AGORA….
is Portuguese for NOW.


It was born of a common dream and aims to become a collective one – that is NOW coming true.

The dream to create a different space, thought as a yoga studio that could allow for social and cultural exchange. Our wish is to create a space where practices for the body, the mind and the heart can merge. Where physical and meditative experiences can meet creative and artistic explorations. A place where people can gather and get to know each other in a bubble of simplicity, loving kindness and acceptance. Where thoughts, ideas and a community can take roots.

AGORA….
is based in Lisbon


We chose the wonderful city of Lisbon to lay the foundations of this collective project, and we are very happy to invite you to join us there. Come to discover the mindful practice of Yoga and Meditation and open a new window of opportunities in your life. We are located in the heart of Lisbon at Rua Rafael de Andrade, 23 , 2nd floor, near the metro station Intendente.

We have regular Yoga and Meditation classes, special workshops, community events we invite international guest teachers, and we organize retreats, in Portugal and abroad. We also host trainings and workshops given by local teachers.

At Agora, we also have a “Therapy Room” where therapists (massage therapist, osteopaths, acupuncturists, etc) can give treatments, massage. You can ask us if you are interested to get an appointment, or if you wish to rent the space.

AGORA…
is Greek for « Open space assembly »


Nearly every city of ancient Greece had an agora when the classical period of Greek civilization began to flourish. Usually located near the center of town, the agora was easily accessible to every citizen. It was the heart of the city – where ordinary citizens bought and sold goods, politics were discussed and ideas were passed among great minds like Socrates, Aristotle and Plato. Some of the world’s most important ideas were born and perfected within the confines of the Athenian agora including, most importantly, the concept of democracy.

AGHORA…
in Sanskrit, is derived from the root word ghora,


which means « darkness » and « fear ». A- ghora stands for the opposite, « illumination », « peace », « calmness ». Darkness represents ignorance, whereas knowledge brings forth light. The path of Aghora, which is also a school of Tantra, aims to eliminate the veil of ignorance.

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About
Sonia

Sonia’s first encounter with yoga happened during her studies in the United States when she was 18 years old. After a few years exploring different forms of yoga, she became passionate about Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and since that day dedicates her life to self-study and to the practices of this system. She left her International Development career and decided to teach Yoga in 2014.

Sonia sees yoga as an every day transformative practice that for her smoothly evolved into a lifestyle. She wishes to share with others the tools that the yoga practice can offer to support each of us on the path of self-transformation and freedom.

She met Linda Munro and Gerald Disse in 2014 and started studying with them at Ashtanga Yoga Paris. She then taught yoga in this beautiful community for three years.

She also has been following trainings in Yin Yoga the last two years to combine a more gentle and restorative practice to her Ashtanga classes and share this soft practice of letting go and acceptance with her students.

She loves studying Yoga philosophy and has been studying Ayurveda with an Indian Ayurvedic Professor since December 2017.

From July 2017 until March 2019, Sonia was traveling the world to practice with different teachers that inspire her and deepen her study of yoga. She taught retreats in several countries, mainly Ashtanga and Yin immersions in places of beautiful nature – convinced that we all need to take time off from big cities regularly. Sonia is half Brazilian and half French, so Portugal seemed like a perfect mix for her to settle down back in Europe this year. She has been dreaming to move to Lisbon for a long time and contribute to start an Ashtanga and Yoga community.

Sonia keeps growing and evolving in her yoga every day and wish to make her teaching as evolutive…. always keeping a “beginner’s mind”.

About
Adélia

Adélia Nollet was 18 years old when Reiki entered her life, opening the door to an extraordinary path. After 10 years of practice, the time came for her to become a Reiki master and to be able to initiate people who want to enter the energetic realm.

Adélia has also always been passionate about nature and the link between humanity and the environment and so naturally these were important values for her during her time as a high school science teacher.

At the same time, devoted to travel, she has moved around numerous countries, most notably New-Zealand, where she began her yoga journey which has continued to this very day.

On returning to France, she began an Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher training (200h yoga alliance certified) alongside to excellent teachers Linda Munro and Gerald Disse. She is now almost 500h certified in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. She is also certified in prenatal and postnatal yoga and continue her path and discoveries in Nidra yoga, Astrology and Tarot.

For her, life is an initiative journey leading towards knowing oneself and personal growth. Nothing is more important than finding our own way in order to understand our inner core and how to relate to it whilst appreciating others and our individual truths. It is through these values that she transmits the teaching of yoga in its various forms; dynamic with Vinyasa and Ashtanga or softer with Yin or Restorative.

