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The Team

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Naseem Kapasi

Chief Instructor
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Dr. Sumaiya Menon

CEO
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Aparajita Ghose

Program Director

Dr. Sumaiya Menon, CEO

In pursuit of making a difference, Sumaiya chose medicine as an early career choice. Practicing as resident doctor in various hospitals, she soon found herself drowning in the archaic system. Her greatest challenge as a medical professional was understanding patient behaviors - why patients repeated certain patterns in spite of knowing the unfavorable effect of their actions?

Breaking away from the traditional approach, over the past 10 years Sumaiya has been impassioned by and has read extensively on alternative methodologies to health and happiness while working on several businesses.

Bodysm is a brainchild born out of her love for Yoga, Meditation and the Cosmic Connection and her commitment to support individuals in their journey through life, as they contribute back to hers.

Sumaiya completed her Bachelors in Medicine and Surgery from Mumbai University in 2003 and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (with an emphasis on Non-Profit Management) from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. X

Aparajita Ghose, Program Director

Aparajita has been teaching yoga since 2008. Over theyears she have has practiced different styles includingBikram, Bihar School of Yoga and Iyengar Yoga.

Finally she chose Iyengar Yoga as the main style, both for her practice and teaching. She is a certified Introductory Level 1&2 Iyengar teacher. She teaches classes in various Fitness Clubs and Yoga Studios. Alongwith group classes she also teaches private yoga sessions.

She loves the subject of Yoga and all aspects of it, from Asanas to Philisophy. Her intention is to share what she learns and experiences through her explorations and practice, so that another person can feel the spark of yoga light up their life. X

Naseem Kapasi, Chief Instructor

Naseem started practicing Iyengar Yoga in 2001 in Dubai. She currently holds Iyengar Yoga, Junior Level II Intermediate Certification and is working towards Level III. Naseem’s classes are up-beat and accessible to both beginner and experienced students. She is precise in her instructions and focuses on postural alignment to get the best out of the asanas. She is committed to sharing her passion for yoga with her students and to continuing her own journey as a student and teacher.

In addition to Yoga, Naseem has a love for pottery and runs classes for children and adults. If she is not doing Yoga or Pottery you can find her ever expanding her boundaries trekking all the way up to Everest Base Camp, paddle boarding, dancing and enjoying life to the fullest! X

Soul

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MayBritt Searty

Doctor of Naturopathic medicine, Family Constellation & Osho Therapist, Transformational Coach
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Sarah Abdelal

Clinical Hypnotherapist, Chakra Therapist & NLP Coach
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Satyama Lasby

Tantra Master & Instructor
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Eileen Meehan

Clinical Hypnotherapist, Corporate Therapist & NLP Coach
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Devanshu

Tibetan & Taoist Master

MayBritt Searty

For the past 3 decades, MayBritt has been working in the field of holistic health and personal development using various modalities such as Cranio-sacral Therapy, Life Coaching, Naturopathy, 3-in-1 Kinesiology, Personality Consultancy, Osho Therapy, Kundalini Yoga and Family/Systemic Constellation Therapy.

She has worked and lived in several countries working with indigenous tribes, NGOS, corporates, families and individuals with 12 years in Africa, 12 years in the Middle East and Europe, and is currently based out of Dubai.

5 years ago May’s focus shifted drastically to working more with the Intuitive Body. By incorporating Family/Systemic Constellation Work and Meditation into her work as a main tool, May help’s you learn how to cultivate an improved relationship with yourself, your ancestors, the earth and your own personal path of meaning and purpose.

May’s approach empowers and touches your life to the very core, unlocks limiting beliefs, and helps you resolve and let go of your emotional baggage from the past.

May invites you to follow your inner movement and have an open mind and heart - to allow positive elements of love, harmony and success to enter your life. X

Sarah Abdelal

Daughter to a French mother and Syrian father, Sarah was born and grew up in Germany. With a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and another in Customs, she started her career overseeing projects in the Real Estate, Logistics and Transportation sector. A few years later, she started volunteering with various charitable organizations and NGOs in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Syria, UAE and more.

