FREEDOM VINYASA YOGA WORKSHOP * DEE EL NAJJAR (UK)

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DATE: SATURDAY SEP 30
TIME: 10:00 am > 12:00 pm
PRICE: $30
REGISTER: maysan.marouf@gmail.com

Being totally in tune with the body and flowing in a watery fluid manner is a spiritual dance. The yoga of spinal articulation, the Yoga of dance with abandon, the yoga of powerful transitions and arm balances, the yoga of mantras and mudras, the Yoga of saying “fuck it”, that’s my Yoga…it has taken me 10 years of daily practise to find my voice and I call it Freedom Vinyasa Yoga.

Come join me for a powerful Workshop that is all about freedom of movement. We will work hard on a muscular level, we will wake up the core and built that inner fire (Agni), we will move freely and with abandon and go upside down more than once. We will find inner space in fluid movement and articulation of the joints.
We will learn from each other, rub on one another (not in that way you perverts 😉 and walk away lighter and more empowered than ever.

I believe in the path of moderation, “al-wasatiyya”, with a strong focus on living a healthy and authentic life to inch closer to a peaceful way of being.
My workshops have a strong focus on drawing upon personal life experiences, the trials and tribulations of navigating this often complicated world, to help us expand our awareness and become less reactive to the world around us. these workshops empower people to rise above the pattern of negative thinking and take charge of their own happiness and their own lives.
My strong focus on body mechanics and alignment helps people get into poses that get the heart pumping and the exhilarate the senses, creating a fearless feeling of accomplishing anything. The breath and body movements are coupled together to create a sense of a choreographed dance. Expect laughter, moments of meditative silence, nuggets of stories from the Ramanaya, arm balances, inversions, all sprinkled with partner work to help the body get into asanas that would be tricky otherwise.

BIO:

In 2006, I suffered a debilitating knee and shoulder injury caused by years of ice climbing and mountaineering. After a whole year of physiotherapy culminating in traditional medicine’s advise to operate, I decided to take matters into my own hand and opted to change my life instead of going under the knife.
I started to practise Sivananda yoga a few times a week, and soon after, I fell under its therapeutic spell. I didn’t understand the spiritual side of yoga at the time, but I felt a bizarrely mystic power which drew me to this ancient practise and I gradually immersed myself in its many schools. I practised Ashtanga, Hatha and Yin yoga, Pranayama and meditation.

Eventually, my mat became my haven, my friend, and my safe place away from life’s chaos, not to mention the fact that my body was as good as new and my injuries were completely cured. But it was in this repetitive pattern of stillness and goodness that I started seeing more clearly, I start breathing more freely, and I learned to dedicate time for nurturing myself…This sense of peace and commitment carried through into other parts of my life and saw me through both joyous moments and dark times. Yoga gave me the fortitude and awareness to feel more empowered and less afraid and so in 2011 I decided to start my yoga teacher training journey with a trip to India. I travelled to Bangalore and met incredible yogis, and on my quest to get closer to the source of this intense spiritual practise, I discovered that the source was in fact ME!… I realised that there is no Yoga of the East or of the West, there is only One common experience: “A greater connection with yourself through a constant integration of body and mind”…After many long years of practise, I finally felt Yoga…

So I returned to the UK and embarked on an intensive teacher training program with the British Wheel of Yoga. The BWY is an alignment based school, focused on teaching the tradition’s philosophy with integrity and delving into the practise of Asana from an anatomical view point as well as a focus on alignment.
I will be an everlasting student and will continue to learn about myself and about Yoga every single day.
My wish is to share a mat with as many people as I can because I hope that when we go deep into our physical body and experience what wonders it is capable of, we go deeper into our mind and start seeing wonders in everything around us. We collectively spread the Yoga Love and create a wavelength of peace which will resonate deep within each and every one of us.