About
Luis

Luis has been meditating for 16 years, after having discovered Zen Buddhism in Japan. He worked during 10 years for a French governmental organization in a performance and competition-oriented environment, and thus became very aware of the difficulties, challenges and stresses faced by office workers in the modern world. Thanks to a not-for-profit solidarity organization Luis founded 13 years ago in Colombia, he has been able to cultivate on a daily basis the values of solidarity, generosity and patience.

He received his training as a meditation teacher from Dh.Vajracaksu (Triratna Buddhist Order) and decided to give a new start to his life by moving to Lisbon and joining Agora. He feels immensely happy to be able to share with students tools that have helped him to transform himself and to positively influence his everyday live, including at work. His main influences are the Zen and Tibetan mindfulness traditions, although he is also greatly inspired by the Sufi tradition that he became familiar with while living in Turkey. He enjoys creating a safe space in Agora where students can learn, share and create while encouraging each other with a sense of community.

Having recently discovered yoga and practicing it regularly, Luis enjoys building bridges between yoga and Zen-Tibetan meditation, cousin traditions that can be immensely supportive of each other

Come
and meet us!

We are Sonia, Adélia and Luis,  passionate yoga and meditation teachers and dedicated practitioners. We are continuously studying with experienced teachers to keep evolving and cultivate an open attitude towards the teachings. We teach Ashtanga (Mysore style and guided), Vinyasa,  Yin/Restorative Yoga and Meditation.

We wish to help you develop a mindful yoga and meditation practice that integrates smoothly into your daily life.

In Yoga classes , our approach emphasizes breath awareness and understanding of body anatomy in the practice. In meditation, we emphasize body awareness, breath awareness and awareness of thoughts and feelings. Our teaching intends to increase the capacity to concentrate, to open one’s heart to appreciate life more fully, and to cope with suffering. Most importantly, our priority is to create the loving space to allow self-awareness, acceptance and re-union with yourself .

AGORA…
Upcoming events and retreats

November 1

Movie nights at Agora

Beginning of a new cycle. Life is like a movie starting on November 1st!

Once a month! Next one December 13th (Friday from 7pm - 9pm)

Women’s Gathering once a month at Agora !

Everyone is free to join these monthly circles – an opportunity to share (not too seriously!), discuss and connect. Contact us if you are interested in joining (free)

February 9-15

One week yoga retreat in Nosara, Costa Rica

Pura Vida Yoga Retreat : for one week enjoy the beautiful region of Guanacaste, in Nosara, Costa Rica

March 9-16

7 days Yoga retreat in Colombia – L’invitation au Voyage

One week Yoga retreat in Taironaka, an old indigenous village near the Caribbean coast of Colombia.

March 28- April 1 2020

5 days Thai Massage Workshop Open to all levels

5 days Thai Massage Workshop with Thalia (Thai Yoga Massage Nomad)

Join us to learn the principals of Thai Massage through playing , exploring and thinking with a new perspective on body movements. Techniques for beginners, chosen from the three paths of traditional Thai massage: (Thai yoga massage, Thai oil and Osteo Thai)

February 19 -23 2020

5 days Introduction Course in the Art of Massage

A comprehensive journey into the many styles of massage therapy

***Bringing Shiatsu & Traditional Thai Massage & Oriental Oil Massage together*** with Inês Sena Holistic Therapies

Join us for a journey of self discovery while exploring the healing qualities of conscious and connected touch aboard Ágora, a city oasis where you can enjoy quality time with like minded people.

This course is an introduction to the healing principles behind massage bodywork and a deeper understanding on how to transform the act of massage into an active meditation, taking you on a wonderful journey of self awareness and transformation.

February 1st 2020

One Day Urban Retreat with Sonia and Luis at Agora

This urban retreat aims at exploring the theme of IMAGINATION: through Yoga, Meditation, Music, Creativity and Community Building

Saturday from 10h-18h

Write us to join and get details!

April 9-12 2020

3 days Community Gathering, Yoga and Meditation Retreat

What will we do during this Gathering at Casa Shanti, Mafra

Cultivate our individual and collective creativity with different tools:

Meditation and Mindfulness practices

Yoga : Ashtanga and Yin Yoga

Music and Dance, Mantra Chanting

Art and Creativity workshop, Ayurveda workshop

And we will have more surprises for you…!

