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My first experience in Yoga comes after 15 years of entrepreneurship in Canada. I went to a Bikram Yoga class with a discovery intension and ended up emotionally attached to the practice. The effect might be due to the 1h30 of heat in a 6 months freezing city, however I am deeply convinced that the real reason behind this connection is the similarities between the Bikram essence and the entrepreneurial spirit. The intensity and effectiveness of the Bikram class has the magical effect of washing out the brain and cleansing the heart; it is draining and energizing at the same time. In 2006, I decided to take the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training at the College of India in Hawaii. This career change step made me reshuffle my wardrobe and replace my suits with loose yoga pants. Then my life as a yoga teacher started, it was in Washington DC, a city full of yoga teaching opportunities in well renowned studios. I stayed there for almost 2 years, later on I went for another training, Thai massage this time, in the International School of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Feeling the need to rekindle ties with my home country, I decided to return to Morocco. In 2008, I opened Bikram Yoga Casablanca; it was the Bikram’s second studio of Africa. In 2012, my wife and I decided to take Bikram Yoga Casablanca a step further and make it a common adventure. Hence, Om Yoga Casablanca opens its doors in 2013 and Om Yoga Marrakech in September 2018.
I am currently teaching Hatha Yoga, Bikram, Wall Yoga and Restorative Aerial Yoga. I mainly focus on the alignment and the body feeling with the ultimate goal of reaching the let go mindset and develop self-awareness capabilities.
After seven beautiful years spent in Paris and Casablanca as an art journalist, I discovered yoga by meeting the man who is my husband today. Therefore, my first contact with the discipline was through Bikram. Within the practice, I could find the precision and concentration of my youth’s dance classes. Then, comes Savasana, the final meditation that adds some magic to these genuine moments of happiness.
Following two years of intense practice, I gave way to the temptation of undergoing a rigorous training to be able to teach and open a yoga studio. I chose Briohny Smith and Dice Ida Klein as mentors, two great yogis from the Ashtanga school and specialists of inversions. The training was intense, challenging and exciting. I have discovered with them the advanced forms of yoga postures, and above all, the humility and patience required to achieve them. From this teaching I grabbed the taste for challenge. My classes, usually flowing with a music background, are a mix of inspirations of Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Power Yoga. They are dynamic and rhythmic classes, allowing everyone to push the limits of the body and mind. I like to work on and develop the fluidity of movements and the power control of breathing. My teachings aim to get to know ourselves and develop one’s ability to move from extreme concentration to extreme letting go.
Teacher of Power Yoga, Yin Yang Yoga, Bungee, Bikram
From an early age, yoga was part of Gabe Scally’s life. Having spent his teenage years in yoga studios in Casablanca and Montreal, Gabe has a strong understanding of the business development and management aspects of the wellness industry. Graduate of a business school, he deepens his knowledge in the world of yoga by training in Power Yoga and Yin Yang Yoga in France in 2017, and the method of Bungee Workout in 2018. He has been teaching at Om Yoga for three years. Since the summer of 2018, he has managed the studio Om Yoga Casablanca, aiming to combine a career in the wellness industry with his passion for yoga.
Ana Ilieva Andonova
Teacher of Ashtanga, Mysore, Meditation
Ana discovers yoga as she builds her doctoral thesis to compensate for an intense intellectual life. After a degree in Philosophy, complementary studies in Antropology and Archeology, a doctorate in History of Science and a Master in Languages and Philosophies of Antiquity, she found in yoga an art of living that will mark her destiny. She has been practicing since her first Ashtanga Yoga Mysore style class. She has studied with teachers such as Nicholas Paul Evans, Elena Figarola, Radha and Pierre Seghir, and for the past ten years she has been working with her teacher Peter Sanson, an Advanced B, one of the oldest students of Sri K. PattabhiJois. Trained as a Yoga Teacher with Driss Benzouine, she is studying Yoga Philosophy at OCHS (University of Oxford) and Sanskrit at Sofia University.
Aerial Yoga Teacher
Graduate in business management and passionate about marketing and communication, Farida first worked as a consultant for many public and private Moroccan or international organizations. For more than 12 years, she headed the sales and marketing department of the multinational DHL in the Maghreb, a major participant in its growth. Citizen, passionate about ethics, Farida is involved in many causes: humanitarian, social, environmental. Her passion for dance and the arts gives her an active lifestyle and a constant search for well-being. Yoga enters into its daily life and by force of practice, it acquires the knowledge to relax the mind and to harmonize the body. Graduate of the AirYogalates method, she now organizes yoga retreats in magical places that she takes care of. http://www.loveairyoga.com/
Teacher Hatha, Yin & Aerial Yoga
After 5 years of daily practice, Nadia went on her first 200-hour Hatha Yoga training in Bali. She was then trained in Aerial Yoga techniques by the Canadian Geneviève Berube, co-founder of the AirYogalates method. It is in France that she will be certified by Yoga Alliance, in Power Yoga, Core Yoga, and Yin Yoga.
