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


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.



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TIME: 10:00 am > 12:00 pm
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.




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.




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

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.

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.




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


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.


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.


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.


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DATE: Thursday May 25
TIME: 8:30 pm > 9:30 pm
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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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.

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DATE: Sunday May 7, 2017
TIME:: 5:00-8:00pm
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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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.




DATE: Saturday April 29
TIME: 10:00 am > 12:00 pm
PRICE: $ 40
REGISTER: maysan.marouf@gmail.com

Acroyoga is a vibrant partner practice that unifies the healing art of yoga and the dynamic power of acrobatics. This workshop is an introduction to Acroyoga— perfect for the total beginner or for the seasoned acroyogi looking to refine their practice. Taught by Lara Feghali and Raja Sabra, the workshop will focus on a series of static poses and basic acrobatic transitions. The final portion of the workshop will end with guided Thai massage.
Although Acroyoga might look tricky, you will surprise yourself with this playful practice. You don’t need experience or a partner—just be ready to experience the pleasure of challenging yourself while laughing uncontrollably.


Lara Feghali is a Lebanese-American yoga teacher currently teaching in Los Angeles, California. After receiving her yoga teacher training in India, she has dedicated her time sharing the magic of yoga with others. When she discovered Acroyoga 3 years ago, she was hooked. Her classes incorporate the importance of trust, connection and childlike playfulness. Beyond the impressive postures, Lara trains her students to push past the mind and body’s limitations.

Raja Sabra received his Acroyoga teacher training in San Diego. Simply put, if Acroyoga were a woman, Raja would marry her. He has fallen in love with the practice and feels more passionate about it than anything he’s ever encountered. Acroyoga has helped him immensely with his OCD, anxiety, and depression. He wants to use it as a tool to spread happiness and joy among people no matter the age or size. Raja sees Acro as more related to the mind than to the body and physical strength. His classes incorporate humor into the practice as he finds comfort in laughter and believes it’s a way to get people closer, comfortable, and most importantly happy. He also loves puns, and when you hear them, YOGAna love them.