Originally from Chile, he grew up travelling the world and he is based in Belgium, where he lives with his beloved french bulldog Sama (Samadhi). He builded up a strong Yoga community in Belgium and teaches at his practice PuroYoga World. He’s part of Samudra – Global School of Living Yoga by Shiva Rea – As an affiliate, he offers Teacher trainings based in Prana Vinyasa Yoga and Retreats around the world. Juan Gabriel shares Yoga and Yoga Trance dance as practices available for every body, age, and ability. He aims to support all beings through movement, connection, and play.
He has been sharing Yoga, SupYoga, Dance and Meditation in form of retreat, workshop, class and pilgrims in festivals and conventions in Italy, Costa Rica, Dubai, London, Chile, Spain, Nicaragua, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Greece, India, U.S, Indonesia, and many other wonderful places.
With a background in communications studies, he sees Yoga as a powerful tool for internal communication to express our uniqueness and spark, he brings in a unique softness in his practice with fine balance between effortless movement and fierce body control – release.
Juan Gabriel takes you to trek in Himalayas, to paddle board in Ibiza, to surf in Costa Rica and so on, but mostly important to get in touch with yourself through the breath, to stay focus in your spark and to evoke greatness to your path and evolution.
It came on a summer night, I often have dreams, sometimes in english/french/spanish, and often someone/something is talking to me while I’m dreaming. This adventure and idea came up like this, also I saw the logo and colors.
In the middle of the night I woke up and I drew this squetch, the next day when I saw it, I felt a warm sensation in my stomach, and I smiled…
I understood the meaning of the drawing:
Puro = Pure, means to me purification, healthy, simple, complete…
Every time I’m practicing yoga, I sweat a lot, so water is an element truely part of my daily life. Not to mention that I used to be part of a swimming team in high school and that I love the ocean.
As long as I can remember spirals have been part of my life, you see.. whenever I have difficult times, I picture them like a spiral …in this case, it’s the opposite, starting from ॐ.
And purple/violet simple because it is my favourite color.
A lot of people ask me: what kind of Yoga do you do? – I mostly answer this : “You cannot do yoga. Yoga is our natural state. What we can do are yoga exercises (asanas), which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state”. or sometimes I reply “I do my kind of yoga”.
My practice is pure (Puro) improvisation, so there won’t be a class similar to another, I don’t prepare my classes hours beforehand, sometimes I focus the practice on back-bends, shoulders, hips, heart opening exercises etc, or somedays I just get inspired by the group in front of me, it’s a natural flow, with an energetic twist, a personal touch, some Latino flavour and great music, difficult to explain, you should just try it !
I am leading an all levels Prana Vinyasa practice every week, at one Studio Zenit in Leuven -Kessel-lo and in different urban centers. At Zenit the classes are my practice, everyone is welcome to join, no registration needed, drop in classes are possible all year long in Leuven and at YYOGA Brussels.
Be regular in your practice. Have patience. Do not expect overnight results. Results will come in a surprisingly short time of their own accord with consistent effort. Building a solid foundation is the most important part of your yoga practice.