Infused with a wicked NY spirit and groove; owned by E-RYT 500 Yoga Instructor Danielle Abisaab **, this Boutique Yoga Studio in the heart of Beirut focuses on Vinyasa Yoga from different vantage points through emphasis on intelligent alignment, high creativity and deep explorations. A space for the people by the people with one common goal, to come together and have fun while doing it.
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Founder of Union Square Yoga, Danielle Abisaab is a NYC “ISHTA” certified yoga teacher. She completed her training under the tutorship of Alan Finger creator of the ISHTA method (Integrated science of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda) in 2002 in New York City and has been teaching with great enthusiasm ever since. She has been blessed with the grace of many great teachers and was given the gift of practicing extensively with Jivamukti yoga school founders Sharon Gannon and David Life as well as many of the senior teachers, she has attended workshops with Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman, Mark Whitwell, Rod Stryker, Cindy Lee, Gary Kraftsow, Desiree Rumbaugh to name a few. She is forever grateful to have crossed the path of these lovely beings for they are present in her teachings at all times.
In 2005, Danielle moved from her favorite city in the world to Lebanon for the sole purpose of teaching yoga. 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.
Constantly seeking for ways to improve her teaching skills, she travels regularly back to NYC to study with her beloved teachers and has accumulated over 400 hours in continuing education over the course of the past 8 years. In January 2012, she successfully completed a Teacher training in Unnata Aerial Yoga (a form of yoga performed in a silk hammock) with founder Michelle Dortignac, and now has a “license to hang”. Highly seduced by this new technique and wanting to delve further and deeper, she also followed an Anti Gravity Restorative Yoga course in August 2012 and is working her way towards her certification.
Her overall mission whether rooting down or lifting off, is to inspire confidence and self-acceptance through caring and compassionate teaching methods, to create a safe and nurturing environment dedicated to helping each student find personal success in their yoga practice and realizing their true Self by incorporating the rigorous flowing poses of Vinyasa yoga along with the careful alignment method of Hatha yoga. Her challenging classes are a medley of various yoga methods (Vinyasa, Jivamukti and Ishta) providing a free flowing experience to the uplifting sounds of pop and rock. Her classes seamlessly incorporate asana, pranayama, meditation, spiritual talks, and chanting allowing the student the experience of yoga as a holistic discipline. She does all that never forgetting to inject humor and love in the mix.
Danielle’s wildest dream and hope is for every human on this planet to discover the magic of yoga one day.
Maysan Marouf (Studio Manager)
After several years of practicing yoga, Maysan completed the first 200-Hour YogaWorks Teacher Training Course held in Beirut in August 2014, primarily as a way of deepening her own practice. But by the end of the training she had developed the intention of sharing the gift of yoga with others, and since October 2014, she has been teaching at different locations in the Beirut area. In June 2015, she traveled to New York for an intensive 3 weeks teacher training with Maty Ezraty, one of most renowned yoga teachers in the world. Maysan considers herself a yoga student first and foremost and continues to take classes and workshops to fuel her practice and further her education. During her heart-centering classes, Maysan hopes to guide students towards gently creating more space and ease in their bodies, minds and lives, one breath at a time. Her interest in well-being in all its dimensions is supported by her academic background, as she holds a BS in Environmental Health and a Masters in Environmental Sciences. For Maysan, yoga and environmentalism go hand in hand as they both teach us to be aware that we are all connected on this planet. She believes that it is when we start using our experiences on the yoga mat to change ourselves and the world around us, that the magic of yoga truly happens.
Maysan has also studied and practiced many different holistic and energy healing techniques such as aromatherapy, herbalism, Reiki, and Access Bars, amongst others. She is in favor of prioritizing “mind-body medicine” (using the power of our thoughts and emotions to positively influence our physical health). Yoga, meditation, breathing, relaxation and other healing practices all play a role in promoting our well-being and keeping stress at bay, thus helping to prevent and/or treat dis-ease. In particular, as a certified aromatherapist, she enjoys combining essential oils with yoga and meditation, and is passionate about the role medicinal plants play in supporting our spiritual evolution, especially those plants that are considered “sacred scents” such as Frankincense and Palo Santo. To develop her knowledge in this field, she has been taking intensive courses with David Crow (one of the world’s experts in botanical medicine, and a master herbalist, aromatherapist and acupuncturist).
Lama stumbled upon her first Yoga class at the age of 17 and has been dedicated to the practice ever since. Eager to share this passion with everyone around her, two years later she received her RYT200 certification from YogaWorks in summer 2015. Through her energetic and dynamic classes, Lama aims to translate the life-changing power of the Yoga practice. Every balanced sequence articulates the calmness, peace, and strength she hopes to instill in her students. Her aim through teaching is to accentuate the constructive potential of conscious living in our accelerated contemporary time. You’re guaranteed to leave her class tranquil, happy, and with more friends then you walked in with.
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
Cosima Julia Bachle
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.
Sahar Katib received her yoga teacher’s certification from the Shri Kali Ashram in Goa, India.
She has since been practicing and teaching Tantra Yoga in Beirut. She has been teaching children and adults of various ages, and enjoys teaching yoga in creative ways. Sahar is also a musician, playing drums and rhythms, exploring sound therapy, and uses music during the classes she guides. She also holds a Master Level Certificate in Reiki.
Maya Abou Chedid
With a major in Molecular Biology and Genetics, the Science of Yoga revealed itself to Maya showing the actual discipline of nature as of early 2006. Seeking the traditions, she went for her Hatha Yoga Teacher Training course in 2008 (Satayananda) and had the chance to start sharing this journey of teaching early 2009.
She followed other heartfelt calls to Greece in 2009 and 2010 (Thai Yoga Massage and Prenatal Yoga), India early 2011 (Ayurvedic Massage & Panchakarma), Nepal in 2009 (Vipassana) and Peru in 2011 (Shamanic journeying). Her latest was more than a two months trip to her school again where she took an Advanced training in Yoga and a Yoga Therapy course. Each training received and practices shared establish an ongoing process of unveiling and nourishment. A journey of connection and being part of the whole, in the “heart”.
Rony is a Personal Development Catalyst: Gestalt-Therapist, Executive Coach and Discovery Travel Organizer. He is the founder of Echmoun Management (www.echmoun.com).
His Yoga approach draws upon his trainings in various Yoga modalities (Iyengar, Anusara, Vinyasa, Bikram), and – since 2008 – in the Kashmiri Yoga tradition as taught by Eric Baret. His practice is further enriched by an extensive training in Buddhist meditation techniques, Holotropic Breathwork® and Shamanic Guidance.
Rony is a member of several professional associations and international federations. He is involved in raising awareness on environmental issues, notably through the Awakening the Dreamer® Symposium. The proud father of two, Rony divides his time between Lebanon and France, when not roaming the globe.