a fantastic team of experienced, certified and friendly teachers
Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher, Certified Yoga Alliance Senior Teacher, Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga for kids and Prenatal Yoga Teacher
Joana Cadete passions are family, Yoga, Surf and nature, the main reasons why she chose Ericeira to love. She is a certified teacher by Centro Português de Yoga (3 years teacher training course), and Yoga Alliance as Senior Teacher. She has also certifications in Yoga during Pregnancy, Ayurvedic and Thai Yoga Massages, among others.
She started to practice Yoga in 1995 with Carlos Rui, from the Centro Português de Yoga, and Ashtanga Yoga in 2000 with Tomás Zorzo and Camino Diez, style for which she completely fell in love immediately, and ever since became her personal practice, always under the supervision of her sweet teacher Tomás Zorzo.
Fom 2003 to 2008 she had the privilege of attending annually, for long periods of time, the Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Mysore, India, to study directly with the source - Sri K. Patabhi Jois and Sharath, and from that date until today she has been deepening her studies of Yoga, Vedanta and Sanskrit with Swami Dayananda (India), Professor Gloria Arieira, Tomás Zorzo, Pedro Kupfer and Miguel Homem.
Since 2000 she is dedicated to teaching, namely Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Yoga for Pregnancy, Yoga for Children and Teenagers, Yoga Philosophy and Vedanta, conducts workshops and retreats, and organize various events with international teachers.
I see Yoga as a lifestyle that comprehends various disciplines, like the asana, pranayama, meditation, the study of the ancient yoga scriptures, and our attitudes in daily life that will reflect all that we practice on the yoga mat and study.
She also visits and conducts courses periodically in the Azores archipelago, where she founded the first yoga studio of the region in 2004, and maintains deep bonds of friendship with her students.
Her classes, always inspired by the principle of Vinyasa, the synchronization of movement with the breath, have the particularity of inspiring students for self-observation, and to recognize their most profound nature of tranquility and bliss.
An experienced and friendly teacher, teaching in a relaxed way.
Vinyasa Yoga and Yoga Therapy Teacher
Rodrigo was born in Lisbon in 1973, but lives in Ericeira, where he surfs and teaches all year. Practicing Yoga since 2004 and teaching since 2008, Rodrigo is an experienced and friendly teacher, teaching in a relaxed way. If in his Vinyasa Yoga classes he is more concerned about using the body and the breath to achieve a meditative state of mind; in his Yoga Therapy practices, his focus is maintaining or recovering health.
Complementing is formation in 2008 - a 3 years Teacher Training at Centro Português de Yoga with Yoga Master Carlos Rui Ferreira - Rodrigo participated in several courses and workshops in Portugal and India: Iyengar Yoga Course with Sharat Arora (2 weeks | Dharamkot, India, August 2008); Shank Prakshalana Retreat with Carlos Rui Ferreira (Mafra, Portugal, February 2009); Therapeutic Yoga Workshop with Inês Neves (Parede, Portugal, November 2009); several budist meditation retreats with Tulku Pema Wangyal Rinpoche (Alcochete, Portugal, 2010-2012); Yoga Self-Practice Course with Pedro Kupfer (Azores, Portugal, February 2014); Yoga in Pregnacy Workshop with Daniela Gfeller (Lisbon, Portugal, 2014); and Yoga Vasistha Sára - Vedanta & Yoga 6 Days Course with Pedro Kupker (Ericeira, Portugal, 2017).
Besides Yoga, I love surf, nature and travel.
Ana Mendes - Invited teacher
I was born in the Azores in the middle of strong colors, storms and a lot of sea! 20 years ago I flew to Lisbon with music and it was at Casa Vinyasa that I discovered Ashtanga. I have been a practitioner for 15 years, I have taught Asthanga at Casa Vinyasa for 12 years, as well as classes exclusively dedicated to pregnant women, mothers, babies and yoga for children (I am passionate about motherhood!).
The journey of life and yoga is not different from the islands, full of challenges, beauty, winds and dreams that ask us for just one thing…presence, honesty and truth. Deep down, we end up always finding ourselves in the place where we should be…breathing with Soul and Heart in the present!
Certified Aerial and Vinyasa Flow teacher and Therapist of Ayurvedic Massage
Catarina Mota is a Mother, Certified Yoga Teacher and Therapist of Ayurvedic Massage, and in love with traveling.
