about SÍLVIA DUARTE
"Within you exists a silence and a sanctuary where you can retreat to at any moment and be yourself"
(Hermann Hesse, in Siddhartha)
Sílvia Duarte was born in Portimão and has these past years, lived amongst Lisbon, Oporto, Viana do Castelo and London.
Early 2001, she got back to her roots, living in Portimão, with a career that started in London, where she undertook a course in Fitness Instruction, accredited by the British Keep Fit Confederation Institute. Those are cherished learning and discovery moments.
When returning to Portugal she continued this Health and Wellness pursuit.
Throughout her life she has encountered some stimulating challenges such as the classes for the Portuguese National Television.
She had the privilege of being interviewed for the world famous Cosmopolitan Magazine and the renowned Dutch paper De Telegraaf.
Later on she joined the BTS (Body Training System) Team teaching Body Balance classes.
She successfully organized signature events such as a brand new concept of Pilates n' Yoga Surf Fusion. Energy, happiness and well being were the keywords in these events.
She graduated in Pilates, with a degree accredited by the Instituto Centro IFAD. Pilates is a discipline that she fully intends to quest and innovate.
In September 2012 she received her Yoga diploma - being graduated as Yoga Therapist accredited by the European Association of Oriental Therapies, and recognized overseas throught the Yoga Alliance International - www.yogaalliance.org
She had the pleasure of accompanying the school in a voyage to Nepal and Tibet, which she considered to be "her life's journey".
Keeping herself in touch with the practice taught by the various masters of Yoga among them, Pedro Kupfer Course which concluded successfully and received her diploma, participating in several retreats guided by Tomás Zorzo, Gustavo Ponce, Teresa Caldas, among others.
She aims to deepen the knowledge in a discipline where personal development and self surrender are experienced in an absolute manner.
With Sharing as keyword, she spreads the message across her classroom and to her students.
In January 2013 she goes to Thailand and India.
The pressing need to demystify her Inner Self, a recurrent need, has lead her to those spiritual destinations were she embarks on "an Inner Voyage".
In Bangkok and Koh Samui she got in touch with several therapeutic treatments and Bikram Yoga, which she intends to further develop but on a personal level.
The arrival at Goa took her into a mesmerizing understanding:
to experience the benefits of Ayurvedic Medicine. This millenary therapy that goes hand in hand with Yoga allows you to straighten the ability to see and feel beyond the physical body and to develop the sensitivity and awareness to perceive the most subtle levels of existence.
All this experience took place in the Ayuvedic medicine clinic - AyurClinic Goa - www.ayurvedagoa.org - by the hand and knowledge of dear Dr. Rohit Borkar and his amazing terapeutic team.
In 2014 she returns to India, passing by New Deli, Haridwar, Rishikesh (Yoga's birthplace) Agra and then returning to Goa, where she gets married in a typical Hindu marriage ceremony.
Feeling grateful for being able to spread the message, feeling secure of her path she believes that something more will come to her.
Nature and all animals lover she firmly believes in the maxim: "You will reap what you sow".
Our wedding ceremony will remain forever treasured in our hearts.
A heartfelt and intense moment, made under the guidance of our dear friend Dr. Rohit.
We would like to express our gratitude to all of our guests with a special thank you note for our best man and maid of honour.
The ceremony happened in Dr. Rohit's Clinic in Goa
I strongly recommend this clinic and its therapist's capable hands since I've been attending it for the past 3 years.
The wedding started with the panchakarma therapy being initiated by a cleansing and purifying treatment. These wedding ceremonies are performed by a brahmane or a Pandith.
He's the one conducting the whole ceremony.
The Pandith initiates with the famous Namastê, followed by fruit offerings, a sign of fertility, milk, and water (cleansing) bitter and sweet tastings (symbolizing the good and bad moments within the marriage and in the end love will prevail). this brings us a wave of emotions.
This ritual is based on Shiva's and Parvati's Love.
The Sarre's preparation, which I personally considered a work of art, is made by all those yards of fabric that in the end magically make up a wedding dress.
The exchange of flower headsets and their smells.
I still feel them today.
Braiding the hair, marking the forehead with Kum Kum (sacred red dust).
The amazing fire ritual that consists in keeping a flame going by burning cereals, herbs, ghee, etc, alongside mantra recites...
Walking 7 laps describing a fire circle while holding hands...
These 7 laps represent Earth, Sun, Moon and the 4 visible planets.
This ended our journey through India.
We left India but we bring India within our souls.