about us.

Daniel Schudt is a certified massage therapist, FRC® Mobility trainer and yoga instructor. He´s been practicing yoga since 2004 and is teaching since 2009. His passion for the therapeutic application of yoga and scientifically based movement practices as well as meditation & pranayama started after an injury many years ago. With his knowledge and more than 16 years of experience in holistic bodywork and teaching he makes everyone feel comfortable & safe in class. Daniel is co-creator of the Dawn Collective Shala where he offers treatments, personal training and group classes. 

Mary Bonett. A proponent of teaching Yoga as a practice of self-enquiry with a trauma-informed approach; Mary facilitates an inclusive environment of non-judgement, self-compassion and curiosity. Practicing Yoga since 2002 and teaching since 2014, she is fascinated by us, our relationship to ourselves and the world around us. She believes in our innate capacity to heal by reconnecting to our body and nervous system through breath, movement and meditation. 

Ramona Faas is a sports scientist with the profile in health care and she has been a Pilates instructor since 2016. Sports, movement and a healthy lifestyle are important parts of her life and it is her great passion to share this enthusiasm with others and motivate them to exercise. When she is not teaching, you can usually find her in the water because another big passion of hers is the sea - swimming and surfing.

Chelan Freeman is a Yoga teacher who is dedicated to the discovery of living wholeheartedly and becoming intimate with the totality of life. She has been teaching Yoga & movement practices in studios & on retreats since 2011. Her heart is rooted in exploring the bodies innate wisdom & potential for healing. Focusing on the profound effects of movement, breathwork, self-regulation and meditation, Chelan welcomes practitioners of all levels to step closer towards yourself to explore, sense and feel your entire being while being held by the ancient practice of Yoga.

Regina Ehlers has been a yoga practitioner since 1992. After learning the Iyengar method she gained an appreciation of the meditative flow of postures in Ashtanga Yoga. Having studied with Sri K Pattabhi Jois & Sharath Rangaswami in Mysore for several years she was authorized to teach this method. She taught in her hometown São Paulo & in Goa for many years before coming to live in Portugal. For her the meaning of this practice lies in the nourishing and empowering mindful quality and this is what she looks to share with her students in her open self practice classes. 

Celine Otten is a biologist, school teacher and a certified yoga teacher and thai yoga bodyworker. Her yoga path started back in 2005 with Kundalini Yoga and continued later with Vinyasa Yoga where she received a teaching certificate in 2016. Celine has been teaching back home in Germany as well as in Portugal.  Lately she started exploring the nourishing side of slowness in movement with yin yoga and bodywork. On this quest she also discovered the magic of traditional chinese medicine and developed a keen interest in qigong. With great diversity in her background she´s now sharing a beautifully balanced practice that blends different methods to bring body and mind into a healthy and holistic movement.

Nathalie Gualdaroni is originally from France and has been teaching yoga in studios and on retreats since 2018. Her journey with yoga started 10 years ago, when she felt an imbalance in her life. Yoga provided her grounding, body awareness, mindfulness and a new vision of herself and life. After twelve years in events organisation, she decided to listen to the call of yoga and travelled in India for 6 months to get trained as a teacher (RYT 500h) and explore spirituality. Yoga definitely changed her life and it brought her here to Portugal. She shares with passion and kindness this art of moving, breathing and living. She teaches traditional Hatha Yoga, Yin and Nidra Yoga. Her approach is based on mindfulness and yogic philosophy as a journey to the true self. Her classes are open to all body types and levels. 

Catarina Silva is a Yoga teacher and Balinese massage therapist. Originally from Portugal, she started her Yoga practice in 2008. After moving to Amsterdam, she explored other styles of this beautiful practice and decided to take a teacher training (200 h Hatha-Vinyasa in Kerala, south of India). Since then Cata has been living between Amsterdam and South East Asia, teaching and studiyng Yoga. She has been trained also in Yoga Nidra (20 h, Amsterdam) and Yin Yoga (100 h, Bali) and she loves the restorative practices and the benefits of finding the balance of the Yin and Yang in our lives. 

Jana Toepfer has studied intensively with various renowned teachers of the Anusara Yoga ® style and nowadays her classes are also strongly inspired by Body-Mind-Centering and somatic practices. In 2012 she moved to southern Portugal to enjoy life in a more natural environment - she has been teaching weekly yoga classes for the community in Aljezur since then and created Ocean & Yoga, offering yoga, surf and nature retreats. 

Annette Hartwig is an Ashtanga Yoga teacher, MindBody-Therapy-Practitioner (in training) and FRC® Mobility trainer. She has been teaching Yoga internationally since 2005 and is a longterm student & assistant of Dena Kingsberg. Various in- depth-studies with Richard Freeman, Clive Sheridan, Emil Wendel and Scott Lyons have been influencing & enriching her own practice. Annette’s emphasis of being present in each moment invites a nurturing space filled with honesty and compassion where genuine change is possible and the deeper aspects of the practice can naturally unfold. She is co-founder of yogabija, a platform for yoga retreats & workshops and the co-creator of the Dawn Collective Shala.