Joana Menano began practicing Yoga in 1999. The depth with which she immersed herself in the practice of Yoga made her feel that this would be her path, dedicating herself entirely to its teaching and deepening her knowledge and technique in this area. Thus, in 2014 she founded ARAVINDA YOGA SHALA.
Joana Menano has a degree in Psychology and a degree in Shiatsu and Yoga. She has always been very interested in Oriental Philosophy, its comprehensive look on human beings and their manifold manifestations, that is, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Based on this perspective, she learned different techniques and approaches, always in search of greater self-knowledge and personal fulfillment.
In her Yoga journey, she began to come into contact with different schools and methods between 1999 and 2004. In 2004 she began to practice Dynamic Hatha Yoga with Carlos Rui Ferreira at the Portuguese Yoga Center, where she took the Yoga Instructors Course between 2005 and 2008.
She started learning Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in 2008 with Isa Guitana at Casa Vinyasa, and attended her 2nd Practice – Assistants Program for a year. In 2015 she took the Ashtanga Course: First Series Teacher Training, with David Swenson in Lisbon.
In 2015 she deepened her knowledge in prenatal Yoga, attending the Pre-Natal Yoga Teacher Training with Anastasia Zarafoniti (Yogaphoria Project).
Mother of 2 children, she discovered with both the fascinating world of Yoga for Infants and Children. This drove her to want to deepen her knowledge in this area. In 2017 she took the Yoga Baby Course with Ana Sofia Barrias, at the Sunshine Yoga School.
Complementary to Yoga he studied Vedanta (Self-knowledge / Indian Psychology) with Joana Cadete, Gloria Arieira, Swami Dayananda, Swami Suddhananda, among other teachers.
She began teaching Yoga for adults in 2006 at the University Stadium of Lisbon and collaborated with several Gymnasiums and Yoga Centers in Lisbon. Between 2009 and 2012 she directed the Yogashala Bairro Alto and in December 2014 she founded the Aravinda Yoga Shala, where she teaches Adults and Babies.
Every year she organizes yoga retreats and attends various workshops, courses and retreats as a way to complement her personal and professional training. From her travels to India she always draws great inspiration and life teachings, being eternally grateful for this gift that life has given her: being able to learn and teach Yoga, giving and receiving, in a continuous process of exchange and transformation.