Qatari entrepreneur Jawaher Al Fardan’s new venture, Niya Yoga studio, will be open next month. Not only will this mark the first Qatari-owned yoga studio in the city, but it will also incorporate the first-ever full-vegan café in the city, Evergreen Organics.
Al Fardan’s goal is to spearhead a “wellness revolution” in the city. With Niya Yoga, she hopes to create a holistic space, where you can explore the physical and mental benefits of the practice, then socialise over a green juice and a healthy meal.
An advanced yoga teacher, with more than 500 hours of training, Al Fardan has spent extended periods of time honing her skills in her field in India, Bali and Los Angeles. Now, she is keen to bring what she has learned about nutrition, yoga and mindfulness, and the impact it can have on health and happiness, to Doha, where ideas about wellness and healthy living are really beginning to take root. After living in various health-conscious cities, Al Fardan noticed it was something missing here.
Yoga’s health benefits are numerous, from increasing your flexibility to seriously strengthening your core and even helping to alleviate asthma. It’s the perfect supplement to cardio workouts and goes a long way towards helping you tone up and get in shape. Once open, Niya
Yoga will be running more than 35 classes per week in different kinds of yoga, in addition to running a programme of internationally-led workshops, holistic therapies, wellness weekends and teacher training opportunities.
Ladies, there will be dedicated ladies-only sessions, too, and a private room for one-on-one or group classes, while two of Niya’s studios will overlook the water.
There is no official opening date at the time of writing, but the studio is planned to be up and running by the beginning of June. Until then, can we get an “om”?
Qanat Quartier, The Pearl-Qatar, www.niyayoga.qa.