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Camila Valenzuela

A MATHA school is directed by Camila Valenzuela Moguillansky, a researcher in the area of cognitive sciences and somatic practices. With a multidisciplinary training that includes dance, biology, neuroscience, yoga, circus and somatic practices, –and a career that goes through the academic field and that of body practice– the common thread that interweaves these different activities it is the study of experience and the development of presence, as a state of openness and encounter between our body and our mind; our internal and external space; between the self and the world. 

After sailing between several ports, she settled in Puerto Seguro, more specifically in the district of Arraial d'Ajuda, where, in the year 2020, she created A MATHA, a school project that seeks to establish dialogues between different ways of generating knowledge around the study of experience and promoting self-exploration practices that contribute to expanding the knowledge we have of the functioning of our body and mind. 


Camila Valenzuela Moguillansky 

Camila studied biology at the University of Chile where she was strongly influenced by the school of thought of biology of cognition developed by neuroscientists Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela. She completed a master's degree at the École de Hautes études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and a PhD in cognitive sciences at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. She was an adjunct researcher at the Institute of Complex Systems of Valparaíso and at the Center for the Study of Argumentation and Reasoning at the Diego Portales University in Chile. 

In 2018 she founded the Laboratorio de Fenomenología Corporal in Chile, a study center focused on  the study of experience from an enactive approach. Her investigations, published in various scholarly articles, have focused on the relationship between body awareness and pain, as well as the development of an enactive approach to the scientific study of experience. She has organized various seminars on the study of experience, among which the international conference An Embodied Approach to the Study of Experience, where she promoted dialogue between researchers from different disciplines and continents. 

Camila has addressed the question of the relationship between corporeality and cognition not only from an academic dimension, but also from her bodily practice, which she has developed and enriched through different disciplines. From an early age Camila dedicated herself to contemporary dance, studying with teachers such as Magali Rivano and Makiko Tominaga. She studied circus techniques and physical theater at the Circomedia school in Bristol, and Corporeal mime at the International School of Corporeal Mime, in London, England. In England she worked together with the artist and film maker Isabel Rocamora participating in various internationally renowned works such as Horizon of Exile. Upon arriving to Brazil, in 2016, she begins to delve into the field of somatic practices doing trainings in massage therapies and the Somatic Experiencing method.

In the year 2000 she began her yoga practice in England, which she continued on her return to Chile at the Ashtanga Yoga Chile school with Loreto Cortéz and during her stay in France with different teachers, including Charley Bensusen, Kia Naddermier and Stéphane Collet. She also participated in workshops with Mark and Joanne Darby, Kino McGregor, Petri Räisänen and Dena Kingsberg. In Mysore, India, she began the practice of pranayama with B.N.S Iyengar and the study of yoga sutras with Dr. Jayashree and Sri Narashimhan. She currently follows the teachings of A.G Mohan, a direct disciple of Sri.Krishnamacharya. She has taught yoga in different schools since 2007: in the Shantosha and Yoga Mukti schools in Santiago de Chile; at the Théâtre de Verre cultural center in Paris; at the Théâtre du Petit Matin and at the YAMA school in Marseille; at the Yoga Sadhana school in Valparaíso; at the Ashtanga Yoga school in Rio de Janeiro and at the Arraial d'Ajuda charity association (ABAA) in Brazil. 

She is currently developing the project A Multidimensional approach to presence: somatic practices and the study of experience (MAPS) and directs A MATHA, school of body phenomenology in Arraial d'Ajuda.

Organization of seminars

Camila Valenzuela
Experience research





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