Farah Ashoka

United Arab Emirates

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Farah stumbled upon yoga at a time when pressures of her career as Senior Human Resources Executive at a multinational company were at its peak.

Farah always felt a connection with yoga as her (now late) father in law, Shri Ashoka-ji, was not only an astounding yogi in his days but also a well respected and well-known spiritual personality. She started practicing on her own at home off of a free promotional DVD that came with the DailyMail newspaper in London nearly ten years ago. That turned out to be serendipitous moment as it has since changed every aspect of her life for the better.

What started off as a quest to a manageable workout at home manifested to achieving a much needed personal balance, but also a far deeper ‘work-in’. Farah eventually gave up her corporate life after 25 years and began to delve deeper into yoga, and before she knew she was consumed by it. As the connection with the origins of yoga became stronger, she found herself feeling increasingly passionate about the subject and challenged herself with the first 200-hour teacher certification, accredited by the Yoga Alliance, USA. This followed a one-on-one workshop in Miami, Florida, then a GroovyKids Yoga Training, amongst others.

Farah teaches Hatha yoga classes for adults, and kids yoga. Her classes are suited for all ages but be ready for some deep stretches, making her classes both vigorous and restorative. She is particularly mindful of alignment and injury prevention as she believes in longevity through yoga. Her intention is to open the heart, body, and mind to all possibilities, offering the students the opportunity to honour their own truth, moment to moment. She continuously preaches to maintain a smile during the practice, and that if you are not enjoying what you are doing, then don't do it!

A mother of three girls (all now grown up) and yet never bored of being around children, Farah finds yoga offers children many possibilities to exchange wisdom, share good times, and lay a foundation for a practice that will hopefully continue to deepen for years to come. She also holds educational, fun kids yoga classes at few leading institutions, taking the kids on a journey about the origins of yoga through exciting storytelling and sometimes kids will come out of the class learning 'cool' Sanskrit words of yoga poses. She found that while working with kids she needed to unlearn a little [of what she had learnt] and learn to let go of her agenda, her expectations of what yoga is and is not. Because children bring a whole new teaching and concept to yoga, and it often happens that they ‘co-create’ a class through yoga asana (postures) as a springboard for exploration of many other areas such as animal adaptations and behaviour, games, art, music and storytelling.

Off the mat you can be find Farah surrounded by kids of all ages as she finds they “de-stress’’ her, or in the kitchen baking or experimenting with flavours and ingredients churning out recipes all sorts! She also loves taking photographs, particularly portraits. Generally she is quite a homebody and loves spending time at home doing her own thing.

Farah Ashoka is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with an approved and active Registered Yoga School (RYS).

Farah is also a UAE REPs registered Level 3 teacher. REPs UAE is the Register of Exercise Professionals for the United Arab Emirates which ensures that fitness trainers in the UAE are qualified and working to agreed fitness industry standards.

Farah holds a Bachelor Degree with Honours (from USA) in Human Resources Management.

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