Rita Pereira

Rita Pereira

My passion for Yoga was born is 2005, as a student, but after 7 years I felt my path was to teach and I became a teacher. I´m certified in IYENGAR Yoga, Junior Level I and certified by Rainbow Kids Yoga.

In 2014 I opened my first yoga studio “Yoga love Yoga” that reflects my passion. In 2019, I founded Centro IYENGAR Yoga Lisboa – São Vicente, which in 2024 was renamed Lisboa Yoga Center.

I am also graduated in Social Work and have worked for many years with various social groups and elderly population. I have a community garden, which I´ve also been learning.

Today I dedicate my life to the study, practice, and teaching of this Art. My classes are a reflection of my continuous learning and dedication. I attend workshops with some teachers, including Patxi Lizardi and Cristian Pisano. I’m currently attending a training course with Billy Konrad, “Syntropy of Yoga”, which synthesises the tradition of Iyengar Yoga with Osteopathy.

I teach regular classes in my center, and  give classes to children and teens in public schools, and in festivals. I organize the “Yoga na Aldeia” retreat and I frequently travel to India.

I like to compare Yoga practice with the nature observacion. When we contemplate nature and feel the smells, hear the sounds, and observe the colors, we stop. The mind focuses, concentrates, and observes the moment. This is how Yoga practice is. Only through observation, sensitivity and humility we can learn, feel and internalize.

I started my Yoga practice as a student.

I did my first training in Hatha Yoga, as a Yoga Instructor, in Associação Europeia de Terapias Orientais, until 2012.

I started teaching Yoga classes at gymns and therapy centers in Almada. I started my regular practice on IYENGAR Yoga method.

I joined the Yoga training for children and families, certified by Rainbow Yoga Kids.

I started training in advanced studies in IYENGAR Yoga with the sénior teacher Billy Konrad. This training lasted 3 years and ended in 2016.

I opened my first studio “Yoga Love Yoga” in Baixa Pombalina, in Lisbon.

I started Yoga classes for adults at Junta de Freguesia de São Vicente.

I started giving Yoga classes to preschool children (3-6 ages), and primary school (6-11 ages), by Junta de Freguesia de São Vicente in 3 public schools.

I became a certified IYENGAR Yoga Introductory Course of Level II teacher. Studio´s address change to Freguesia de São Vicente.

Between 2016 and 2020 I assisted teacher Billy Konrad at the therapeutic classes.

I started and advanced training with the teacher Billy Konrad, which is still currently ongoing. First trip to India.

I attended classes, studied and practiced at the Ramamani IYENGAR Yoga Memorial Institute, in India, with the master´s sons, Geeta Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar, and his granddaughter Abhijata.

I took another IYENGAR Yoga exam and I get the Intermediate Junior I Level.

I participated in the centenary celebrations of the Master´s birth where I had the opportunity to practice once again with his children and to attend the last classes conducted by his daughter Geeta.

I founded the Centro IYENGAR Yoga Lisboa – São Vicente.

I did an Intensive Yoga Course with Usha Devi in Rishikesh, índia.

I started teaching teens with special needs, between 12 and 18 years old, at Escola Secundária Gil Vicente.

I did regular online Yoga classes with Prashant Iyengar and Abhijata Iyengar.

Start a 3 year training course called “Syntropy of Yoga” – with Billy Konrad and Tobias Lotan (Osteopath), which synthesises the tradition of Iyengar Yoga with Osteopathy.


Sandra Melo

I’ve started practicing Yoga in 2012, having tried many styles.

And it was in 2013 that I started practicing Iyengar Yoga and since then I have dedicated myself with all my heart and soul to this method.

I’m a certified Iyengar yoga teacher, Introductory course of level II, by the Iyengar Yoga Association in the Uk, having done my training with Alaric Newcombe.

I’m also certified by Rainbow Kids Yoga and Connected Kids Professional Tuition of mindful activities, both in London.

I continue to study and deepen my knowledge of yoga practice, participating in retreats, workshops, regular classes and through my personal practice.

