About Gustavo Cardoso
The owner of London Lifestyle Academy and the tacher
“I’ve always felt a natural curiosity for meditation, I grew up in Brazil, and at 15 years I found myself lost, facing those big common coming-of-age questions. I was full of fear. I shared some of my feelings with one of my teachers at my agricultural school where I studied, and he talked to me about meditation. Everyone used to laugh at us talking about these things, when all they were interested in was money and productivity! He told me to try yoga. So that’s what I did, and that’s where my journey began.
There were virtually no teachers of yoga where I lived, so I trained in the Rose Method and I gave began by giving lessons in Brazil. I then moved to Europe to set up schools in Portugal. Life was good! But I found myself wondering if there was more, whether I could help people more than I had been with just yoga. I decided then to move to London to realise a new dream of mine, developing a way of teaching that focussed on more than just the body and took a complete view of the person to help them reach their fullest potential. The London Lifestyle Academy was born. My method is all about seeing people doing better, by breathing better and meditating better. I want to see my students thrive. When you're eating well you sleep well, you think well, and your emotions are stable. You naturally start to think more logically, not letting yourself be run by high emotion. That’s when people start to do better, get promoted, earn more money, and drink and drug less.
I don't push anybody to do anything. As I gain people’s trust, they start to express themselves and that’s when I can really help by giving new perspectives. I don't think that I’m a coach, I think I’m something different. I'm a teacher and I guide using concepts and techniques to help people make better decisions and get a better grasp of their life. I empower people to change their lives for the better.”
Gustavo Cardoso, the founder of London Lifestyle Academy, is a gentle and creative guide, who doesn’t take life too seriously. He understands that a playful outlook is essential to helping his students find their own path. Gustavo's love of nature and animals inspires much of his approach. He’s also rarely seen without a cup of his favourite tea!
Gustavo believes that in today's world people are always rushing. There are more and more external factors causing anxiety in people, and situations of high tension. Since 1989 he has embarked on his life's journey to teach techniques that act as a necessary rebalancing of this type of lifestyle. In 2001 he opened two schools in Portugal, the land of his grandparents, to do his bit in changing people's approach to life's problems. Passionate about helping, he continued to develop his methodology and refine his techniques, to take them to the next level and bring his practices to the lives of Londoners.
Gustavo has accumulated an incredible 55,800 hours in classrooms teaching and interacting with his students. Throughout his 27 years of professional experience, he has become one of the most renowned international experts. He has refined his approach over thousands of classes and perfects his techniques daily. The process of connection with oneself and physical and mental
improvement is at the heart of how he runs his team of London Lifestyle Academy instructors.
About London Lifestyle Academy
Who are we?
London Lifestyle Academy is a training hub in mindfulness, breathing and ancient techniques that tries to transmit in an interdisciplinary way the foundations of this lifestyle, pedagogically integrating them. We adapt these fundamentals to our society and culture, always respecting the essence of the tradition but trying to apply an innovative methodology based on scientific advances that benefit our activity.
Our meditation, breathing and physical techniques are based on a discipline that should be in accordance with our way of life. We intend to bring a new vision about the approach of personal fulfilment, always respecting the principles of freedom, spontaneity, intuition and creativity.
We believe that all teaching requires the support of tradition, a critical vision with the new elements that science brings us, and a principle applicable to all areas of your life to know how to put light to the everyday. We show how to free yourself from problems using your mental clarity and focus. It is this passion for sharing and observing that helps us to improve your vitality and energy levels, leading to an upgrade in your overall quality of life.
Characteristics of our philosophy
We relax, pacify our minds and enjoy inner peace.
We'll know how to handle difficult situations.
We will transform the difficulties.
Your relationships will improve, and you will feel closer to others.
Your mind will become lucid and clear. Your physical and mental health will improve.
You will learn to identify, reduce and eliminate attitudes that harm you.
Your wishes will be fulfilled, and you will be a source of inspiration for others.
Fulfil your objectives with attention and commitment and collaborate to make your life the happiest journey.
Take care of your body, it's the only one you have. To balance the health in your life, you must stay in shape.
Get what few people in this society get: disconnect and focus on your tranquillity.
How to make the body a profound learning in both physical and emotional consciousness, either in the sensitive or in personal evolution?
Our ultimate goal is to help you develop high-performance living. We want to improve your well-being, personal skills and physical fitness through concentration, relaxation and stress management. We teach you our techniques so that you can be at peace with yourself and prepare your body and mind for the goals that lie ahead.
To perceive a different and present vision it is necessary to abandon old habits, to enlarge our perception and to dissolve the fears and misgivings that hold us back. All the work we do is based on teaching you how to be able to face in the long term everything that life presents us with openness, humility, clarity, and compassion.
As an academy, we intend to consolidate in two years as a centre of reference throughout the United Kingdom, establishing ourselves as one of the largest groups of professionals in all of Europe. We want to continue to help thousands of students, while at the same time training new teachers and incorporating experts into our staff
The core of the training you will receive at the London Lifestyle Academy, and the basis of Professor Gustavo Cardoso's knowledge and expertise, comes from his mentor, Professor DeRose. From theory to practice, every lesson and element of our philosophy is based on his research, work and commitment to pass it on.
In every minute of all our lessons you will experience the essence of his teachings, and that is why the affection, recognition and admiration we have for Professor DeRose is so profound.
Professor DeRose in London explains about the concepts and techniques of DeRose Method in London 2011.
"I can't say how many hours of classes, books, and lovely moments I spent absorbing his know-how and expertise and because of that I want to express my gratitude for him! London Lifestyle Academy wouldn't be what it is today if Professor DeRose hadn't accompanied me on my way here," says Professor Gustavo.
With fifty-nine years experience teaching and 25 years of trips to India, DeRose is a celebrated writer in Hindu philosophy. Professor DeRose is a member of ROTARY, and his work has been recognized by numerous cultural and humanitarian institutions, including the Brazilian Legislative Assembly, Sao Paulo State Government, Sao Paulo City Council, the Paulista Associated Press, the Rotary Club, Military Police of Sao Paulo, and the Association of Parliamentarians of Brazil. DeRose has been recognized with the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa (non-academic) from the FATEA – Faculdades Integradas Teresa d’Ávila (Brazil), the Universidade Lusófona, of Lisboa (Portugal), the Universidade do Porto (Portugal), the Universidade de Cruz Alta (Brazil), the Universidade Estácio de Sá (Brazil), the Faculdades Integradas Coração de Jesus (Brazil), the City Council of Curitiba (Brazil).
Our priority is that YOU are well. That's why we don't want you to be left with any doubts, and we would love you to give us the opportunity to show you the help we can offer.
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