Patanjali lays out the definition and purpose of yoga beautifully in sutra 1.2 – ”yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of mind”. There is no better definition of yoga, in my opinion. But what are the fluctuation of the mind? It’s the ever-changing thoughts, feelings, memories, concepts that limit our existence (and perception) on a what it feels a forever endless cycle! This is the primary reason why we practice asana, pranayama, mudra, bhanda, meditation and all the wonderful techniques yoga offers – to achieve balance of the mind and body and move upwards as spirituals beings. This is a life time work in progress and there is no rush. Everyone’s journey is special and unique and the goal is to simply enjoy it!
The practice of Vinyasa Yoga is said to have begun with Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who greatly influenced how yoga is practiced today.
Vinyasa is the intelligent sequencing of the asanas (postures) linked to the breath; there is a constant movement and fluidity of the body and mind. Breath and movement are coordinated as you move from one pose to the next, until you reach a peak asana to then move into a more lunar phase, to finally relax into Savasana. Every practice starts with an intention originated in the heart (Sankalpa) and hopefully moves beyond the Yoga mat into the daily life.
My classes offer a slow and creative Vinyasa style with some seriously nourishing Yin postures toward the end of the session, that will make you feel more open, relaxed and connected.
Often I incorporate the magical sound of Tibetan bowls at the end of the yoga practice that will make you enter a wonderful meditative state and facilitate a deeper healing.
Regular Classes – Lisboa
Urban Bliss Lisboa
The Little Yoga Space
Aldeia da Praia
Regular classes – London
Porchester Centre, Notting Hill
The Life Centre, Notting Hill
The Roko Club, Chiswick
1:1 Yoga private sessions
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My yoga session with Sandra was a blissful experience with just the right pace between dynamic and gentle yoga, allowing me to follow my own rhythm. Punctuated with mindful quotes, aligned to the specific time of the year (summer solstice), this was one of the best yoga classes I have ever been to. The cherry on top of the cake comes with a sound session while in savasana at the end. Sandra is truly passionate about yoga and the whole experience is a real gift to treat yourself with.