Monday, December 5, 2011

Workshop: Backbends and Inversions

This class will turn your world upside down. To effectively invert the body we must create a strong foundation from which to grow. If we want to go up we must first learn to go down. This can be achieved by exploring the opposing forces at play in inversions. Back-bends can truly be defined as front openings. Rather than collapsing in the back we learn to expand the front and open the heart to discover more depth with greater ease in our back bending. We will make things fun and do a lot of partner and group work. This workshop is ideal for astanga practitioners, but anyone who wants to incorporate more backward bending into their yoga practice is welcome.

With: Jenna and Jessica

Time: 1-3:30

Date: Friday, December 9th

Cost: 150 LE

To reserve a space, please pay full amount in the Breathing Room.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

no classes tonight

Dear Friends,
Due to the traffic and possible unrest, the Breathing Room is canceling all classes tonight.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Tuesday Nov 22nd 8 PM Class - Sangha Yoga (self-led)

Because the instructor had to leave the country, there will be no instructor for the 8 pm class on Tuesday, November 22nd. Instead, Jonah will open up the studio for Sangha yoga. That is, he will do an Astanga Primary series sequence. Any are welcome to join him, either following the same sequence, or doing their own practice.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Surya Namaskara

The Breathing Room is going to try an early morning session for the first three Sundays of December, led by Dominika.

Sundays (4th, 11th, 18th Dec.) 6-7am, we will start the day with a short time in silence (meditation) followed by a few chants and sun salutations. After that you can finish with your asana of the day, enjoy a cup of tea and a little breakfast surprise ;-)

Since we are not sure about how many people are interested or willing to come so early, we ask that you send us an email ( to let us know you would like to join us.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Beach Yoga Weekend

Dates: November 10-12th (2 nights)
Who: Jenna, Jessica, and Lulwa
Thursday 6 PM Garden (Astanga)
Friday 9 AM Beach (Meditation)
12 PM Fitness Room (Vinyasa Flow)
2 PM Shaded Garden (Hatha)
4:30 PM Driving Range (Astanga)
Saturday 9 AM Garden (Vinyasa)
12 PM Fitness Room (Astanaga)
3 PM Shaded Garden (Yin Yoga)

Single deluxe 840,00 le
Double deluxe 1.040,00 le
Single standard 760,00 le
Double standard 960,00 le

Above rates are per rooms per night.
Above rates are in Half Board Basis (breakfast and dinner) inclusive service charge & Taxes
Top VIPs treatment.
Baby cot: Free of Charge
0-5 years: free meals
5-11 years: 150 le for meals (same parents meals plan)

How to book: You can make your reservation directly with Stella Di Mare by calling 0100 177- 4779 or you can sign up at the Breathing Room.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

6:30, October 18th Strength and Flexibility Cancelled

Dear Friends, Lulwa's 6:30 Strength and Flexibility class tonight has been cancelled.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

No Class, Friday 4pm

Dear Friends, Tomorrow's 4 pm Hatha class will be cancelled, because of a conflict with the Astanga Workshop. Sorry for the last minute notice.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Open House, Saturday 8AM-8PM

This is the Weekend for Yoga!

Join us at The Breathing Room
For an All-Day Open House

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Free classes are offered all day long

8 AM – 9 AM Gentle Flow with Jessica
For beginners and people looking for a relaxing practice. The postures flow slowly from one pose into the next- relaxing the mind, increasing flexibility, and gently building strength

9:30 AM- 10:30 AM Ashtanga with Jessica
For people who enjoy an active practice. It is best to have a working knowledge of the standard yoga postures so that you can flow easily through the practice. Great for building strength and flexibility,

11 AM - 12 Noon Power Yoga with Barbara
For those looking for a physical workout. This class is built on an understanding of anatomy and focuses on proper alignment. Great for building strength. Suitable for all levels.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Vinyasa with Tasha
A creative, vigorous form of yoga, linking breath, body and mind, Vinyasa means connecting. Expect some uplifting music during the asana practice and a deep relaxation at the end.

