This November we're hosting a series of pop-up Yoga classes during the Web Summit in Lisbon so that busy Techies (like myself) can still keep their Yoga practice going during the technology conference. So we've partnered with the top Yoga studios on Lisbon to offer up classes on November 6th, 7th and 8th. You can sign-up for a spot in the class by booking via Wellclik.com.
One of our all-star Yoga Teachers for these events is Mafalda Mourão, owner of Hot Pod Yoga in Lisbon and a superstar Yogi. We sat down to ask her about her Yoga journey and what inspires her in life...
Mafalda Mourão’s yoga journey began in 2005 in the mountains of Sintra, Portugal, where she began developing a strong interest in the principles of yoga asana in the tradition of Iyengar yoga. In 2007 her passion to teach overseas led her to Bali, Indonesia – the yoga capital of Asia. By sharing her knowledge and passion for yoga, Mafalda intends to help and facilitate the students to find and connect with their true selves, following their journey with balance, truth and serenity.
1. Tell us about yourself, and how you got to be where you are today?
I am a Yoga Teacher and Owner of HotPodYoga Lisboa. I started as an architect and traveler, one thing led to the other and along the way got really into yoga and all the fields within it.
Between the travels and people I met, I was contacted by Lucy, an English enthusiast of hotpodyoga in London, fell in love with the project and ended up getting the opportunity to run it myself.
2. Tell us how you spend your average working day
I do most of my computer work from my home or the library across the street, along the day that's where you can find me. I have most of my meals at home and take some time for groceries shopping and cooking. By the end of the day, I head to the yoga studio where I teach 2 classes per day.
3. What inspires you?
Amazing, happy, healthy and honest people.
4. What are your goals in life?
To evolve, to grow.
To get to a place of 100% emotional stability, happiness, joy.
To create more projects and to connect to more inspiring people.
To travel more.
5. What does Wellness mean to you?
A healthy life balanced between diet, exercise, meditation, yoga and all tools you can work with to get yourself balanced.
6. What advice would you give to a person looking to change their lifestyle to a happier healthier one?
Travel, explore, change your patterns, try new things.
7. Tell us about your business?
Hotpod Yoga is a forward-thinking yoga franchise business - founded in Jan 2013 and going from strength to strength with the help of our growing franchise family. The operation is designed to give yoga people (both instructors and non-instructors) the opportunity to run their very own Hotpod Yoga franchise.
At Hotpod Yoga we run hot Vinyasa yoga classes in our portable inflatable heated studios - ‘pods’. Our pods are one-of-a-kind designed from scratch by us and our extremely talented partners and make for a perfect hot yoga environment.
8. Tell us your Top 3 Tips for Wellness?
Relax, do yoga, meditate, run, whatever works for you.
If you can get your mind to relax, everything else will fall into place.
9. So what’s next in your career/life?
To open a second studio.
Make sure to join us for our pop-up Yoga classes at Mafalda's studio in Lisbon during the Web Summit in Lisbon, November 6th to 9th.