In Spanish there is beautiful refrain, “Se hace el camino al andar,” or “one makes the path by walking.” In this way I hope to inspire and serve others by offering seekers an integrated practice and experience of Yoga as I have practiced and understood it from my teachers. Yoga practice not only as an instrument towards liberation– but as liberation itself – as taught in the tradition of Jivamukti. A tool to help us learn to be more receptive in order to nourish our highest potential – Yoga transforms the physical body and the internal layers of consciousness to shake up our karma and break us into the magic of now-ness.
As a teacher I have interests in yoga philosophy, alignment in Asanas and many of the foundational elements regarding the method of Vinyasa by linking breath and movement. I am daily inspired by the contributions of Jivamukti’s Sharon & David and this Jivamukti method, along with Sri Pattabhi Jois, Krishnamacarya, BKS Iyengar, also greatly to my Gita teacher Joshua Greene AKA Yogeswara, and my mentor Rima Rabbath for her unconditional love and inspiration.
Maria is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher and Health Coach (Institute of Integrative Nutrition, 2016). She was recently in New York completing her apprenticeship with Jules Febre. Maria teaches the beautiful harmony of linking intention, breath, and movement through a comprehensive yoga practice. Always striving to make Yoga accessible to everyone, her classes are challenging, insightful, and playful. Prior to teaching and coaching, Maria worked as a city planner in New York, Beirut, and Abu Dhabi. She has a Masters degree from Columbia University and lives in Beirut with her two cats. She gives thanks to her teachers Yogeswari, Jules, and Rima for their continued support, to Sharon and David for offering their wisdom endlessly, to all the teachers disguised as students along the path, and to the Jivamukti global satsang for just being.
Nathalie, AKA nat on the mat, discovered Ashtanga yoga in 2009. This is when she changed from being a fitness freak to a more balanced yogi . Since then, she has been traveling all around the world to study with authorized teachers such as Kino Mac Gregor, David Robson, Nea Ferrier and Petri Raisanan. She has completed her second trip to Mysore India last year where she studied under the guidance of R. Sharath Jois.
Valentina Castano, a Colombian with over 7 years of personal practice in yoga, has a strong background in ballet and Latin rhythms. She taught both in South America and South East Asia and has recently relocated to the Middle East.
She promotes the body’s expression as a tool of communication and the path to the knowledge of self. With an emphasis on foundations, personal level and fun, her purpose is to guide students in a challenging organic way to find passion through their own practice.
“I incorporate classical techniques and philosophy to make yoga more than just an exercise but something rooted in tradition. I encourage students to move beyond the limitations they have set in their mind, not just physically but mentally and emotionally. With an understanding of anatomy and alignment I help people achieve a new found sense of strength and mobility they thought they’d never have.”
Sammy has been studying yoga and eastern philosophy since he was 12 years old and has grown up around practicing yoga and meditation. He has studied such schools as Iyengar, Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Raja Yoga. Sammy spent from 2010 – 2015 traveling to Mysore India where he studied Ashtanga Yoga at KPJAYI under R. Sharath Jois the grandson of Sri K.Patabbhi Jois and is happy to be part of a direct lineage that is traceable to T. Krishnamacharya. On his 2013 trip he received his level 2 authorization to teach Ashtanga. He is continuing an ongoing study with Richard Freeman. Sammy has completed a 300 hour Yoga Therapy course in northern California at the Ananda Seva Ashram and continues to study Ayurveda, alignment, anatomy and both eastern and western philosophy. Sammy is an E-RYT500 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor with emphasis in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Yoga Therapy and is a certified yoga therapist by IAYT.