The YOGABODY Story

In 2002, I worked for a New York City book publisher doing a job I hated. I drank seven nights a week, abused drugs, and smoked a pack of cigarettes a day. For food, it was pizza and takeout—anything quick and easy to keep me going.

No one consciously decides to destroy their health, but over the years, that’s exactly what happened. I was bloated and flabby, unable to sleep without alcohol. My eyes were red and puffy, and I struggled to get excited about anything. I had so much potential, so many opportunities, but when you’re sick and numb to the world, everything feels impossible and uninteresting.

Enter yoga. A friend dragged me to a yoga studio, where I suffered through one of the most uncomfortable experiences of my life. In that first class, I was sweating and dizzy, unable to do even the most basic postures. I was the youngest person there, but the way I moved, I felt like I was 90 years old. I couldn’t bend forward, sit cross-legged on the floor, or balance in a tree pose. Looking at myself in the mirror, I remember thinking, “How did I end up in such bad shape?”

I hated that first class so much, I knew it was exactly what I needed—so I kept going. People assume yoga classes are meant to be wonderful, peaceful experiences. This is not true. A good class should be the most challenging and uncomfortable hour of your entire day. When you push yourself on the mat, real-life problems become lighter and more manageable almost immediately. Hard yoga = easy life.

For the next 380 days, I practiced yoga every single day. While traveling, I used audio or video recordings. If I was in a new city, I’d go to any studio I could find. When my teacher told me to take a day off to rest, I’d ignore the advice and go to a class at another studio. The same way I’d fallen in love with things that were killing me (drugs and alcohol), I’d now fallen in love with something that was feeding me and fueling my growth.

And it worked. In six weeks, I lost 41 pounds (18 kg) and had to replace my whole wardrobe. I quit drinking and smoking altogether, and most importantly, I found a renewed passion for life that is truly priceless. I remember walking around New York, still dripping with sweat from class, with a big, stupid grin on my face as if I’d unlocked a special secret. My life was changing.

Within six months, I’d quit my job and moved to Thailand. Within a year, I was teaching full-time to packed classes in Bangkok and later, Hong Kong. I opened my first studio in 2006 and that same year began training teachers. To date, I’ve taught more than 30,000 students and trained more than 4,000 teachers in 41 countries. I love my life and my work, and as a result, I’m in better health mentally and physically than I was in my early 20s.

YOGABODY was built on practice, sweat, and struggle. It’s the physical manifestation of everything I care about in life, and my greatest hope is that some of my passion for this practice and lifestyle rubs off on you when you walk through these doors. Nothing worth doing in life is easy. Movement is more powerful than meditation. And practice is everything.

See you in class,

Lucas Rockwood
Founder / YOGABODY

Lucas Rockwood
Managing Director & Founder


Lucas Rockwood is an internationally-renowned yoga trainer, TEDx Speaker, podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur. His early yoga and meditation teachers include Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (deceased), Paul Dallaghan, Alex Medin, Gabriel Cousens MD, and SN Goenka (deceased). Lucas left the USA in 2003 and traveled and taught extensively before making Barcelona, Spain, his home base. In a previous life, he worked in theater, publishing, and as a plant-based chef and nutritional coach. He’s the father of three international kids and remains as passionate about yoga as when he first began practicing in 2002.

For more about Lucas:

YOGABODY Naturals – The leader in nutritional products for yoga students, YBN has also become a prominent publisher and educational research company in the yoga market.

Yoga Teachers College – Lucas’ yoga school includes the Yoga Teachers College, as well as the Yoga Trapeze Teacher Training course. Both international programs surpass every industry standard.

YOGABODY Fitness – Lucas’ three yoga studios in Barcelona are owned and operated by yoga teachers, who are paid a living wage. Get in the best shape of your life without the gurus, incense, and hassle. Just good, hard yoga classes for the rest of us.

The Lucas Rockwood Show – Lucas’ weekly yoga and wellness podcast features everyone from household names to unknown yoga bums. The show has a cult-like following and can only be described as unique.

Yoga Business Mastery – This podcast is for business-minded yoga teachers specifically. It features interviews and advice from around the world.

Qualifications


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Camilo Carreiro
Master Trainer


Camilo Carreiro enrolled in his first yoga training course to deepen his practice, but he fell in love with teaching and made a quick career change. Camilo joined the Barcelona YOGABODY teaching and immediately became involved in the management of sequence development, course planning, and new teacher mentorship. He joined the training team in 2015 and has become a mentor and course leader to hundreds of trainees around the world. Camilo teaches and co-teachers The Yoga Teachers College Diploma program, The Trapeze Teacher Training, and Yoga Wheel. When not leading a course, he maintains a popular teaching schedule in the Barcelona studios.

Qualifications

  • E-RYT Registered Trainer / YACEP Provider
  • Yoga Teachers College® Diploma (YTD)
  • Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Cert (200hr)
  • Yoga Trapeze® Cert (50hr)
  • Yoga Barre Cert (20hr)

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Ekaterina Zyrina
Trainer


Ekaterina (Katy) took her first yoga class while studying at university. At the time, she couldn’t do a single Chaturanga, her hands would shake after class, and she swore she would never go back—but she always did! After five years of dedicated practice, Katy completed her first teacher training course and immediately began teaching private classes and working part-time at local yoga studios. In 2016, Katy joined the YOGABODY team full-time, and today her focus is entirely on yoga teaching and training. As a passionate instructor and dedicated yoga student, Katy constantly broadens her horizons participating in teacher trainings and workshops. Her personal practice remains an Ashtanga Vinyasa (Mysore style).

Qualifications

  • E-RYT Registered Trainer / YACEP Provider
  • Yoga Teachers College® Diploma (YTD)
  • Ashtanga Vinyasa Cert (200hr)
  • Therapeutic Yoga (200hr)
  • Yoga Trapeze® Cert (50hr)

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Eva Szollar
Trainer


After her first yoga class, Eva didn’t go back for over 5 years. Her mom took her to a Hot Yoga class in 2008 and that’s when she fell in love with it. From the very beginning, she knew she wanted to share this love with others so she went to be trained in Thailand in 2011. The following year, Eva did another training for Pregnancy Yoga. In the beginning, she taught classes to her colleagues at her corporate job where she managed to create a yoga community from nothing. In 2014, she joined YOGABODY full time and has been teaching at different studios and at times to private students as well. In 2016, she went back to Thailand to be certified as a trainer and with that, she found another passion in Yoga: helping students to become teachers. For Eva, yoga is a never-ending learning process, a life-long love, and her passion that she loves to share with others.

Qualifications

  • Absolute Hot Yoga Cert (200hr)
  • Yoga Teachers College® Diploma (YTD)
  • Ashtanga Vinyasa Cert (200hr)
  • Yoga Trapeze® Cert (50hr)
  • Yoga Barre Cert (20hr)
  • Pre & Post-Natal Cert (48hrs)

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