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.

TUESDAY’S ASHTANGA CLASS with Naqiya Ebrahim, SUBBED BY VISITING TEACHER Bashir Saade IN JULY

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Dear Union Square Yogis, please be informed that Naqiya Ebrahim​ will be traveling during the month of July. Her Tuesday 6pm Class will be subbed by visiting teacher Bashir Saade​

DATES: Tuesday July 4 / July 11 / 18 and 25

TIME: 6pm to 7:30 pm

REGISTER on the day of, by sending an sms with your full name and time of class at +961 3 974 810

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Bashir Bio

Bashir Saade first began practicing yoga over 15 years ago, and for the last 10, has been following the tradition of Ashtanga yoga, taught by Pattabhi Jois. He studied in London with Hamish Hendry and in Mysore with Sharath Jois. Bashir teaches the Ashtanga system in its traditional form, supporting students in order to build the strength required for a consistent and devotional practice. Bashir is also a Lecturer in Religion & Politics at the University of Stirling, and his research centres on Islamic and other non-Western religious and spiritual traditions.

YOGA BEYOND THE MAT * BASHIR SAADE

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DATE: SATURDAY JULY 8
TIME: 10:00 am > 12:00 pm
SUGGESTED DONATION: 20 000 LL
REGISTRATION: maysan.marouf@gmail.com

The word “Yoga” has been used in so many different contexts over the last few decades. Most commonly, it refers to a set of physical practices that are taught in studios around the world. One of the key founding texts that defines yoga as a discipline is Patanjali’s Sutra in which eight ‘limbs’ of yoga (Ashtanga) are mentioned. Asana, or the physical postures, is only the third limb. The first two limbs function as the backbone of Asana, these are: Yama (ethical rules) and Niyama (duties and observances). The Yamas and Niyamas consist of principles that answer the question: how can we take the yoga practice beyond the mat and into our everyday life?
This workshop will propose practical ways to integrate the first two limbs into a more grounded Asana approach. In order to do so, it will propose interesting parallels between yoga practices and those of the different religious, philosophical, and spiritual traditions of our region. The second part of the workshop will be devoted to exercises for cultivating a daily practice which integrates working on the three limbs.

The workshop is open for all, whether beginners or more seasoned yoga practitioners. Come wearing comfortable clothes.

 

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Bio

Bashir Saade first began practicing yoga over 15 years ago, and for the last 10, has been following the tradition of Ashtanga yoga, taught by Pattabhi Jois. He studied in London with Hamish Hendry and in Mysore with Sharath Jois. Bashir teaches the Ashtanga system in its traditional form, supporting students in order to build the strength required for a consistent and devotional practice. Bashir is also a Lecturer in Religion & Politics at the University of Stirling, and his research centres on Islamic and other non-Western religious and spiritual traditions.

OPEN THE HIPS AND LEARN TO FLY * PIP USHER

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Pip Usher is back, and we are stoked to have her teaching a hip opener / arm balance workshop at Union Square Yoga

DATE: Saturday July 1st
TIME: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
PRICE: $35
REGISTER: maysan.marouf@gmail.com

DESCRIPTION:
Open the hips and a world of freedom unfolds – including the ability to take flight! In this two-hour workshop, we will start with passive poses to gently open our hips before progressing into a juicy, flowing sequence that will build heat in the body and enable further release. Our practice will culminate in arm balances that will use our open hips to lift us off the mat into some exciting shapes.

BIO:
Since her first trip to India at 21, Pip has found joy in yoga around the world. She brings playful discipline to the mat, creating intelligent sequencing that builds heat and encourages her students to defy their own expectations. Whether it’s studying Iyengar in India, practising in Jivamukti’s studios in London and New York, or completing her 300 hour Vinyasa Flow training in Bali, she draws upon a number of methods to create her own challenging style. She currently lives and teaches in Bangkok.

KIRTAN * BB GOVINDA SWAMI & BAND

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DATE: JUNE 3rd
TIME: 5:00 pm > 8:00 pm
PRICE: Suggested Donation $ 10
REGISTER: email maysan.marouf@gmail.com

DESCRIPTION

Union Square Yoga and Bhakti Yoga Beirut host three hours of soul-stirring kirtan lead by world-renowned kirtan leader BB Govinda Swami and his band – Akinchana Krishna, Ananda Murti, and Yogindra.

WHAT IS KIRTAN

Kirtan is an experience like no other. It combines sacred mantra, or spiritual words with vibrant, joyous music that lifts the soul and energizes the body. Its beauty lies in its simplicity. One leader sings the mantra, accompanied by a few instruments. After each line, the group – however large or small, respond with the same line. This call and response continues as the kirtan slowly unfolds.

Though the kirtan tradition originated in ancient India, it is no less relevant to our modern times. With the increasing demands of the average working life, kirtan is perhaps even more beneficial than ever.

