Known for her nurturing and diligent attitude when it comes to Yoga, Macau-bred and Lisbon-born Rita Gonçalves has been practicing Yoga since she was 18. What started as a hobby became a full time passion, and so Rita put away her journalist pen and made the leap to India, doing her first 200H at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala. Still today, the presence of this comprehensive Hatha Yoga tradition can be felt in the way she guides you in relaxation, mantra repetition, breathwork, and in being truly present in your practice.
Rita’s inquisitive personality led her to become something of a “scientist-yogi”, always researching. In France she studied Pilates (Matwork), Guided Relaxation (Sophrology) and Energy Healing (Reconnection). In Macau, where she opened her own boutique studio “Yogaloft”, she continues her research work, first delving into Anatomy for Yoga and Yoga Therapy with Leslie Kaminoff and, more recently, focusing on Sequencing for Vinyasa Flow with Noah Mazé.
Devoted to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Rita deepened her knowledge of this vigorous practice with Paul Dallaghan and his team, doing their 200H training at Centered Yoga, Thailand. Over the years she has had the honour of attending workshops with teachers that share that passion for Ashtanga, namely Manju Jois, David Swenson, Noah Mazé, Ana Forrest, Kirsten Berg, Mitchel Gold, Tomaz Zorzo, Isa Guitana, Miguel Homem, among others.