DATE: Tuesday November 1st
TIME: 7:00 pm > 8:30 pm
** 7:00 to 7:30 pm Gentle Asana led by Maha El Sheikh
** 7:30 to 8:30 pm Nada Yoga led by Zena El Khalil
PRICE: $25 or scratch two classes off your pack
REGISTER by email email@example.com up until time of event, or sms 03 150 760 on day of.
Class will start with a gentle asana led by Maha El Sheikh (Maha) to get your juices flowing and prepare the body for the deep experience of yoga through sound led by Zena
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 www.zenaelkhalil.com
Maha has been a student of yoga for more than 12 years, and has been sharing her practice with others since 2010. She is a certified yoga teacher from White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA, and continues to study asana, pranayama, and yoga philosophy under Rama Jyoti Vernon. Her practice and classes explore the integration of yoga into daily life as a means for individual, family, community and social transformation. At the heart of her practice and teaching are the concepts of seva (Sanskrit for selfless services) and al ouna (coined by Arab farmers and villages meaning community sustainability and aid for one another), and she is currently deepening her study and exploration in yoga, mindfulness and social justice. She is deeply committed to ensuring accessibility to the practice of yoga to all, especially in the Arab world. She has taught in community centers, refugee camps, health clinics and schools, and co-founded Farashe Yoga, Palestine’s first yoga community center. Her classes are a mash-up of various styles, however all with a focus on alignment, breath, therapeutics, and laughter.