If you have wandered over to Angatu, chances are you are looking for a healthier, more natural lifestyle for you and your family. My name is Luciana Kuamoto. I am Angatu Homemaker! I am a single mom, yoga instructor, herbalist/aromatherapist. I am passionate about all things outdoors, and love to share my passion for holistic health, natural beauty, and healthy whole foods!
I was born and raised in Resende, Brazil. For as long as I can remember, the mountains have felt like home.... Resende city is close to the Itatiaia National Park, nestled in the midst of the lush Atlantic Forest. I was never far from the beautiful forests, clear waterfalls with overviews of the surrounding Mantiqueira mountains. Itatiaia National Park, is the oldest National park of Brazil. Created on June 14, 1937 by President Getulio Vargas.
I lived for 6 years in Japan where I earned my degree in Environmental Engineering. So, what is environmental engineering you ask? Environmental engineering is “the branch of engineering that is concerned with protecting people from the effects of adverse environmental effects, such as pollution, as well as improving environmental quality.” However, to me environmental engineering is simply being able to assure our planet is safe for us to live on for years to come. I enjoy working in an area that directly impact s the environment in a positive way, as the work can help improve the quality of life of our community while striving to maintain a green Earth. I enjoy being in the field of Design, on the development of drawings and specifications.
Moving to Alberta in 2000, I have discovered the beauty and the wonder of the Rocky Mountains and soon added them to my love of Nature things to paint. I love nature in all of its seasons, stormy skies, wild rapids, tranquil lake waters, majestic mountains and quiet and peaceful landscapes. On weekends I can easily be found enjoy hiking, skiing, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in the winter; and hiking and camping in the summer time. Being outside and connected to nature makes me truly happy, where I often turn towards for inspiration, meditation and motivation.
I created Angatu Studio based on a global mind inspired by nature. In the South American native language of tupi-guarani, Angatu means the welfare of the people, happiness and good soul. In Calgary, my studio is less than an hour from the Rocky mountains. From my balcony I contemplate Nature as it reveals itself with intricate patterns and details. Sometimes a brief sighting of wildlife can be a life long enrichment. Because the natural world allows itself to be discovered again and again.
I am certified Yoga Alliance registered 200 hour RYT certification from two institutions. At the age of 42, I started my first yoga teacher training with Rob Walker at the Alberta Yoga College, in which I earned my 200 HR YTA certificate. Two years later, I continued my training with a trip to Bali with the School Yoga Institute with another 200 HR YTA certification to take to deepen my knowledge of Asana as well to learn about Mystical Yoga and Shamanism.
I am leading yoga classes for community members with different skill levels. My intention is to:
Promote balance of the body and the mind through effective teaching and demonstrations
Provide women health and wellness information
I am currently taking the Practical Herbalist Diploma with the Wild Rose College of Natural healing. I can't wait to go foraging this Spring and create elixir, tinctures and herbal medicine from our beautiful plants and flowers. This is the beginning of cultivating my learning and understanding of plant medicine. I am to be able to assist family, friends, myself and my community with their health as well.
As for my art, I am often working on a piece and sometimes it may take me months to complete. Each piece is very unique and one of a kind. My art began in my early childhood years, where I could watch my mother paint and draw, and I would grab a pencil and seat beside her. My parents always encouraged their children to roam freely, explore and create. My mother always kept pens, crayons, pencils and paper in plentiful supply. In addition to the creativity at home, I was always sketching and drawings for friends at school. In Canada, at ACAD (Alberta College of Art and Design) where I took many art related courses, I started to challenge myself with different mediums. Currently I am enrolled in the Certificate of Visual Design as well as the Certificate of Graphic Design at the University of Calgary. I am actively spending time at Grasby Art Studio and Green Palette Art Studio. There I connects with other talented local painters, to receive feedback, inspiration, encouragement and support.
I have a passion for Yoga and good health and I want to share it. I recognize all the healing benefits it brought into my life, and I can’t help sharing my thoughts about it with my dear friends and family. When friends ask you to go to Happy Hour on Friday night, I find myself suggesting a yoga class instead. It’s a discipline that’s brought me a lot of health and happiness, and I am so eager to stay on the path, learn more, and share the teachings of yoga with students of my own. In my paintings, I strive to make people feel the beauty of nature, the rough ridges of the mountains, the refreshing rush of water and perhaps heart it too. To experience the majesty of nature, and the mountains in all its splendor and grandiosity in all four seasons is amazing. I invite you to come expand your mind, open your heart and visit my studio. My doors are always open!
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks and having fun.”