Pollyana Caldas Xavier Leaver

“Pollyana is a burning fire. She radiates happiness, confidence and playfulness in her classes, while at the same time keeping you focused and safe. Her sparkling attitude is highly contagious!” |
~Stian Bake

 

Hailing from the South of Brazil, Pollyana is a vibrant and sensitive teacher and practitioner of yoga. Her yoga sessions are always fresh, inspiring and thought provoking, as her ability to bring yoga philosophy into the practice make it more than just a physical exercise.
Pollyana also specialized in pregnancy and kids Yoga where her enthusiasm and love of fun makes yoga child’s play! She is also a trained sound healer, shamanic practitioner, aromatherapy massage and Thai yoga massage, circle holder and reiki practitioner.

“I grew up in a very small country town in the south of Brazil, playing with cats, with dirt and running barefoot on the streets. I loved going to my fathers farm, riding horses and helping animals. I always have been a free spirit.

My childhood wasn’t an easy one. All the trauma I suffered led me to be a rebel teenager and look for independence from a young age. I left my home town when I was 15 and from the age of 17 I lived far from home, studying Tourism and Hospitality in a party-beach-town called Balneario Camboriu in the South of Brazil. Here I was introduced to electronic music, mind opening psychedelics, and yoga. But my real focus at this time was DANCE!

As soon as I finished university, in 2007, I travelled to New Zealand, and it was then that I embraced yoga completely, met the love of my life and started to discover who I truly am.

In 2010 I moved to UK, married with a premature baby. Not long after I won a competition to go to Bali to do a 300hrs Yoga Teacher Training and since then have never stoped teaching.

Yoga is my stronghold, the place I always go back to. It helps me to be present in my life, to find my centre, to feel strong and flexible in my body – to feel embodied.

Since 2020 I have stepped into the world of Shamanism, which has led me to learn a lot more about myself, to increase my connection with the Earth and the Divine, and to step into my power more fully. I now share what I have learned and embodied in the various workshops I host.

Yoga and Shamanism are part of my everyday life. When I teach I take you on a journey with me so you too can feel present, centred, grounded, connected, strong, flexible and alive.”

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