ARAVINDA YOGA SHALA
“Yoga is the golden key that opens the door to peace, tranquility and joy” (B.K.S. Iyengar)
Aravinda Yoga Shala is a studio dedicated to the teaching of Yoga and other disciplines that promote personal development, health, and physical and mental well-being. With an excellent location in Chiado – the heart of Lisbon – we offer you a pleasant refuge to take a break in the active rhythm of the city, in a bright and serene space that provides a lasting state of well-being.
"Yoga is a light that, once lit, will never diminish. The better your practice, the brighter the flame" (B.K.S. Iyengar)
In Aravinda Yoga Shala we use a simple and careful teaching method that respects the individual characteristics of each practitioner and responds to the global needs of the human being: the health of the body, the self-knowledge of the mind and the peace of mind.
Dynamic Hatha Yoga emphasizes body alignment and breathing regulation, providing a dynamic and revitalizing practice in a state of mental concentration and tranquility. Read more...
(CLASSES IN ENGLISH)
Vinyasa Flow is a form of yoga where the breath moves into a deep awareness to guide the body on moving with fluidity. It developes strength, precision in alignments, balance and consciousness. Read more...
Through songs, stories and games we bring Yoga seeds to children, which favor psychomotricity, concentration, creativity, and the joy of living, in a fun class for the whole family.
The Ballerina Body® method creatively combines dance exercises with a fitness vision. Provides correction of posture, flexibility and muscle definition, leading to a slim and toned silhouette. Read more...
In the Ashtanga Yoga method, each student progresses along a sequence that combines movement, breathing, attention and energetic activation, resulting in an intense and revitalizing practice. Read more...
Yoga in pregnancy is a real source of vital energy! Postures and breathing, concentration and relaxation techniques benefit mother & baby, increasing physical, mental and emotional health and well-being. Read more...
"Teacher is one who awakens students to the adventure of life" (Unknown)
Founder of Aravinda Yoga Shala, Joana Menano began practicing Yoga in 1999. The depth with which she immersed herself in the practice made her feel that this would be her path, dedicating herself entirely to the teaching and deepening of knowledge and techniques in this field. In 2014 she founded Aravinda Yoga Shala. Read more…
With a background in the practice of Iyengar Yoga, Andreina Vila has trained extensively in Vinyasa Flow – an approach that integrates classical teachings and practices into slow flow sequences. She encourages practitioners to go with the flow of body movements and mindful breathing that sooth the mind into a state of release and openness. Read more…
Cátia Silva first tried a yoga class back in 2000 and immediately realised she had found the essential routine for her well-being. Willing to further deepen the practice of yoga and her own personal development, in 2016 she enrolled in the yoga instructors training program in Centro Português de Yoga. The opportunity to dedicate her life to this process of continuous learning and teaching is a privilege to her. Read more…
Francisco Rodrigues is an unconditional lover of nature and animals. He lived many years in India where he ended up surrendering body and soul to Yoga. He is a student of Sharath Jois and follows the Ashtanga’s lineage, always with awareness and creativity, creating classes for all to feel the full effects of Yoga. Read more…
Inês Jacques has been a dancer and choreographer for more than a decade, and has extensive training in various body techniques. Her professional career began purely artistic as a dancer, choreographer and singer, and over the years her interest in the body and healthier ways of moving it, grew. Read more…
"Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life." (B.K.S. Iyengar)
"Health is a state of complete harmony of body, mind and spirit." (B.K.S. Iyengar)
Aravinda Yoga Shala is a center dedicated to the teachings of Yoga and other disciplines that promote personal development, health and physical and mental well-being. We see the teaching of Yoga as very gratifying, since it helps to strengthen the foundation for the development of one’s potential and the ability to live fully. We hope[…]
How to get to Aravinda Yoga Shala? We are in the heart of Lisbon, in Chiado, and as such it is very easy to get to Aravinda Yoga Shala! You can reach us by public transportation:Subway: station Baixa-Chiado (blue and green lines);Tram 28: stop next to Largo do Chiado or Praça Luís de Camões;Train: Rossio[…]
Who can pactice Yoga? Anyone who seeks to combine physical and mental balance will benefit from the practice of Yoga, regardless of their age, gender, physical condition, occupation or religion. Yoga is recommended for all who seek to combine bodily labor (postural correction, strength, flexibility and balance) to a state of tranquility, relaxation and mental[…]
What are the general recommendations for practicing Yoga? First of all, we welcome you and thank you for your preference! Here are some general recommendations so you can make the best of your lessons. First of all, if you are not yet a student of Aravinda Yoga Shala, we suggest that you mark an experimental[…]
Yoga is a complete system of personal development which, through ancestral techniques, promotes the development of all human faculties. That is, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual faculties. The effects and benefits of Yoga are: At the Physical level, Yoga is a health maintenance system. Through a complete program of physical postures allows to stretch, strengthen,[…]
What are the meanings and dimensions of Yoga? It is estimated that Yoga was born in India more than 5,000 years ago, considering ancient Vedic scriptures and archaeological finds in the Indus Valley which include a set of ceramics with figures depicting Yoga postures. In general terms, Yoga is a body of millennial Knowledge. As[…]
“Soon the body falls apart, like pots of clay to bake thrown into water. Strengthen and purify the body by cooking it in the fire of Yoga.” (In Gheranda Samitha – Treaty of Hatha Yoga, 15th Century) Hatha Yoga is the most practiced and known branch of Yoga in the West, involving a very complete[…]
Shiatsu is a Japanese therapeutic massage for physical and energy rebalancing, with its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It works through pressure exerted by the thumbs, fingers and palms, localized massage, stretching and joint mobilization. Its function is essentially preventive, rebalancing vital energy and activating the body’s natural healing potential. It helps to correct organic[…]
Aravinda is a Sanskrit word that, like Padma, means “Lotus Flower”, symbol of spiritual purity. The Lotus Flower has its roots in the mud, representing the attachments to the material world. The stem rises towards the surface of the water, where the flower blossoms when in contact with sunlight (which represents the light of knowledge).[…]
Dynamic Yoga is a style of Hatha Yoga that combines elements of Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga. Emphasizing the body’s alignment, correct execution of postures and regulation of breath, it provides the development of inner consciousness. These classes offer dynamic and physically demanding practices that develop strength, flexibility and balance in a state of tranquility and[…]
Vinyasa Flow Yoga is a form of yoga where the breath moves into a deep awareness to guide the body on moving with fluidity. Through creative sequences we emphasize on developing strength and precision in alignments to give balance and greater consciousness to the mind and body. Most of the classes begin with a breathing[…]
Pregnancy and motherhood are a journey of discovery marked by major changes at the physical, mental and emotional levels. All of this requires a constant adaptation of women to their new and demanding psycho-physical condition. Prenatal Yoga is a very organizing element in the midst of the possible “chaos” felt by many pregnant women, especially[…]