1 month today….. a month of Sundays as a friend put it, I closed the studio to public classes. I miss it, I miss the street, the people, the building. I miss the sound of the door buzzer, the smell of burning incense, your faces as you walk into the room, the mantra music, the energy of practising together on the mat, the uniting Om, the yoga glow of the eyes as we re-engage with the world post-practise. Yes, these are the things that bring me joy in teaching yoga. However not all is lost, in fact the truth is as one door closes (literally) another opens…. a small portal opened for us to practise yoga together anywhere in the world. I am seriously blown away by the many yoga students who have been able to continue their practise with MoY over this last month in a virtual sense. Now as much as I will say teaching yoga in person will always be my first preference but this is showing me that a virtual class can bring so much joy in many other forms. It’s reconnection, it’s never saying goodbye, it’s continuing where we left off. The knowledge of yoga is still shared, we can meditate live together, we can practise at the time of day that suits us energetically best. It’s siblings and best friends being able to share yoga together across countries, continents and oceans. Even my Mum can join me daily on the mat from Tasmania. So what I’m getting to is, a month of Sundays ain’t too bad after all. As I have learnt in meditation, we can not stay stuck on the past it will only cause misery, we cannot project and create expectations for the future…. it will cause suffering. We can only find true contentment in living in the moment. This is our moment.
What does the new monthly MoY Online membership cover? Daily sūtra studies, asanas (Hatha, Vinyasa, YinYang) and meditations. All for a greatly reduced (and comparable to other online yoga programs) price of €25per month (equiv. $45 for Australians). Delivered to you through our YouTube channel: Ministry of Yoga Online
So if you are at a bit of a loose end, needing something to keep you moving, something that destresses you, something to clear the mind. Get in touch with Zoe and we will have a chat about your online yoga needs. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
After time in meditation, contemplation and communication (with many of you), I have decided to close the public classes at the studio for the moment. I am past the state of fear, and know that we can only ‘be’ in the present, right now we need to protect our most vulnerable in society- Ahimsa.
My method at MoY was to always bring daily practice, therefore to uphold this commitment I will start an online library of classes, to give you what is needed most in challenging times….. The Practice.
I will practice with you for the next 21days purely online. We will be studying yogic philosophy, Asana and Meditation daily through the technological advancements that are available to us.
I will continue to share this incredible journey called a yogic life. Doesn’t matter where you are in the world, I will be right beside you on a mat.
All memberships and passes will be suspended from Saturday 14th March. A new online membership will begin on 16th March for 21days, this will be €25per person which will help cover studio overheads until we are back in full flight. Please inform me if you require a refund of your studio pass due to leaving the country permanently.
I understand that your lives have been tipped upside down and uncertainty is the new certainty, together we will navigate this new setting through our practice.
Don’t stop, simply start.
Zoe & the MoY Team
What to do next: To register for the online community, email email@example.com
I will send you payment info, links and a special yoga postures guide to use when you’re offline.
I’ll spend this weekend refining my videography skills and making our 21days online super fun for the body, mind and soul. Lets do this isolation thing together 🙂
There will be limited numbers of private classes the MoY Team can take, please get intouch if you want a weekly private yoga session. +351 937 237 228
A moment of stillness, in it’s light, wholeness, glory and imperfection a photograph captures. We too can catch a pause in life, to exist simply within the breath.
Stillness, pausing, taking a break is often what gives a boost to the body, mind and soul. That’s exactly what the MoY Team will be embracing over the Christmas/New Year hiatus.
Classes will pause from 22nd December and resume on 6th January, with a renewed fire in the belly. Here are some of the exciting things to look forward to in January 2020!
The extremely fun and entertaining Ministry of Yoga Birthday Party, this year we will host you on Sunday 19th January…. all classes will be donation based, hip hip hoooray! Keep an eye out on Mindbody bookings and our facebook page for the list of classes. TBA
Wednesday 8pm class is now Restorative Yoga + Meditation, what a mix!!!! This will be delivered to you by the soothing sounds of Sandra.
Wednesday 5pm class will shift into a creative dynamic Vinyasa Flow with power house Lena.
