Teacher's BIO

Diego’s journey into yoga and meditation began in 1998, in Brazil, and he has since 2000 become a dedicated teacher. In 2013, he moved to London and founded the Yogin Studio in Hendon. His classes are enriched by a diverse range of influences, including psychology, sports science and historical research as well as teachings and texts from tantra and hatha yoga traditions. By combining these influences, Diego brings a comprehensive and holistic approach to his sessions, ensuring that yoga teachings at the studio are grounded in evidence-based practices, science and the latest insights in the field. This approach allows him to provide students with a safe, effective, and relevant yoga experience.

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BELOW IS A SUMMARY OF THE MAJOR INFLUENCES ON DIEGO’S YOGA TEACHING, ORGANISED CHRONOLOGICALLY:

  • 1998—2000: Trained by Gnose Brasil on Indian and Tibetan yoga practices with emphasis on relaxation, breathing and other meditative practices.
  • 2001—2003: Studied Psychology at UNESC, Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense, Brazil.
  • 2003—2014: Trained by UNI-Yoga on contemporary hatha and tantric yoga with emphasis on breathing and postural practices.
  • 2005—2013: Trained on the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
  • 2012—2015: Trained on the Iyengar method and Ashtanga Vinyasa by various teachers in India, Brazil and the UK.
  • 2014—2017: Trained on strength, flexibility and kinesiology by Paul Zaichic.
  • 2015: Trained on mobility and biomechanics by Ido Portal.
  • 2016—2019: Studied Sanskrit at SOAS Language Centre and SOAS University of London.
  • 2016—2019: Studied BA History at the Open University (first-class) with emphasis on British history and Indian religions.
  • 2018—2019: Studied MA Traditions of Yoga and Meditation at SOAS, University of London (distinction).
  • 2019 – present: Studying MSc Psychology at Arden University (2019-present).
  • 2020 – present: PhD candidate at the Humboldt University of Berlin researching the ‘Historiography and social dimensions of contemporary yoga’.
  • Of great influence on his yoga learning and teaching are the works of scholars such as Tara Michael, Marc Dyczkowski and Georg Feuerstein as well as the knowledge he received from traditional yogis in India, Nepal and the West, especially Sw Veda Bharati and Guru Yogi Matsyendranath Maharaj.
  • Diego wrote three Brazilian plays. His 2015 play Gotas de Codeína, was nominated among the five best LGBT plays in Brazil. His last play O Filho da Geni, on the subject of male child abuse, is touring Brazilian theatres from June 2024.
  • Diego is a fellow member of the Royal Asiatic Society and of the British Psychological Society.