What are your 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.

How did you get introduced to yoga?

Around three years ago, I was sitting on my desk, studying, cramming for exams then my sister comes in and said “Let’s go to a yoga class!” I remember being really stressed out and yoga was the last thing on my mind, I really did not want to go. She’s like “Come on, let’s go please.” I was like okay fine I’ll just go so you shut up. And, I remember as soon as we went, it was a Hatha class, and for the whole hour and a half I didn’t think of my problems, I wasn’t stressed about exams, I didn’t think about anything and I walked out feeling serene. I loved that feeling and ever since then I kept going back there every week actually for a year as well as practicing on my own. Then, after falling in love with it more and more every single day, I decided that I’m going to do my teacher training and I did that last summer and this summer I’m going to do my 500hr.

What is your 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.

When and how did you start reaping yoga’s non-physical benefits?

I had been practicing handstands and seeing these cool photos and I wanted to do them but I could never balance. I wasn’t strong enough at first and my back is pretty flexible so I always fall back into a wheel. I was practicing and practicing and I kept falling and I couldn’t stay for two seconds. And I remember being really frustrated and then I took a moment and I was like why am I getting frustrated? This is nothing. I shouldn’t be attached to getting my handstand. I’m completely ruining the purpose of yoga when I’m becoming attached to holding a pose when it’s really all about the journey. And ever since then, I kind of just took a step back and thought about what really matters. No one cares if I can hold my handstand or not. It doesn’t matter, it doesn’t define me. I think since then I kind of just appreciate my body for it can do and I just take everything slow. What happens, happens. With practice, I know it will come over time. I just shouldn’t be super concerned as to when it comes.

Interviews:

http://thenativesociety.com/nativeadmission/2017/10/31/hannah-taha-yogi-teacher-500-ryt.html

http://www.bindubyohoud.com/single-post/Teacher-Feature-Hannah-Taha

http://waleedshah.ae/my-yoga-sister/

https://www.elitedaily.com/wellness/advanced-yoga-poses/2021389