Shaini is the organiser & Yoga teacher at Yogaion retreats. She is an introductory level 2 IYENGAR® yoga teacher & before that also certified herself in Hatha and Anusara Yoga. Her love for yoga started in the year 2000 after being in the field of dancing, fitness & martial arts since a very young age and always having big philosophical questions about life. Following different yoga styles, her heart eventually lay with IYENGAR® Yoga. She is immensely fascinated by how the human body moves & the inner workings of the mind & feels that awareness, movement & mindful meditation are one of the best ways to live a more fulfilled life so that you can enjoy the things you really love. She is also a certified FRC® mobility specialist and is currently studying to become a corrective exercise specialist to add functionality, therapeutics & mobility to the practice & a greater sense of awareness through movement therapy.
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 herself through a combination of allopathic medicine, alternative medicine including diet, cycle awareness & herbal medicine but mostly 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 and her main teacher Billy Konrad who aids her tremendously on this path of adventure & exploration. She is also greatly inspired by teachers that bring in functionality into the practice & science based evidence.
Her teaching is based on creating awareness through exploration. Functionality, mobility & stability within the body & soul through movement, exploration, playfulness & alignment. Through verbal and precise hands-on adjustments and bringing awareness into the practice she creates a warm, joyful safe & loving space.
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 is a certified IYENGAR® yoga intermediate Senior 1 teacher born in Sintra, Portugal. 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.
Ivana Longo was born in Italy, after travelling around the globe she re-located in Lagos. She is a dedicated & long term IYENGAR® yoga practitioner. She is also a massage therapist and has been involved in these practises since 2008.
She took her first course in 2008 in Indian Head Massage and continued training in India in Ayurveda and in Spain in therapeutic massage. In 2011 she attended a TTC in traditional Hatha Yoga, Thai Massage in Thailand and Swedish and therapeutic massage in Spain. After a few years learning from different, mainly IYENGAR®, teachers in Barcelona she attended her Yoga Teacher Training in India in 2011, at 'Yoga Vydia Gurukul', Nashik. Traditional hatha yoga school associated with Satyananda 'Bihar school of Yoga'. Here she also followed and still follows IYENGAR® yoga classes at 'Gokarna Yoga School' and regularly attends IYENGAR® workshops where and when available.
She started teaching in 2015 for Omm Hotel in Barcelona, for festivals and private lessons. Since she moved to Portugal she taught classes at Vivenda Miranda and Quinta das Barradas and regular classes at the studio in downtown Lagos 'Inlight'. She considers herself a forever a student and loves empowering patients and students to understand their bodies and discover the gentle power of the healing arts providing a safe and nurturing atmosphere to facilitate healing.
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: