IAN SZYDLOWSKI-ALVAREZ

In Spanish there is beautiful refrain, “Se hace el camino al andar,” or “one makes the path by walking.” In this way Ian hopes to inspire and serve others by offering seekers an integrated practice and experience of Yoga as he has practiced and understood it from his 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 he has interests in yoga philosophy, alignment in Asanas and many of the foundational elements regarding the method of Vinyasa by linking breath and movement. He is 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 his Gita teacher Joshua Greene AKA Yogeswara, and his mentor Rima Rabbath for her unconditional love and inspiration.

MARIA PAMOUKIAN

With over 7 years of teaching experience, Maria strives to provide a safe and playful environment in her classes, allowing people to explore the practice with compassion and non-judgment. Infused with positive energy, full engagement with every student, and a dedication to the practice itself, Maria’s classes are challenging, always filled with valuable instruction and insight. She integrates ancient wisdom, modern life, and a lot of humor into every class, and everyone, with no exception, is welcome. She continues to study and learn as often as she can, and is grateful for all her teachers, especially Jules Febre. Maria is also a health coach, helping people design a lifestyle focused on health and wellbeing. Drawing from her own personal and professional experiences across careers and countries, she is always inspired to serve and be of benefit to everyone she encounters. She lives in Beirut with her two cats and dog.

DANA SERTEL

Dana Sertel, will be joining Yoga Souk team on March 5th!
She will be teaching our Jivamukti classes and keeping the lineage going!
Check out our schedule to see her class timings.
Dana Sertel Bio:
Finding the teaching in anything. Authentic and real. Informed by her practice and devoted to the experience. Dana started practicing Yoga in 2006 after a long time of intense sports. She immediately noticed there was more to Yoga than just physical benefits. Diving deep into the liberating effects of practice is what brings her back to the mat every day. Fierceness and depth paired with a systemized approach is only a small part of what draws her to this practice and the Jivamukti Method.

Feeling connected through practice and sound, being able to open up is what she experiences on this yogic playground. Music – one of her biggest passions – is an important tool of the method along with the goal to uplift yourself by uplifting others. Staying playful and light in any circumstances is her goal. Fearlessness along with true heartfelt connection. She met her mentor Rima during her Teacher Training with Jivamukti in 2015 and has experienced firsthand how the guidance of a teacher can uplift you. With Rima she apprenticed for her 800h certification in NYC and the Advanced Board Exam in 2017. Her Berlin teaching base is Peace Yoga Berlin – Jivamukti Yoga School, where she teaches and practices almost daily and is strongly connected to the community.

Coming to Beirut, the homeland of her mentor for the first time, get to know the people and country and being able to pass on what she has learned is the biggest honor to Dana. Forever thankful. So ready for this!

 

NATHALIE DAOU

We are honored to welcome the first Authorized Level 2 Lebanese Ashtanga teacher and practitioner to Yoga Souk Beirut.
She is coming directly from Mysore, India to take over our Mysore room!
Join us from:
Monday – Friday
Between 6:15-9:15am
From March 4 – 16th

Nathalie was initially drawn to yoga as a method of engaging and healing physical pains she was experiencing as a teenager. After several years of practice she found strong benefits in the method of Ashtanga Yoga, which helped her improve greatly not only on the physical level but also embark on a spiritual journey. The practice has made her stay steady and focused, while maintaining a humble attitude, living and loving each moment to the fullest.

After more than 10 years of dedicated Ashtanga Yoga practice, Nathalie made her way to Mysore/India in 2014 to further her studies and deepen her knowledge with (Paramaguru) R. Sharath Jois at the Shri K.Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI), and she has been going back ever since. In January 2019 Nathalie became the first Lebanese practitioner to be authorized level 2 by R. Sharath Jois to teach Ashtanga Yoga.
In keeping a mindful and virtuous approach towards yoga, Nathalie feels blessed to share her passion for this powerful and healing practice.

 

ARNE ESPEJEL

After practicing and assisting, once more R. Sharath Jois in the main Shala in Mysore and teaching in Tokyo, Manilla and Switzerland, Arne is brimming over and ready to share all that he has learned and tested to be true. Get a taste of what it is to practice in Mysore, India through Arne. For those that have practiced with Arne, you already know his kindness, simplicity, humbleness as well as his thorough knowledge and experience in teaching practitioners of all levels. For those new to Arne, he is here long enough to teach a complete beginner or provide the added push to a standstill practice. Looking so much to share this special event with you!
Arne Espejel, Authorized Level 2 Teacher in the tradition of Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois.
Arne discovered Ashtanga Yoga in 2003. Five years later, he travelled to Mysore, India to practice and pay his respects to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Since then, he has gone back yearly to Mysore for further studies with R. Sharath Jois and Saraswathi Jois, the grandson and daughter of Guruji. Arne is now learning Advanced A series under their direct guidance.
In 2010, Arne received the blessings of the Jois family and was authorized to teach both the Primary and the full Intermediate Series. Being one of the select few to receive this privilege, Arne would like to teach and help his students develop a Self-Practice. It is his firm belief that Self-Practice is a great beginning to help each individual on their journey towards the knowledge of oneself.
Arne has developed Mysore programs, and teaches regularly in South East Asia, in places such as The Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
He recently started to teach ongoing programs in Switzerland and Spain in Europe, in Japan in East Asia, and in the Middle East, in Beirut, Lebanon.
Whenever is possible he does the same back in his home town, when he visits his family in Mexico City.

NATHALIE NAJEM

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.

DIANA REBEIZ

Diana Rebeiz is a 5 year old Yogi, a certified Groovykids Yoga® teacher, and a consultant on relationships and communication. She is also an NLP Practitioner and a trainer on adult-children relationships. Throughout her classes, Diana will be inviting the kids to an inner journey towards serenity, acceptance, autonomy, and leadership in every breath of life.

 

DALAL HARB

“A Woman In Process”, Dalal Harb is an accumulation of experiences and states that led her to be the human she is today: a yoga teacher, a journalist, and a fervent wellness advocate.

Born to the mountains of Tannourine, Dalal graduated as a communicator and worked as such for the past 12 years in Lebanon and abroad. Her passion towards yoga led her to become a yoga teacher after receiving her training at the Bikram Yoga College of India in San Diego, USA, in 2009.

Lebanon, Dubai and Paris welcomed her classes eagerly until she realized that her body, mind and soul needed to regain zeal and knowledge. She enrolled in for the 4‐month course of Yogic Studies at the Bihar Yoga School in India. Back to Lebanon, to her inner roots, Dalal becomes a member of The Syndicate of the Yoga Teachers inLebanon (syt‐lb.com) and founds the Beirut Yoga Festival (beirutyogafestival.com), in 2014.

Dalal is passionately committed to promoting wellness, harmonious and balanced living, and a back‐to‐the‐roots philosophy in order to help others reach greater mind clarity and inspirational living.

KALINE AOUN

Kaline started her yoga practice 8 years ago after a dance injury prompting her to practice yoga as an alternative form of exercise. Her yoga practice became her inspiration to a personal transformation leading her to resign from her HR career to pursue her passion in Yoga. In 2014, she became a certified Vinyasa Teacher and 2 years later she obtained her Yin Yoga certification. This year she has completed an advanced Yin Teacher training in NYC and has also become a certified Therapeutic Yoga teacher, which incorporated different styles of yoga, breath work, meditation, anatomy, Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. She is constantly developing her practice and deepening her understanding in the teachings of Yoga enabling her to share this knowledge and experience with her students. Kaline is also a Reiki II practitioner, awakening the intuitive energy that helps her connect with every living being around her.

CAROLE AMMOUN

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.