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 injuries, and during pregnancy.
Hisham Nasr is a medical doctor. He started practicing yoga and meditation at a very young age (in 1995) and began sharing yoga while still at school in 1998. The summer of that same year, he underwent a 2 months retreat of seclusion, silence and meditation that resulted in life changing experiences. He is the founder of Ananda Yoga Center Verdun and the NGO “That Association”.
Dr Hisham is an experienced teacher and facilitates yearly Teacher Training Courses in collaboration with Yoga Vana India. In his approach, Hisham integrates more than 20 years of spiritual research (in oriental and occidental spiritual traditions, Sufism and Jnana Yoga), yoga practice and medical knowledge.
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.
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.
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 Satyanandasharam Hellas in Greece. Sandy is also one of the organizers of the Beirut Yoga Festival.
Tatiana began practicing yoga 10 years ago with Lougal Jazzar and Dr Hisham Nasr. She has completed her 500hr teacher training with Samantha Howick and has been teaching group and private classes for the last 5 years. She also taught in refugee camps with the International Medical Corps. Tatiana is a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and passionate teacher, who conveys a beautiful and uplifting energy in her classes.