Born and raised in Cairo, Hannah Taha is a yogi currently based in Abu Dhabi. After being a dedicated practitioner for three years, she completed her 200hr teacher training in NYC during the summer of 2016. She felt such a strong connection that she went back in the summer of 2017 and earned her 300hr teacher training, making her a 500hr certified teacher. Hannah is constantly studying and learning more about the practice of yoga, exploring different styles and techniques in order to deepen her practice. She believes that while physical practice is important, it is through meditation that you gain insight into your practice. Hannah believes that with love and patience, anything is possible.
What do I do best?
I’m passionate about everything I do. I started my yoga practice at the age of 14, and have been teaching since July 2016. I am best at being myself. Not perfect, not trying to be perfect. Artistic, creative, honest and passionate.
What makes me the best version of myself?
Honesty. It’s very important to keep it real. It’s so easy to get sucked into this world of social media where everything appears to be perfect and impeccable, but that’s not reality. I always make sure to take some time out of my day to dedicate to myself. I just check in with myself, and notice how I feel.
What are my aspirations?
My biggest aspiration is to create. I truly believe that my purpose here is to create… From a very young age, I’ve been involved with art and music and now, yoga. I’ve always had a fondness for the arts, being an avid reader, I often also paint and write. One of my other main aspirations is to get people to view the world differently. Nowadays, we are flooded with bad news and negativity, and often times we forget just how beautiful and magical this world is.
My Biggest Success?
My biggest success is definitely my yoga teaching. When I first started, I was always very nervous and I held apart of myself back while teaching. My teaching has definitely improved a lot over the years and I’m slowly starting to find my voice. This is huge to me. Just starting to find my voice is a major accomplishment and I am so proud of myself.
My Most Challenging Moment?
One of the most notably personal decisions that I believe has had a meaningful impact on my life was when I decided to follow my passion. Pursuing performing arts was something I always thought would never happen.
I was always taught that I had to get a “real” job and that the arts weren’t a respectable way of living, but that’s all bullshit. As Kurt Vonnegut once said, “The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.” I realized this quite recently actually, I want to make art and write stories and perform beautiful theatrical pieces. I have never been good at math or science and I have always known deep down I would not have a regular 9-5 job. I was always scared of university and pursuing what my heart truly desired, but I’m grateful my fear didn’t stop me. Even now, I’m still terrified, but in a beautiful way. I am so excited for the journey ahead and I am seriously so grateful.
Wherever you are is where you are meant to be. You are exactly where you need to be. Trust the universe.
My Favorite People/Role Models?
Hmm… this is a hard one. I think i’d have to say my brother in law. A massive inspiration to me, not only is he exceptionally intelligent, he is also very humble and talented. I am not exaggerating when I say he knows how to do anything and everything. And if he can’t, he’ll figure out how to in less than 20 minutes. From cooking the best food I’ve ever had, to helping me out with biology, to playing the guitar and taking beautiful yoga photos. Extremely calm, compassionate and kind. If I am ever half the person he is, I will consider myself truly blessed.
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
This is definitely the hardest question so far. I love to travel, I always make sure to visit at least two new countries every year whenever I get the chance to. But there’s one place I keep coming back to… Egypt.
I was born and raised there, and I like to think of it as home away from home. I think what keeps driving me back is it’s the one place where I feel like this is where I truly belong. It gives me the true meaning of “home” and I know deep down eventually I’ll end up living there. The culture, the food, the people, the atmosphere in general. It’s so beautiful. If you’ve never been, go! It’s such a divine place with some of the most magical people I know. I already can’t wait for my next visit…
My Favorite Products/Objects?
Definitely my Alo Yoga warrior mat, and Alo Yoga leggings. I am not exaggerating when I say I wear these 24/7. I also always carry my phone and a book of some sort with me.
My Current Passions?
I am passionate about my job, teaching yoga and sharing my thoughts through Instagram. I’m still a student, so one of my passions is working on my art and studies for school. As I’ve mentioned before, creating is my true passion and I am so excited for the journey ahead.
I am also incredibly thankful to be working with Alo Yoga, a company that has a phenomenal vision of changing the world with yoga.