Through her travels and work, Sarah developed the ability to interact and communicate with people from various backgrounds and beliefs. Meanwhile, her curiosity to understand individuals and societies on a deeper level began to grow as she was witness to traumas and sufferings of people she met along her path. This triggered her to study various healing techniques.

She became certified in Pranic Healing, NLP, Clinical Hypnotherapy, Reiki, Chakra Re-alignment and Aura Photography, along with many other advanced methodologies. She has a Diploma from the American School of Hypnosis and is a member of The American International Association, The National Guild and The Hypnotherapy Register among others.
Sarah usually uses a combination of these complex and rewarding techniques to enrich the quality of life of her clients. She believes that we all have the ability to go within to free ourselves from the burden that weighs us down. She helps each individual reach out to that place of purity and peace deep inside, and encourages her client’s to fill their hearts and souls with love and joy.

Sarah has a mission to prove… To teach people that happiness is a simple inside job and that life should be experienced in each moment with blissful excitement!

Sarah conducts One-on-One session, either in person or online, in addition to various workshops which are fun, deep and enlightening, all at the same time. X

Satyama Lasby

Satyama Ratna Lasby is an internationally known and advanced teacher of Tantra and Traditional Hatha & Tantric Yoga.

Taking deep learnings from the physical realms of the body she first became a teacher in Integrative Yoga Therapy in 2003 and then began teaching Tantra in group settings in 2011.

In her extensive travels in India, Guatemala, Bali, Hawaii and Thailand, she has also gained accreditation in the therapies of Thai massage, cranial sacral, lomi lomi, Swedish, Chi Nei Tsang, and Tantric massage. Her love of Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage and the Tao tradition flourished in 2013 in Chiang Mai, wherein she healed herself of the painful and chronic condition of endometriosis which she had for 15 years. She went deeper into CNT and became a trainer of the specialized massage and also learned Karsai Nei Tsang massage.

Satyama is currently focusing on teaching women to use the jade egg for womb health and healing of the yoni, as well as changing the limitations of society and conditioned beliefs. She has a deep personal interest and love in the authenticity of Tantra and Osho’s work. The merging of yoga and the mysticism often involved in tantric study is the topic of her new book, The Tao of Tantric Yoga.

For the past eight years, she has lived in Koh Phangan, Thailand, working with clients worldwide, developing programs and leading award-winning yoga teacher training programs, teaching over 2,000 students to be yoga teachers and Chi Nei Tsang practitioners. X

Eileen Meehan

Eileen Meehan is an experienced Clinical Hypnotherapist, Regression Therapist, Time-Line Therapy Practitioner, NLP Life Coach, and Corporate Talent Management Specialist.

Qualified with the American Board of Hypnotherapy, Time-Line Therapy Institute, and American Board of NLP, Eileen has practiced in Ireland and Dubai, working with thousands of clients on a variety of subjects including stress management, relationship difficulties, overcoming blocks, fears and phobias, skin and eating disorders, self-harm behaviors, smoking cessation, and weight loss.

She has trained extensively with Zen Buddhist monks in South Korea and has participated in many meditation retreats and personal development trainings and conferences around the world.

Eileen is also an ICF Certified Coach Practitioner and is passionate about supporting people to uncover their true selves and realize their full potential.

She has worked with many large Multi-national corporations as part of their corporate resource development and wellness initiatives including Emirates Airlines, Samsung, Bvlgari, KPMG, eBay, PayPal and the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE). She an expert is guiding corporate executives into living a more balanced life, all while maintaining peak performance and productivity. X

Devanshu

Devanshu started his spiritual journey at an early age. In 1977, he travelled to Pune where he got initiated as a Sannyas by the legendary Master and Mystic Osho Rajneesh. Over the next 12 years Devanshu trained in modern therapies of the humanistic potential movement in the Osho ashram, including Encounter, Primal, Tantra, Neo- Reichian Bodywork, Gestalt, Psycho-Drama, Massage and Reiki.

Further down his path, Devanshu studied and worked for 7 years with Dheeraj, a reincarnation of a high Tibetan Lama, during which he received the full transmission of Tibetan Pulsing Yoga and Therapy. After the passing away of Dheeraj , Devanshu continued to study Tibetan Buddhism with other Lamas from several traditions including Lama Choedak Yuthok and Tulku Lobsang.

