Alifa first discovered yoga in 2015, and she fell in love with it. It helped her to relax and rejuvenate from her busy schedule at the office. After 2 years of practicing yoga, she went to Rishikesh, India to deepen her practice in December 2016.
Her passion for yoga grew progressively stronger through her daily practice and teaching. Soon she embarked on another exciting journey to Rishikesh in December 2017 and completed a 500 hours teacher training.
Alifa has been a regular and dedicated Ashtanga yoga practitioner at The Shala Dubai. Her life experience and compassionate attitude as well as her passion to learn yoga allow her to communicate with ease with the students and to adapt smoothly to her environment.
Alifa's yoga practice provides her an anchor in her life, a point or a place where she can find strength and stability. It helps her stay present on and off the mat.

Alifa teaching schedule:

Primary series led class on Saturdays at 07:30 - 09:00am


Ecem discovered yoga while looking for a remedy to ease her busy mind. When she left her first yoga class she already knew she had found her ultimate cure. In the summer of 2018, after 2 years of regular yoga practice, she decided deepen her knowledge and attended a teacher training program in Istanbul. 

From day 1, it became her passion. Yoga turned her life in a positive direction and she realized that she wanted to share this discovery full of wisdom with others.


After moving to Dubai, she got interested in the Ashtanga yoga method. She has been a devoted and passionate Ashtanga yoga practitioner at The Shala Dubai ever since.

Ecem believes that yoga is a holistic healing tool, and she tries to include it in her life and in her teaching approach. Yoga not only strengthen and heal the body, but also the mind, that it is beyond the poses, a journey to discover our true self.

Ecem has been assisting at The Shala Dubai since November 2020.

Ecem is assisting in the morning Mysore classes Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 08:00 - 09:15am​