In 2001, she graduated in Ayurvedic Massage at ALBA, Lisbon. Later she took the first level of Sound Massage with tibetan bowls by the method Peter Hess. In 2008 she learned Kundalini Massage in India. In 2012 she decided to take a Teacher Training of 200h in Tantra Yoga with Tri Dosha Method, India. Later she went to Croatia and did a course of 20h Vinyasa Flow with Nina Vukas. In 2017 she finished her Teacher Training in Aerial Yoga method, created by Rui Oliveira Costa.
On the present she is fully dedicated to teach Aerial Yoga and Vinyasa Flow at Ericeira Yoga Studio all year long.
Her Aerial yoga and Vinyasa flow classes are dynamic, sometimes stronger, sometimes more restorative, but always connected with the breath. The Aerial Yoga classes are organic, and flow between challenge and a gentle way to go deeper in each asana.
Catarina teaches her classes with peace, happiness and trust.
I'm a proud mother, and beside yoga I love traveling.
Ana is passionate about the sea, travel, and practicing Yoga for 17 years. She is a Certified Teacher of Yoga and Aerial Yoga.
In 2014 she took a Teacher Training course, certified by Yoga Alliance, with Paulo Hayes, and later a meditation course in Kerala, India. In 2017 she finished the Teacher Training course in Aerial Yoga at Jaya Aerial Lab with Professor Rui Oliveira Costa.
KAROL DE SOUZA
Very early in life I was inspired by my father to explore my spirituality and use forms of holistic therapy to find the balance of the mind. Being a chiropractor and a rebirthing breathwork facilitator he has passed on to me his passion for a more natural and healthier way of living. At the age of sixteen I discovered yoga as a way to keep my body and mind in balance but only after my first visit to India that I had the opportunity to deepen my knowledge as a yoga instructor and Ayurvedic massage therapist.
Born in Brazil, after travelling around the world for 13 years, I settled down in Ericeira. I have been teaching yoga since 2017, with over 500 hours training in Vinyasa Yoga and Yoga Therapy. My intention as a yoga teacher is to keep inspiring people to live a healthier and more balanced life, with more awareness and connection with their bodies, mind and spirit.
Originally from Italy, Carlotta lives in Ericeira with her partner and two children. In 2015 she left the busy city of Berlin for Ericeira, where life follows the rhythm of nature combining all the elements for a healthier life for her family. Here she met her Professor Joana Cadete.
Passioned yoga student since many years, it was in 2013, after the experience of spending time in the Sivananda Ashram in South of India, that her wish to dive deeper in the Philosophy of Yoga became more intense. After completing Yoga teacher training (RYT 200hr) with Joana Cadete and Rita Cachaço she developed interest in the slower practice of Yin and completed the Yin Yoga teacher training (RYT 50hr).
Beside her personal practice in Hatha Yoga Carlotta loves to practice Yin, as a way to find her balance between Yin&Yang. On the Yang side, the active meditation, where every movement follows the breath, strengthening and challenging the body and on the Yin side, by stretching and deepening into poses, opening up any blockages and releasing energy to flow freely.
Carlotta’s yin classes are aiming to open, release and relax the body creating a safe space to connect with ourselves and where the mind finds a peaceful state.
Carla has been practicing Hatha Yoga for several years, and what started as a relaxing moment dedicated to herself quickly became a deep journey of inner rediscovery and reconnection. Yoga became, above all else, a state of being. Feeling the need to deepen her knowledge on this tradition, she completed a Yoga Alliance certified Teacher Training (200h) with Joana Cadete and Rita Cachaço. She has been collaborating ever since in Ericeira Yoga Studio, teaching Vinyasa, Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra.
For Carla, teaching Yoga represents a moment of profound sharing and an opportunity to contemplate the teaching. She feels it’s a privilege to observe her students as they make their personal and intime journey towards within. The energy she puts on her classes is focused on turning the practice into a meditative moment that allows everyone, at their own pace, to reconnect with their inner space of equanimity and well-being.
Gabriela Raposo discovers yoga in 2000 with Carlos Rui and Clara Rolim in Lisbon. In 2004 she made a trip to India which brought her clarity about how yoga reflects, above all, a way of being in life.
