Yoga with Zena is fundamentally a healing practice.
Welcome to my website!
I have been teaching yoga in the Arab region since 2009, and learning it since 2004. My favorite thing is to open up the world of yoga to beginners. My style is gentle, creative and precise, trauma-informed, therapeutic and accessible.
Yoga has always been about community and service. It is not an elite sport. It is a sharing to make the world, ourselves and the people we interact with, in a better state.
I draw on various schools of yoga as well as other holistic practices including Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Continuum Movement, 5 Rhythms and Body-Mind Centering.
I am also a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and an assistant at various international trainings in this trauma-healing modality. My somatic practice is informed by the latest in the neuroscience of developmental trauma-healing including The Polyvagal Theory, Bodynamics Psychotherapy, NeuroAffective Touch and Integrated Dynamics of Pre-Natal and Peri-Natal Birth Trauma.
I completed my 200hr CYT as a certified teacher in the Sivananda Ashram in 2009 and I have been teaching regularly ever since, with a focus on beginners and on marginalized communities.
Collaborating with humanitarian organisations and social initiatives means a lot to me. As a volunteer and member of the refugee-focused yoga initiative, Tools 4 Inner Peace, I teach gentle, trauma-informed yoga classes in Arabic and English in integrative and respectful ways.
In 2018, I became a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), a trauma-healing approach founded by award-winning body-based psychotherapist Dr. Peter Levine.
In 2020 I completed the foundation training by Dr. Aline LaPierre on NeuroAffective Touch, addressing traumas in the earliest years of life, as well as the foundation training of Lizbeth Marcher's Bodynamics, examining muscle tension patterns through the lens of developmental psychology. I am currently in training with White and Lois Tresize after having completed their Foundations of Pre-Natal & Perinatal Trauma in 2022.