I deeply believe that Yoga is more than a physical discipline; it is a way of living.

And by finding pose, flexibility and ease in our Yoga practice we extend this to our lives, achieving true and lasting transformation.

I’m also graduate in Economics and specialized in Management Control and Accountancy.

I started practicing yoga in London, and tried many different styles.

I began my Iyengar Yoga practice and since then I have dedicated myself to the practice and study of this method.

I completed my Connected Kids Professional Tuition certification of conscious activities in London.

I completed my Connected Kids Professional Tuition certification of conscious activities in London.

I became a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher by the Iyengar Yoga Association in the United Kingdom


José Pedro Pereira

In 2005, when I started practicing yoga and reading about it, I felt for the first time in my life that something resonated with me, that what was written in the scriptures somehow described my way of feeling and understanding life, and even more so, helped to clarify that understanding even more. I fell in love with something in life for the first time and it was only a matter of time and courage before I left my job as a civil engineer to devote myself exclusively to yoga.

From that moment on, it’s been an entire journey with the aim of being able to help others in their personal/spiritual process. This is the main reason why I decided to teach as well as be a therapist. The main sources of study and inspiration over the last 20 years, from which I have drawn information and knowledge to fulfill this role, have been Iyengar Yoga, Zen Shiatsu, Vipassana meditation and Modern Psychology.

The classes are based on all the knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and yoga therapy provided by the Iyengar method. The way the classes are conducted and their content are a result of all the knowledge and personal experience acquired over time.

Started practicing Hatha Yoga with Fausto Jacobs

Ayurvedic massage course at ALBA.

Essential Reiki course with Fausto Jacobs, levels I and II.

One-year course in personal development and practice at the Portuguese Yoga Center in Lisbon with teachers Carlos Rui and Alexandra Sequeira;

Start of 3 years course as a Zen Shiatsu therapist at the Portuguese Macrobiotic Institute;

First trip to India to take part in a month’s intensive training in Ayurvedic Massage and Pancha Karma in Kannur.

3 day Shiatsu Shin Tai workshop with Saul Goodman;

Myofascial treatment course with Paula Madeira, modules I and II.

Participation in the first 10 day Vipassana meditation retreat;

4-month course in advanced yoga studies at the Bihar School of Yoga, India, with Swami Niranjananda Saraswati.

Three month intensive teacher training at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Center in Dharamshala, India, with Sharat Arora.

Assistant to Sharat Arora on the five day courses, Yoga therapy courses and at the 2012 teacher training;

Started to teach yoga classes for the first time at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Center in Dharamkot, Índia in between June and November 2012, leading the beginners and advanced courses during this period.

Taught Yoga classes in various venues in Lisbon and Odivelas;

Iyengar Yoga Workshop with Christian Pisano in Lisbon;

Starting of 4 years of intensive participation in the men’s group and meditation retreats of the Awakened Life Project.

Opened Mandala Yoga Shiatsu studio in Odivelas;

Started regular yoga practice with Billy Konrad in Lisbon;

3 years Body Psychotherapy training at CPER – The Essence of Being with Drª. Estela Rodrigues

Assistant to Billy Konrad in weekly therapeutic yoga classes.

Start of 3 years certified Iyengar yoga teacher training in Nice, France with Christian Pisano;

Iyengar Yoga workshops with Stephan Lalo and Billy Konrad.

Yoga workshop with senior Iyengar teacher Márcia Monroe on Scoliosis

Examination as a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher in Malaga, Spain;

8 month Functional Anatomy in Yoga course with teacher Hugo Abecassis.

Training in Visceral Manipulation levels 1 and 2 with Rita Benamor from the Barral Institute Portugal;

Beginning of online participation in the Iyengar Yoga classes of senior teacher David Meloni;

Participation in various online workshops with Prashant Iyengar and Abhijata Iyengar.

Training in Analytical Psychology; C.G. JUNG; introductory module

Training in Analytical Psychology; C.G. JUNG; module on the practice of psychotherapy.

Certificação IYENGAR® Yoga