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.
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: www.facebook.com/obosque.estremoz
Inversions, Headstands to handstands, Saturday September 9th 2017, information here: Workshops
21 Days Daily Yoga Challenge starts 2nd October to register email: firstname.lastname@example.org (limited numbers apply). More info: 21 Day Challenge
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
2) 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,
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.
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.
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.
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
Happy Holidays to all who are jetting off or flying into Lisbon to enjoy time with family and friends. The weather is warm and consistent here in the capital city of Portugal, blue skies, bright sun and many balmy evenings.
There will be a small change to the studio timetable during August with a Public Holiday closure (Assumption Day) 15th August along with closing 2x Saturdays (20th/27th) and 2x Mondays (22nd/29th). The updated timetable will be on the App and Mindbody Online , book in before you turn up to avoid any yoga disappointment.
*Note: those who purchase an August membership will gain 4 yoga days on the end of their month
Other than that the full time table is in place Tuesday to Friday to ensure minimal disruption to your yoga practice.
2 x Inversion/Headstand/Handstand Workshop in August.
Let’s start with a review of April where we initiated the first 21day yoga challenge in the studio which saw the love of yoga expand deeper for new and existing yogi’s. The studio was full of shared energy, concentration, focus, smiles and disciplined yoga practice. Congratulations to all who participated, it’s not easy to put your name forward to attend but once you start, the benefits are endless. If you would like to stay up to date for the next 21 day challenge (beginning 4th July) please subscribe to our events on FaceBook and email your details to email@example.com
The Yoga Inversion Workshop we hosted on 7th May turned out to be the best place in Lisbon! Whilst it poured with rain outside, we stayed dry and put our bodies in all sorts of weird and wonderful places. With almost a full studio, we had a blast with yogis from many different yoga backgrounds, countries and journeys. The main thing is that we all took away some new ideas to keep working on during our own practice. Thank you to all who inverted!
A Night of Nidra and Trataka at the end of May came as a welcome practice of the 5th and 6th limbs of Patanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga. Often yoga is thought of as postures (asanas) for the body however it is so much deeper when you explore breath, meditation and mindfulness. Looking forward to sharing another Nidra Night with you.
What’s Coming Next????….
International Yoga Day Tuesday June 21st Free Event… details to be provided on FaceBook- Ministry of Yoga
New online class booking system to launch in June
21 Day Challenge commencing July 4th – See Events tab for more information
Inversions level 1 July 30th – See Events Tab
Public Holidays 10th, 11th 12th, 13th June (Fri to Mon) classes will resume Tuesday 14th
We welcome enquiries on +351 937 237 229 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wow how time flies when you’re having fun!!! It has been great to welcome all the new yogis to the studio, sharing their passion and commitment to the practice.
Everything…. However let’s be a little more detailed.
We have commenced weekly Sanskrit learnings on Yamas, Nyamas and Asanas (the first three limbs of Pantanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga). This week’s Yama is Aparigraha- nonhoarding/detachment of material possessions. Nobody should be defined by what or how much they own. Our character can be measured through the contribution to a greater, safer and inclusive society. Aparigraha can help individuals release negative thoughts and find an inner contentment, shifting further from external or material pleasures.
Also we have begun working on a Drishti (focus) wall, something to gaze at or contemplate when a little extra support is required. You can add you own words when you arrive or depart the studio, just request the letters. Each week it grows with love and connection to yoga.
WHAT’S NEXT? Announcing some exciting events arising throughout the next 2 months
LISBON YOGA FESTIVAL. Fabulous bi-annual event where you can taste all kinds of Yoga . I’ll be teaching two classes on 20th March- 10am Power Vinyasa Yoga (90mins) & 12noon Beginners Yoga (50mins) Would love to see you there? Check out the full schedule here: http://www.lisbonyogafestival.com/
CHALLENGE! 21 days of yoga commencing Mon 4th- Sun 24th April. Here’s the deal: practice 5 x yoga at the studio, 1 x home practice & 1 x rest day each week for 3 WEEKS! This practice will help break old habits both physically and mentally. Are you ready to give yourself the gift of yoga? More Info online soon, including the prize for 1 lucky winner.
INVERSION YOGA WORKSHOP Saturday 7th May 2pm-4pm. Get upside down, learn the art of controlled headstands, tripods and begin the preparations for handstand and forearm balances. Life is better standing on your head
Pre-register your interest for the challenge and workshop through email: email@example.com or facebook: Ministryofyoga/facebook
NOTICE OF LISBON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AND STUDIO CLOSURE
Yes! We are opening on 9th January 2016 in the heart of Lisbon.
Ministry of Yoga comes with the philosophy of accepting all styles of yoga, embracing yoga in all shapes and forms its more about finding what suits and fulfills your needs as a yogi.
The principle teacher, Zoe has studied yoga across Australia, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and Portugal. Combining East and West styles of yoga practice enabling her to bring a holistic approach to her teachings.
If you have never tried yoga, now is the time . If you have tried, try again you’ll never know the day yoga clicks and becomes a way of life. Benefits are unlimited however those most commonly described are:
Weight loss and body toning
Reduced Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Injury prevention through improved strength and flexibility of muscles and deep tissue fibers
Reduced neck and back pain especially for those who are engaged in office type work
Improved sleep patterns
Increased lung capacity (known to helped runners, swimmers and many other professional athletes)
Improved posture and balance
Ministry of Yoga welcomes you to try 3 classes for an introductory price of 20 euro (for 3 x 1 hour sessions) a saving of 33%. Stay connected on Facebook: Ministry of Yoga for more news on the opening.