In kirtan, there are no rules – you can sit or stand, or better yet, dance! You can clap or play instruments, and sing to your heart’s content. The only thing necessary is an open heart, open mind, and open ears.

BIOGRAPHY

Bhakti Bhringa Govinda Swami is a monk in the Vaishnava tradition for the past 45 years, a tireless traveler and a gifted musician. Since childhood, he has been immersed in the world of music. As his father was a music producer, many well-known musicians frequented his home, including Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, and Johnny Cash.

He always tries to combine modern sounds with the music of the soul. As he explains, the soul is the source of all music; kirtan (or devotional chanting) is a wonderful combination of music and words that reflect not only our emotions, but also the rhythms of the universe.

BB Govinda Swami and his band can be seen in crowded concert halls all over the world, including famous open-air events such as Woodstock in Poland, and at symphony concerts with philharmonic orchestras in Russia, South Africa, Ukraine. Currently, he maintains a busy schedule traveling to India and around the world conducting concerts, lectures, charity events, and helping people to discover the beauty of the heart.

Bhakti Yoga Beirut is hosting him and his band in Lebanon for the second time.

SHAKUHACHI (JAPANESE FLUTE) MEDITATION * KAMAL HELOU

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DATE: Thursday May 25
TIME: 8:30 pm > 9:30 pm
FREE / DONATION
REGISTER: sms on the day of +961 3 974 810

“Whispers from the Heart of the Hollow Monk of Nothingness”
The Shakuhachi is a Japanese bamboo flute that is used as a spiritual tool.
For this meditation, Kyle will be playing music from his upcoming CD entitled: “Whispers from the Heart of the Hollow Monk of Nothingness”.
This meditation music is the distant voice of unknown itinerant komuso – hollow monks of nothingness.
They were samurai who gave up their swords, taking up the Shakuhachi to spread peace through its sounds.
Here’s the sound of their whispering hearts.


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BIO KAMAL
Kyle Kamal Helou is a graduate of Villanova University, Pennsylvania, class of 1993, with a B.A. in Philosophy. He focused his studies on the Far Eastern philosophy of Zen, the essence of harmony. In 2000, he moved to Tokyo, Japan, where he apprenticed for 10 years and received his masters in both Shotokan Karate-Do and Shakuhachi, two very different Japanese traditional arts. Although differing in content, both arts emphasize the same methodology in learning the essential values for building a harmonious human character. He returned to Beirut in 2009, where he currently teaches both arts as a method for attaining inner peace. Area of Shakuhachi expertise: Kinko-ryu style and Watazumido Honkyoku style.

In 2013 Kamal founded Shinkukan (NGO) for the promotion of harmony, inner peace, and core moral values through Japanese traditional arts. Since then, Shinkukan has hosted annual events inviting instructors from Japan to teach their specialized arts in Lebanon.

For more info please visit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPxE6L4wgbs&spfreload=10
https://www.facebook.com/shakuhachilebanonkamalhelou/
https://www.facebook.com/kyle.helou

OM SHANTI YOGA WORKSHOP * LOUISE CARPENTER * UK

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DATE: Sunday May 7, 2017
TIME:: 5:00-8:00pm
PRICE 45USD
REGISTER maysan.marouf@gmail.com

Inviting in awareness, spaciousness and receptivity through practices encouraging communion with our bodies as part of the Earth.

Louise works intuitively with participants, assessing individual needs and suggesting modifications to practices as appropriate.
The session includes:
• Focusing on bringing ourselves in to the here and now and the intention of the workshop through guided meditation and visualisation
• Working with subtle energy through sound vibration and mantra chanting
• Bringing spaciousness and coherence to our whole being through physical movement; and,
• Deep relaxation to promote integration of the benefits of the session

This workshop guides you to a calm, centered, lightness of being embodying harmony and stability for your own and the greater good.

It is accessible for people with all levels of yoga experience and none!

*Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.

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BIO
Louise is an experienced and intuitive yoga teacher and therapist, energy and healing practitioner and sound worker. She has trained with traditional yoga teachers in India and the UK.
She is a Reiki healing master; and, practitioner of sacred sound and sacred geometry healing through Crescendo Reiki of Sacred Sound and Mexican Toltec initiations.
She is also delighted to be able to offer Access Consciousness Bars and Energetic Body Processes in 1-2-1 sessions. She is currently thoroughly enjoying the process of learning the art of Sound Weaving vibrational fields of new possibility for herself, others, the planet and the cosmos.
If you have specific issues of physical or mental health you would like to address; recognize mental/emotional behavioral patterns you would like to shift; are experiencing any type of blockage or difficulty in your own transformational journey; or, are simply curious, Louise is able to tailor make a private session to address your needs.

She is visiting Beirut from May 7 till May 11.

Private Sessions: 90 USD full price for 90 minutes
If you would like to book a private session, please contact us on 03-502123 to set up and confirm the timing.