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.
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 open a new window of opportunities in your life.
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.
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.
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 the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and since that day dedicates her life to self-study and to the practices of this system.
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.
Since July 2017, Sonia has been travelling the world to practice with different teachers that inspire her and deepen her study of yoga. She teaches retreats in several countries, mainly Ashtanga and Yin immersions in places of beautiful nature - where she enjoys being taking time off from big cities life. Sonia is half Brazilian and half French, so Portugal seems 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".
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.
and meet us!
We are Sonia and Adélia, two passionate yoga teachers and dedicated practicionners who study with renowned experienced teachers. We teach Ashtanga (Mysore style and guided), Vinyasa and Yin/Restorative Yoga.
We wish to help you develop a mindful yoga practice that integrates smoothly into your daily life. Our approach emphasizes breath awareness and understanding of body anatomy in the practice. Most importantly, our priority is to create the loving space to allow self-awareness, acceptance and re-union (Yoga) with yourself .
events and retreats
Week-end opening April 6 - 7Opening Agora Lisboa
7 days Opening Retreat in Portugal April 8 – 14
Ashtanga workshop May 30 – June 2
Anatomy of Yoga June 6 - 10
The Cycles of Life June 21 - 23
The 4 Elements Summer Vinyasa Retreat July 21 - 26
Sankalpa - Together Towards New Horizons at Monte da Orada, South of Portugal. October 12-19
Classes & Cards Prices
|Other class (Mysore included)||€12|
|Card 10-class (all classes) 6 months validity||€100|
|Yearly Membership (Insurance & access to Agora living space)||€20|
We need your support
to make our dream come true…
We found the place where we want to start Agora, downtown Lisbon, right next to the Metro Station Intendente (location link – 23 rua Rafael de Andrade). We will be moving there in January, and planning to open the Shala in April, with a special opening day on Sunday April 7, and a first opening yoga retrea of 7 days from April 8 to 14.
Participate to our crowdfunding campaign (LINK HERE) and help us build an enjoyable, pretty and pleasant place for Yoga practice and where you will feel at home. We are very grateful for your contribution and truly looking forward to having you at Agora Lisboa !…