Then of course our regular workshops of Massage, Inversion and Assisting (for teachers) along with the monthly Sister Circle will be on the agenda.
As much as we are excited to bring all these goodies now, we know its best to rest, restore and renew.
See you in 2020.
Zoe and the Moy Team.
*Please note: Zoe will be offline with all communications between 20th Dec and 31st Dec. Any emails, texts, whatsapps, whats news, where’s it at, flip dog, touch toes will be responded to in the new year! Boas Festas a Todos.
PS. Find snippets of Zoe’s stay in Nepal uploaded on the Ministry of Yoga Instagram story @ministryofyoga
What do you think? Do you like to mess up your routine once in awhile? Go on a holiday? Change jobs? Perhaps even a simple change, such as re-arranging the furniture in your lounge room. They say “a change is as good as a holiday”
Maybe you are already on holiday in sunny Lisbon? and we want to keep you yoga-ing all through the summer months, to do so we have a modified our regular schedule to 3-4 classes a day. The new schedule is all up to date here: Online Timetable
We will welcome you into our friendly, local and international community of Lisbon with 18 diverse classes each week over summer. MoY is a space to switch off the external noise and delve deeper into your self, unencumbered by burden or expectations. Whether you are brand new to yoga or have practiced for many years, the teachers provide a safe environment for you to explore the shapes and methods of yogic practices. Not only do we offer both dynamic and restorative sessions, we also value bringing yoga into a way of life through the study of yoga sutras (philosophy).
We have a number of pricing options however if you are here for a week or so why not pick up a 3 class pack for 20euros (available once) that way you’ll be sure to fit in time for yoga during your holidays.
Spring is a time for growth and abundance! We have plenty of that coming up at the studio over the next few months. The Ministry of Yoga concept is to embrace many styles of yoga, allowing a practitioner to have a wide and varied experience and exposure to the methods of finding Samadhi (state of bliss in being). Below is a summary of who will join us on a regular basis as well as workshops and events.
To begin with I would like to welcome Faye Cawley to our teaching team who begins regular weekly meditations on Wednesday evening 8-9pm. Be prepared to grow again in your yogic practices.
Sat Preet (Milagros) has returned to MoY on a permanent basis to share Kundalini Yoga teachings with our community, you will now find her offering a lunch time practice at 1pm-2pm Tuesday.
Deepa Bidd has a number of projects on the go and has decided to reduce her Forrest Yoga teachings to the one class per week Wednesday 6:30-7:30pm, we are so happy she can still come to share her knowledge.
Kit Emilson has a new style to bring to MoY, Strong Slow Flow. Expect a creative, dynamic sequence which gives you time to move mindfully whilst transitioning and holding asanas. This is also suitable for all levels (beginners welcome).
Some of the amazing affordable workshops shared in English over the next 2months
TRE (Trauma Release Exercise) with Franziska Nuernberger from Berlin (Ger) 23/3 & 27/4
Chinese Meridians and Qi Theory with Hayley Enright (USA) 29/3 &12/4
Full 2hour Rocket Series with Ruby Morris (UK) 24/3
Kirtan with Leti Ghi (SWIS/UK) and Sankalpa -Manifesting Truth Workshop 28/4
It’s important that as we grow we remind ourselves that the studio space remains at maximum 10 mats per class, we love the community that is created from our small space however it is super necessary to commit to your bookings, if for some reason you are prevented in attending a pre-booked class please give a minimum of 3hours notice (ideally 1 full day) and cancel your reservation for someone else to have an opportunity to practice. We do not instill a penalty as we understand that unexpected things happen but to keep it this way we do need dedication and respect to your fellow yogis and teachers.
Any questions on suitability of classes for you? please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +351 937 237 228
The studio will be closed for Easter, no classes Friday 19th & Saturday 20th April.
Hello Wonderful Souls and thank you for stopping by our news page!
The leaves have turned and fallen from the trees, Lisbon welcomes in a mild moist winter. We have had the pleasure of a Rocket Immersion lead by Ruby and Kirtan by Leti this month which has brought many smiles and joy to warm the hearts of yogis.
