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.
Olivier David first discovered the practice of Ashtanga Yogain January of 2004. Starting in 2009 he went to Mysore, India to deepen his practice at the source of Ashtanga Yoga and has since then made annual trips to continue his studies with his teacher R Sharath Jois. Olivier is a dedicated practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga Yoga after the examples and teachings of Sri K Pattabhi Jois and R Sharath Jois. In 2009 Olivier had the blessing and opportunity to start traveling and teaching all over the world. Sharing this amazing practice that has been passed down to him. In 2015, Olivier was Authorized Level II to teach Ashtanga Yoga by his guru R. Sharath Jois in the tradition of Pattahbi Jois & Sri T. Krishnamacharya. In 2016 Olivier had the privilege to assist Sharathji in the KPJAYI shala in Mysore, India. For more pictures and informations please visit his website www.yogawitholivier.com. Oliver will be joining us at Yoga Souk starting January 2017 and till March 2017
Flora BRAJOT has spent many years in Mysore where she ensured her skills by receiving the traditional teaching at the KPJAYI and the blessing from Sharath Jois, whom she had the privilege to assist.
Ashtanga teacher (authorized Level 2 ), assiduous and dedicated student of the KPJAYI, in love with India, globe-trotter at heart, she’s also the co -founder of Anokhi Garden Café (the tranquil hub of worldwide ashtanga teachers and students of Mysore).
Flora followed her heart’s aspirations to share her knowledge and to seek for a deeper understanding of the practice all over the world. While she keeps on travelling to teach and train herself, she’s now settled in France.
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 – Yogeswari, and my mentor Rima Rabbath for her unconditional love and inspiration.