JEDDAH: Having unlocked the transformative energy of yoga in her personal life, licensed teacher Lana Nazer is now pushed by the geuine want to empower the Saudi group attain their full potential with the bodily and psychological advantages of the observe.
Her introduction to the realm of yoga started along with her mom’s affect. She grew up seeing her do yoga and was drawn to the wonder and ease of the positions.
She recollects how, as a toddler, she used to observe a yoga lesson on a DVD participant, laying the groundwork for a observe that blossomed throughout her teenage years in Canada.
Nazer shared her inspiring journey via yoga with Arab Information, from her early publicity to the observe to turning into an authorized teacher.
When requested about how it began, she stated she has been practising yoga for over 33 years. “Due to my mother introducing it to me once I was a child. It’s not nearly poses; it’s like my every day pleasure enhance, holding me peaceable, joyful and optimistic via life’s twists,” she stated.
“Since then, my yoga path has taken me to varied trainings throughout the US, UK, and Europe.”
The Saudi Yoga Committee has performed a vital position in selling yoga. Their efforts have contributed to the expansion of yoga within the Kingdom, fostering consciousness, and making a supportive surroundings for practitioners.
Lana Nazer, Yoga teacher
Whereas life took her on completely different paths, together with school and work, yoga remained a relentless presence within the background. “My journey with yoga has been intertwined with a lifelong publicity to the observe. Initially, it was merely a exercise routine for me. The pivotal second got here at 15 once I joined a scorching yoga class with my mother, sparking an instantaneous obsession.
“Via school, it developed right into a every day necessity. After school, a job alternative led me to the US, the place I made a decision to embark on instructor coaching — not initially to show however to deepen my understanding of yoga. Over 9 months, I immersed myself within the observe,” she defined.
Yoga additionally proved helpful for Nazer’s psychological well being. “It wasn’t simply the bodily problem that captivated me, however the profound psychological well-being I skilled post-class. As a naturally fiery individual, yoga grew to become my go-to device for calming my thoughts and managing my ideas,” she stated.
Nazer’s journey with yoga took one other pivotal flip when she determined to share this transformative observe along with her group in Saudi Arabia.
It was a call that didn’t come evenly, however was rooted in a want to deepen her reference to yoga and share its transformative energy along with her personal folks.
She based her personal model, Karama Yoga. “I began with a house studio for seven years earlier than opening our new area final Ramadan. Again then, yoga wasn’t well-liked within the area, however my journey from private observe to sharing it regionally has been a rewarding evolution.”
Karama Yoga represents not only a bodily area however a flourishing testomony to the collective development and influence of yoga’s potential, particularly in Saudi Arabia.
Talking about what drives her, she stated: “What saved me occurring my yoga journey, particularly as a Saudi girl providing yoga in Saudi Arabia, boils down to 2 causes. Firstly, the identify ‘Karama’ attracts inspiration from ‘karamat,’ denoting one’s inherent presents. I firmly imagine that everybody possesses a novel present, and educating occurs to be mine. (Secondly,) I’m not simply an teacher, I’m an avid scholar of yoga, seamlessly integrating it into each facet of my life.”
As Nazer continues to deepen her observe and construct confidence in her educating expertise, she envisions a future the place she will be able to share the transformative energy of yoga with a broader viewers.
She stated: “My dedication is deeply rooted in a real want to serve my group. Even earlier than the recognition of yoga and wellness in Saudi, I acknowledged the profound want inside my group for a observe that promotes holistic well being — bodily, mentally, and emotionally.”
She goals to encourage others to embark on their yoga journey and expertise the therapeutic and empowerment it could actually present.
Educating yoga at Karama Yoga allows her to remain related to the folks round her and enhance the well-being of her group.
“My objective is to unite, empower and encourage ladies to be happy with their heritage, love themselves as they’re, and enhance their relationship with their well being and wellness via yoga,” she stated.
Nazer, who is taken into account a pioneer of yoga in Saudi Arabia, praised the position of the Ministry of Sports activities in recognizing it as a sport and establishing the Saudi Yoga Committee. “It marks a big shift. It has introduced assist from the Ministry of Sports activities and showcases the rising acceptance and significance of yoga within the Kingdom. The whole well being and wellness scene is booming in Saudi Arabia. I can lastly say that yoga isn’t only a development, it’s turning into an on a regular basis staple for a lot of group members,” she stated.
“The Saudi Yoga Committee has performed a vital position in selling yoga. Their efforts have contributed to the expansion of yoga within the Kingdom, fostering consciousness, and making a supportive surroundings for practitioners,” she added.
The licensed coach in eight kinds of yoga identified that Saudis are more and more drawn to yoga as a consequence of its advantages.
“Again then folks joined purely for bodily causes, to strengthen their our bodies, acquire flexibility and soften the stiffness of their our bodies. Now, there’s a big shift — college students are principally becoming a member of for the psychological and emotional advantages: to alleviate stress and address on a regular basis challenges.”
Just lately, Nazer took half in AlUla Wellness Competition and he or she feels proud to be a part of it.
“Being a part of the AlUla Wellness Competition was a dream realized. The chance to showcase Karama Yoga and contribute to the wellness group aligned seamlessly with the pageant’s constructive vitality and imaginative and prescient.”
Her recommendation to somebody who has by no means tried yoga? “Two minutes of yoga a day will change your life.”