From 2011 she attends Yoga and Vedanta classes with Joana Cadete in Ericeira. In the meantime she completes teacher training in Yoga (YTT 200h) with Joana Cadete and Rita Cachaço, Yin yoga training (RYT 50hr), and MBSR - Mindfulness course - Budadharma, Lisbon.
With her classes and personal practice, she tries to find moments of self-observation and self-knowledge through the reconciliation between movement and conscious breathing, whose experience, when carried into daily life, helps us to glimpse the unique beings that we already are.
Joana lives with the sea as her backdrop, having chosen Ericeira to live in several years ago. In the last three years Yoga has taken on a greater importance in her life and she has dedicated herself to the practice with greater depth, which led her to the Yoga training course (RYT 200hr) with Joana Cadete and Rita Cachaço. If initially the purpose was to learn more about this ancient knowledge, she soon began to feel the need to share with others the benefits and discoveries that Yoga had already brought her.
Following the premise that yoga works on its own and that it is not the individual that has to adapt to the practice, but rather the practice that adjusts to the individual, she intends to transmit the basic tools so that each person, at their own pace, can make their own path. She brings with her a background of studies in Philosophy and, more recently, certification as a Neuro-linguistic Programming practitioner as well as certification as a Health Coach, which she believes are valuable resources in this journey through the world of yoga as a holistic practice and promoter of integral health.
For Joana, a yoga class is a moment of communion where each one can find a way to return to themselves, home.
Late, but in good time, Nuno Rodrigues started yoga and surfing in 2010, the year he moved to the West Coast and discovered these two new passions. He practiced Ashtanga for several years under the guidance of Joana Cadete and participated in several retreats and training given by renowned teachers such as Tomás Zorzo, Pedro Kupfer, Isa Guitana and Joana herself.
In the year that Covid-19 stopped the world, he took the opportunity to obtain the Yoga Alliance certification to teach, through training given by Joana Cadete and Rita Cachaço. And as Yoga began to ask for a change from the stressful life of 15 years in marketing, in 2022 Nuno ventured on a trip around the world, solo, for 9 months, where he did not miss a 2-month visit to mother India. He is now continuing his journey on the path of Yoga, reconciling teaching with constant learning, and is currently deepening his knowledge in Ayurvedic Therapy.
Carolina was born in Ribamar, and ever since she was a little girl she has always had a great connection with nature.
She graduated in Tourism at the University of Algarve and later realized that Yoga was her big passion. She is now formed by Yoga Alliance Professionals with a 200hr course by Joana Cadete and Rita Cachaço.
She highly values the balance between physical and emotional well-being, aiming to leave a positive seed in the lives of students who come across her.
Yoga emerged in Carolina's life as a tool for self-knowledge and personal development, making her fall in love with the area. She has a fluid and relaxed way of teaching, following the traditional teachings of Yoga, in her classes she combines intuitive movement, strength and breathing.
She loves new experiences, exploring and travelling, and is always up for new adventures.”
Bárbara has been practicing Hatha Yoga for over 20 years. What began as a complementary physical practice became a need to connect with herself, a way of being in life. After becoming a mother, she felt the need to support other women at this important time and completed a yoga for babies, children and families course at the Babyoga Portugal School. After, she became even more eager to practice and share this tradition and so completed the Alliance certified Teacher Training with Paulo Hayes. Since then she has studied with teachers such as Pedro Kupfer and Billy Konrad. She is also a Zhineng Qi Gong teacher, Shiatsu therapist and macrobiotic consultant.
She currently lives in Ericeira, practices and studies Yoga and Vedanta with Joana Cadete and attends The Syntropy of Yoga: 3 years advanced studies program in Iyengar Yoga with Billy Konrad and Tobias Lotan.
She is a certified Yoga Alliance teacher and brings to her classes the search for homeostasis and equanimity, through the connection with our body-mind and everything that surrounds us, which she also applies to her personal practice and way of life. She considers a privilege to be able to share this art with her students, both adults and children.
I started my yoga practice at Casa Vinyasa in Lisbon in 2009, 14 years ago.
During these years I have studied with various teachers; in recent years, I have been regularly studying Ashtanga yoga and healing energy with Petri Raisanen. I share with him the view that the sequence of the Ashtanga series should be adopted for therapeutic purposes and therefore altered and adjusted for each student whenever necessary.
I taught Ashtanga yoga at Casa Vinyasa from 2017 to 2020. Since then I have also taught private classes, always with a therapeutic awareness adjusted to each student.