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Summer Lovin 2018

Summer Lovin 2018

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:

To find out more about the cause here is Martims Website and  FaceBook Event

  • 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.

Love and warmth to you all,

Zoe and The MoY TeaM




Spring in the Asana

Spring in the Asana

Ola Yogis,

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!

Coming up……..

OutsideThe 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


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).Katharina H

Want more information about Katharina and her magic therapies? click here:

Booking a session email: 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.

Zoe & the MoY TeaM




Festive Season 2017/18

Festive Season 2017/18

Studio Closure dates 23rd Dec-1st Jan (first class back 2nd Jan)

“The best present is to be present, turn up, switch on and show love”

The yoga studio will be closed for a few days over the New Year period however we will return with a super-sized January!

6th January is our 2 year anniversary and we will fill the space with a fun mini-festival “Sublime Saturday” . Opportunities to practice ALL DAY for just a 5euro donation per class. The schedule :

  • 9:30am-10:45am Morning Flow and Pranayama with Zoe (*members attend for free)
  • 11am-12:15pm Forrest Yoga with Deepa
  • 12:30-2pm Introduction to Ashtanga with Rita
  • 2:30-4pm Workshop with Kris Oak Holistic Health Coach “Why Eating a Healthy Diet has Never Been More Difficult and How You Can Change that with 5 Easy Steps”
  • 4:30pm-5:45pm Flow with Ruby

To register click Here search classes 6th January.

8th January marks the beginning of our 21 day Vrata practice. The festive season can take its toll on the physical and mental body.  Why not join us for a reset and personal commitment practice? Details of whats included and how to register: 21 Days of Vrata

Note: A special 2018 collaboration with an International Registered Yoga Teacher Training School (RYTT)

18th March-25th March 2018 Pre and Post Natal (Pregnancy) Yoga Teacher Training Intensive (non-residential) 85hrs- here at Ministry of Yoga Lisbon, Portugal.

This is a limited offer of 7 spaces to current Yoga Teachers looking to advance their knowledge and gain qualification to help women pre and post childbirth.  This course is only being held once during 2018 in Portugal through this specific training school.  Email Zoe for more information on how to register.

That’s it for us in 2017!

The MoY Team wishes you and your family a wonderful, safe festive season.


Lisbon Yoga Scene is Warming Up!

Lisbon Yoga Scene is Warming Up!

Ola Yogis,

As we mover into the cooler months of Lisbon living, why not keep your inner heat glowing with the practise of yoga.  The yogic philosophy of Tapas (to burn) is about managing and sustaining your energy, passion, motivation, your inner flame.  No need to hibernate in winter, there are ways to keep your mood positive, creativity flowing and general health above the cold season.

Rita AmaralWe are excited to introduce a fabulous Ashtanga Yoga teacher, Rita Amaral who will be keeping you stay active during your lunch break 13h (1pm) Mondays and Wednesdays as of 4th December 2017.  If you have never practiced Ashtanga Mysore style before, Rita will guide you through the primary series helping you gain knowledge and confidence in your journey towards self practise.  All experienced Ashtangis also welcome. Instagram; @rita_ashtangayoga

More Winter Warmers Coming your Way:

  • The MoY Team can be found at the 5th edition Lisbon Yoga Festival, Deepa will be guiding Forrest Yoga Sat 25th Nov.  Zoe will be flowing with a Yin Yang for Freedom of the Heart Sunday 26th Nov.  Tickets for the festival are on sale now:
  • Learn to experience the 5th and 6th Limbs of yoga with our meditations on Yoga Nidra and Trataka- Thursday 23rd November 8pm  To Book
  • Special Event 108 Om Chants (Winter Soltice Event)- 21st December To Book


Yoga Retreats

The summer sun is in full swing in Lisbon this August… loads of yoga, loads of heat, loads of fun!

Looking for a yoga retreat in Portugal?

Each summer Portugal hosts many yoga retreats, it seems the perfect European location for sun, relaxation, water and calmness.  I highly recommend trying one for yourself, this week I will be taking a few days out to recharge at a yoga retreat too, hence why you might have noticed the schedule is a little different 16th-21st August. Deepa will be teaching daily Vinyasa classes and Cris will fill in on 8pm Yin Yoga Thursday.

O Bosque

I’ll also be teaching yoga at the O Bosque farm retreat in Alentejo from 15th-18th September 2017.  6 yoga sessions, vegetarian food, options to camp or stay in the homestead, swims in the pool, meditation walks, time for yourself.  Deepen your yogic practice, physically, energetically and mentally.  More information:

Other Events

  • Inversions, Headstands to handstands, Saturday September 9th 2017, information here: Workshops
  • 21 Days Daily Yoga Challenge starts 2nd October to register email: (limited numbers apply). More info:  21 Day Challenge

Happy Summer Days!

Zoe (and the Moy Team)


Upcoming Events!

Upcoming Events!

Hi All,

A quick update to let you know about the upcoming events and schedule changes at Ministry of Yoga, Lisbon.

