I first discovered Yoga while reading surfing magazines and I noticed that more pro surfers were taking on yoga as part of their training routine. Their comments were always positive and they highlighted the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga for both their professional and personal lives.
Yoga is important to me because it keeps me connected to my true essence. It is a sacred tool that raises my self awareness helping me to act accordingly to my personal goals. Throughout the last 15 years of curious investigation I constantly discovered that no matter what style of yoga I practice, one of the most important elements is emotional control. Yoga teaches me how to stay calm in stressful situations, to breath slowly when moments of anxiety arise, and also how to shift my perspective (by hanging upside down in a headstand position).
My first Yoga teacher training was in Brazil back in 2005 when I completed the Aruna Power Yoga course. I then attended a second Yoga teacher training in 2006 that was focused on Vipasana Meditation. In Australia I studied with Simon Borg-Olivier from 2009 til 2013, the same year that I immerse myself into the Satyananda Yoga Ashram in the Mangrove Mountains to live and breath yoga. An experience that I recommend to anyone who feels they'd like to deepen their spiritual practice.