Client Manager & Reception
Portimão was his place of birth. Graduated in Touristic Information & Entretainment by the Algarve University. Spa Therapies Training. With several years of experience in hospitality, being part of several touristic units since his started his job activity. Got married with Silvia Duarte in Goa - India, as his business partner, shares is passion by the holistic practices and medicines.Focused in the quality, and giving special attention to the litlle details, whichis the mission of Villa Prana, giving their best to their guests.
Pilates & Yoga Teacher - Manager
Was born in Portimão, starting her path in the Wellness area in 1989, in London city, where teached classes for 5 years. In Portugal,being back to the home country, promoted several pioneer practices among them the fusion between Yoga, Pilates and Surf.Contributed since then for several magazin e newspaper articles, national and international. The Yoga practice contributed for profound changes in her profissional and personal life, supported by continuous study and courses.Between several spiritual trips, whichtook her to Nepal, Tibet, Thailand and India, where she got married, where crucial for the development of a dream and old project, together with her husband and business partner David Coelho - the birth of Villa Prana - Guesthouse & Therapies in Portimão.Nature and Animals lover, she truly belives that "You will reap what you sow"
Ayurveda Therapist & beautician
Therapist since 2001, she became Cosmetologist and Beautician in 2004, acquiring her Professional Card for beauty treatments providers. From 2007 she gives herself into Ayurveda Therapy embrassing it with body and soul, for which she became teacher of various ayurveda treatments.To this day, the will to study, to investigate, to apply and to share more and more blossoms with great joy, gratitude and affection for all ancestral wisdom and human beings that meet and remain in her path.
Fisiotherapist - Pilates Teacher
Degree in Physiotherapy - Instituto Piaget / Algarve since 2009.
Obtained contact with the clinical practice acting in the diagnosis and treatment in multivalences and for the promotion of the community health of the senior and children populations, in an intergenerational project in partnership with a municipality.
Graduated in the areas of Preparation for Birth, since 2010, by the Portuguese Association of Physiotherapists and Clinical Pilates since 2013.
Currently, it is dedicated to the promotion and maintenance of health in a particular context, combining physiotherapy with Clinical Pilates.
He has been dedicated to the spiritual practice since 1993. Was a Catholic monk at the Ordem Hospitaleira de S. João de Deus in Spain and Portugal for 8 years. Studied Theological Anthropology at the Pontifical University of Salamanca in 1998 has the first contact with Ayurvedic Medicine, through a community of monks in southern Spain. Done the 1st course of Massage, Ayurvedic Nutrition, Marma massage at Suraj Ayurveda Clinic Research Center, Puna, India 2003.
- In 2004 he graduated in Human Resources Management from Universidade Lusíada in Lisbon.
- In 2005 he finished the course of Ayurveda therapy at the European Academy of Naturopathy - Malaga.
- From 2004-2006 he was Technical Director of the Social Center of Santa Maria dos Olivais and of Santa Beatriz in Lisbon. In 2006 he was Technical Director of the Homeless Shelter Center in Xabregas - Lisbon.
- In 2007 travels to India - Dharamesala and lives in a Tibetan monastery, where he studies Buddhist-Tibetan philosophy and meditation attending classes of S.S Dai Lai Lama;
- at the same year visits the Vipassana Meditation Center in the Himalayas;
- still in the mountains he studies Ayurveda Therapy and psychology at the Asho School of Ayurveda and Panchkarma;
- 2008 he studied Panchakarma at the Siby's Institute Kerala Traditional Siddha and Ayurveda Center, Kerala, and was invited to join the teaching team of this School;
- He is a Yoga teacher formed by Sivananda Vedanta - Madurai and lived in Sivananda Vedanta Ashram from November 2008 to February 2009,
- in September 2009 he graduated with a degree in Ayurvedic Medicine from Cambridge International University.
- On 25 September 2010, the one-year academic internship in Ayurveda and Panchakarma ends at the small Siby's Ayurveda Center - Kerala Traditional hospital.
Drª Tânia Paias
Drª Tânia Paias
Clinical Psychology Consultations / Clinical Hypnosis at Villa Prana.
Clinical Psychologist since 2003;
Post Graduate in Neuropsychology;
Master's in School Health by the Faculdade de Medicina de Lisboa;
PhD student in Forensic Sciences.
She is an invited specialist for several national events, such as congresses, workshops, seminars, radio and television. Collaborates with some municipalities to promote school coexistence and violence decrease in schools.
Author of "Tenho medo de ir à Escola"
- Postgraduate Clinical Psychologist in Neuropsychology;
- Master in School Health;
- Doctorate in Forensic Sciences;
- Researcher in the area of Bullying - International Project participation;
- Psychotherapist - EMDR- www.emdrportugal.com;
- Bullying Portal - Portugal Director;
- Psychologist Specialist in Psychological Evaluation.
Pilates Method Instructor
Born in Portimão, graduated in Physiotherapy at Jean Piaget-Algarve Highe School of Health.Started an Osteopathy course in 2017, by the Osteopathy School of Madrid.Complemented her training in Physical Therapy adjusted to aquatic environment / hydrotherapy, musculoskeletal, manual and myofascial therapy, clinical pilates, hipopressive abdominal gymnastics and women's health.
