Learning to balance the interplay of effort and grace through our yoga practice allows us to harmonize our outer actions in life with our inner awareness.
We paddle along the sea of life by our own strength, trying to propel ourselves forward, in an EFFORT to catch a wave of freedom, compassion and expansion towards more fertile grounds.
Along with this essential part of our spiritual growth, there is also the waiting on GRACE. Woven in and out of our striving is another reality: the sweet surrender to all that is, as it is. Paddling gives way to floating in the deep waters of our being, waiting, praying, watching the horizon.
The purpose of this special class is to raise our own awareness on how effort to change is intimately interwoven with an intrinsic need to access a contemplative dimension and how we can harness both opposing energies to express gratitude to and welcome all that shows up in our lives, the trials and tribulations as well as the delights and contentment.
In the first part of this special journey, Ahd H Kamel will lead you into a 1.5 hour dynamic JIVAMUKTI flow weaving the principle of GRACEFUL EFFORT to move beyond your limitations. In the second part of the class, Danielle Abisaab Yoga Holic will follow suit with a 1.5 hour RESTORATIVE flow rooted in the principle of EFFORTLESS GRACE in accepting your limitations.
AHD KAMEL is an actress, filmmaker and a certified 300 hr Jivamukti yoga teacher from Saudi Arabia. She is most well known for her starring role in 2012′s high profile festival favorite, critical darling and Venice winner, ‘Wadjda’, which is Saudi Arabia’s feature film. The fluently English-speaking, American educated, multi-lingual Saudi Arabia native launched her film career in 2005 with a string of internationally successful short films; all three which have won prestigious festival awards.
Ahd then went on to study Acting under the personal tutelage of William Esper at the Esper Studio in NYC. Her first lead role earned her the Golden Gate Award for Best Actress at the San Francisco International Film Festival. The first film she produced, short ‘Where To’, was an Official Selection at Rotterdam and Slamdance. ‘La Sainteté’, her 2nd directorial short, in which she also starred, received a Golden Bear nomination at the Berlinale in 2013. Her move into the world of English language features began with a position as technical advisor on Peter Berg’s ‘The Kingdom’. Ahd was presented with a Cloeween Connection Award from Spike Lee, by the Abu Dhabi Authority of Culture and Heritage as an emerging Arab filmmaker.
DANIELLE ABISAAB is a 500 hours Registered Yoga Teacher. She completed her ISHTA NYC Yoga Teacher Training in 2003. She holds a certificate to teach Unnata Aerial Yoga since 2012 and has followed a restorative aerial yoga course with Anti-Gravity Yoga in 2012.
She is the founder of the funky UNION SQUARE YOGA in Beirut Lebanon, where she has been living since 2005. Her many years lived in NY have informed her personal life and yoga practice with depth and tremendous amounts of yoga knowledge. Constantly seeking for ways to improve her teaching skills, she travels regularly back to NYC to study with some of the hottest teachers in the US and has accumulated over 300 hours in continuing education over the course of the past 9 years.
Currently living in a challenging part of the world, she draws teachings from her everyday life as a way to grow spiritually. She strongly believes we are all teachers, we are all students, we are all one and therefore thanks her lovely students for being a great source of inspiration, they make the expansion of her spirit possible; they are her gurus. Her classes whether Vinyasa Pop and Rock, Vinyasa Honey flow or Aerial Yoga are infused with spirituality, laughter, fun and music.
Danielle’s wildest dream and hope is for every human on this planet to discover the magic of yoga one day.