A short biography..
Rodrigo Fernandes is a musician, yoga teacher and martial artist, holding a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which he has been teaching since 2010. While teaching and working on obtaining a Master’s degree in engineering, he also became attracted to the path of yoga, seeking a deeper philosophical knowledge.
His work as an engineer and his involvement in martial arts were both dominated by the pursuit of goals and achievements, but his exposure to yoga lead him to consider a change in this path. After taking a sabbatical year, hiking in the mountains of South America, he realized that yoga and Jiu-Jitsu are a natural symbiosis, which beautifully compliment each other.
Returning from his sabbatical year, Rodrigo embarked on a rigorous training, finally receiving his Holistic Yoga Teacher certification from Yogi Sivadas, the founder of “Kailash Tribal School”.
Nowadays, Rodrigo promotes the connection of body, mind and spirit through mindful living. He embraces yoga as a holistic system; his teachings focus on alignment, sensory awareness, meditation, philosophy and breath in a creative flow of both passive and dynamic practices. His style is influenced by Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar and Yin yoga, as well as his experience with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In his classes, Rodrigo aims to support each student in their individual needs and encourages self-observation in order to be mindful and not overdo anything.
In his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes, the Warm-up session contains elements of Yoga, Animal Movements, as well as a few pieces of “Ginastica Natural”. The technical part focus on self-defense, sport BJJ and Jiu-Jitsu for MMA. Rodrigo creates a relaxed environment where everybody feels safe and welcome.
Rodrigo is open-minded towards different possibilities for inner growth, and continuously studies new aspects of yoga. Through the holistic approach of yoga and martial arts, he is able to share his knowledge and promote wellbeing. Rodrigo sees the influence these teachings and experiences have had on his own life, and helps others to also benefit from them.
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