Fettoum el Houari
Graduated with an MBA specialized in Communication and Media, Fettoum is passionate about advertising and activities related to brand communication. After a few years in communication agencies, working hard, she decided to listen to her friend and try a yoga class. A first experience in a Bikram yoga class that gave her the taste of happiness of this discipline. After more than 2 years of regular practice, at age 33, she decided to spend 2 months in the original country of yoga, India, for a 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training. This adventure was her challenge, her encounter with a new world and an infinity of knowledge. Her yogic practice, dynamic and gentle at the same time, takes into account the chakras, the work on the acceptance of her emotions, feelings, a session in full awareness and without judgment.
Teacher of Vinyasa, Power, Yin Yoga, Pilates & Wall yoga.
Emmanuelle grew up in a family of sportsmen and for many years she immersed herself in intense practices of athletics, gymnastics and volleyball competitions.
In parallel, she shares a common passion with her mother, dance. She danced with her mother, also a dancer and choreographer, until she was 18.
Then came the Sports University STAPS where she spent her days before going to dance school (Kim Kan School) and artistic make-up in Paris (Makeup Art Academy).
It is during this period that she met a group of musicians leading her to dance for another 9 years.
They traveled the world in music and dance and it was at the turn of their concerts in India that she fell in love with yoga.
This job brings her to Morocco, in the desert of Zagora in 2012.
She gave birth to a little girl in July 2013, after which she was hired at Om Yoga as a masseuse / Reiki Master. This marked the beginning of her yoga practice because whenever she was not giving massages, she was practicing yoga.
Her love for yoga grew very quickly, as well as her interest in Pilates in view of the after-effects of her competitive sports past.
Thus in 2015, she followed the teachings of Gérard Arnaud 500H YTT in Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga. In 2016 it is under the teachings of Olivier Fernandez that she passed a 200H YTT of Power Yoga, Yin and Core Yoga.
Follow-up of various workshops with Mathieu Boldrob, Cécile Roubaux, Tibetan Yoga, Dragon Dance …
As for Pilates, it’s was at Leader Fit in Paris that she was trained at Matwork 1, 2 but also in Pilates for pregnant women, post-therapy, and seniors.
2018/2020 will be under the teachings of Driss Benzouine :
“Yoga is a long way of light until our last breath.”
Teacher of Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Aerial Yoga
After studying international communication, Valérie naturally turned to a career in the business world. At age 38, she took her first yoga class at the Om Yoga studio, which she describes as a love at first sight. Two years later, she attended Hatha Yoga training with Noah Mc Kennah and took the opportunity to give her first classes in the studio. A revelation: giving lessons gives her as much pleasure as taking them! She followed that with a second training in Yin Yoga and decided to stop all other activities to focus solely on yoga. Valerie loves to dedicate her passion to beginners to whom she introduces the practice of yoga and self-knowledge.
Teacher of Vinyasa
Kenza spent much of her childhood in classical dance classes in Casablanca and then continued her studies in Paris with studies in Psychology. Passionate about music, nature and animals, she explores a new form of sensitivity with yoga. In July 2017, she became certified in Hatha / Vinyasa Yoga Teacher in Costa Rica. In her classes, Kenza values a practice that is physical, psychic and spiritual. A moment dedicated to letting go and re-connecting with oneself for all people being in a perspective of personal evolution whatever their level of practice.
Teacher of Ashtanga, Vinyasa et Aerial yoga
For 15 years, Noha has been teaching the laws of physics to her students at the American School with passion and enthusiasm. She draws her energy from sport and thrills, from climbing and parachuting to motor bikes. For 9 years, she has found another source of energy and motivation: yoga; discipline as physical as spiritual. As a yogini apprentice, Noha develops her passion first with AirYogalates Aerial Yoga training and then AshtangaVinyasa training with All Yoga in Bali. Her goal: to share the benefits of yoga: balance, energy and concentration, especially with her young students.
Hatha / Ashtanga Yoga Teacher
Soukeina is a multidisciplinary designer and entrepreneur. In 2012, she founded SHAPE, a strategic design consultancy combining graphic design, interior architecture, motion and digital design. In 2014, she also launched the collaborative platform HOUNA, aimed at strengthening the creative economy through design. It initiates through this platform the first edition of Casablanca Design Week in October 2017.
Soukeina is also a teacher of Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga certified by Yoga Alliance (India). As a Yogini since 2012, she sees yoga as a teaching and self-experimentation. For her, yoga is a moment of privileged active meditation where we go to meet the body, breathing and sensations. She combines in her teaching as in her practice the awareness of the present moment through the breath and the attention, creating a subtle conversation between the body, the movement, the alignment and the anchoring.
Teacher Ashtanga / Vinyasa
A Consultant in strategy, climber, trail runner and skydiver, Olivier started yoga 9 years ago. Since then, yoga has been his source of balance between the challenges of his professional life and his sports challenges. Trained with Mathieu Boldron (CYT 200 yoga alliance – 2017), Olivier offers a course based on the first series of Ashtanga. Passionately, he will share with you his practice, focused on alignments, to help you develop balance, strength and focus.