Welcome to equilibrio da vida

Yoga, Massage, Nutrition

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The Power of the Heart!

Awaken your body and soul with nature!


Are you longing to follow the voice of your heart? To learn to find your inner power, to give your body and mind the nourishment needed to live a healthy life? We have created a yoga week in Santo Antão (Cape Verde) high up in the mountains among tropical plants, fantastic climate and with a lot of wonderful yoga, food and excursions.


“Your own positive future begins at this moment. All you have is right now. Every goal is possible from here,” – Lao Tzu

Julia Håkansson

I started as a yoga practitioner over 20 years ago, as a relaxation method throughout my pregnancy. At the time I had no idea that my studies and this journey would take me on an amazing spiritual and professional path to holistic health. During the last decade I have completed studies at Marianne Wells’ yoga school in Costa Rica, Rasayana Medical Center of Ayurveda in Sweden and gradually perfected several massage techniques.

Personal connection and establishing trust is an important aspect of my practice. In doing so, I am better able to support you in finding your own way to improved health and a more fulfilling lifestyle. I believe it’s essential that we not only look after our physical bodies, but also nourish our mental health and the more subtle elements of our nature. The regular practice of yoga infuses stillness in the mind, correct nutrition improves clarity and massage brings healing benefits, at Equilibrio da Vida you’ll find all three coming together to create a range of benefits for both body and mind.

Your experience with Equilíbrio da Vida


As an Internationally certified yoga teacher my work has seen me lead classes across the globe from Costa Rica to Sweden. Today I have my own yoga studio, Equilibrio da Vida, in Mindelo São Vicente, Cape Verde, and am often requested for freelance work, at home and abroad.

Each massage session relieves your physical body, alleviating tension or pain while simultaneously rebalancing and recharging. Tailored to meet your particular needs, I offer elements of both oriental and classic techniques, helping you feel restored and well-rested.

Love goes through the stomach, especially self love. Discover more about nutrition and life style adjustment, I run sessions tailored for each particular individual. Please see the Ayurveda section for further information.

Organising yoga and Ayurveda retreats on beautiful island of Santo Antão, Cape Verde, where you can choose from yoga in the nature, by the pool as well as meditation techniques, all tailored to meet your needs. Retreats including hiking, personal development, nutrition and, of course, some free time to connect to each other and to mother Nature.


  • star rating  Cours de yoga super relaxants avec vue sur Mindelo - J'ai suivi les cours de yoga de Julia régulièrement, y compris pendant ma grossesse. Parfois douces, d'autres fois plus toniques, les séances sont toujours excellentes pour le corps et pour l'esprit. Julia enseigne les postures et la respiration avec joie et simplicité, et elle diffuse une belle lumière au moment de la relaxation-méditation finale. J'ai aussi fait un massage avec elle, très relaxant, un bon moment de bien-être.

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    December 19, 2019
  • star rating  Wonderful massage and yoga - I did a lovely yoga class on Julia's balcony which was very personal, with just four of us plus Julia, and lovely flow and stretching with a gorgeous view. I also had a classic massage with Julia, which was great, using oil but really getting into my knots and drawing on different types of massage. Julia is very knowledgeable about therapeutic massage and yoga and has a wonderful, warm personality - and is super multilingual. Highly recommended!

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    December 29, 2019
  • star rating  Massagem incrível em Mindelo - Julia foi muito simpática e prestativa, fez uma excelente massagem que realmente me salvou da minha dor no ombro e no pescoço. Eu recomendo seus serviços, se você estiver na área.

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    December 10, 2019
  • star rating  Júlia is a wonderfull teacher full of yoga knowledge and good vibes. I highly recommend one of her classes, since they make you feel very refreshed of mind and body.

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    November 25, 2022
  • star rating  Superbe massage Abyanga - Un moment de rêve et de détente absolue grâce à un fantastique massage très professionnel. Idéal après les efforts intenses des randonnées des jours précédents.

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    December 31, 2019
  • star rating  Amazing Ayurvedic massage - I had a wonderful and relaxing Ayurvedic oil massage with Julia. She was very friendly and professional and the massage was excellent. I think I even fell asleep couple of times because it was so relaxing. I loved that it was a whole body massage and she massages your face and head too. She made a lovely cup of herbal tea at the end of the treatment which was delicious and a lovely way to finish. I highly recommend this treatment!!

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    December 11, 2019
  • star rating  Fiz um retiro de Yoga e sobre nutrição e simplesmente adorei. A Júlia é boa profissional, amável e doce. super recomendo.

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    September 7, 2021
  • star rating  Massagem e Yoga com Julia - Fiz uma massagem com Julia neste verão. Durante a massagem, Julia estudou cuidadosamente meu corpo e encontrou aqueles pontos e áreas que requerem atenção especial. Eu recomendo passar um curso de massagem de Julia. Eu, infelizmente, moro longe agora. Com os melhores cumprimentos a Julia, Olga.

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    December 7, 2019
  • star rating  I had an Ayurvedic Massage with Julia and it was simply wonderful! I enjoyed the massage very much, it felt good and relaxing- as it was my first I didn't really know what to expect, but Julia guided me through this so carefully and I felt comfortable from the very first moment!
    When I am back to Mindelo, I will for sure book a Massage with Julia again - and would love to try Yoga with you, too!
    Thank you so much! All the best, Nathalie

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    December 9, 2020
  • star rating  Melhor experiência de spa - Paraíso. Os anfitriões são maravilhosos e os serviços de bem-estar são excepcionais. Definitivamente um local encantador. Muito obrigado pelas terapias e experiência de qualidade. Já está com saudades. Obrigado pelo ótimo serviço.

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    January 15, 2024

Retreats organized regularly on Santo Antão.
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Opening Hours

Mon-Fri: 9am-8pm
Sat: 10am-6pm
For Yoga schedule please contact


+238 597 05 35
Email: hakansson.gorodnia@gmail.com

Location :

Madeiralzinho, Club Tropicana / Part of Basic Hotel