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Sharifa Sehweil

Co-founder of Bodytree

Sharifa has been a student of wellness for over 18 years. Her journey began after reaping the benefits as a student, where she was inspired to teach and becoming a certified Hatha yoga instructor and managing a studio in Montreal. Sharifa - “Bodytree is home away from home. It is a space where we can spread the message of joy and wellbeing.``

SHARIFA SEHWEIL

CO-FOUNDER OF BODYTREE

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Nadia Sehweil

Co-Founder of Bodytree and Nectar

Nadia’s life was influenced by the mind/body connection at a very critical time in her life. Since then she has become committed to guiding others on their spiritual journey to wellness through Pilates.

NADIA SEHWEIL

CO-FOUNDER OF BODYTREE

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Suzan Terzian

Clinical Nutritionist and Founder of Suzan Terzian Nutrition Consultancy

Nutritional Consultant, Holistic Health coach and Integrative Functional Nutritionist is on a mission to change the language surrounding food and health.

SUZAN TERZIAN

CLINICAL NUTRITIONIST

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Mira Naaman

Co-Founder of Nectar

Mira Naaman is the concept creator and chef behind Nectar. This London trained chef honed her culinary skills in the restaurant world before co-founding a homegrown juice bar concept and healthy eatery.

MIRA NAAMAN

CO-FOUNDER OF NECTAR

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Amie has been passionately dancing from the time she started walking, working her way through exam grades in RAD Ballet and ITSD Modern and Tap. Amie continued to earn a Diploma in Professional Stage Dance in her home country Scotland, in addition to earning teaching qualifications in Tap and Mo... Read more

Amie Taheri

Studio Manager / Dance Teacher

Anissa began her professional training at the National Ballet School of Canada. She continued her training at Quinte Ballet School. During her professional development Anissa spent summers with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer School, Pennsylvania Ballet School, L’Ecole Superieure de Ballet du ... Read more

Anissa Lickrish

BTB, BTB Barre, Pilates

Having moved to Abu Dhabi from England, Annalise is a student studying engineering at NYUAD. However, her main passion is dancing and has been dancing for as long as she can remember. For over 15 years, she has studied a variety of dance techniques from ballet, jazz and tap, to lyrical, contempo... Read more
Born in the UK, from childhood Anya followed her natural enthusiasm for life and fitness by training in both ballet and synchronised swimming. She became an international synchronised swimmer for Team GB between 2008 and 2012. On this journey Anya became aware of the benefits from Pilates, she i... Read more

Anya Tarasiuk

BTB Barre, BTB, Pilates

Probably one of the most in-demand instructors in Abu Dhabi, Carlos is one busy guy who’s always energised and ready to help others achieve their fitness goals. We barely catch him for a quick breather before he’s bouncing off to his next class! A true professional, Carlos’ technical, detail-... Read more

Carlos Mendez

Spin Tribe, Pilates

Cecilia is a Holistic Health Coach trained and certified by the Institute for Functional Medicine and the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.  She is a cancer survivor with a mission to inspire people around the world to pe... Read more

Cecilia Ayoub

Zumba and Tone

Emily is specialist in music, event and entertainment Marketing Communications, winning multiple industry awards and commendations for the companies she has been attached to. She also has years of expertise managing artists and guiding them on their productions to reach their maximum potential o... Read more

Emily Musharbash

Marketing Manager

Fe is certified through the PhysicalMind Institute in Portland, Oregon in 2004. In 2010, she paired Pilates with her love of travel. Aside from the US, she has also taught in Egypt, Ireland, Malta, Thailand, Philippines, Mexico, and Indonesia. Her evolved approach to Pilates instruction goes ... Read more

Fe Dolor

Pilates

Flora is the newest member of our team and keeps our studio sparkling!