May 20-24 2020

5 days Sound Healing Training Level 1

5 days in the universe of Sound & Vibrations:

  • Discover the mysterious universe of Gongs, Tibetan Bowls and Crystal Bowls: their history; the different types and components; how to choose them; how to play them and use them; which protocols? You will be able to test and practice all the instruments.
  • Connect to your Voice, in complete awareness
  • Awaken your bodily listening and connect to your inner feelings, let yourself be touched by sound and its resonance
  • Immerse yourself in a sound week (sound baths, gong baths, crystal …)

Sign up for classes

We use the website Mindbody for our classes. You can easily sign-up for classes using the app of Mindbody!

Click here to go to Mindbody!

https://mindbody.io/fitness/studios/agora-yoga-lisboa

Schedule

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Click here for the classes and event schedule!

Note : No Mysore Ashtanga practice on Full moon and New moon days.  The other Yoga classes are maintained.  We take a day of rest from our Ashtanga morning practice. Why? As human beings, we are formed 70% by the water element, so the energy of the moon and its position in relation to the Sun affects us greatly. When we practice Ashtanga regularly, we become more attuned with the cycles of Nature.

Moon days 2020

January: Friday 10th ○ full moon – Friday 24th ● new moon

February: Sunday 09th ○ full moon- Sunday 23rd ● new moon

March: Monday 09th ○ full moon- Tuesday 24th ● new moon

April: Wednesday 08th ○ full moon- Thursday 23rd ● new moon

May: Thursday 07th ○ full moon- Friday 22nd ● new moon

Classes & Cards Prices / Preços Aulas e Pacotes

First class / Aula Experimental €8
Yearly Membership (Access to Agora living space) / Cartão de Sócio €20/ (PS €15)
Class 1h/ Aula de 1 hora €12
Other class (Mysore included) / Aulas 1h30 e Mysore €14
Card 10-class (all classes) 6 months validity/ Cartão de 10 aulas €120/ (PS €95)
Mysore only monthly passes: 3x week OR 5x week / Pacote Mysore €60 /€75
Unlimited month (inlcuding Mysore)/ Pacote Mês Ilimitado €110/ (PS €85)
Reiki Session 1h/ Sessão de Reiki €50
Card 4 Reiki Sessions of 1h / Cartão 4 sessões Reiki de 1h €150
MEDITATION ONLY PASSES/ PACOTES AULAS MEDITAÇÃO
Meditation 5 classes card – 6 months validity/ Pacote 5 aulas €50
Meditation 2 x week / Pacote 2x semana €55
Meditation Unlimited month/ Pacote Mês ilimitado meditação €75

Preço solidário: para alguns pacotes (onde está mencionado um segundo valor “PS”), oferecemos a possibilidade de pagar o “preço solidário” para tornar a prática acessível para todas/os.

Ask us if you are not sure which card would work the best for you! Pergunte-nos qual pacote seria o melhor para si!

Astrology and Tarot Reading upon request

About Yoga


The term “Yoga” is derived from two Sanskrit roots, one is « union » , the other « contemplation «  or absorption. Yoga is aimed as reconnecting with our true nature, allowing us to see that we are free.  Going through the process of knowing ourselves deeply so can take out our layers of conditioning and leave the state of ignorance from which suffering arises.

There are several Yoga schools and systems drawing upon different influences that offer guidance on this path of self introspection and inquiry. Yogic practices show us the way to union with our inner selves, this deep sense of consciousness that is in all of us, already there and awaiting to be unveiled. This feeling of unity or union can be experienced through both physical, mental and spiritual (body, mind and soul) practices.

The Asana practices (physical Yoga) that you will find at Agora represent only a small portion of yogic practices , yet they are often the most accessible to us when we first come into Yoga, and a wonderful healing tool for your body.

Pranayama (breathing exercices) and Meditation are some of the other tools that one can explore on his path of self discovery and acceptance.

If you are new to Yoga and Meditation, you can ask us for advice as of which Yoga form would fit you best, or simply try them all and see for yourself. As an indication as what to expect and how to pick the right Yoga form for you, you should feel good after your practice, pain- free and you might experience a sense of peace and calm.

 

About Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga


The physical dimension of the Ashtanga Yoga system (that encompasses many other dimensions) was developed in Mysore, India, and is practiced as a predefined set of postures linked together with the breath. Intended to be a daily practice (6 days a week and 1 day rest) this powerful, healing practice is a specific sequence of postures (asanas) linking breath (pranayama) and movement (vinyasa) Ashtanga is an dynamic flow that combines strength, flexibility and stamina and the sequence is designed carefully to both open and strengthen every part of the body for a complete evolutive practice.

How is Ashtanga Yoga taught at Agora?