2 PM - 3 PM Sivananda Yoga with Dominika
A typical Sivananda class includes pranayama and is slow paced to allow a full exploration of each pose. After pranayama and a warming up with sun salutations, the focus is on 12 basic postures. In final relaxation autosuggestion leads to complete relaxation of body and mind. The goal of this practice is to reach a well balanced state of body and mind.

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Strength and Flexibility with Lulwa
For those looking to challenge themselves with a physical practice that works on developing strength and flexibility through a series of postures based on the Bikram yoga sequence.

5 PM – 6 PM Hatha with Yara
A gentle moving yoga class focusing on relaxing flow and gentle breath. This class will help to calm the mind, relax the body and improve your overall physical and mental well-being. Great for beginners and those seeking a more meditative practice.

6 PM - 8 PM Reception

Friday, September 9, 2011

Sangha Yoga

When the students are ready, the teacher will appear.

A number of Breathing Room Friends have been asking about 8 AM classes on weekdays. Unfortunately, we have no teachers who are available to teach then. Instead, we will open up the Breathing Room space from 8 to 9:30 am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays for BR Friends to practice in a group setting.

This practice will be led only in the sense that Jonah will be following a modified version of the Astanga primary series and, if anybody would like, he will describe the next posture.

There is no charge for these sessions, unless anyone would like to donate to the BR Karma fund.

Introduction to Hot Yoga Workshop

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Yoga/Beach Weekend:

September 22nd, 23rd and 24th (Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
If you are looking for a relaxing weekend outside of Cairo, The Breathing Room has partnered up with the Stella De Mare in Ain Sokhna to offer a beach yoga getaway . Enjoy hotel accommodations, (breakfast and dinner buffet included) and yoga on the beach, for the special rate of 640 (single) or 750 (double) per night. For reservations call Isabella (GM) of the Golf Hotel at 010 1774779 (For the special rate, be sure to mention that you are with The Breathing Room in Cairo.)

Ashtanga Workshops with Bobbi Misiti

Bobbi is back - ready to offer Ashtanga for everyone. This is Bobbi’s third year with us at The Breathing Room, but this year is special in that she is offering a Beginners Workshop Package and an Advanced Workshop Package. Each package includes three sessions. The workshop package will include asana classes, yoga talks and an Ayurvedic Diet and Lifestyle class. Click here to find out more about each workshop package. Space is limited, so if you know that you are coming be sure to reserve your place now. More info about Bobbi on her website here.

September Calendar

The September Calendar is up! Go here to view it or get a hard copy at the Breathing Room.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

August Newsletter

Ramadan Karim Yogis and Yoginis!

August has arrived, and with it a few more of our summer travelers. We’ve started adding classes, meeting new teachers, and planning workshops. As the new school year approaches, we have a lot to look forward to.

We spent some time trying to determine what classes would best accommodate the lifestyle surrounding Ramadan and here’s what we’ve come up with.

AM Classes (10 AM on Sunday and Tuesday) (9 AM on Thursday)
5 PM Restorative Yoga (Perfect for those fasting)
8 PM (Because sometimes later is better)

Other things stay the same. Our 6:30 classes Monday – Wednesday are still going strong, offering more physically challenging yoga classes such as Astanga and Power Yoga. So if you are looking to build strength, or deepen your mind–body experience, these classes might be what you are looking for.

One of the most commonly asked questions is, “what yoga class is good for a beginner?” Every body is different and so talking to a teacher is the best way to find out what is perfect for you. (See Open House details that follow) But to help get the ball rolling we have designed a Beginners’ Series, which takes place Saturdays at 10 AM. Each week a different style of yoga is offered at the beginners’ level. These one-hour classes will introduce the postures and guide you through your practice with detailed instructions and demonstrations. (NOTE: The 5 PM classes during the month of August are also highly suitable for beginning practitioners.)

