Yalda Younes

Chen
Lebanon

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Born in Beirut 1978, it is by chance that Yalda Younes dedicates herself to dance, after having followed cinema studies.
She spends long periods in Spain between 1997 and 2006 to learn flamenco, mostly in Sevilla where she is lucky to become the student of Israel Galvan, a great master who also guided and encouraged her to develop her own choreographic language.
In 2005, she moves to Paris and collaborates with different artists to create performances for the contemporary dance scene. In her pieces, she extracts flamenco from its cultural background and (re)uses it as a form of individual expression. Her contemporary flamenco pieces which toured across Europe and the Middle East include Zad Moultaka’s “NO” (2006), “Ana Fintizarak” (2009), “I Have Come” (2010), and “Là, Callas” (2013).

In 2009, she develops a growing interest in yoga, as the practice helps her overcome some physical, mental and emotional difficulties induced by chronic dance injuries. But it is only her trainings in India under the guidance of teachers from the lineage of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya that reveal and allow her to understand what yoga really is. Known as "the grandfather of modern yoga", Krishnamacharya revolutionized the practice by believing that "yoga must be adapted to the individual, not the other way around”. Amazed by the incredible therapeutic benefits of this method, she returns to Chennai to follow her yoga teacher training at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram. She also continues to travel regularly to study with great teachers such as Seane Corn, Kathryn Budig or Richard Freeman, to diverse and enrich her practice.

Yalda Younes has been teaching flamenco for more than 15 years and yoga for the past couple of years. She regularly imparts workshops in traditional or contemporary studios, or more academic contexts such as Sciences-Po University in Paris. Inspired by the five elements of nature and digging into her shadow, she encourages her students to adopt a truthful, personal and non-hurtful approach to their practice. Both flamenco and yoga disciplines continue to complement each other in her life, as she sees in flamenco a spiritual and existential quest, and in yoga a liberation tool that ultimately leads to that same blissful and detached place that art can lead to.

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