Our Yoga practice should support life and make us feel better, healthier and happier in our everyday life. Each student is unique. Therefore, we believe the practice should serve the student’s needs and be adapted to her/his body’s limitations. We wish to share a mindful approach to the practice of the sequences of Ashtanga where the emphasis is placed on the breath and the individual’s own way of learning the poses and moving through the predefined sequences.

Ashtanga Mysore style 

In Mysore (India) it is the way that Ashtanga is practiced. The student develops a personal practice, moving at his own pace (his breathing pace) and the teacher guides her/him along posture by posture. Each posture is built upon the preceding one and the teacher is there to help the student move safely from one posture to the next one when the student is ready. The teacher can give the students verbal advices and, if the student wish to, hands-on adjustments or assists in poses to support the health of the body and enhance the experience of the posture. By making the student autonomous in his practice as soon as possible, memorizing the sequences and knowing how to work with his own breath and body, Mysore practice encourages self practice and an individual empowerment. The Mysore room is set to create a safe space filled with the energy of each practitioner practicing together, so each is given all what is needed for the development of a lifelong Yoga personal practice.

Ashtanga Led Classes

Ashtanga Beginners

When you first come to Ashtanga, you might feel intimidated to jump in a Mysore room filled with students who seem to already know what they are doing…You can start by joining our Ashtanga Beginners sessions. They are one hour long guided classes designed to introduce you to the practice of Ashtanga and acquiring the basics to make you feel more confortable to join the Mysore.

Ashtanga Intermediate

During the led 1,5 hours classes, the students are guided through the postures of the primary series in unison and given several options to do some poses that may be more challenging. The led classes are designed  both for Mysore students who wish to work on endurance and concentration by following the flow of breath under the voice of a teacher, and for those do not wish or cannot join the Mysore classes but still want to practice the Ashtanga sequence in a group class.

About Yin & Restorative Yoga


In most of our “Yin” classes, we blend Yin and Restorative Yoga together

At the foundation of Yin yoga is the Taoist concept of yin and yang: opposite and complementary principles such as soft and strong. The Yin symbolizes the dark, calm, and stable aspects of nature, and is also associated with a contemplative, meditative energy while Yang embodies  light, energetic, and dynamic and active aspects.

Accordingly, Yin yoga is a slow-paced practice focusing on poses that stretch the hips, thighs, and lower back with the use of conscious breathing and an emphasis on physical awareness. In a yin yoga sequence, poses are held for three to five minutes or more. Yin yoga poses stretch the subtle, more stable connective tissues of the body rather than the large, dynamic muscle groups that are worked in fast-paced yoga classes (as Ashtanga or Vinyasa classes) which could be considered “Yang” yoga.

In a pure Yin Yoga class, stretches can be intense and there is still effort being done in the poses, the use of gravity in passive stretching bringing deep stretches. On the other hand, Restorative yoga is a practice that aims at stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system by taking all notion of effort out of the poses. The Restorative poses are designed to allow for complete relaxation of the body thanks to the use of blankets, blocks, belts and bolsters as a central part of the practice.  They are held for a longer time (5 to 10 minutes or sometimes more) in order to allow for real deep relaxation and an opportunity to restore your energy.

In our classes, we mix Yin and Restorative Yoga in order to ally possibility to stretch our connective tissues while still allowing space for « unplugging » and total relaxation that will make you feel your energy renewed at the end of the class.

If you are looking for a soft, relaxing and gentle practice, or wanting to take it easy some days while still practicing Yoga, these classes are made for you. If you have already a more « Yang » Yoga practice, it is vital to balance your practice with some of the Yin/Restorative classes so that you can keep your body healthy and a strong vitality along the years, avoiding to burn yourself up by too intense workouts.

Mentally, Yin yoga is a great way to grow your meditation practice. Without the constant distraction of movement that we can come to rely on in a more yang practice, Yin forces us – gently – to slow down and go inward. Learning to be comfortable in stillness and to accept the things as they are in the present moment are great tools for happier lives, especially in the world of constant stimulation and distraction that we live in.

About Vinyasa Yoga

Info soon to come!

About Yoga Nidra

Info soon to come!

About Meditation

Info soon to come!

Thank you so much for your support
to make our dream come true!


We are so very grateful for the support we received from you to our crowdfunding campaign and truly looking forward to having you at Agora Lisboa !…

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Without all of you it wouldn’t have been the same

THANK YOU

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We are located in the heart of Lisbon at Rua Rafael de Andrade, 23 , 2nd floor, near the metro station Intendente.

Tel: 218 230 652 OR 937 798 057

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