August Workshop
Yoga Nidra
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2011
Time: 12 noon – 1 PM
Fee: 100 LE

This guided meditation is the one of the most relaxing forms of yoga. Spend the hour taking a tour of your body though your mind to find a deep, peacefulness. Many will choose to come to the 10AM Beginner’s Astanga class and stay for the Yoga Nidra.

Upcoming Events and Workshops

Breathing Room Open House
Date: September 17, 2011
Session Time: 8 AM – 8 PM (details of the sessions will be put on Facebook and the website soon)
Fee: None

Enjoy a full day of complementary yoga classes and join us for a reception from 6 – 8. This is the perfect opportunity to:
• Find the studio,
• Meet and talk with all of the teachers,
• Get the answers to all of the yoga questions that you have been saving up,
• Sample the different styles of yoga to find out which one is right for you.
At the Open House you can receive a Three Class Sample Pass valid from August 18th – October 31st.
Our goal for the Open House is to bring the knowledge of yoga to as many people as possible. It is our dearest hope that you will find classes that fit your schedule and a style of yoga that fits your lifestyle.

Astanga Yoga Weekend with Bobbi Mitisi
Date: October 6, 7, 8, 2011
This will be Bobbi’s third visit to The Breathing Room. Each year she provides us with something new. This year, in addition to the 1st series and 2nd series workshop, she will provide a special “yoga off the mat” session, that talks about what it means to “living a yogic lifestyle”. This session will have an introduction to Ayuveda with a special focus on Ayuvedic cooking. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Priority registration goes to those registering for the full weekend, but it is possible to sign up for individual workshops if space is available.

We hope that this newsletter find you all happy and well. We’re looking forward to the new -year with joy and anticipation.
Nameste – The Friends of The Breathing Room

Monday, July 11, 2011

Classes in July

We are delighted to be offering daily classes for the month of July. In the past years we were "closed for July", but with the dedicated students and teachers in Cairo for the summer - we have been able to keep things running. For the list of classes, just click the weekly schedule tab to the right. It's a great idea to check the class schedule online before coming to the studio. If there are any last minute changes they are posted on the blog ASAP. We are also so happy to have Lulwa back in Cairo. We will be adding her classes to the schedule soon, so be sure to check back again for the schedule addition. Wishing everyone a blessed and relaxing summer. The Friends of The Breathing Room.

Summer Fun

Yoga on the Beach at Stella Di Mare – Ain Sokhna
July 14th, 15th and 16th
A few weeks ago we were contacted by the events coordinator at the Stella Di Mare. She was thinking that offering beach yoga would be a wonderfully relaxing way to spend a weekend in July. WE AGREED. So in no time at all, we put together a full schedule of yoga classes, and the Stella offered a great package for a weekend stay.

The Beach Classes being offered are as follows:

Thursday, July 14th
6 PM Ashtanga with Jenna

Friday, July 15th,
9 AM – Hatha with Yara
11 AM – Strength and Flexibility with Jessica
4:30 PM – Vinyassa with Sue
6 PM – Yoga Nidra with Jenna

Saturday, July 16th,
7 AM – Hatha with Yara
9 AM – Restorative Yoga with Jessica

There will not be any classes at The Breathing Room because ALL of our teachers are joining in for the beach weekend. PLEASE join us too. We are looking forward to this special yoga treat. Hope to see you there!

For more details click on Upcoming Workshops. Namaste!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

No Beginners' Class this Saturday

Because we have rescheduled the Ayurveda workshop this saturday, we have to cancel the beginner's yoga class. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

End of Year Dish Party

Please join Jessica and all of the Friends of the Breathing Room for an end of year garden dish party this Saturday at 5 pm. This is a chance to celebrate this tumultuous, eventful year and also to say good bye to those who are leaving. Kids are most welcome as we may try to organize a mini-kids yoga session.
Click on the blue marker in the map below for directions to our building.