Devanshu has been recognized into the path of enlightenment by H.H Dalai Lama and has received several highly recognized Tantra Yoga initiations. He has studied with the legendary Master Mantak Chia and is certified to teach this system of healing and inner alchemy. He worked and lived in Japan is trained in Martial-arts under the expert guidance of Korean masters. After having run his own retreat center in Siberia with his wife, Devanshu is now based in Spain from where he travels the world to spread his immense knowledge and wisdom.

He is a true master whose work integrates more than 40 years of experience into a series of powerful practices designed to help people to take charge of their health, empower their lives, and experience the deep rewards of awareness. X

Body & Mind

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Naseem Kapasi

Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation Instructor
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Aparajita Ghose

Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation Instructor
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Elizabeth

Sound Therapist
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Master Alex

Martial Arts Instructor

Elizabeth

After working in the corporate world for over 30 years, Elizabeth has devoted the last ten years to studying and practicing holistic wellness. A member of the Therapeutic Sound Association, Elizabeth has been studying sound therapy since 2017. Studying with Sonic Temple in Dubai, Sound Healing Academy and British Academy of Sound Therapy in the UK.
Elizabeth has certifications and diplomas in Yoga: 200 hours (YTT) teacher training, Anti-Gravity® Yoga, Gravity Yoga®, Yogabody® Breathing Coach, Mindfulness, Holistic Nutrition, Stress Management, Life Coaching, Body Language, Sound Therapy, both 1-2-1 and Group Sound Relaxation Therapy with Sound Baths and Gong baths. X

Naseem Kapasi

Naseem started practicing Iyengar Yoga in 2001 in Dubai. She currently holds Iyengar Yoga, Junior Level II Intermediate Certification and is working towards Level III. Naseem’s classes are up-beat and accessible to both beginner and experienced students. She is precise in her instructions and focuses on postural alignment to get the best out of the asanas. She is committed to sharing her passion for yoga with her students and to continuing her own journey as a student and teacher.

In addition to Yoga, Naseem has a love for pottery and runs classes for children and adults. If she is not doing Yoga or Pottery you can find her ever expanding her boundaries trekking all the way up to Everest Base Camp, paddle boarding, dancing and enjoying life to the fullest! X

Aparajita Ghose

Aparajita has been teaching yoga since 2008. Over theyears she have has practiced different styles includingBikram, Bihar School of Yoga and Iyengar Yoga.

Finally she chose Iyengar Yoga as the main style, both for her practice and teaching. She is a certified Introductory Level 1&2 Iyengar teacher. She teaches classes in various Fitness Clubs and Yoga Studios. Alongwith group classes she also teaches private yoga sessions.

She loves the subject of Yoga and all aspects of it, from Asanas to Philisophy. Her intention is to share what she learns and experiences through her explorations and practice, so that another person can feel the spark of yoga light up their life. X

Master Alex

A National Taekwondo Champion and Certified 5th Dan Black Belt, Master Alex has 18 years of experience in Taekwondo, Modern Arnis-Kali Combat, Hapkido, and Tang Soo Do Coaching under his belt. Alex is a Taekwondo Referee, and is currently a Member of UAE’s Karate & Taekwondo Federation as well as the International Combat Hapkido Federation. He has won many championships over his long career including the Black Belt Division of Dubai Karate’s Invitational Tournament and has subsequently trained many succeeding champions since.

With extensive experience working with children of all ages, Alex’s passion is to share the power of martial arts with the younger
generation. Alex teaches techniques that have the ability to change the way we channel our energy, anger and emotions, and he is on a mission to keep this art of training and transformation alive. Master Alex’s classes are fun, dynamic and open to all levels. He loves teaching families as much as children, creating an uplifting space for everyone to come together and express their inner power. X

Kidysm

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Blessy Varghese

Dynamic Thinking, Creative Exploration
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Ali

Football Coach
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Zahra

Swimming & Gymnastics Coach
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Leoné Murphy

Kids Yoga & Creative Expression Instructor

Blessy Varghese

A first ranker in her Undergraduate Education and with a Masters in Pharmaceutics, Blessy is known for her contemporary hybrid style of teaching. She has worked with prestigious schools such as the German International School & the British International School, as well as with Pearson and other internationally acclaimed personalized learning support providers.