We are delighted that many of our teachers will be spending time with family and friends this year, and with an international teaching crew this means we do need to close the studio for a couple of days. We are closed from Sunday 23rd Dec until 2nd January when we resume a full schedule. All current memberships will be paused for 10days.
Welcome back to all those who have returned from Summer vacation, welcome to those who have moved to Lisbon, welcome those who are visiting this fabulous city on your travels.
We have returned to our full yoga schedule + more!
Ruby has begun sharing her knowledge of Rocket Yoga Mondays 10:30hr
Juliana has set up more morning Vinyasa Flow classes Tuesday and Thursday 9-10hr
With mornings being so popular in May/June we have doubled the classes and invited Carol and Kit to be on our regular teaching team. We love having more people to learn from.
Deepa returns to lead Forrest Yoga classes 19th September…… we can’t wait!
Lauren returned last week to pick up her Kundalini class every Wednesday 20hr
Rita is back teaching her regular lunchtime slots…. including Ashtanga LED
Zoe (me) will lead an Inversions Workshop Saturday 15th September with great new techniques from recent trainings in Poland.
21 day yoga and healthy eating programme with Zoe & Kris (Yoga Flavours) begins October- with added features, pranayama, mindfulness and yoga guide!
All in all, we are happy to be back on the mat with 28 classes a week to choose from, come chat to us about your yoga needs. From beginner to advanced, whether you are here for 1 week, 1 month or 1 year+, we are happy to help you find your flow, style and teacher!
Are you trying to book your class via phone call? I promise we are not lying down on the job…. although we do love savasana. I (Zoe) am out of the country studying and my voice recording/forwarding did not work, apologies! However the good news is all of our emails and facebook messages still get through if you need to make a manual booking (rather than the app).
In the meantime the studio remains fully functional with our sensational bunch of yoga teachers. If you need an urgent booking or help you can contact our managers:
Deepa Bidd (15th-31st July) +351 930 548 867
Ruby Morris (1st-19th August) +351 910 849 792
The schedule is running at 19 classes per week until 1st September when all the teachers will return from travel, study and rest time. Look out for new classes and styles being included into our timetable, lets grow again!
Also for the month of July we have been hosting an Access Bars professional, Charlene from Harmonize You . Book in until the end of this month (July) to GET YOUR BARS RUN!
Access bars is a technique that releases the electromagnetic charge of thoughts, feelings and emotions holding all the limitations in place over lifetimes and in your body. They delete all of the limiting points of views creating limitation, giving you access to your consciousness. Access bars has assisted thousands of people to change many aspects of their lives. People report better health, ease of sleep, weight loss, better sex and relationships, relief from anxiety, less stress and so much more! A session cost 30euro and available in packs of 3 for a discount.
Contact Charlene to arrange a session of Access Bars: email@example.com
May you all have time of rest during this sunny time of year.
It’s so easy to fall in love with Lisbon in the summer…. or perhaps all year round for those romantics among us. Before we know it will be 30 degrees everyday and many chances to enjoy the seaside and warm nights in the city.
Here at the yoga studio we will maintain a robust schedule so you can book your yoga practice into the day along with trips to the beach and socialising with friends. We also love having new faces, so whether you are here staying for a few days, a week or many moons we welcome you with a smile and a yoga mat. Many travellers have made friends and learnt the best tips of places to eat around town (the local knowledge) after class.
Whats coming this month?