View Jessica and Jonah's Garden in a larger map

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

ATTENTION - Regarding Class Times

Dear Breathing Room Friends

We are currently experiencing a technical glitch with our online schedule. It seems that some automatic daylight savings time feature has effected our calendar. At present - we are still offering classes at 5PM and 6:30 PM (NOT the 4 and 5:30 times listed) Currently - every class on the schedule is being taught an hour later than it is listed. We will fix this problem as soon as possible, but I hope this note finds you if you are checking the schedule before we have the problem resolved. If you want to verify the class time you can call the Yoga Hotline at 016 1010 898 and speak with Mohammed.
Sincerest Regards,
The Friends of the Breathing Room

Monday, May 23, 2011

June Workshops

The workshops keep coming in June! Sonali has kindly agreed to offer another Ayurveda workshop and Yara will be offering a Partner Yoga workshop.

Partner Yoga Workshop with Yara
Friday, June 17th
1 - 3:30 pm

An Introduction to Ayurveda Workshop with Sonali
Saturday June 4th, 2011
Noon - 4pm

Click Here for more details.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Extra Yin Yang Workshop

Jill's May 28th Yin and Yang Workshop has filled up and Jill has kindly agreed to do the workshop twice. If you missed signing up for it, now you can sign up for May 21st . For details, please click here.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Upcoming Workshops

Yin and Yang with Jill Bodley
Saturday May 28th

Jivamukti Workshop with Sarah McTee
Friday, May 27th, 2011
12:30 - 3pm

An Introduction to Ayurveda Workshop with Sonali
Friday May 20, 2011
10am - 2pm

Please Click Here for more details

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Holiday Schedule Changes

Hey guys - just wanted to make sure that everyone checks the online schedule before heading off to the studio. There have been a number of changes to course offerings since the April schedule was printed. Hope everyone has a peaceful and happy spring vacation.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Schedule Changes

We are making a change to the April Calendar: after tomorrow, 8 pm classes will be only be offered on Sunday and Tuesday. Also, this Thursday we will not have any morning class. Please refer to our schedule for up to date information.

Upcoming Workshops

An Introduction to Ayurveda Workshop with Sonali
Friday May 20, 2011
10am - 2pm

An Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga – Taught by Jessica Moos
Friday April 29th - 9am - 3:30
Saturday April 30 - 6 - 8
Sunday, May 1 - 9am - 3:30

Check the workshop page for details

Friday, April 8, 2011

No Saturday AM class

The 10 am class tomorrow (Saturday) is cancelled. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Looking for Meditation?

We are offering a 20 minute Guided Meditation on Wednesday between 7:30 – 7:50. Meditation is the art of silencing the mind. It’s an attempt to be fully present in the moment and free our minds of attachments. One important facet of yoga is that it prepares our bodies to meditate. Often the aches and pains of sitting in one place are enough to distract our minds. In many cases the physical exertion of a yoga class is what enables the willingness and desire to take a moment of rest. This meditation was designed to flow seamlessly from the preceding yoga class. But of course there are no restrictions or obligations.

The Guided Meditations are offered free of charge

New Classes Opening

Morning Classes
We will now be offering a morning class seven days a week. The new classes are:
• Tuesday: 10AM - Strength and Flexibility with Lulwa
• Wednesday: 10AM - Sonali's Wednesday morning class is no longer at 9 AM, it will now start at 10 AM
• Friday: 10AM - Hatha with Yara

Evening Classes
We are pleased to welcome back our 8PM classes, which will be offered Sun-Wed
• Sun: 8PM – Vinyasa with Sue
• Mon: 8PM - Strength and Flexibility with Lulwa
• Tues: 8PM– Vinyasa with Sue
• Wed: 8PM- Strength and Flexibility with Lulwa

To see our full schedule, click on the Weekly Schedule link on the right menu bar.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

March Schedule

Thanks to everyone who has been around keeping The Breathing Room a vibrant and joyful place to be. We have managed to get by on a week-by-week schedule, but are now pleased to announce the full schedule for March. Just click the link to the right labeled "weekly schedule". As we start to have more people return we will re-introduce the 8PM classes. Let us know if you are around and interested and we can even add those in this month. As it is, we have introduced the Yin Yoga class at 4PM on Saturday.

