Yoga Media Gathering at StayBridge Hotel

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On Thursday May 11, StayBridge Suites,located in the heart of Verdun, invited media personalities and bloggers for a relaxing morning yoga session on their rooftop, located on the 23rd floor. The view of Beirut from the rooftop is simply breathtaking, I won’t talk about it much; I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

The yoga session was not an ordinary vinyasa or hatha yoga class. It was a Qigung class lead by Mrs. Gini Ghaziri from Soul Spa yoga center. Let me start off by telling you that Mrs. Ghaziri has been teaching yoga for the past 40 years. Her energy, experience, and attitude towards life made the class extraordinary.

The class included a lot of breathing techniques, light movements, guided meditation, and most importantly lots and lots of positive energy.

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For those of you wondering what Qigong actually means. Qigong comes from the words qi, meaning energy, and gong, meaning work or effort. Qigong, like yoga, incorporates postures, movement, meditation, and breath-work. However, it adds a component of visualization and refined energy awareness, trying to understand your body, the flow of energy and the breath.

I’ve always had trouble when it comes to focusing on my breathing while in a yoga class, or even in a fitness class. I tend to forget to breathe properly when I’m focused or trying to get the move right however, breathing is, in most of the cases, even more important than actually getting the move right.

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Ending the class with guided meditation and breathing

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Qigong movements are also generally more fluid, more subtle, and typically easier for people with physical limitations. In order to know more about Qigong, click here

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Group Picture!!!

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This unique yoga session was then followed by a healthy homemade breakfast, refreshments, and some networking.

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Thank you Stay Bridge Hotel for this beautiful morning spent with lovely people. There is nothing better than taking some time away from reality, finding your inner peace, and re-energizing.

PS: I’m definitely coming back to this rooftop for more pictures! 😀

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Gapfit launches its SS17 Collection in Lebanon

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On Thursday April 6th, Gap Lebanon organized an event at their Beirut Souks branch where they invited bloggers and media to discover the launch of their latest sportswear line, Gapfit.

With the rising trend of fit-fashion and ath-leisure, looking fashionably fit and comfortable is what most of us want. I’m the type of person that spends most of their time in sportswear. I used to be a “jeans” type of person up until I started working out, a couple of years ago. Leggings then suddenly became my favorite day to day pick. Whether I am going to my friend’s house, grocery shopping, or even to university; you will always see me wearing my colorful leggings.

Since summer is right around the corner; many people start to think about how they can improve their body and health just before bikini season starts. So, the event included an interactive workshop on “How to follow a healthy diet at Work and at Home” given by dietitian and food blogger, Nicole Maftoum (@Eatlikenicole). Nicole gave the attendees some practical tips and tricks that will help in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and boosting your mood. It is very important to know that exercise and nutrition work hand in hand. (Check out my previous blog post for some useful tips on how to start your fitness journey: here)

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Nutritional Tips given by Nicole

The event was also catered by Qi Juices who offered a variety of healthy treats and snacks as well as fresh cold pressed juices to boost our energy in preparation for the outdoor yoga session.

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Colorful and Yummy food set up by Qi Juices
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I had the Green detox juice, which one would you choose?

After exploring the collection, the event ended with a beautiful outdoor power yoga given by Sara Moubarak (@sara_sutra) and some giveaways!

 

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Happy Yogis after an energizing outdoor yoga session

So, here are a few pictures of the collection; don’t forget to pass by Beirut Souks and check out the full collection!

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With the beautiful @arwatmofficial

Love Light & F***ing Bright Yoga Retreat

On Saturday May 28, I attended the last day of the Love Light & F***ing bright yoga retreat organized by Trainstation Studio and lead by the beautiful international yoga teacher Dee. The retreat was a 3 day relaxing retreat held at Zenotel Wellness Retreat – Bekfaya.

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View from the hotel after the rain

The day first started with a morning Pranayama and Yin yoga class that I absolutely loved. It was my first time practicing this genre of yoga (I usually practice vinyasa yoga). The poses in yin yoga are usually held for longer periods of time so that the stretches are deep. The class was a gentle and slow class that focuses on stretches and breathing techniques.

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Dee explained every movement in details first, showing us the posture and the variations available for making it more or less challenging as well as slowly guiding us throughout the flows. What I liked about the class is that Dee placed a lot of emphasis on posture and alignment and was concerned about every single person attending the class.

After the class, we had a ginger tea and fresh fruits break. The socializing time was followed by an intense and challenging “yang” style yoga class that is a part of the vinyasa flow. We explored arm balances, sun salutations, and inversions as well as Mantras and Mudras.

After the relaxing and challenging classes, the retreat ended with a vegetarian lunch at the hotel’s earth restaurant.

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I can’t wait for Dee’s next workshop in Lebanon, check out Dee’s instagram page here to stay up to date!

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