Saturday 9th June- Fundraising Event We have teamed up with Vamos Ajudar o Martim and Hope into the World to raise funds for Martims ongoing medical and therapy costs. There are 2 donation classes lead by Daniela Cardoso: 10am Yoga Nidra & 3pm Vinyasa flow. The sessions have a min. donation of €8. To register for this special event contact Daniela directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 18th June- 21 Day Yoga and Health Eating Programme begins again online and in the studio (you can do a blend or all online). Daily yoga can be hard to commit to but once begun it can change your life. It helps reduce stress, anxiety and improve mood. We know it can be difficult or expensive to practice at a studio everyday so we created videos to help on those days where you are short on time or saving money. In addition you will be supported by an online weekly coaching session and a workbook. To find out more check our facebook event: 21 Day Programme Event
Thursday 21st June- One of my favourite days of the year! International Yoga Day. Each year to pay homage to our yoga teachers and all those who have come before us, we host a free event 108 Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations). Whether you can manage 108, 12, 36, 54 we invite you all to be a part of this moving meditation. One will be led at sunrise and one at sunset. For ease this is 7:15am and 7:15pm, we will meet at the studio and walk to a local park to set up our practice- kicking off at 7:30am/pm. If you dont have a yoga mat, register online through our booking app and pick one up for the studio (12 yoga mats available- otherwise bring your own mat)- 108 Sun Salutation Mat Hire
Please note the studio will close for the Lisbon Saints Festival from 12noon Tuesday 12th June to 11am Thursday 14th June. We have added an extra class Tuesday morning 9:30am so we can still get a Vinyasa Flow on before we take off for the holiday.
So many more exciting things lined up for July/August as a number of our teachers will be traveling around the world to absorb new yoga teachings and knowledge to bring back to Lisbon (such as our very own Rocket teacher)! September is looking like a new phase of practice will bloom within the studio…. but I dont want to wish the summer away, lets sit back and enjoy the moment one breath at a time.
Spring is in the air with Sauca (Cleanliness) and Santosa (Contentment) guiding our dharma talks and satsang at the studio for the beginning of the season. There are many ways to shift impurities of the mind, cleansing jealousy, greed, anger and ego however for me the most powerful way is to practice Pranayama, Asana and Dharana (single focus meditation). Soon the jealousy shifts to inspriation, the greed into contribution to others, anger into a path to change my actions and ego into humbleness to honour all those who have come before me. Purposefully guiding the mind into a space of expanding inner contentment during seated meditation helps me locate this place when I need it most. Cleansing the emotional and mental bodies daily is an important practice just as we wash our physical body in the shower. Everyday we experience new things, some moments leave lasting impressions and imprints, although we cannot change the past we can learn to cleanse the past from things that cause harm to us. Just like showering, you dont do it just once and stay clean forever, a clean kitchen soon turns to mess after a beautiful home cooked meal, the emotional body is designed to get messy and requires to be cleansed. Share with us your methods of cleansing (not the house…. but the emotions!). We hope your spring clean is as deep as ours has been!
The 21 Day Challenge is now available online! Kris Oak and I have joined our passions of yoga and healthy eating to bring you a new lifestyle coaching programme. There is an amazing e-book full of Kris’ vegan recipes and I have recorded 3x 60min yoga practices (Hatha, Yin and Vinyasa flow). However the most important aspect of this programme is the live coaching sessions….. you will have us as your personal yoga and healthy eating coaches for the full 21 days, conducting a group session every wednesday evening 19:30 (GMT) and answering questions in the private FB Group. The programmes first addition starts Monday April 2nd and will be facilitated every 3months. To learn more check out the facebook page Yoga Flavours or email email@example.com
Our Resident Massage Therapist for April is the marvelous Katharina Harnack offering Ayurvedic Therapies at the studio inbetween class times. Katharina has completed a 140-hour training in Ayurvedic Massage Therapy with Gagori Mitra Gupta in India (certified by the Government of India). She has studied Ayurvedic nutrition, lifestyle and philosophy with Josef Rubin (USA) and has completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training with a focus on Ayurveda with Julie Blumenthal / ISHTA Berlin (Yoga Alliance registered).
Booking a session email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: +351 934 949 594
Prices: 60 mins – €50, 90 mins – €70, 120 mins – €85
Reflexology (90 mins) – €70 Full body Abhyanga + Reflexology (150 mins) – €100
Lastly we know its been difficult to book some classes with our beautiful little space being booked up in advance, however due to last minute cancellations often we have 2-3 mats available at each practice so dont be shy in turning up and trying your luck….. we do take standby clients and often know 10mins beforehand of late cancellations. Alternatively request a private session that way you’ll have a guaranteed mat, prices start from €40ph.
That’s it for now…. we will be closed Good Friday and Easter Saturday 30th&31st March.