ACROYOGA WORKSHOP * LARA FEGHALI & RAJA SABRA (US)

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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.

BIO LARA FEGHALI

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.

BIO RAJA SABRA
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.

KIRTAN / MEDITATION * BHAKTI YOGA BEIRUT

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DATE: Thursday April 20 / 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm

REGISTER sms +961 3 974 810 /

Free / Donation

DESCRIPTION:
Kirtan is a form of devotional chanting whose roots go back over 500 years to India. It is a form of bhakti yoga (yoga of devotion) where the audience is encouraged to participate through its call and response style – the leader chants and everyone in the crowd repeats. In its heartfelt expression, kirtan is music for the soul and can induce profound states of meditation, bliss and ecstasy.

 

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BHAKTI YOGA BEIRUT BIO
Philip and Tulsi formed Bhakti Yoga Beirut in 2010 with the hope and goal of sharing the ancient tradition of bhakti yoga with the Lebanese community. Born in Lebanon, Philip’s journey into the devotional world of bhakti yoga began in Montreal, 2007, when he was introduced to the deep philosophy of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. It was here that he met Canadian born Tulsi. As they learned more, bhakti became less of a practice and more of a way of life, and in 2012 they both received formal initiation from Radhanath Swami Maharaj. Inspired by their spiritual teachers, they along with the other members of their internationally flavoured group, have a strong desire to share the joyful gift of kirtan with others.

NEW KUNDALINI CLASS * CAROLE AMMOUN

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NEW CLASS / KUNDALINI YOGA * Carole Ammoun / Tuesdays: 8:00 pm > 9:30 pm
Register by sms on the day of: +961 3 083 492

 

CLASS DESCRIPTION

“Kundalini Yoga is uncoiling yourself to find your potential and your vitality and to reach for your virtues. There is nothing from outside, All is in you. You are the storehouse of your totality.”
Yogi Bhajan
“Kundalini” is an ancient Sanskrit word that literally means “coiled snake”, it is described as a sleeping, dormant potential force in the human organism.
Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is the practice of awakening our higher self and turning potential energy into kinetic energy.
It helps balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system and purify the blood to bring balance to the body, mind, and soul.
It combines meditation, mantra, physical exercises and breathing techniques that guide the energies of the body and the mind into a specific result or change of consciousness.

CAROLE BIO

Carole Ammoun is a Kundalini Yoga instructor. Her yoga journey started in 2009 when she first encountered Hatha yoga, and has continued ever since as she practiced extensively and attended a variety of workshops. All along she developed a keen interest in pranayama and meditation. She chanced upon Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and completed her teacher training with Gurmukh in Rishikesh in 2013. She has been transmitting the teachings since then.
Carole is also an actress, writer, and trainer. She performs on stage and for the screen, has published several short stories, and conducts acting workshops designed to develop interpersonal skills. The body-mind connection is the common thread to all her activities.

KUNDALINI HEALING MEDITATION THE SIRI GAITRI MANTRA * CAROLE AMMOUN

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DATE: Thursday March 23
TIME: 8:30 pm > 9:30 pm
REGISTER: sms on day of +961 3 974 810
Free / Donation

Kundalini Healing Meditation with the Siri Gaitri Mantra / Led by Carole Ammoun

Meditation in Kundalini Yoga contains specific, practical tools that carefully and precisely support the mind and guide the body through the use of breath, mantra, mudra, and focus.

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Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Se So Hung

This mantra is called a ‘Shushumna Mantra’, it has eight sounds that stimulate the kundalini to flow in the central channel of the spine and in the chakras. As this happens there is usually a huge metabolic adjustment to the new level of energy in the body. The brain is also involved, the sounds balance the five zones of the left and right hemispheres of the brain to activate the Neutral Mind. The Siri Gaitri Mantra is unique, it captures the radiant energy of the Cosmos as a gem captures the light of the sun. Like a gem it can be put into many settings for different purposes and occasions.

CAROLE AMMOUN BIO

Carole Ammoun is a Kundalini Yoga instructor.
Her yoga journey started in 2009 when she first encountered Hatha yoga, and has continued ever since as she practiced extensively and attended a variety of workshops. All along she developed a keen interest in pranayama and meditation. She chanced upon Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and completed her teacher training with Gurmukh in Rishikesh in 2013. She has been transmitting the teachings since then.
Carole is also an actress, writer, and trainer. She performs on stage and for the screen, has published several short stories, and conducts acting workshops designed to develop interpersonal skills. The body-mind connection is the common thread to all her activities.

