The first of a sequence of Q&A's with BEHERE&LOVE'S Favourite Yoga Teachers.
Catarina is based out in Portugal teaching dynamic classes based in Ashtanga with continuous movement, as well slow paced yoga as Yin Yoga where the aim is to find stillness. She has a love for music and this is reflected in the beautiful and inspired playlists she plays in class and shares on Spotify. Catarina is passionate about sharing the many benefits of living a yogic lifestyle and believes that yoga is for everyone, regardless of age or ability. Here we delve a bit deeper with a personal BEHERE&LOVE Q&A.
What is your most loved city? The one that makes your heart beat that little bit faster?
That’s an easy one. Definitely London. Lived there for 6 years and have a lot of good memories from there. London has an amazing vibe and I get excited to go back, see my friends, take yoga classes and enjoy what the city has to offer.
What is your more cherished yoga item?
My japa mala made out of crystals, created with an intention by a friend and of course, my OM yoga vests from BeHere&Love.
Where is your favourite place for adventure?
New Zealand, it’s a paradise on earth and my top trip so far. Everywhere you go is just like a postcard, beautiful landscape, people are lovely and adventure is guaranteed. Queens Town is definitely a place to go if you like to go radical.
What is your biggest love/passion?
Yoga, my husband and everything we are creating together.
What is your favourite quote to live by?
Once I had the dream to work in the film industry in one of the major post-production companies. Everything was telling me the opposite. I got refused a few times but this quote from Daisaku Ikeda gave me the determination and strength to not give up. The dream became reality and I kept the quote in my mind:
“When your determination changes, everything will begin to move in the direction you desire. The moment you resolve to be victorious, every nerve and fiber in your being will immediately orient itself toward your success. On the other hand, if you think, “This is never going to work out,” then at that instant every cell in your being will be deflated and give up the fight.”
If you could make 1 difference in the world/for the planet what would it be?
If could, I would banish all the products from brands that still test in animals and make illegal single-use plastic products. It’s shocking to realize that actually plastic is everywhere and ends up in the ocean.
Where would be your ultimate place to take a yoga class?
A yoga deck up the hills, surrounded by trees and facing the ocean where the sun sets.
Share with us your favourite yoga pose or ritual.
Inversions. I love to get upside down. Although I’m not an inversions master, still have a lot to work on but just love the energy boost you get from it.
How do you replenish your energy after a lot of teaching?
With a nourishing warm big bowl of vegetarian Pho or Ramen soup, especially in the cold days.
What is currently your favourite track to practice to?
Gold Flow (Kula Remix) from DJ Taz Rashid
You can find more about Catarina on https://www.catlovesyoga.com/