Joumana was first introduced to yoga while attending university in Montreal, Canada. Her first experience was an Ashtanga Vinyasa class at Sattva Yoga Shala. She studied with senior Ashtanga Yoga teacher Mark Darby, one of the very few people worldwide to have attained the highest level of yoga teaching accreditation.
Joumana was initially attracted to the physical practice of Ashtanga yoga. As her fascination with this dynamic style grew, so did her curiosity for the philosophy of yoga. Joumana’s dedication to the method helped her realize that yoga is more than just a physical exercise, but a lifestyle practiced on and off the mat. After moving back to Dubai in 2010, Joumana completed her teacher training course and started teaching all over the city. In 2012, she took her first trip to Mysore, India, to practice at KPJAYI with R. Sharath Jois, grandson of the late master of Ashtanga Yoga, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Earlier this year, Joumana founded the Yoga Room in JLT, home of Ashtanga Yoga in Dubai, where she teaches and continues to practice daily. Drawing from her travels, experiences and teachers, Joumana wishes to share her knowledge and passion for the true and traditional Ashtanga practice.
Originally from Czech Republic, Barbora moved to Dubai in 2001 to pursue a career in the aviation industry. Having worked a total of sixteen years in the business, she spent most of her time on airplanes! Her main interests were volleyball, snowboarding and wake-boarding. She started her yoga practice in 2007 as a counterbalance to her busy, stressful and hectic professional life. Barbora fell in love with yoga mainly because of the sense of strength, harmony, calmness, happiness and relaxation it was giving her. She decided to take a step further in her yoga journey and successfully completed her 250-hr Ashtanga Teacher Training in 2014. Yoga has significantly changed and improved her life and well-being. She has made it her mission to pass the same experience to her students. Barbora's goal as a teacher is to inspire a passion for consistent and accurate yoga practice.
Dina is a Jivamukti Yoga
300 Hour Certified Teacher and has been sharing her passion through
teaching since June 2015. She stumbled across yoga at the age of 15
through a Gaiam home video bought on Amazon and has been hooked ever
since. She also trains in Ashtanga, Thai yoga massage, meditation, and
acro yoga. Prior to teaching, Dina quit her day job in financial PR
to launch the UAE's first yoga and fitness apparel boutique, yApparel
in March 2014. Only a brick and mortar store in the the first year,
yApparel is now also one of the region's most popular online stores for
everything fitness and fashion in the Middle East. At heart, Dina
dedicates her teaching and her practice to help spread joy and
compassion to all - making yoga accessible through a safe and uplifting
Lizel is a dedicated yoga practitioner and teacher with 8 years experience. She studied in Parmarth Niketan Ashram in the Himalayas and at the world renowned yoga university of SVYASA in Bangalore. She left the corporate world and her developing career in the hospitality industry to spread yoga and become a link in transforming people’s lives. This has led her to teach in Abu Dhabi, Baku, and now Dubai.
After following Kino MacGregor's YouTube videos for two years, Lizel took interest in the practice of Ashtanga yoga and has been dedicated to the practice for a year. Lizel developed and maintained her self-practice through DVD's produced by KPJAYI certified teachers Kino MacGregor, Mark Darby and David Swenson. She felt the need to find a true Ashtanga yoga studio and her quest led her to the Yoga Room!
Lizel is also certified in swing yoga, therapeutic Yoga, GroovyKids Yoga and aroma yoga. Her other credentials include:
- Certified Personal Trainer, Mind Body Specialist, Group Exercise Instructor, CoreFit, Pilates for PTs, Pre-Post Natal Exercise Instructor from American Council on Exercise (ACE)
- Certified Metafit HIIT Coach
- Calisthenics Level 1 from World Calisthenics Organization
She considers herself a forever student of yoga and still continues to study extensively, take courses and workshops to gain more knowledge and to render her classes safe, professional, effective and at the same time fun. Lizel deepens her studies further by studying books of Sri K Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath Jois and other leading Ashtanga practitioners. Lizel plans to make her first trip to Mysore to study with R. Sharath Jois in the fall of 2015.
Olivier David first discovered the practice of Ashtanga yoga in January 2004. He made his first trip to Mysore, India, in 2009 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 travelling and teaching all over the world, sharing this amazing practice that has been passed down to him.
Olivier is a visiting teacher and will be teaching classes and workshops at the Yoga Room during his time in Dubai. In 2015, Olivier will be making Stockholm, Sweden, his base to run the Mysore program at Yogayama's southern location. Catch him at the Yoga Room from February 1st till March 2nd!