THE IMPERFECT WORKSHOP * DEE EL NAJJAR UK

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DATE: Saturday March 18
TIME: 10:00 am > 12:00 pm
PRICE: $35
REGISTER: maysan.marouf@gmail.com

When I think about embracing my imperfections in the context of a yoga practise, what comes up for me is backbends, arm balances and inversions. These are challenging poses at the best of times and I have battled with myself for so long to try and assume the perfect expression of these challenging asanas. Where my journey took me is to a beautiful space of choosing my imperfect yoga poses because I am imperfect and I have come to feel the true reward in embracing the full expression of my own version of each of these asanas.
Empowered, fired up, and at one with my practise, I have put together this two hour vinyasa yoga class to share with you all the beautiful things that I have discovered. Tricks of the trade and mind tricks to move your practise from a battle with your body to an integration of what your body is able to do with the appropriate warm up and the right set of instructions.
Expect the use of props, partner work, different ways to get into each pose and doing inversions and arm balances with greater mindfulness and ease.
Say goodbye to relying on force and say hello to understanding the magic of your own body.
You will move and inspire yourself in a whole different t way.
I can’t wait to share this journey with you.

BIO

In 2006, I suffered a debilitating knee and shoulder injury caused by years of ice climbing and mountaineering. After a whole year of physiotherapy culminating in traditional medicine’s advise to operate, I decided to take matters into my own hand and opted to change my life instead of going under the knife.
I started to practise Sivananda yoga a few times a week, and soon after, I fell under its therapeutic spell. I didn’t understand the spiritual side of yoga at the time, but I felt a bizarrely mystic power which drew me to this ancient practise and I gradually immersed myself in its many schools. I practised Ashtanga, Hatha and Yin yoga, Pranayama and meditation.

Eventually, my mat became my haven, my friend, and my safe place away from life’s chaos, not to mention the fact that my body was as good as new and my injuries were completely cured. But it was in this repetitive pattern of stillness and goodness that I started seeing more clearly, I start breathing more freely, and I learned to dedicate time for nurturing myself…This sense of peace and commitment carried through into other parts of my life and saw me through both joyous moments and dark times. Yoga gave me the fortitude and awareness to feel more empowered and less afraid and so in 2011 I decided to start my yoga teacher training journey with a trip to India. I travelled to Bangalore and met incredible yogis, and on my quest to get closer to the source of this intense spiritual practise, I discovered that the source was in fact ME!… I realised that there is no Yoga of the East or of the West, there is only One common experience: “A greater connection with yourself through a constant integration of body and mind”…After many long years of practise, I finally felt Yoga…

So I returned to the UK and embarked on an intensive teacher training program with the British Wheel of Yoga. The BWY is an alignment based school, focused on teaching the tradition’s philosophy with integrity and delving into the practise of Asana from an anatomical view point as well as a focus on alignment.
I will be an everlasting student and will continue to learn about myself and about Yoga every single day.
My wish is to share a mat with as many people as I can because I hope that when we go deep into our physical body and experience what wonders it is capable of, we go deeper into our mind and start seeing wonders in everything around us. We collectively spread the Yoga Love and create a wavelength of peace which will resonate deep within each and every one of us.

RESTORATIVE YOGA POETISCAPES * DANIELLE ABISAAB & JANA SALEH ON LIVE PIANO

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Please join USQY founder Danielle Abisaab for a restorative yoga class alongside musician Jana Saleh on live piano.

DATE: SATURDAY MARCH 11
TIME: 5 pm to 7 pm
PRICE: $ 40
REGISTER: maysan.marouf@gmail.com ****SPOTS LIMITED

Fact: Beirut city can be a fierce place to survive even for a yogi. The proven way out of the madness is to go in, create space, unwind, dream and let go, so we can move forward to receive new inspiration. Known as the dessert of the yoga practice, aside from inducing a trippy “soul-ular state, Restorative Yoga is a static flow groove designed to release all the beasts lodged in our joints and surrender to the now. This class is accompanied by poetry reading and live music.

Kundalini Healing Meditation the Siri Gaitri Mantra * Carole Ammoun

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DATE: Thursday Feb 23
TIME: 8:30 pm > 9:30 pm
REGISTER: sms on day of +961 3 974 810
Free / Donation

Kundalini Healing Meditation with the Siri Gaitri Mantra / Led by Carole Ammoun

Meditation in Kundalini Yoga contains specific, practical tools that carefully and precisely support the mind and guide the body through the use of breath, mantra, mudra, and focus.

*

Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Se So Hung

This mantra is called a ‘Shushumna Mantra’, it has eight sounds that stimulate the kundalini to flow in the central channel of the spine and in the chakras. As this happens there is usually a huge metabolic adjustment to the new level of energy in the body. The brain is also involved, the sounds balance the five zones of the left and right hemispheres of the brain to activate the Neutral Mind. The Siri Gaitri Mantra is unique, it captures the radiant energy of the Cosmos as a gem captures the light of the sun. Like a gem it can be put into many settings for different purposes and occasions.

CAROLE AMMOUN BIO

Carole Ammoun is a Kundalini Yoga instructor.
Her yoga journey started in 2009 when she first encountered Hatha yoga, and has continued ever since as she practiced extensively and attended a variety of workshops. All along she developed a keen interest in pranayama and meditation. She chanced upon Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and completed her teacher training with Gurmukh in Rishikesh in 2013. She has been transmitting the teachings since then.
Carole is also an actress, writer, and trainer. She performs on stage and for the screen, has published several short stories, and conducts acting workshops designed to develop interpersonal skills. The body-mind connection is the common thread to all her activities.