I am happiest when I’m having meaningful connections in communities that cherish and celebrate one another and Mother Nature, specially if we're by water or the Ocean. I embody and offer it through Qoya classes, workshops and retreats. Qoya is a fabulous way to finding your flow through life when you are interested in feeling more, feeling alive and open to deepening your ability to connect with yourself, others and something greater than all of us. I believe that when 1+1 come together, magic can happen and often the result is way more than 2!
I was born in Brazil and came to NY in 2000 to spend 6 months, take a course and travel. A son, many adventures and heartbreaks later, I’m still in Brooklyn mastering having fun no matter what and practicing seeing the bigger picture of all things.
My curiosity, zest and eternal desire to learn granted me diverse life skills of a Competitive Swimmer, TV Commercial Producer, Mother, Credit Analyst, Health Counselor, Student and Teacher of English (ESL), Yoga, Cooking and Qoya. They helped me develop abilities to be more present, sharp and focused as well as open, playful and caring in all my offerings. My first Qoya class was in 2011 at my first Teacher Training and I loved it from the first breath. It’s truly an honor to share Qoya every Sunday at Sacred Brooklyn Studio and around the world with the ones who feel called to join this Movement. It’s a privilege to meet you here and I hope we connect in person and dance together before we know it.
When did you take your first Qoya class? September 23, 2011, 9am. That's how the Qoya Teacher Training at Sacred Brooklyn started. Sometimes, you simply know in your bones when it feels right and you dive right in... It was a deep soul dive and I never looked back.
What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? It's a way to feel and navigate life in our own unique ways, together. It's a way to speak up, share love, and create magic one song at a time.
What is your favorite song to dance to right now? "Better When I'm Dancin'" by Meghan Trainor and "Home" by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.
What book has inspired you on the path to embodying the feminine? Any book by the amazing women Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray & Love, Big Magic...), Brené Brown (The Power of Vulnerability, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong...) & Cheryl Strayed (Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things...).
What they did for me was to bring the many facets of the women in me to the front stage of my life. They helped me embrace, love, and bring forth all the raw, vulnerable, real, fearful, creative, fierce, compassionate, funny, loving, tender, bright, and dark parts of me. I feel more whole as a human with a soul navigating this Earth plane as a Woman.
What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? I’d say, check in with your body! Are you feeling a pull towards it? Your body knows best!