1) Tomorrow is International Yoga Day! We are celebrating together with 108 Surya Nasmakar at Carcavelos 19:30-21:00.  This is a free event come along and self practice or enjoy the sunset in company (also summer solstice, longest day of the year).  Updates will be posted here: Link to Facebook Event

Deepa Living2) The amazing Deepa Bidd is in Lisbon (from London) offering a Forrest Yoga Workshop and 6 week course that begins NEXT WEEK!  More information here: Forrest Yoga in Lisbon

Please note Deepa’s teachings at present are separate from your MOY Membership however feel free to enrol in the workshop/course if you would like to experience the unique style of Forrest Yoga. **Please note: to accommodate Deepa the Hatha class at 20:00 Wednesdays has been suspended until further notice**

3) YinYang 60min practice has been super fun and will continue as part of the regular schedule MOY schedule:

  • 20:00 Monday Evenings
  • 17:00 Wednesday Afternoons

4) Lastly but certainly not least, I am deeply saddened by the recent loss of many lives in Portugal due to wildfires in Predrogao Grande. Sending thoughts and prayers to those effected by the loss. In support I will be arranging donation classes in the coming weeks, keep an eye out on FaceBook for the ways in which we can help the extended community.

Keep safe, healthy and embrace your love for others,

Zoe x

Begin Again

Begin Again

Ganesha (image) is the god of new beginnings and a remover of obstacles (among other numerous qualities). Is it time for you to begin again? Each season, each week, each day, each breath gives us a chance to begin again.

I begin again with opening the studio today, renewed and refreshed after a wondrous trip being with family and friends.

Coming up over the next month or two:

  • 21 Days of Yoga. Dedicating yourself to daily practice can bring you into a new realm physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  Beginning on 8th March click HERE for more information
  • Inversions. Come along and turn your practice upside-down, the 6th edition of our Inversion Workshop is now open for registrations.  Date Saturday 3rd June, please contact me directly via email or phone if you have any concerns.  Click the link Workshop Overview for more information.
  • Timetable. As of July 2017, I will make a few changes to the class schedule, to do this I would love your feedback either via email or in person, what times/styles work or don’t work for you.  I know it’s impossible to have the perfect schedule that fits everyone however it is important as a studio we look to constantly evolve and improve.  As a part of the change a new class YIN YANG will commence 3rd July.

Private yoga classes with friends, colleagues and conferences are available, including the use of gift vouchers.

Lets begin again,

Love Zo x


Regular Schedule and Bookings Suspended until 2nd May 2017

Hi all,
 During the next 6 weeks I will be in Australia studying yoga and visiting family, I apologise to those who were hoping to practice however  I am super excited to bring new juicy, heated Vinyasa Yoga flows and deep, spacious Yin Yoga Therapy back to Lisbon.

During this time Ministry of Yoga will be closed.

Dates: 16th March-1st May 2017 -Full schedule resumes 2nd May with a 21 Day Challenge beginning 8th May….. Daily Practice 🙂

Thai Yoga Massage

Martina Vonkomerova is still taking bookings whilst I am away. Make an appointment to bring your body into balance, calm the nervous system and genuinely feel relaxed;

Thai Massage FB cover
See you soon Yogis,
Zoe x
Yoga in Lisboa (MOY 2016)

Yoga in Lisboa (MOY 2016)

The last 2 months have been jam packed with fun activities both inside and outside of the studio.

  • Ines Lino Massage Therapist showed us how to bring magic to the body through a combination of Shiatsu and Thai Massage.
  • I was invited to teach Yoga at the MakeSense Lisbon Unconference, an awesome group connecting Social Entrepreneurs, check out a snippet of their work here:
  • Together with Zunka we launched a monthly Women’s Circle to cultivate positive connections in Lisbon (English speaking), it’s been so popular it is currently booked out months in advance.
  • We got all funky and upsidedown in an Inversion Workshop 19th November


  • Lastly but not least the weekend just passed we were invited to share a Womens Circle at Lisbon Yoga Festival the weekend was full of yoga, food and philosophy.

Now in December we begin to wind down for the year…..

Our special end of year event for 2016 is FREE!!!! 108 Oms Chanting 21st December 20:00-21:00, amazing vibrations to be felt on the eve of winter solstice.  To register email

The last regular class held on Friday 23rd will be Vinyasa & Vinho 18:30-20:00 (normal class pricing applies/memberships included)

Important Dates for Studio Closure (all are updated on the booking app/site):

Public Holidays: 8th December

Christmas Closure: 24th December- January 4th 2017

Subscribe to our Facebook events to be kept up to date with January and beyond activities, including our 1 year (free) anniversary yoga party!

Reconnective Thai Massage

Hello Lisboa!!!

A fabulous opportunity has come about to spend time and learn from Ines Lino (Massage Therapist) right here in the MOY Studio Lisboa.


Have you ever wanted to improve how you give massages to your loved one/friend/family? or perhaps looking to receive a nice massage from a loved one? These 2 workshops have been designed with you in mind, to connect and unwind over 75mins.

The Workshops:

Bringing Traditional Thai Massage, Shiatsu and Oriental Oil Massage together :
Whether it’s by the use of stretching, rubbing or pressuring, these workshops will teach you a few key techniques that will help you reconnect and unwind, while getting in touch with tensions or blocked energy points in the body. Not only will you receive the benefits of these ancient techniques, you will also learn how to give.

When and Where:

Workshop 1- September 29th (Thursday) 20:00-21:15 &

Workshop 2- October 1st (Saturday) 15:00-16:15

*please note each workshop will be offering different techniques

MOY Studio (near Rossio): Rua  das Portas de Santo Antao 27 andar 1 Lisboa 1150-264

Price for massage techniques:

€15 for 1 workshop (75mins)

€25 for both workshops (2.5hrs)

Registrations and Questions:

Online Booking (Payment made at the studio): Mindbody Online

or email:

***Feel free to come along by yourself or bring a friend to pair up with during the practical application***

More information on Ines can be found on our FaceBook Event post