Our People

Founder and CEO

Tarana Karkaria

Hello, I'm Tarana , a devoted yoga practitioner for over 25 years. My journey with yoga transcends physical practice; it's a holistic path that shapes my way of living and interacting with the world. Inspired by this deep connection, I've passionately created a hot yoga and Pilates studio. It's more than a space; it's a vibrant community hub where we embrace wellness, mindfulness, and the transformative power of yoga. This studio is my heartfelt offering to friends and our community, nurturing a shared journey towards holistic health and harmony.

Pilates Trainer

Tinneke

My pilates journey started in 2010. I was teaching in an international school as a physical education & health teacher. Following a kitesurf injury that I suffered on holiday, my Pilates studio offered to help me with the rehabilitation. As a lifelong learner, of sports and education passionate, I decided to start my Balance Body Pilates Instructor Training. I am certified to teach MAT, MOTR, Barre, OOV, APPARATUS, and REFORMER.

I am looking forward to seeing you in one of my classes to share my passion.

Pilates Trainer

Karla

Hi, I'm Karla, originally from Mexico and now living in Abu Dhabi since 2014. Two years after moving here, I began my yoga journey and it has since become an integral part of my life. Teaching yoga brings me immense joy. I love building a supportive community where we can bond and grow together. For me, teaching yoga is not just a job – it's a deeply fulfilling and transformative journey. It allows me to connect with others, spread joy and wellness, and continually push myself to be better every day.

Pilates Trainer

Neha Shewani

Trainings -

2012 Los Angeles (Bikram yoga TT)

2017 Bali (mat Pilates)

2018 Bali (fly high yoga)

2019 India ( ryt 200 hrs)

2020 online (mat Pilates level 2)

My journey:

I started practicing Bikram yoga in December 2010. When I was 21, was always very sick, and could hardly ever digest my food due to which I suffered from a lack of appetite. I used to find myself at the doctor’s very often complaining of stomach aches and a constant feeling of being nauseous when I was finally diagnosed with acidic peptic disease and was given loads of medication to take daily. I constantly felt lethargic and tired. Every time I went out with Friends or family, I would hardly talk to anyone or have a good time in that present moment because I never felt good internally. It was on one of these evenings when I was out with a few friends when someone kept going on about this new yoga school that had opened up and how much she loved it and she kept saying ” hot yoga ” it was the first time I had ever heard such a thing!!! She kept saying how I must try and how it’s the best thing she’s ever done for herself.

Well couple of days later I found myself signing into my first class at Bikram yoga Pune. When the class started, about 20 minutes into class I wanted to run, I imagined myself rolling up my mat and walking out of that door to never return. If I left it meant giving up on a real chance to maybe finally have a technique to guide me through and out of the mess I had made of my body. So, I stayed and all I have to say is at the end of those 90 minutes in just one class I felt like I had never felt before. I didn’t know it was possible to feel this good about myself, specifically my body.

I went back again the next day to buy a year-long membership and never stopped going.  yoga became my lifestyle it wasn’t just something I did once a day it was the one thing, I revolved the rest of the things in my day around. A month into practice I stopped all medication, and I felt like a brand-new person. Every day that I stepped onto my yoga mat I knew I was healing myself one class at a time. I was lucky to have some of the most supportive and caring teachers who encouraged me to go to the 9-week teacher training.

The decision to go to training was taken to use that time to heal to get healthier I went to training with the thought that I would use those 9 weeks to become a healthier and stronger version of myself. I didn’t think I could ever teach but in my second last posture clinic the feedback I received was to schedule my first class! I laughed because I didn’t think I would ever be able to stand on a podium and guide people through a class. I have always been an extremely shy and introverted person who stammered if I had to speak to a group of people. But the universe has a way of working things out and 2 weeks after training I was in India at Bikram yoga Pune teaching my first class!

In the last 12 years I have had the honour to teach and guide a lot of wonderful people through this amazing magical thing we call ” mindful movement”

It changed my life!

One of my first teachers always said – give me 30 days I’ll change your body; give me 60 days I’ll change your life. All I can say is no truer words have ever been spoken. I was sick I was shy I hardly spoke to people.

12 years later I find myself teaching the amazing benefits of this life-changing practice and the pure joy of seeing so many different people from different walks of life different shapes and sizes practicing and watching them change is what gives me the confidence to teach. Because it shows me what’s possible, and how hard people can work. I now know what it looks like when people fall and rise again. It’s proof that broken bodies can be fixed. It’s been the most rewarding and beneficial decision to have walked into that hot room one cold December evening and the best decision to have got on that flight to Los Angeles in April 2012. It led me to explore different methods of movement and eventually get certified to teach various other forms of mindful movement it has been a rewarding experience in more ways than one!

I say this all the time- do the best you can every single day because mindful movement is the one thing that never fails to reward an honest effort 😊

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