Lucciana Pereira is the founder of Bikram HOT Yoga Mallorca, her journey in the yoga world in started in 1990, after trying many styles of yoga she read in the newspaper about Bikram Hot Yoga, she did her first class and was totally amused by the whole system.
“I dislike pretty much my first class, i left the studio in London so high and disoriented i thought they put something in the air hahaha, on my way home my whole body felt in a state of suspension and i got very intrigued”.
But her hectic lifestyle as lawyer and interior designer took her around the world and after years of long hours of work, countless travels, a lot of cigarette and 12 coffees (plus) a day, she got her first Transient Ischemic Attack called – TIA, same symptoms as a stroke, increasing the risk of having a stroke, she was very lucky to get through it but did not change her lifestyle.
After 8 months she had another one which paralyzed half of her face and left arms, and the doctors were very direct on this matter *We don’t believe you will manage the 3rd time around*.
That was her break point and she decides to retire and look after her health.
“Bikram HOT Yoga was first in my mind and from the day one i felt in love, after 4 months i was out of medication, i stop my two worth addicting coffee & cigarettes, and my health improves dramatically, in such amazing way that i decide was time to share the benefits of Hot Yoga with the ones i love”.
After 3 years practicing Hot Yoga Lucciana went to LA and spend 9 weeks with the master Bikram Choudhury, after (500 hours) of training she becomes a Certified Bikram Teacher.
But she did not limit herself and carry on learning, also Certificated Teacher by the Yoga Alliance in UK Fierce Grace Hot Yoga, Sivananda Vedanta Forest Academy and Yin Yoga by Insight Yoga Institute, also certificated by Norman Blair in Yin Yoga in London, Expert in Yoga Therapy by the University of Ceu Cardenal Herrera, and her latest certification is in Inferno Hot Pilates ( becoming the first certificated teacher in Spain). She is an registered and accredited Senior teacher by the Yoga Alliance in UK.
Today she is one of the most certificated teachers in Spain, reaching more the 1.700 hours of teacher training with renamed senior teachers from different parts of the world, ( in her own words: A good and humble teacher should never stop learning …)
She has also a keen interest in Martial Arts, being a Brown belt in *Kyokushin Oyama*, alternative medicine Ayurveda & Homeopathy, practicing Zen meditation and Zen Buddhism since she was 17 years old.
She has been teaching in USA, Germany, Austria, Dubai, Spain, Brazil and in 8 different studios in UK. Mentored by one of Bikram’s first teachers, the renowned Michele Pernetta which got 26 years experienced, based in London with 4 successful studios in London called Fierce Grace Hot Yoga.
Lucciana receive daily students from all over the world, she is well known for her great sense of humour but not messing around when is time to get the job done, her teaching approach is based on an individual needs, especially with those with injuries, post surgery, and physical problems, she loves to be challenged and will always deal with acknowledging, kindness and understanding.
“I find working with people an incredible journey of inspiration, challenging my mind to become a better teacher and human being is awesome, with compassion, love, kind and humbleness. Every single class is a learning process for the students and especially for the teacher. Nothing makes me more happy to see students coming out of medications or tell me they can sleep properly after years of sleepless nights”.
Lucciana is also the founder of LaLucci (active sports wear) www.lalucci.es
My journey with Bikram yoga began in 2009, a friend and I decided to try a class “just for fun!” Before this class, I had never tried any other form of yoga. I struggled through the class in the extreme heat and sweat and as I lay in final savasana I was determined to never come back! My determination to not go back didn’t last long and the following week I ended up purchasing a month membership! I became a regular member of the studio that I was practicing at in Australia. I fell in love with the practice and the profound benefits that came with it.
I have practiced yoga through some challenging times. I had bulging discs in my lower back and herniated my L5/S1 spinal disc which also gave me debilitating sciatica. I had spinal surgery to partially remove the disc that was pressing onto my sciatic nerve. My yoga practice was my medicine and my therapy to heal and rehabilitate. Unfortunately a few months later I was diagnosed with severe endometriosis and had to have abdominal surgery to remove a large endometrioma. At times where I felt physically and emotionally broken I had this yoga to help me heal and come back stronger. I don’t know where I would be without my practice. It’s amazing how the many challenges and struggles you experience inside the room can bring you so much peace and joy outside the room.
In 2013, I took the plunge and left my corporate job working in Human Resources and travelled to Los Angeles to study Bikram’s 9 week Teacher Training Program!
Since graduating I have been teaching in several studios in Australia and the UK. I am now very grateful to be teaching at Hot Yoga Mallorca! It has been a wonderful experience, not only teaching in a country with a different language, but also practicing and learning more about other styles of yoga that the studio offers, including Yin Yoga, Vinyasa and Fierce Grace.
I have had the pleasure of meeting many great students, teachers and mentors along the way. Through the practice of yoga I have had great triumphs and breakthroughs and I loved practicing all the way through my 2nd and 3rd timester of pregnancy in 2016.
In 2017 I attended the Inferno Hot Pilates Level 1 Teacher Training in Australia. In 2019 I also attended the Level 2 Training here in Mallorca!
There is always so much to learn and I know I will continue to learn and grow as a student and teacher. It is a blessing to share this yoga and help people positively change their lives.