Rima’s life began with an unusual upbringing in war-torn Beirut, where at any given moment one had to drop everything to hide underground for shelter. Learning to live in the moment was the code and unknown to her at the time, a training. Eventually, Rima would find full expression of this code in the practices and teachings of Yoga.
Growing up this way taught Rima to make the most of each day, finding beauty and joy in the here and now. During this unstable period, playing competitive tennis was the only grounding and empowering outlet she had. It enabled her to direct her energy into a practice, which taught her about the power of discipline and how it leads to a special kind of freedom. Her training on the court also seems to have paved the way for her devotion to the practice of Yoga in the years to come.
During these years Rima also found herself taking refuge in music, which has played a defining role in her life as a means of self-expression ever since. Music has the powerful capacity of dropping us into the present and with that, it became a reliable source she could trust. From the dance floors in Paris (where she did my undergrad studies) to Twilo in New York City (where she attended The Stern School of Business at NYU for her MBA), Rima discovered music to be the one universal language with the power to connect people from different backgrounds through a shared experience. Coming from her childhood, this revelation was transformative.
Now, music plays an essential role in illuminating Rima’s classes. Vibe is key, and she loves to curate a playlist that echoes the narrative of the sequence and teaching being transmitted. What truly activates this symphony though is the energy of the class, with students mat-to-mat sweating “holy water” alongside each other, all co-creating another step forward in our symbiotic evolution.
Rima believes that the practice of yoga asana is a platform and true mirror for individual growth and acceptance by bringing together people from all walks of life with a shared interest and passion. Co-existing in this space, or Souk as she calls it, generates an overwhelming feeling of similarity and sameness that we so often try to deny ourselves as we aspire to differentiate ourselves in order to stand out. Rima’s vision and intention is to promote this movement through the teachings of Yoga by holding the space for each student to experience their highest potential and with that, the richness of the present moment.