Rita started practicing Yoga in 2005 while living in Paris with Martinne Guennec, a professor of Fédération Française de Hatha Yoga and a member of Śrī Ashesh & Swami Saraswati of the Himalaya Center in Rishikesh, India.

She quickly fell in love with the study and practice of Yoga and when she returned to Portugal she did her Yoga Teacher Training for four years at the Portuguese Yoga Federation, between 2008 and 2012. At the same time and until today, with a constant concern for continuous training, she continued to study and practice Hatha Yoga more deeply with Master Georges Stobbaerts and with Walter Thirak Ruta, disciple of Śrī Śrī Śrī Satchidananda Yogi of Madras and also doing several workshops with Pedro Kupfer.

In 2014, when she moved to São Miguel, she began practicing and studying Ashtanga Yoga at Casa Vinyasa Açores, under the supervision of Prof. Paulo Andrade. In 2015 she had the privilege of practicing Ashtanga Yoga every day with Nick Evans and Katia Garcia, both KPJAYI-authorized teachers, who traveled to São Miguel for a two-month retreat. Since then, she applies the same commitment and determination in the study and practice of Ashtanga Yoga, as she does for Hatha Yoga, and has participated in intensive workshops and seminars with several authorized and certified teachers by KPJAYI, such as David Swenson, Mark Robberds and Deepika Mehta and especially with Peter Sanson, whose way of teaching with simplicity and humility inspires her greatly.

At the end of 2016 she finally made her first trip to India and for two months she studied and practiced under the guidance of Saraswathi Jois at KPJAYI, according to the tradition left by her father, Śrī K. Pattabhi Jois. She also took the opportunity to deepen the study of the Yoga Philosophy, the Yogasūtra of Patañjali and the Bhagavad-Gītā with Dr. M. A. Jayashree and Dr. Narasimha.

Rita chose Yoga as her path, or maybe it was Yoga that chose her ... Through her constant practice and study of the sacred texts of Yoga, Rita was able to find a solid base to try to put into practice one of the greatest and more important challenges of her life: to live Yoga beyond the mat, applying and realizing its teachings in everyday life.

Rita Trindade

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