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About Letícia

Letícia Duran
Yoga Instructor / Ayurveda Consultant

I first discovered Yoga out of curiosity and as a way to keep my body healthy and avoid back injuries while working as a dive instructor. After a couple of classes I realized that it was not only about the poses, but a way to connect body, breath and mind. I felt so present and connected to the moment in every class! Every time feeling more energized, happy, more balanced and with a positive mind =) It didn't take much time for me to realize that Yoga was/is not only practiced on the mat but everyday through our acts and behavior with ourselves, with others, the animals, and the environment around us, it is a Lifestyle!

During my Yoga Teaching training I was introduced to Ayurveda, the world’s oldest health system based in ancient India since 5.000 years ago. What called my attention and made so much sense to me is that it uses the principles of nature to prevent and keep the body healthy, while it’s entirely based on digestion and eating the right foods for your body. I became fascinated by this ancient healing system, where the mind and body are interconnected. 

When we live in harmony with the natural rhythms: such as eating seasonal foods and more from the earth not from packages, as well move the body everyday with the practice of Yoga and exercises, we can reach a balanced state of body and mind.

Nevertheless, Ayurveda was created in ancient India, 5.000 years ago. Back then and there it all made perfect sense, however, lots of things have changed and continue to change. The evolution of life has made things noticeably different now than they were before, and this becomes even more evident when you live on the other side of the world. The food industry has changed dramatically as well, to the point were we no longer know what processes the food we eat go through before they reach our table or how animals are treated before they become a meal. At the same time, we live in an era were the use of conservatives, antibiotics and unnatural substances has increased in huge amounts... Ghee is then, for instance, no longer the solution to a better digestion as it used to be back in India 5.000 years ago. Because I understand all of these things, I like adapting the principles of Ayurveda to the modern times and also include ingredients from other parts of the world that didn't exist in ancient India but that are well recognized for bringing incredible benefits to the body. In my cooking you will find well-known super-foods such as chia seeds, maca, spirulina, quinoa and many more. Eating healthy has never tasted so good!

I am so GRATEFUL to share what it feels so good to me and the benefits of Yoga and Ayurveda!

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