Ms. Blessy - as she is affectionately known to her students - has considerable experience designing and teaching lessons in Biology and Chemistry for Year 9 and above. Additionally, she has specialized experience in working with special needs children and extensive lesson planning (IEP) for hearing impaired and children with Down syndrome.

Known for her enthusiasm and beautiful engaging smile, she is committed to developing inquisitive lifelong learners. Her approach creates a positive environment that encourages student exploration and promotes self-esteem.

``Having taught Children of various backgrounds, learning behaviors and age-groups, I strongly believe that education is beyond textbooks and classrooms. My teaching methodology starts by getting to know my students, diagnosing their behaviors and understanding what motivates them. This blended style is personalized, unique to every learner and develops them holistically.`` X

Ali

MEET ALI - A NATURAL BORN LEADER

We are lucky to have Ali back in Dubai for the semester from Ithaca College in NY, where he is currently on a Soccer Scholarship. First scouted in High School by Shattuck St. Mary’s School on a Scholarship, Ali has been captain of the soccer team in Dubai for most of his younger years. A natural born leader, Ali captained the Dubai Soccer Team for several International Cups and at Dubai College during Secondary School as well.

Ali is a passionate and experienced tactician. His physical prowess is balanced by his gentleness and patience. X

Zahra

MEET ZAHRA - Super Strong & Super Fun

A lifelong champion and competitor, Zahra’s love affair with swimming and gymnastics started at the age of 5 years old. Zahra has been competing internationally and nationally for most of her schooling years. While training 6-7 times a week, Zahra’s dedication to her craft led her into coaching other kids at the age of 15 years old. Zahra is a certified swim coach and has coached gymnastics with DuGym and other Dubai Establishments for several years.

Zahra enjoys teaching kids who are interested in challenging their limits, and finds innovative ways to make her sessions fun and engaging. She is a strong mentor, inspiring grace and happiness through all her interactions. X

Leoné Murphy

Leoné Murphy is a self proclaimed priestess/faerie and lover of the magic and mysteries of life. She is a 500 hour RYT certified yoga instructor, also offering women’s circles and holistic workshops.

She is also a professional singer/songwriter and has focused her energies on the power of mantras and medicine music in the past few years. Her main interest at the moment is bringing people back into community and healing through re-remembering and reclaiming the wisdom that lies within all of us.

Leoné has a unique gift for working with children of all ages. Her natural playfulness authenticity and bright aura is captivating making her a true inspiration for the next generation.

Her Creative Expression classes are designed to allow children a free flow of energy and an easy channeling of their own inner creative power. Through music, dance and art she guides kids through a process of self expression!

Leoné's Kids Yoga classes are fun, easy to follow and very empowering, giving children the opportunity to learn a practice that will stay with them forever. X

Marketing and Support

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Sofia Maria Searty

Marketing and Support

Sofia Maria Searty

Sofia grew up across the three continents of Africa, Europe and Asia (Middle East). Her multi-cultural upbringing as a child exposed Sofia to a variety of cultures and environments early on in her life.

Growing up in an environment of healing and therapy through her mother’s practice, Sofia was always drawn to investigate the evolution and behaviour of man. After having developed a steady yoga practice of her own at a very early age, Sofia embarked on a trip to the Himalayas in India to study and train as a yoga instructor while still enrolled for her Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations.

Living and learning Yoga in Dharmshala, Sofia fell in love with the community, philosophy and teachings that this ancient science brought and she knew that she needed to find ways bring this beautiful practice and philosophy to as many people as possible. So she embarked on her career teaching yoga classes and organizing retreats around the world.

During her travels, Sofia gained experience and expertise in digital marketing and content writing as she worked as a Marketing and Content Manager for Holistic Healing Medical Centre, Just Be Wellbeing Center, Life n’One and other Holistic Healings Centers as a freelancer.

Sofia joined Bodysm to further her intention to bring together her know-how in communications with her deep passion for health & wellbeing. She loves to help facilitators excel in their respective field by helping them put their echo out into the world for others to find them and feel inspired to evolve. X