Looking forward to a blessed and peaceful month.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Schedule for Feb 20- Feb 26

As things start to slowly return to "normal" - the schedule at The Breathing Room is following suit. We are still exploring the schedule that will best meet everyone's needs. You will notice that this week we are keeping the 10AM classes, but only on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. We trading out the 1PM classes for a 6:30 class. Based on your feedback via attendance and personal feedback (the facebook page remains and excellent way to send messages) we will plan our class schedule for the following week(s). To confirm classes on a daily basis, call the hotline,(017 852 9798). We're so pleased to see the tensions in the area lessoning, and send our continued prayer for a peaceful solution to Egypt's call for change.

Sunday:Feb 20
10AM - Lulwa
5PM - Carolina
6:30 - Astanga with Sue

Monday: Feb 21
5PM - Jill
6:30 - Lulwa

Tuesday: Feb 22
10AM - Lulwa
5PM - Jill
6:30 - Astanga with Sue

Wednesday: Feb 23
5PM - Jill
6:30 - Vinyasa with Jessica

Thursday: Feb 24
10AM - Lulwa

Friday: Feb 25
5PM Yara

Saturday: Feb 26
10AM - Jill

Friday, February 11, 2011

Schedule for Feb 13-20

The Breathing Room is going to resume classes next week, but on a
slightly reduced schedule. Until the curfew situation is resolved we
won't schedule any classes after 6 pm. We are going to send out our
schedule on a weekly basis until things settle down. Jessica will
update the hotline (017 852 9798) with any changes, so its a good
idea to check that number if you're not sure.

For now, the schedule is:

Feb 20 - Sunday:
10AM - Lulwa
1PM - Lulwa
5PM - Carolina

Monday: 10AM - Lulwa
1PM - Jill
5PM - Sue

Tuesday: 10AM - Lulwa
1PM - Jill
5PM - Carolina

Wednesday: 10AM - Lulwa
1PM - Jill
5PM - Sue

Thursday: 10AM - Lulwa

Friday: 4PM Yara

Saturday: 10AM Carolina

Weekend Schedule

With the current events as they are, we are still deciding the schedule depending on the situation. Today (Friday), if you are in Maadi, please join us for a 4 pm Vinyasa class led by Jessica. Tomorrow (Saturday) we will have a ten AM class. We hope everyone manages to stay safe.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Class Schedule and Fees for Feb.6-10

Starting Sunday, February 6th and continuing through February 10th, we will offer two Karma Yoga classes daily.
Classes will be at 1PM and 4PM
What is Karma Yoga?
Essentially, it's a philosophy rather than a style of practice. In a Karma Yoga class people gather together to give and receive freely.

The Breathing Room gives the space, ie. no profits are used for maintenance and upkeep. The Breathing room receives the warmth of the community that gathers within its walls.

The teachers give their time and knowledge ie. they are not paid for teaching the class. The teachers receive the karmic rewards of giving and sharing the practice of yoga.

The students give donations for charity (freely and without obligation). In this case we are using these donations for medical relief (medicine and supplies) in Cairo. The students receive the yoga practice, an hour of guided peace, a space to allow yourself to breathe.

The Breathing Room usually offers one Karma Class a month, but we thought that we could extend the giving to help promote peace in a this time of conflict.

