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As my teacher says: "where there is life, there is yoga". Ever since I discovered the teachings of yoga I have been completely fascinated by it.

When I started to learn Yoga I was already suffering from back pains. Yoga guided me in finding more understanding of my physical and energetic body. As I dived deeper in the path of yoga I encountered the system called Ashtanga Yoga. I was and am still fully immersed in it. This nourishing practice is full of knowledge and wisdom, helped me cure many pains in my body including my back pains and allowed me to keep a loving and humble attitude towards myself, nature and life.

With a Lebanese father and Korean mother I feel blessed to have been exposed to various cultures and beliefs, I learnt to keep an open mind and to cultivate kindness, patience, compassion. Having lived in various countries I have noticed that regardless of our nationalities, religion or belief, we all have something in common, and that is to have faith. To have faith in ourselves, to make the effort required and to surrender to the outcome. To have faith that this universe will catch us if we fall. And Ashtanga Yoga is not different, it is not only about making beautiful shapes with the body, but it is a tool for us to come back to our centre. Most of the teachings of yoga are not new to us, they are merely a reminder of what we already know but have somehow managed to forget. 

Before I made my way in the direction of teaching yoga I had been producer in advertising agency for over 8 years and couldn't be more grateful to have had that experience as it has allowed me to build an understanding of many aspects of the life we are living in the present moment. Being exposed to the challenges of a relatively difficult and yet very creative industry opened my eyes to the reality of most of the population in our world today and has shaped most of the person I am now.

 

I have been practicing yoga since my mid teenage years as therapy for my physical pains. When I was introduced to Ashtanga, the connection was instant and I haven't stopped practicing and learning ever since.

After over 10 years of dedicated practice I started teaching yoga since 2012 it was a natural step forward to travel to Mysore to deepen my studies with R. Sharath Jois at the Shri K.Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in 2015 and have been going ever since to the Sharath Yoga Centre.

I am very humbled and grateful to be the first Lebanese practitioner to have received the blessings from my dear teacher  R. Sharath Jois to teach Ashtanga Yoga. 

Ashtanga Yoga has been a part of my life since I can remember, and my practice has helped me grow stronger and at the same time maintain a forgiving attitude towards myself and others. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully to the fullest.

It is an honour to be able to share my love and passion for yoga. I am forever grateful to my Guru.

For the list of authorized teachers please check this link:

https://sharathyogacentre.com/asia/

Nathalie Daou