Hala Khouri, M.A., E-RYT, has been teaching the movement arts for over 20 years. Her roots are in Ashtanga and Lyengar yoga, dance, somatic psychology and the juicy mystery of life itself. Creative movement and honest self-exploration have always been a source of tremendous healing for Hala, and her calling to share these modalities with others has been clear to her since she began teaching at the age of 16.

Hala earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Religion from Columbia University and has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She wrote her thesis on using yoga and other complementary disciplines such as eco-psychology and somatics for self-empowerment to inspire a global shift towards peaceful and sustainable living. She is also trained in Somatic Experiencing, a technique that focuses on trauma’s impact on the body-mind and ways to resolve it.

Hala is one of the creators of Off the Mat, Into the World, along with Seane Corn and Suzanne Sterling. This is a yoga and activism initiative that aims to get yogis to take their practice outside of the yoga studio and to touch the lives of others. Hala teaches the Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind 200-hour yoga teacher training with Julian Walker. She has taught yoga and the movement arts to a wide variety of people and places ranging from juvenile detention centers, mental health hospitals and police stations, to yoga studios, conference halls and jungles. Teaching is her absolute favorite thing to do! She currently lives in Venice, California, with her husband, Paul, and their two sons.

http://www.halakhouri.com
http://www.offthematintotheworld.org