Physiotherapist in the hospital and clinical context since 2009 at Hospital Particular do Algarve.Clinical Pilates Teacher, Matwork certification, by APPI since 2012.Physiotherapist agjusted to aquatic environment / Hydrotherapy since 2011
Hatha Yoga & Meditation Teacher
Practicing yoga for about 10 years. Her practice began through yoga samkhya, followed by hatha yoga practice. Encouraged by her teacher and friend Silvia Duarte, and inspired by the aromas and colors from a trip to India, she decided to embark on the adventure of taking yoga training in a Traditional Hatha Yoga and Vedanta School with Pedro Kupfer.
In addition, about four years ago she started practicing in Vijnãna Yoga Center with Teacher Teresa Caldas, having continuous training and regular classes. Influenced by different styles of yoga and with a Bachelor in Social Education, with experience in vulnerable an at risk populations, she teached yoga classes in Silves Prison in Agarve, encouraging the inmates of practicing.
It promotes physical, mental and emotional well-being and along with yoga, has been dedicated to traditional Ayurvedic massage and sound healing massage with Tibetan bowls for about 7 years.
The empathy for people, the willingness to share this ancestral knowledge and the discovery of "Being" with every feeling, every movement and every breath, is what motivates.
Yoga Teacher, Writer, Blogger and Body Image and Intuitive Food Coach. She studied in Coimbra, but only later took the a 200-hour certified course at Quinta do Anjo Ashram, orientated by professor Paulo Hayes.Since then she has given classes in several spaces, including a clinic for treatment of eating disorders, attending assiduously to various workshops and trainings.Her classes are dynamic, fluid and with the intention of promoting connection and well-being with the body, and the soul through it.
Vinyasa Yoga Teacher
Lara is a certified yoga teacher from Amsterdam with her heart in Portugal. She has been teaching yoga since 2010 based on 20 years of yoga practice, dance and fitness experience.
In 2010 she graduated in Yoga Teacher Training at Svaha Amsterdam where she deepened her practice onto a more spiritual level with Sanskrit mantras, pranayama breathing exercises, Vipassana meditation and yoga philosophy.
Lara's teaching has evolved from a variety of yoga styles, such as Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, and Partner yoga.
Music, chanting, yoga philosophy, and a good sense of humor are an integral part of all her teachings. Lara's vinyasa classes can definitely be physically challenging but she will never encourage you to force the pose or power up your ego.
Dr. João Aguiar
Dr. João Aguiar
Traditional Chinese Medicine - Acupuncture
He was born in 1977, grew up living in several cities from north to
south of Portugal, through the middle still passed through Morocco,
France and Holland life experience.
From early age he became
interested with Chinese culture, having on that time oriental behaviors
such as lotus pose sitting position!
Biology and medicine have always
aroused his curiosity, and as he grew up among diverse cultures, he
developed an opening for everything that is different or unknown, it was
this conjugation that led him to be specialized in Traditional Chinese
Medicine and to work in acupuncture and herbal medicine since 2009.
This curiosity continued and began to work with new technologies, laser therapy, bio-stimulation by resonance, among others.
He returned to the Algarve in 2010, based in Central Algarve
Yoga Teacher/Ayurveda Therapist
Yoga Teacher and Ayurveda Therapist, certified by Yoga Alliance International, by the Ayur Yoga School, Rishikesh, India, providing teaching in Traditional Indian Yoga style.
Trained as an Ayurvedic Medicine Therapist by the renowned Ayuskama Institute in Rishikesh.
He regularly visits India, eager to deepen his knowledge of Indian culture as well as his roots in Yoga.
Physiotherapist graduated by the Jean Piaget Higher School of Health - Piaget Institute, she worked as a physiotherapist in Physiotherapy Clinic for 3 years.
She currently collaborates with João Moutinho Football School Association - Official School of Sporting Clube Portugal, as well as with the Portuguese Association of Parkinson's - Barlavento Algarvio.
Graduated in Clinical Pilates by Bwizer School, she teaches her classes at Villa Prana.
Feng Shui Advisor
Graduated in 2004, in Chemical Engineering - industry branch, by Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa (ISEL).
In 2008 she started the Feng-shui course at the National School of Feng-shui, having obtained her first professional degree in 2010. Since then she has developed workshops, lectures and more recently Feng-shui training courses and in parallel, as a consultant professional, performs private and professional consultations.
Qi Gong - Tai Chi
Born in Germany in Marburg/Lahn in1963. At the age of twenty she got first time contact with japanese «Martial Arts» in 1983, where her long journey started to become a teacher of chinese and japanese martial arts, and also asiatic wellness and healing techniques. In 1993 she met her teacher of Iyengar Yoga doing a training course in end 90's.
The final decision being a fulltime practioneer of Wellness Techniques was made in 2002, when she visited for a year a school for Naturopathy;
Among the Wellness knowledge there is the Ayurvedic massage, reflexology, relaxation and Qi Gong in the « Sportsakademie Dr. Lee Duisburg» in Germany, under the Grand master knowledge Meiko Yuen Lee. Worked between 2004 -2010 in the Algarve,
she moves 5 years to the south of France, where she learned Taji Quan under the Koreen Master Dr. Yung, returning to the Algarve in 2016.