Sarah first began practicing yoga in 2002, with Nabil Najjar and Jouhaina Dib in Beirut. In 2007, she moved to London where she studied the Iyengar Yoga principles with Jacqui Brookes and Angelika Grohmann. In 2010, she moved to Paris where she enrolled in a four-year Hatha Yoga teacher training at the Ecole Française de Yoga, with instructors such as Patrick Tomatis, Andrée Maman, Boris Tatzky, Gianna Dupont and Philippe de Fallois. During her training, she also practiced Mysore-style Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Kia Naddermier, and went on silent meditation retreats in the Vipassana tradition, and in the Zen tradition with Jacques Castermane. At the end of her training, she met internationally acclaimed author and movement therapist Donna Farhi, and has been studying with her on a yearly basis ever since.
After her teacher training, Sarah gave regular classes and workshops in various Parisian yoga studios, for adults, kids, pregnant women and people with injuries. In late 2014, she returned to Lebanon where she founded Hamsa Yoga Space. Sarah has also adapted her practice after several wrist, knee and back injuries, as well as during pregnancy.
Sarah's classes are focused on the synchronisation of the movement and the vinyasa (breath), as well as the performance of asana (postures) with the correct alignment and bandhas (energy locks). The practice of Yoga is meant to channel the energy and attention to the center of the body, resulting in an internalized focus. This leads to such states of consciousness, described in the Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali (Eight Limbs of Yoga), as dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (bliss).
Lougal Jazzar started practicing yoga with Claire Nohra, a student of André Van Lysebeth. His dedication to this practice led him to leave his job as a financial consultant and become a full time yoga teacher. He has attended workshops all over the world and completed five yoga teacher trainings, including the Sarah Powers Yin/Yang Yoga Teacher training. He is greatly influenced by tantric philosophy and is currently being instructed in Tantra and Kundalini Kriya Yoga by Swami Anandakapila Saraswati. His recent interest in Natha Yoga also lead him to study with French instructor Christian Tikhomiroff.
Lougal focuses on awareness and internal work during the performance of asanas (postures) and clearly outlines the difference between yoga and other forms of exercise. Meditation and pranayama (breath control) are emphasized within his classes.
Sandy’s yoga journey began with a yearning to explore her inner-self and to find a way of life that would balance her need for science and spirituality. After developing a keen interest in yoga, she decided to leave her advertising job, pack up her bags and join the Bihar School of Yoga in India for a 4-month residential course in advanced Yogic Studies. The inner transformation she experienced during and after the course awakened a need to spread the power of Yoga, leading her to enroll in the 200-hour TTC in the Satyanandashram Hellas in Greece. Sandy is also one of the organizers of the Beirut Yoga Festival.
Vanessa was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga around 5 years ago. Through the years, yoga has changed her life on and off the mat. Her passion for Ashtanga Yoga, allowed her to develop a daily practice that always helps her get her day started.
She attended several retreats and workshops with her favorite teachers around the world such as John Scott, Marc and Joanne Darby, Samuel Brown, and Tonie Nooyens. She wishes to always remain a yoga student to be able to share the beauty of yoga with others. This led her to pursue her 200Hr training in Ashtanga and Vinyasa in Sept 2017 in Mahalaya Yoga - Nepal and her Level 2 Sound Healing Meditation in May 2017.
Romy started yoga 4 years ago after a cancer treatment, and she experienced the difference yoga can make in creating a healing path between the body and the mind in life. After a short while she quit her job as a Cambridge international examiner and business English teacher and got trained by Yoga 108 school to teach different sequences of yoga; hatha, lunar, kriya and meditation, and feminine yogini. In her classes she focuses on the right breathing during asanas to highlight the relation between the mind, the body and the breath. She also combines pranayama and guided contemplations during classes, especially during initial and final relaxations.
Carole Ammoun is a Kundalini Yoga instructor. Her yoga journey started in 2009 when she first encountered Hatha yoga, and has continued ever since as she practiced extensively and attended a variety of workshops. All along she developed a keen interest in pranayama and meditation. She chanced upon Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and completed her teacher training with Gurmukh in Rishikesh in 2013. She has been transmitting the teachings since then.
Carole is also an actress, writer, and trainer. She performs on stage and for the screen, has published several short stories, and conducts acting workshops designed to develop interpersonal skills. The body-mind connection is the common thread to all her activities.
Paola Atallah Bort
Paola lives in France and is involved in the Iyengar teacher training program with Christian Pisano, one of the most renowned senior Iyengar Yoga teacher. Paola’s teaching is based on the work of the great master, B.K.S Iyengar : detail, precision and alignment in the performance of posture (asana) and breath control (pranayama) are key. The development of strength, mobility and stability is gained through the asana. Props such as bricks, belts, bolsters are used to go beyond once boundaries or adapt the postures in case of injuries or limited potential.