Interview: yoga teacher Zeina Assaf

You in 10 descriptive words? 
Kind, content, sensitive, impatient, passionate, confident, punctual, helpful, grateful, independent.

What is that "special touch" that makes your work unique?
Authenticity. We are each unique in our own way, this is what makes everyone different from another. And if we manage to keep a piece of ourselves, our character, in our practice or in our teaching or in anything we basically do in life, it will be different, authentic and unique. In a world where sharing a knowledge, a passion for a hobby or a certain practice has become easily accessed, we should enjoy this offered sharing and learn from whatever is out there yet keep our authenticity and style intact.

Who or what inspired you to do what you’re doing now?
My love and passion for yoga started when I was 16. However, my mother is behind my yoga teacher training and she is the one who pushed me to take my love for yoga a step further and so to teach and share the knowledge. After my teacher training I definitely developed a more solid and consistent practice and that helped me also a lot in my teaching. 

What’s the best advice you ever received?
"Be yourself, do what you believe is right, without harming anyone. Always do what makes you happy, be grateful every day and before you sleep at night before you close your eyes be grateful. Don’t allow anyone or anything to disturb the peace of your mind and your soul, and always know that you can, we are always given options to make our dreams and goals happen in a way or another, just be patient and believe" – my father.

Exclusive tip for Yoga Mamondo readers? 
Never stop seeking knowledge, learning never ends. Observe life, and keep close the people and the things that make you happy and content, and let go and keep distance from anything that disturbed the peace of your soul. Be grateful for everything be it little or big. Know when to be compassionate. Have your own style and be comfortable!

Zeina Assaf is a Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher. You can find Zeina on Instagram.