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Luana Fara Gonçalves

Calle Machete, San José, Río Oro, Costa Rica

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About Luana Fara Gonçalves

My life has been a versatile journey that has turned into the path of Yoga. I have dedicated most of my life to the awareness of the body and the awakening of the consciousness through the process of learning, teaching, sharing and experiencing different...

My life has been a versatile journey that has turned into the path of Yoga. I have dedicated most of my life to the awareness of the body and the awakening of the consciousness through the process of learning, teaching, sharing and experiencing different paths and perspectives.

I studied Contemporary Dance Arts and worked for several years as a dance teacher, choreographer and performer. At the same time I began studying holistic body practices in 2001 which is when I was first introduced to yoga, though still was not ready to embrace it as a way of life.

In 2006 my life drastically changed as I began working in the corporate world and decided to stop dancing. A short time after that, I picked back up my yoga practice and moved heavily into both Yoga and Pilates.

In 2010 I finished my Pilates Teacher Training Certification additionally in the same year I completed a 250 Hours Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training in Kasasana Yoga School, both in Costa Rica.

In 2011, driven by my passion for both disciplines, following a dream of sharing this path and aware of the potential of business growing in Costa Rica market, I decided to open my own studio: EnPrana Yoga & Pilates Center. While running the studio, between 2011 and 2013, I completed the Anusara ® Yoga Immersions I, II and III as well as the Anusara ® Yoga teacher Trainings I, II and III, studying with recognized teachers as Jaye Martin, BJ Galvan and Layla Kuri. In addition to those certifications, I also completed other Yoga Courses in Costa Rica at schools such as Kasasana Yoga (now Kasananda), Krama Yoga, The Sanctuary at Two Rivers and  Namaste Yoga Studio. Complimentary to Yoga, I also  studied Pilates Teacher Trainings I & III with Elena Bartley from Pilates Center of Las Vegas.

Starting 2012 I became quite interested in Ashtanga. I started practicing with Mariela Cruz and through the years I have practiced and taken workshops with renowned teachers such as Matias Flury, Patrick Nolan, Gabriele Severini, Tim Feldman, Kino MacGregor and Mark Robberds.

In 2019, I met Petri Räisanen in Goa, India, with whom I practiced 6 days a week for one month. Later on, in 2019 also, I had the gift to travel to practice with Ty Landrum and Mary Taylor for one week. This two recent experiences changed completely my approach to the Ashtanga Practice and the way to share and teach, and I have planned to keep studying with them at least once per year. 

I consider of great value the combination of Iyengar and Ashtanga methods, which I practice with discipline and devotion, together with Pranayama, chanting, meditation and the study of sacred texts, which is the reason why since 2012 I have been traveling to India, visiting and studying with my Iyengar teacher Usha Devi, and my philosophy teacher, Siddhartha Krishna.

Traveling to India has transformed my life. I have also lived, practiced and studied for short periods in Ashrams like Parmarth Niketan and Sadhaka Grama Swami Rama Ashram. I am passionate about Mantra Chanting and playing the harmonium (on a very amateur yet devotional way) which I started to learn in a visit to India in 2017.

In Costa Rica I had  two important  teachers that provided a great foundation to my Yoga path, Rodolfo Carrillo, who introduced me in the art of self observation and mindfulness, and Atma Crista, whom introduced me to the method of Ashtanga from a non dogmatic perspective.

I have studied many additional courses such as Acroyoga, Breema, Partner Yoga and Thai Massage, with teachers like Justin Carusso and Atma Crista. Also, in 2014, in one of my travels to India,  I have completed a certification in Ayurveda & Ayurvedic Massage. In 2016 I graduated as a Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition®. 

Besides the presencial courses, I have also taken online Continuing Education Courses with Yogic Studies®, and currently studying other courses with Yogaanatomy.com, YogaUOnline and Embodied Philosophy.

In 2015 I started traveling the world, exploring, teaching and deeply learning the discipline of Yoga. At the beginning of 2017 I have completed another Yoga Teacher Training in India. 

In 2017, I moved to New Jersey and together with the love of my life (now my husband), we directed a Yoga Studio: Balance Yoga Studio. We ran the business together for about 1 year, teaching classes and workshops, and giving Health Coaching Sessions, until we realized this was not our passion or dream life.

My teaching path goes from group classes to privates during my first years of teaching. Gradually I ended up moving to specialized workshops, Yoga Intensives, Retreats, Continuing Education Programs and Teacher Trainings, where I have my life and heart currently.

In 2018, we moved to Costa Rica and founded a school that was aligned with our vision and with our purpose. Currently I am completely focused on our school,  Sacred Self School of Yoga. The main purpose of this is school is to share information, experiences and knowledge through specialized courses for Yoga teachers or committed practitioners, such us CEUs and YTTs. 

I believe in the bio-individuality of the human, which is the reason why I don't agree that one system or method fits all. I am always looking to nurture myself and keep with my practice of Ashtanga, supported by the alignments of Iyengar, intuitive dance & movement, pranayamas and chanting, and sharing my experience and knowledge from a place of non-attachment but self-truth. I believe that our highest freedom resides in the possibility of been conscious and kind.

First Registered November 2017
2573 Teaching Hours
Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider
First Registered November 2017
2573 Teaching Hours
Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider YACEP® Profile 

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