about us.

Daniel Schudt is a certified massage therapist, yoga teacher, FRC® Mobility trainer and dedicated surfer. 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 15 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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Dina Bengio is a vinyasa & yin yoga teacher, Ericksonian hypnosis practicioner and a contact-beyond-contact facilitator. She did her teacher training in vinyasa yoga in Bali in July 2019 with Kula Collective and Yin Yoga in Paris in December 2019 with Gemma Vassalo. As her own yoga practice became more and more present in her life  she also discovered hypnosis and a yet deeper yearning to combine the exploration of the inner world with the experience in the body. 

Dina shares her passion for yoga on and off the mat inviting you to work on the physical, emotional and spiritual body. 



Benedicte Hetty is an international Kundalini Yoga teacher, Soundhealer & Sacred Raw Cacao Ceremony/ Ecstatic Dance facilitator. She did her Kundaliniyoga training in Stockholm, Sweden from 2010 to 2012. Her training in Vinyasa Flow & Yin Yoga is from Bali in 2012. She is also a passionate traveller and artist, occupied with holistic health and individual self realization to reach full human potential.

Cosima Julia Bachler loves to explore life through movement and the body. She is trained by David Life & Shannon Gannon (300h Jivamukti Yoga-TT) and is a Thai Yoga massage therapist. Her classes include well selected playlists, smart sequencing & spot-on physical assists. Cosima has been teaching since 2015 in Vienna, NYC and Beirut. Cosima teaches Vinyasa Flow classes at the Dawn Collective Shala.

Mieke Geschiere finds joy and satisfaction in guiding people towards personal growth. Since 2000 she studies human behaviour, wellbeing and self-empowerment. Mieke is curious about life, meeting and working with people from different backgrounds. She found in Yin Yoga a beautiful tool that helps us increasing our physical & mental health. Before arriving in Portugal Mieke worked with climbers, elderly people and yogis in Patagonia. She guides her students to connect with themselves, to get to know themselves better, in order to make choices that will increase their personal wellbeing, during the class and when they step off their yogamat.

Annette Hartwig is an Ashtanga Yoga teacher, MindBody-Therapy-Practitioner (in training) and FRC® Mobility specialist. She teaches Yoga worldwide for more than 2 decades 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 director & co-founder of yogabija, a platform for yoga retreats & workshops in Europe and the co-creator of the Dawn Collective Yoga Shala in Arrifana, Portugal. .