and Patxi Lizard.
For Luísa, the most important thing is to practice, but she loves to share what she has been learning.
Due to her unwavering conviction in the results of yoga practice, she is a passionate, generous, and dedicated teacher.
She conducts workshops, retreats, and public and private classes, during spring and summer in Portugal and abroad, in addition to teaching in Rishikesh, at the behest of her teacher Usha Devi.
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.