Where are you from?
I was born in Brazil and raised in Colombia.
Who inspires you?
People who are out there in the world, being authentic, creating something meaningful and living full, rich lives. Dr. Jane Goodall, the band Lucius, the climber Renan Oztruck, Lili Elbe- one of the first recipients of gender reassignment surgery, to name a few.
Do you have a spirit animal?
My chihuahua, Arlo, who I think might be actually a baby dragon.
Current favorite inspirational quote?
Argue for your limitations and you get to keep them. ~Elizabeth Gilbert
How would you describe your teaching style?
Like Jazz… Old-school Jazz, not that avant-garde deconstructed stuff. Smooth, playful- I like to move into the hidden nooks and crannies in the body. So often times I encourage people to play in the ambiguous space between poses, where it’s not quite one pose and not quite the other. I also encourage them to moodle or move around a bit in the shapes to open up more space in the body. We become interested in creating space in the body. The shapes then follow.
Silence or Music during class?
Music- both live and canned.
Which posture helps you “Go Deep?”
It could be any posture, honestly. The breath is the hook for me. Though lately I’ve been enjoying stillness tremendously. So right now a good seat is my happy place.
Complete the sentence: I practice because…
Having a practice, something I commit to daily is the best mirror I know. It’s been the greatest of teachers. And it is a home in my pocket.
Which of the Five Pillars most resonates with you (right now) and why?
Right intention. It seems if it is aligned, everything else will follow.
Just one? Today I’ll go with 1.33 ‘By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard toward the wicked, the mind- stuff retains its undisturbed calmness.’