A place to unwind, learn, laugh, & grow together as a community.
About Yama Yoga:
Yama Yoga is Doha's first Yoga Studio and was established in 2009 by Valerie Jeremijenko. Our goal is to offer the Doha Community a space to practice in a welcoming environment and to share our passion and knowledge. Our certified teachers come from all over the world and share a common interest in being part of the growing Yama tribe by sharing their knowledge and learning from others to all have the opportunity to grow together.
We offer the widest range of yoga, pilates and movement classes at two central locations. Our Yoga classes draw from a number of traditional lineages of yoga with particular focus on Astanga, vinaysas and flow forms to build strength, stamina and mindfulness. We also offer beginner yoga classes, alignment based forms, pre and post natal classes and programming and yin and restorative forms. Our developing Pilates program is developed in collaboration with Body Control Pilates, the UK’s leading Pilates teacher training organization.
In addition to over 100 classes a week, Yama Yoga also offers a variety of certified teacher training programs, international workshops, educational programing, professional development opportunities and intercultural consulting. In all we do, we endeavor to respect the traditions and culture of our host country and to advance the vision of the 2030 plan towards a happier and healthier society through such programs.
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About the founder of Yama Yoga Studios:
Valerie Jeremijenko, BA (Hons), MFA, PhD, ERYT 500, has been practicing and teaching yoga since 1991 and over the near 30 years of her practice has studied with such luminaries as Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath Jois, John Scott, Graeme Northfield, Tim Miller, Dave Oliver, Eddie Stern, Lino Miele, Richard Freeman, Dharma Mitra and many many others. In addition to 15 plus trips to India to study within traditional lineages she hosts monthly workshops with internationally acclaimed teachers in contemporary forms. The teachers she has hosted and studied with at Yama Yoga include Dylan Werner, Simon Borg Olivier, Alison West, Nicky Knoff, Lisboa & Simon Calder, Kristina Karitinou, Noah Mckeena, Dice & Briohny, Brian Campbell, Max Storm, Petri & Wambui, Jules Febre, Renee Mcnamaro Cerro, Michael Gannon, Yogeswari, Bridegt Woods Krammer, Kathryn Budig, Adam Keen, Ian Lewis, Paddy McGrath (Scarvelli), Julie Martin (Flow), Yogeswari (Jivamukti), and many others. Her yoga anatomy studies have included extensive studies in the Anatomy Trains system and other myofascial approaches and she has also completed programs with Simon Borg Oliver and Leslie Kaminoff. Her ongoing studies of yoga philosophy has included programs with the Oxford Center for Hindu Studies and Carlos Pomeda. Her meditation practice is rooted in Vipassna.
Valerie, is Australian but spent over a decade in the United States before coming to Doha in 2002. She opened Yama Yoga Studios in 2009 to support the development of her students and to offer yoga and wellbeing programs to the Doha community. To date she has graduated over 250 200-hour teachers and 50 teachers from the 300-hour program who now teach at Yama Yoga studios and world-wide. Valerie is also the editor of How We Live our Yoga (Beacon, 2001) a collection of literary essays about the way yoga transforms our lives published by Beacon Press in 2001.
As a teacher Valerie is both charismatic and nurturing and infuses her classes with compassion, humor and intelligence. She sees each practice as an archetypal voyage and tries to lead her students into the meaning, story and power of each pose. Her class forms include dynamic lead astanga, creative vinyasa, and technical workshops. She also offers classes in myofascial release, breathing, yoga nidra, and mediation.