Brazilian-born Eliana Moreira (Lana), was born dancing! The night of her birth, her mother had been out dancing in São Paulo to the rhythms of samba.
For 22 years, Lana has studied and taught a fusion of styles & elements of yoga, meditation, breathing techniques and Pilates. She even apprenticed in Iyengar yoga therapeutics for a short while. She resonates most deeply with Krishnamacharya, TKV Desikachar, Ram Dass, Pema Chodron, Donald Moyer, Judith Lasater, Sally Kempton, Vanda Scaravelli, Maty Ezraty, Donna Farhi, and Angela Farmer. She is passionate about movement, energetics, anatomy, breath, mantras, herbalism, Ayurveda, nutrition and cooking — which greatly inform her teachings.
As a yoga teacher, Lana focuses on personalizing practices, even in class settings. In her private practice, she sees students with the full gamut of physical and psychological conditions. She teaches classes with a holistic focus, integrating the wisdom of various traditions. Her passion as a teacher is to be a guide; to foster the student’s deepening intimacy with themselves, and to inspire skillful self-practice.
Lana has also been an expressive dancer since she was 5 years old. Her main influences are Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Pina Bausch, hip hop street dance, and the rhythmic drumming of Brazil. Eliana dances and choreographs reggaeton, hip hop, samba, samba-reggae, west African and Brazilian folkloric dance which inspire her creative, freestyle, fun yet focused Samba Yoga classes integrated with the wisdom of yoga. She has also practiced and continues to integrate teachings from Tae Kwon Do, Capoeira (a dance-like Brazilian martial art), Qigong, Pilates, Feldenkreis and Alexander Technique when appropriate or requested.
Eliana’s work is featured in the first medical textbook on yoga therapy, The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care (Handspring Publishing, 2016). Alongside, Dr. Timothy McCall, author of Yoga As Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing (Bantam Press), Lana taught Yoga As Medicine (YAM) Seminars and Teacher Trainings worldwide, including centers such as the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY and TriYoga in London, UK.