Notes on donations: Between accessing funds, questionable employment, and other extenuating circumstances, we understand that money is an issue for many. Don't feel pressure to make a donation if that is not the right choice for you. We would much rather have you in class with a free mind and open heart. If you would like to use your class pass to make a donation, just make a note on the sign in sheet and we will transfer the funds accordingly.

We hope that we will be able to return to a full schedule of classes starting on Friday, February 11th. We'll be keeping you posted on events as they unfold.

Wishing everyone peace, peace and more peace. Nameste

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Coming Together

Sometimes, just taking an hour to breathe and move your body is all it takes to bring peace and perspective. We are going to continue offering 1PM yoga classes for all those interested. The teachers are volunteering their time, so there is no financial strings tied to coming.

We will be accepting donations and all proceeds will go to the purchase of medical supplies.

Sending more love - Jessica and the Friends of The Breathing Room

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Yoga for Peace

May you be filled with loving kindness, may you be peaceful and at ease, may you be happy, may you be well.

Between evening classes being made untenable by early curfews - and not being able to communicate classes at any other time - we have missed a much needed yoga practice.

I just wanted to let everyone know that teachers have been calling to say that we should start offering classes immediately. Meet us at 1PM, on Feb 3 for our first Yoga for Peace class- and as we organize our efforts we will give you more updates. Sending much needed love.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New class, Saturday, January 29th, 12 noon

Because of the increased attendance for our Saturday classes, we are adding an extra class starting this week. On Saturday, January 29th, Jill will be teaching the Beginner's Vinyasa class at 10 am, and then, at 12 noon, she will offer a regular Vinyasa class. We are hoping that this will help spread out the students, and make for a more comfortable class. To view the schedule, click here.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Word of Thanks

For all of the teachers, students, family and friends who joined together to make the opening of the new Breathing Room Studio a success - we offer a deep, heartfelt THANKS. The new practice space really does offer a calm and peaceful place to practice yoga.

In sharing our thanks we could not proceed without commenting on the love and generosity that went into creating the space. Mariam Enan, our most recent Friend of the Breathing Room, single handedly designed, commissioned, financed, and decorated the new space. When asked what sparked such an act of kindness, her answer was, "It's something that we needed in Cairo. I'm happy that I was able to be a part of it." Since its inception, The Breathing Room has been graced with people coming together, sharing their talents, their resources and their efforts. It’s wonderful to see this continue in such a profound gesture.

Now that we are in a “space all our own” we will be able to offer more classes – so don’t be shy, let us know what you would like. The best way to ask questions or share your ideas is through our FaceBook group. Soon we will move to a FB page which will offer even better communication options.

It’s really exciting to see everything come together. I hope that you all enjoy what the new space has to offer. May your days be filled with light and may your yoga practice bring you joy.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Breathing Room's New Home

The much talked about event has finally arrived. This weekend The Breathing Room in Cairo is changing spaces. Please come and join us during the Open House on Saturday, January 15th. Enjoy talks with the instructors, free lessons, and question and answer sessions over tea and snacks. It's the perfect opportunity to find your way to the studio before we begin our full schedule of classes in the new space. The studio will be open from 8AM - 6PM, drop by any time. Listed below is the full schedule for the day.

Session 1

8-9 am Morning Welcome

9-10 Yoga with Jorge (Come find out more about Hatha Yoga)

10-11 Tea and Talk

Session 2

11-12 Early Afternoon Welcome

12-1 Yoga with Barbara (Come find out more about Power Yoga)

1-2 Tea and Talk

Session 3

2-3 Mid Afternoon Welcome

3-4 Yoga with Lulwa (Come and find out more about Strength and Flexibility)

4-5 Tea and Talk

Session 4

5-6 Evening Welcome

6-7 Yoga with Sue (Come and find out more about Vinyasa)

7-8 Tea and Talk

Click here for pictures and directions to the new Breathing Room

Wishing you a Happy New Year full of Peace and Light.

The Friends of the Breathing Room