Magali started practicing yoga almost 20 years ago in Brazil, where she was born, and has been teaching yoga for more than a decade. Focused on Hatha Yoga and Yoga Therapy, she participated in research involving the auxiliary use of Yoga on chronicle disease management and other issues at the School of Medicine of Sao Paulo. In 2008, she went to India and studied Vedanta, Sanskrit, Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy.
In Brazil, she taught in medical clinics, yoga studios and privately up to 2011, when she moved to the UK. After teaching there for almost two years, she moved to Singapore where she has been teaching Hatha Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Restorative Yoga, Pre and Post Natal Yoga, Yoga for the elderly and Yoga for people with special needs since 2012.
Apart from Law and Linguistics, she also has a background in Arts (Theatre and Circus) and you can meet her as ‘Doctor Meow Meow’, a certified medical clown working in hospitals in Singapore. This alternative profession, for her, is a sort of yoga. Through laughter, one can achieve physical and emotional relief and balance, as well as body and mind grounding.
She hopes to share with people what she has been receiving from yoga, with love and profound respect for both physical and emotional identity, individual capabilities and limitations. She wishes that we all could access the knowledge of yoga in order to awake our consciousness and to experience well-being, contentment, gratitude for life, joy and peace.
What is your least favourite pose and why? I believe that what I don’t like is not a specific pose, but feeling uncomfortable in an asana depends much more on my ego, stubbornness and mood and can vary according to my level of concentration and awareness in a certain day.
What is the strangest place you have done a yoga practice/pose? Inside a lift… I was incredibly nervous going to a job interview and decided to do a Vriksasana (tree pose) followed by Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog) on my way to the meeting room.
What is one thing about you that most people don’t know (until now)? I love all animals and talk to them often. I would never kill anyone. When insects, rats or cockroaches are on my way, I trap them for a while and release them in another place.