Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedic Consultant and Writer
Filipa Veiga (b. Aveiro, 1976) is a Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedic Consultant and Writer. Authorized Ashtanga Mysore teacher since her fourth trip to Mysore in 2018, she also holds a certification by the Yoga Alliance UK since 2012. Filipa has always been physically active; a dancer since her youth, she started practicing Ashtanga more regularly since 2004.
Filipa follows a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, which is expressed in her book Yoga-me (2016). A natural communicator, upon her return to Portugal in 2015, she started organizing annual wellness retreats as well as became ambassador for Wanderlust Portugal in 2016 and kick-started the Portugal Spirit Festival, the Portuguese branch of its Balinese counterpart in 2018.
A Journey Into Yoga
My journey into Yoga is connected to my life as a globetrotter. Born in Portugal, in 1980, at the
age of four, my family moved to Macau, in China. For 14 years, I grew up travelling and
discovering the world and its peoples. Every year, we used to do family trips in Southeast Asia
and I also spent every summer holiday in Portugal to be with my family so that my ties were not
compromised. To this day, travelling remains one of my favourite activities, and can say I am
blessed to call home to more than one place.
Growing up within a traditional Portuguese family setting grounded me with strong values yet
did not provide me with substantial opportunities to pursue a spiritual path. Macau is a highly
spiritual place, where I was surrounded by spiraling burning incenses, Chinese Buddhist temples,
Catholic churches, Jesuit priests and fengshui. It turns out, Macau, was a gift my parents gave me.
A gift for life that made me tolerant toward difference and empathetic toward human condition.
I was a dancer all my life, but in the early 2000s I slowly surrendered to Ashtanga Yoga. This
practice would become my tool to strengthen and purify both my body and soul. I can be heard
saying that yoga is “my health insurance”.
A Law graduate from Lisbon University, for over 12 years I combined working as a reporter for
SIC—one of Portugal’s largest private TV channels—with writing for MAXIMA—a Portuguese
monthly’s woman fashion magazine—on various subjects such as wellbeing, inspiring young
women and modern parenting.
In 2012, I moved to Asia again. With my family, I relocated in Ubud—known today as the
spiritual mecca of yoga—and embraced the (re)awakening of this latent spirituality I had from
childhood. During this three-year stay in Ubud, I deepened my practice, expanded my knowledge
and grew internally. I became clear of my individuality as well as of the need to face internal fears
in order to embrace a fulfilling life. To this day, I am grateful to have endured this cleansing
process in Ubud’s green forest atmosphere. Namaste. Om Swasti Astu.
In Ubud, the call to pursue with a career change came to be. Armed with a full-time dedication
to the yoga practice, the experience of having taught at the most recognized yoga centers of
Bali—including Radiantly Alive and Taksu—as well as in various retreats and yoga festivals such
as Bali Spirit Festival, and sharing insights through my blog Yoga-me, when I returned to Portugal
in 2015, I continued the journey. The blog became a book, the lifestyle became a life and the
practice became my path.
In 2012, I moved to Asia again. With my family, I relocated in Ubud—known today as the spiritual mecca of yoga—and embraced the (re)awakening of this latent spirituality I had from childhood. During this three-year stay in Ubud, I deepened my practice, expanded my knowledge and grew internally. I became clear of my individuality as well as of the need to face internal fears in order to embrace a fulfilling life. To this day, I am grateful to have endured this cleansing process in Ubud’s green forest atmosphere. Namaste. Om Swasti Astu.
I envision a planet in which humanity lives in harmony and where people do no harm to one another.
Because I know each one of us is just a human being going through a experience called life, I relate to
people with compassion and an open heart.
Finding this balance within is part of my path, fortunately
there are many tools available. Thankfully, these tools do not necessarily require big efforts, just a big dose
of positivity and dedication. The trick is: “to show up every day”. In India, this is called sadhana. Every
little act of surrender is relevant for the final destination.
You already are everything that you wish. The only thing you must do is to surrender and incorporate a proper diet, meditation and good dose of resilience.
How do you envision yourself? Do you wish you were slimmer, calmer, more successful? Well, the reality is that you are already everything that you wish. Try eating only when you’re hungry. Try sitting and breathing for 5 minutes. Try exercising with the aid of breath.
Every single day taking care of yourself, taking responsibility for your health. «Be your own doctor».
The result is you with a balanced mind. This leads to a simpler and more fulfilling life and existence. As you become aware of your flaws, you get a chance to grow internally. And this is what you project externally.
My mission is to guide you and protect you while you process the changes that will occur
I know that everyone can make this choice because I have done it myself. Since I embarked on my personal “opening of the heart” journey, I have inspired others to make the shift. A consistent yoga practice coupled with mindful eating allows for the release of emotional tensions, grants each of us an understanding of our inner strengths and flaws, and allows the internal voice to speak.
I am here to inspire others to pursue a more fulfilling life
It is not always easy to process the outcomes, as we become more vulnerable. Yet with proper guidance, a compassionate and evolved self emerges.