The Beirut Yoga Sivananda Center first opened its doors on the 16th of October 2000. The idea of a center in Beirut was put forth by senior disciples of Swami Vishnu-Devananda in 1997. It first seemed like a far off idea; however it became a reality by the Grace of God. The Center is located in a renovated flat of a building that dates back to the nineteen thirties. High ceilings with clear simple lines create a sense of space where people are welcome to learn Hatha Yoga and Vedic philosophy.


Nabil Najjar

has been teaching yoga in Beirut since 1998, and opened the Sivananda Yoga Center in Gemmayzeh in 2000. He has received certification as an advanced teacher of Sivananda Yoga and has participated in numerous teacher trainings, advanced meditation courses and Sadhana intensives over the past fifteen years. He now divides his time between Beirut and Tripoli, where he lives and teaches.

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Ahed Sboul

came to the Sivananda Center in Beirut as a student in 2001. She took her teacher training at the Neyyar Dam Sivananda Ashram in Kerala in 2006 and has been teaching at the Sivananda Center ever since. She teaches beginners and open level classes. Ahed is also a trained Kundalini Yoga Teacher. She received her training in Rishikesh from Gurmukh. Her classes are infused with yogic teachings and wisdom.


Maya Sourati

is a Sivananda certified Yoga teacher, trained in Canada, Val Morin. She teaches Open Vinyasa classes, Ashtanga inspired and manages the center.

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Sandy Peters

Sandy’s yoga journey began with a yearning to explore her inner-self and to find a way of life that would balance her need for science and spirituality.

After attending several soul-awakening Satyananda yoga retreats in Lebanon, she decided to leave her advertising job, pack up her bags and join the Bihar School of Yoga for a 4-month residential course in Yogic Studies, where she was able to dive deep into the philosophy of yoga, practice it and live it.

The inner transformation and purification she experienced during and after the course awakened a need to spread the power of Satyananda Yoga, leading her to enroll in the 200-hour TTC in Satyanandashram Hellas in Greece.

Sandy aka Hridaya is looking forward to sharing this holistic yoga system with fellow yoga practitioners and those just beginning their own journeys.


Maria Malek 

Maria grew up in a Yogic environment with her Yogi mum and teacher Irene. Immersed in the yoga practice at a very early age, she naturally decided to take yoga to the next stage. Maria obtained her certification from Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Meenakshi Ashram in South India. She teaches Sivananda Style and Vinyasa flow.