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JIVAMUKTI YOGA FLOW WORKSHOP * COSIMA JULIA BACHLE

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DATE: Tuesday September 19
TIME: 6:00 pm > 8:00 pm
PRICE: $25 or Scratch two classes from your pack
REGISTER: maysan.marouf@gmail.com

DESCRIPTION:
In this 2 hours Jivamukti inspired class, we will flow through a dynamic and playful sequence to open our bodies and breath in all directions.
Through mindful continuous connection of breath and movement, we can explore new depths of our hips and joints, while we are supported by music and our collective energy. We will play with forward- and backbends, practice standing poses as well as āsanas closer to the floor.
This workshop is aimed to offer you a well rounded-off practice to fire up your body, have fun and move towards deeper and more calming poses.
Everybody is welcome, yet at least some previous yoga asana experience is recommended for this workshop.

COSIMA BIO:

Cosima spent the past 11 years as a gypsy, floating around the globe, with her mat on her back. She explored yoga classes of different styles with countless teachers and until she fell in love with Jivamukti Yoga while doing her masters in Stockholm. In 2015 she completed her Jivamukti TT and Thai Yoga Massage formation. Now, Cosima travels between India, Thailand and Europe, sharing the practices she loves.

SCHEDULE SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

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We are glad to inform you that Naqiya Ebrahim is back from her vacation and will be teaching her first class this coming Tuesday September 5 / 6:00 pm > 7:30 pm
To register, send a text message with your full name and time of class, on the day of: +961 76 036 467

* ASHTANGA VINYASA YOGA

A dynamic flowing experience that takes you through a modified Ashtanga series. Prepare to move and sweat during this vigorous physical practice where you’ll feel like you’ve truly earned the savasana at the end. Vinyasa Flow will leave you feeling uplifted, energized and floating for the rest of the evening. This class is open to all levels. Modifications and options are provided throughout the class for individual needs.

Caters to all levels.

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NAQIYA BIO

Naqiya is a 200-hr, Yoga Alliance approved, registered yoga teacher. She trained in London with The Yoga People, specializing in Ashtanga Vinyasa. It was amid a busy freelance London lifestyle that she realized how invaluable yoga was to keeping her physically and mentally on point. Having moved to Beirut in September 2016, she is eager to share her practice with others and bring calm to the chaos of this wonderful city. Find out more at http://www.naqiyaebrahim.com

YOGA FLOATING TRANSITIONS AND PROGRESSIONS / PART II * BALDEEP SINGH POONI

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DATE: SATURDAY SEP 9
TIME: 10:00 am > 12:00 pm
PRICE: $30
REGISTER: Maysan.marouf@gmail.com

This workshop is inspired by The Ashtanga Yoga Tradition, which is what my training is based in.
In this workshop we will be exploring the concept of floating or hovering.
Floating in the yoga practice is when you are able to stall or suspend your weight in the air while moving to and from postures like Chatturanga & jump throughs.
We will also be exploring the progressions of Chatturanga Dandasana, and arm balances like Crow, Crane & Lolasana in the form of Vinyasas or linked movements.
Meaning you will get to experiment with these individual postures but also connect and create a flow with them.

This workshop is beginner friendly but come with an open mind to explore new areas of your Yoga practice!

I look forward to sharing the science, art and healing of Yoga with you.

BALDEEP SINGH POONI BIO

Baldeep is a first generation American, yet his parents are from Punjab, India. Growing up Baldeep’s first two languages learned were Punjabi and Hindi. In addition, the first culture he was brought up in was the Punjabi culture, a piece of the Indian culture. It can be said Baldeep had an early introduction to Yoga & Ayurveda since the culture of the entire India is permeated with these two ancient system.
Baldeep completed his Ashtanga Yoga 200 RYT Teacher training in December 2016 and has been teaching for 6-7 months now. Baldeep also is also a A.C.E Certified Personal Trainer since 2013

YOGA FLOATING TRANSITIONS & PROGRESSIONS * BALDEEP SINGH POONI

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DATE: SATURDAY AUGUST 19
TIME: 10:00 am > 12:00 pm
PRICE: $30
REGISTER: maysan.marouf@gmail.com

This workshop is inspired by The Ashtanga Yoga Tradition, which is what my training is based in.
In this workshop we will be exploring the concept of floating or hovering.
Floating in the yoga practice is when you are able to stall or suspend your weight in the air while moving to and from postures like Chatturanga & jump throughs.
We will also be exploring the progressions of Chatturanga Dandasana, and arm balances like Crow, Crane & Lolasana in the form of Vinyasas or linked movements.
Meaning you will get to experiment with these individual postures but also connect and create a flow with them.

