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.
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.
Since childhood, Maya was drawn into the deeper aspects of Life. This lead her to the path of yoga where she found her passion. She has completed her 200hr teacher training at Ananda Yoga Center, and been teaching and giving yoga workshops in many different areas in Lebanon for over two years. With her dedication and commitment she also recently became the founder of Now Yoga Center in Aley.
Fanny started yoga in 2006 at the Sivananda Yoga center in Beirut and at the Shiva Lila center and has been passionate about yoga ever since. She studied with Samantha Howick at the One Yoga Academy and graduated in Raja Yoga and Vedanta Philosophy (Canadian Yoga Alliance certified teacher). She also attended various workshops, notably in Iyengar Yoga with Aziza Dadfar and Lina Shuman and in meditation at the Satyananda Yoga Ashram in Greece.
Fanny's classes are a mix of gentle Vinyasas and Hatha Yoga aiming at leaving you with a feeling of expansion, alignment and well-being.
In September 2018, Jessica got certified as a 200hr yoga instructor in Hatha and Ashtanga yoga, at Upaya Yoga in Rishikesh, India. As an ex-advertiser turned yoga instructor, she strives to help students feel comfortable in their practice, learn essential postures with proper alignment, and ensure a safe practice for everyone. With every practice she aims to build a connection with each individual student and make them feel simply happy with themselves. She is keen on sharing the practice and knowledge of yoga with a community.
Paola Atallah Bort
Paola currently lives in France and is involved in the Iyengar Yoga teacher training program with Christian Pisano, one of the most renowned senior Iyengar Yoga teachers. 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 asanas. Props such as bricks, belts, and bolsters are used to go beyond one's boundaries or adapt the postures in case of injuries or limited potential.