DATE: Monday October 17
TIME: 7:00 pm > 9:00 pm
PRICE: $25 or scratch two classes off your pack
REGISTER by email firstname.lastname@example.org up until time of event, or sms 03 150 760 on day of.
Union Square Yoga has concocted a TWO HOURS SPECIAL CLASS ON MONDAY OCT 17. A scrumptious blend of Nada Yoga (led by Zena El Khalil) and Vinyasa (led by Yoga Holic Danielle Abisaab), which will carry your experience of yoga to a whole other level and refine your understanding of the subtlest forms of the practice.
Nāda Yoga means “union through sound” and the sacred science of meditation on sound is a universal path to Self realization, accessible to anyone, and appropriate for people of any religion and spiritual aspiration. Zena will take you on a journey to explore the Heart of Sound. There is no end and no beginning, only a plunge into the beautiful light of your true voice. Music and mantra emerge from the same source and together we will open your heart and tune your soul, so that the light within pours out onto everyone you meet. Through vocal toning and Sanskrit Vedic chanting, we will reconnect to the part of you that was never born and can never die, immersing yourself in the rapture of your own personal song to discover the sound of ongoing creation- the eternal and boundless love. Despite your surroundings and the daily cacophony that Beirut delivers, we will touch upon developing a grounding and simple daily practice, the sacred union between outer and deeper life, that is both uplifting as well as healing.
“People say that on hearing the song, the soul entered into the body, but in reality the soul itself was song.” – Hafiz
Zena el Khalil believes in the positive impact that art can have on the world. Zena el Khalil, born year of the Dragon, is a visual artist, writer and Nāda Yogi based in Beirut, Lebanon. Her work includes mixed media paintings, installations and performance that focus on creating a culture of peace through love, compassion, forgiveness and empathy. She exhibits internationally. While living in NYC, Zena co-founded xanadu*, an art collective dedicated to promoting emerging Arab and under – represented artists as a direct response to the 9-11 attacks. Currently, xanadu* is based in Beirut where Zena is focused on curating cultural events and publishing poetry. During the 2006 invasion of Lebanon, she was one of the first largely followed Middle Eastern bloggers; her writings published in the international press, including the BBC, CNN, and Der Spiegel. The entire Guardian G2 supplement in July was dedicated to her blogging. In 2008, she was invited to speak at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo and soon after, completed her memoir, Beirut, I Love You, now translated in several languages. In an attempt to spread peace, Zena is often seen running around Beirut in a big pink wedding dress. In 2012, Zena was made a TED Fellow and has since given a few TED talks. Zena is also a graduate of The Heart of Sound, the world’s first Nāda Yoga teacher training program certified by the Yoga Alliance dedicated solely to the yoga of vibration. You can follow her work on http://www.zenaelkhalil.com
Danielle Abisaab is a 500 hours Registered Yoga Teacher. She completed her Yoga Teacher training with ISHTA NYC 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 working as an architect, have informed her personal life and yoga practice with depth and tremendous amounts of yoga knowledge. Constantly seeking ways to improve her teaching skills, she travels regularly back to NYC to study with some of the most influential teachers in the US and has accumulated over 300 hours in continuing education over the course of the past 10 years.
Switching back and forth between her hardhat and her yoga leggings has allowed her to harness a full understanding of the concept of space. The Yoga platform allows her to help people refurbish their inner space and the Architecture background allows her to design external spaces with positive energy and kindness in mind.
Currently living in a challenging part of the world, she draws teachings from her everyday life as a way to keep growing spiritually. She strongly believes we are all teachers, we are all students, we are all one and feels consistently grateful to her 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.
Aside from running her own studio in Beirut city and teaching a number of yoga classes, her most important endeavor has been teaching yoga to Syrian Refugee kids in Lebanon. She is the creator of an artistic exchange program, which brings yoga, music and arts to these kids, providing them with an opportunity to heal and integrate the magic of oneness through creative expression.
Danielle’s wildest dream and hope is for every human on this planet to discover the magic of yoga one day and remember that they are whole.