This workshop is beginner friendly but come with an open mind to explore new areas of your Yoga practice!

I look forward to sharing the science, art and healing of Yoga with you.

BALDEEP SINGH POONI BIO

Baldeep is a first generation American, yet his parents are from Punjab, India. Growing up Baldeep’s first two languages learned were Punjabi and Hindi. In addition, the first culture he was brought up in was the Punjabi culture, a piece of the Indian culture. It can be said Baldeep had an early introduction to Yoga & Ayurveda since the culture of the entire India is permeated with these two ancient system.
Baldeep completed his Ashtanga Yoga 200 RYT Teacher training in December 2016 and has been teaching for 6-7 months now. Baldeep also is also a A.C.E Certified Personal Trainer since 2013.

HANDSTAND WORKSHOP * DEE EL NAJJAR (UK)

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* DATE: SATURDAY AUGUST 5
* TIME: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
* PRICE: $35
* REGISTER BY EMAIL ONLY: maysan.marouf@gmail.com

* DESCRIPTION

How’s your handstand?” “Like the lottery, I never know before I kick up if I will hold the balance”…
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If that’s how you feel about your handstands, welcome to my journey.
My handstand journey has been a long winding road fraught with many falls and disappointments uncharacteristic of a Yogi. After all, we are encouraged in Yoga to detach ourselves from the outcome of our practise and the need to perfect an asana, and to enjoy the journey instead…and this ought to stand true for our daily practise. But wouldn’t it be nice to work with inversions from an anatomical and gymnastics point of view for once?…To learn about the muscles we need to fire up to hold us upside down and learn drills we can do at home to strengthen our body in all the right places?
My journey with handstands took me from a dedicated Yoga practise to the gymnastics Halls of London, so intrigued I was about holding my inversions.
I have learned a lot, and had to unlearn many of the things I thought I knew. I would love to take you on a two hour journey with me, to teach you what I have learned and transfer onto you the “a-ha” moments I have experienced which have helped me make progress on the path of inversions.
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Come fly with me with so many ways to go upside down that there bound to be one which is perfect for you..

DEE BIO

In 2006, I suffered a debilitating knee and shoulder injury caused by years of ice climbing and mountaineering. After a whole year of physiotherapy culminating in traditional medicine’s advise to operate, I decided to take matters into my own hand and opted to change my life instead of going under the knife.
I started to practise Sivananda yoga a few times a week, and soon after, I fell under its therapeutic spell. I didn’t understand the spiritual side of yoga at the time, but I felt a bizarrely mystic power which drew me to this ancient practise and I gradually immersed myself in its many schools. I practised Ashtanga, Hatha and Yin yoga, Pranayama and meditation.

Eventually, my mat became my haven, my friend, and my safe place away from life’s chaos, not to mention the fact that my body was as good as new and my injuries were completely cured. But it was in this repetitive pattern of stillness and goodness that I started seeing more clearly, I start breathing more freely, and I learned to dedicate time for nurturing myself…This sense of peace and commitment carried through into other parts of my life and saw me through both joyous moments and dark times. Yoga gave me the fortitude and awareness to feel more empowered and less afraid and so in 2011 I decided to start my yoga teacher training journey with a trip to India. I travelled to Bangalore and met incredible yogis, and on my quest to get closer to the source of this intense spiritual practise, I discovered that the source was in fact ME!… I realised that there is no Yoga of the East or of the West, there is only One common experience: “A greater connection with yourself through a constant integration of body and mind”…After many long years of practise, I finally felt Yoga…

So I returned to the UK and embarked on an intensive teacher training program with the British Wheel of Yoga. The BWY is an alignment based school, focused on teaching the tradition’s philosophy with integrity and delving into the practise of Asana from an anatomical view point as well as a focus on alignment.
I will be an everlasting student and will continue to learn about myself and about Yoga every single day.
My wish is to share a mat with as many people as I can because I hope that when we go deep into our physical body and experience what wonders it is capable of, we go deeper into our mind and start seeing wonders in everything around us. We collectively spread the Yoga Love and create a wavelength of peace which will resonate deep within each and every one of us.

