"empty your mind, be FORMLESS, SHAPELESS, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, if you put water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle, if you put it in a teacup, it becomes the teacup. Water can FLOW, water can CRASH. Be like water, my friend." - Bruce Lee
From childhood I remember that I liked to feel working my limits, whether physical or intellectual, I always had a taste for exploring, researching, asking and discovering new things. Over time, on the way, I joined some sports, which I have always been very competitive, today I see that it happened not with my colleagues, but with myself, because I liked to feel that for giving me the best of me, everyone was satisfied.
My parents and my family have always been very supportive for me in all my decisions and I will be forever grateful. Even when I did not know how to decide they showed me the path they considered the greatest to me, and that way I joined at my 18 years in a Law Univeristy in Rio de Janeiro.
I had a quiet graduation, enjoyed preety much the course and in the last semester I could pass in the brazilian lawyers order exam. To be honest I never had to study much, and I overabused my intellectual ease in assimilating different contents. So I graduated with many hours of different law subjects, many hours of internships, and also a lot of time dedicating myself to things I like, beside it. At this point I didn't care so much about my law career, but it came up uppon next.
As I graduated already a lawyer, I pushed myself to work during the next four years as it. I was in some big firms in Rio, I also had my own office and in some time worked by myself. During this period I feel like I was missing something in my life. It's crazy, because even I had an awesome life, with all my familly and friends around, in that confort zone I didn't feel engaging my professional life, so something was not right for me.
After coming to Lisbon in 2015 to a master degree in International Law, I realized that I wanted to live a simple life, in a calmer place, where I could put my ideas togheter and have time to think about myself, my life and what to do with it. How could I enjoy the much I could my day-by-day life everyday? How could I be happy and enjoy more my every moment? What would make me really feel alive every single day when I wake up?
I started asking myself simple questios like what do I like to do, what can I do for others that relates to what I like doing, what could I do to inspire others to feel the same I feel about life and the simple things and, of course, how could I make a living on it? I dived deep into myself and questioned me in a lot of days and ways before turning it into a decision. But it was there.
I realized that I like to move myself, to stay in movement, practicing sports or even working with something that keeps my body on work and my mind relaxed. With that I realized that I like to help people too, I like to see people smiling, simply happy and grateful, and then I started thinking how could I inspire and in the same time help people achieve what they want, who they dream for themselves? How could I help myself and people to get into a connected way of life, body-mind-spirit?
And like a glimpse I noticed that I had practiced yoga a few times in my life, and remembered that in the very first class, after the relaxation in corpses pose A.K.A savasana , when the teacher invited us 'back to our bodies' (i was asleep, its true) and I got back to my conscience, I felt a big relief, and it came a big laugh from inside, that I couldn't contain, it was funny for me in that moment, because it was only me laughing.. at the end it was a nice reception to this ancient energy-flowing conscious practice. In addition, I remember back in Rio that before surfing, I used to do some yoga simple stretches, most of them unconscious of what I was doing, as foward folds, low twisted lunges, and some movements to activate the spine, always moving with the breath to expand lungs capacity and improve my breathing before paddling.
At this moment I woke up for a dream, I decided to leave a little aside my lawyer carrer and follow this feeling, in which I could help people to know theirselves better, reconnect with their inner self, and where I could connect with my truest self, that would actually make sense for my life. I searched sometime for a yoga formation that would make sense for what I was looking for, I found it in Lisbon.
It was a very challenging period for me because I sometimes felt I was not capable of changing my life at this point, maybe I was old, maybe that was too much for me, to start something from nothing now. I dedicated myself and at the end of my teacher training (YAI certified Hatha-Yoga Integral) I was so in the mood and could absorb a long content. After graduating I had such a luck to have some people inviting me to try some opportunities and work as a private yoga teacher and in an outdoor exercise team.
What most matters is to BELIEVE YOURSELF, enterpreneuring is not easy, you have to work hard to see yourself where you want, but it pays off after sometime, for sure. Freedom for me nowadays is the capacity someone has to love every single thing it does every moment in their lives. If I can manage to work with something that I love doing, this means I am free ALL THE TIME.
Through yoga, in addition to all of its physical and mental benefits, of integrating human beings, I can provide to exchange knowledge and meet people with different cultures almost every day. I reach people who believe in the way of goodness and who seek an improvement not only personal, because it starts in themselves, but also for the society as a whole, and connecting different minds in this same tune I can feel that somehow I am able to change the world and my reality.