YOGA ASANA MULTILAYERED, A 4 CLASSES SERIES * DEE EL NAJJAR (UK)

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FOUR CLASSES SERIES: Take one or all four

DATES: Friday July 14, 21, 28, Aug 4th
TIME: 6:00 pm > 7:30 pm
PRICE PER SINGLE CLASS: $ 25 / BOOK ALL 4 CLASSES: $80
REGISTER ON DAY OF by sms: +961 3 974 810

DESCRIPTION:
Open level power yoga not suitable for complete beginner.
We will work consistently from level 1/2 to 2/3 and use the 4 sessions to build a strong foundation for arm balances and inversions that can progress the students into a more confident and playful practise at home and with other teachers.

Arm balances and inversions will be sprinkled into strong sun salutations and some partner work and use of props will help each person work with where they are at in their practise to reach the full expression of the asana.
These are:
Crow and side crow (bakasana and parva bakasana)
8 limb pose (Astavakrasana).
Grasshopper (parsav bhuja dandasana).
Firefly (tithibasana)
Eka pada koundinyasana
Flying pigeon (galavasana).

We will also work with the three inversions:
headstand, handstand and pincha…and yes! They are all possible in 4 sessions 😉

Each class will flow with twist: introducing some martial arts techniques from the Budakon yoga school as well as Forrest yoga and the powerful rocket yoga.
There will also be some be core work and what I call “bootie” asanas because whilst we all seek enlightenment on the mat, it would be rather nice to get a flat tummy and a nice butt whilst getting there!

Breathing and bandha fundamentals will be thrown in to teach the body strong but graceful movements and a focus on transitions from one pose to the next as if choreographed into a dance.

We will stop to break down the difficult postures and have a few minutes play to try them out before introducing them into the flow.

DEE BIO:

In 2006, I suffered a debilitating knee and shoulder injury caused by years of ice climbing and mountaineering. After a whole year of physiotherapy culminating in traditional medicine’s advise to operate, I decided to take matters into my own hand and opted to change my life instead of going under the knife.

I started to practise Sivananda yoga a few times a week, and soon after, I fell under its therapeutic spell. I didn’t understand the spiritual side of yoga at the time, but I felt a bizarrely mystic power which drew me to this ancient practise and I gradually immersed myself in its many schools. I practised Ashtanga, Hatha and Yin yoga, Pranayama and meditation.

Eventually, my mat became my haven, my friend, and my safe place away from life’s chaos, not to mention the fact that my body was as good as new and my injuries were completely cured. But it was in this repetitive pattern of stillness and goodness that I started seeing more clearly, I start breathing more freely, and I learned to dedicate time for nurturing myself…This sense of peace and commitment carried through into other parts of my life and saw me through both joyous moments and dark times. Yoga gave me the fortitude and awareness to feel more empowered and less afraid and so in 2011 I decided to start my yoga teacher training journey with a trip to India. I travelled to Bangalore and met incredible yogis, and on my quest to get closer to the source of this intense spiritual practise, I discovered that the source was in fact ME!… I realised that there is no Yoga of the East or of the West, there is only One common experience: “A greater connection with yourself through a constant integration of body and mind”…After many long years of practise, I finally felt Yoga…

So I returned to the UK and embarked on an intensive teacher training program with the British Wheel of Yoga. The BWY is an alignment based school, focused on teaching the tradition’s philosophy with integrity and delving into the practise of Asana from an anatomical view point as well as a focus on alignment.

I will be an everlasting student and will continue to learn about myself and about Yoga every single day.

My wish is to share a mat with as many people as I can because I hope that when we go deep into our physical body and experience what wonders it is capable of, we go deeper into our mind and start seeing wonders in everything around us. We collectively spread the Yoga Love and create a wavelength of peace which will resonate deep within each and every one of us.