Flora Evangelista

Housekeeping

Meet Hajar; an Olympic synchronized swimmer turned into a passionate Pilates and Barre instructor. After accomplishing her lifetime goal of participating in the Beijing Olympic Games, she decided to retire from her athletic career to use and translate her experience into sports education and co... Read more

Hajar Badran

Pilates, BTB Barre

Heidi has over 30 years of experience as a registered nurse specializing in cardiac care working in a variety of critical care units throughout the USA. In addition to performing multiple roles in the medical field here in the UAE and parts of Africa, becoming an Am... Read more

Heidi Elmaarouf RN

Coaching, NLP & Reiki

Houry Pappin is a NES Health BioEnergetiX WellNES practitioner with 20 years experience in the field of holistic therapies, including Reiki, Emotional Freedom Technique, Hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Reconnective Healing/The Reconnection, Nutrition, Aromatherapy, Theragem Cry... Read more

Houry Pappin

Wellbeing Coach

Jacquelene Sadek (500ERYT) is a senior yoga teacher as Bodytree who has over 20 years experience in the field. She is a globetrotter who has trained in Yin Yoga, traditional Indian Hatha, Restorative and Yin and Yang Yoga, from Thailand, Australia and the UK. By April 2017 Jacquie became endo... Read more

Jacquelene Sadek

Yoga, Massage

Joelle is an ERYT 500-hour Yoga Alliance instructor, certified P.T., Mindfulness facilitator, certified Neuro Linguistic Programming-NLP practitioner and Positive Psychology Life Coach from Canada. She has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and has been teaching in the UAE for last 5 years. ... Read more

Joelle Beyrouthy

Yoga, Mindfulness

Kat developed and grew her professional operations and business experience within multi-national companies, diverse cultures and under the international sporting headlight. Kat is Operations Manager for Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, wellness and fitness studio established as an industry leader ... Read more

Kat Clark

Operations Manager

Madalena believes that Yoga is more than something that you do, but something that you live by. Her inquisitive personality shows up in her classes where she aims to provide an experience that will last longer than the class itself, often establishing the link between the yogic practice and life... Read more
Marie is a highly qualified and enthusiastic Pilates instructor from the UK. After several years of practicing Pilates, Marie decided to train to become a Pilates teacher. Initially, Pilates complemented Marie’s 20 years of ballet training, she then found Pilates to be a great way to maintain st... Read more
Mary had a traditional introduction to yoga growing up in India but did not really embrace it until she relocated to the UAE and the nerves of a new life found solace in the practice. Feeling nurtured and self-sufficient in the company of strangers while on a retreat in India, Mary decided to be... Read more
Michelle worked as an insurance adjuster investigating disaster scenes often caused by instances of unsettling crime in Johannesburg, South Africa and while doing so she looked for balance in her life in various gyms which proved unsuccessful. In 1996, she attended a power yoga class and afte... Read more
Mila studied Choreography, and qualified as a Ballet Master of Modern Classical Choreography, and a teacher of a unique discipline. After finishing a Choreographic Diploma at Kiev College, she was a classical ballet dancer in the Kiev Theatre of Opera & Ballet, and toured with classical produ... Read more
Mira Naaman is the concept creator and chef behind Nectar. This London trained chef honed her culinary skills in the restaurant world before co-founding a homegrown juice bar concept and healthy eatery. Mira’s passion was to offer an accessible range of functional “grab-and-go” options which are... Read more

Mira Naaman

Co-Founder of Nectar

Mouna is a Lebanese-Palestinian Brit who has been living in Abu Dhabi for over 10 years and has been a client and believer of Bodytree Studio throughout those years. She has been doing one form or another of exercise since she can remember from Ashtanga Yoga, running, BTB Dance Cardio as well as... Read more

Mouna Chammaa

BTB, Pilates

Nader is the only choreographer in the Middle East who has worked with world famous artists such as Rita Ora, Beyoncé, Pink, as well as major TV productions; X Factor, Brit Awards and the MTV Awards (to name but a few!) He is internationally renowned for his craft and style, with his impressive ... Read more
Nadia’s life was influenced by the mind/body connection at a very critical time in her life. Since then she has become committed to guiding others on their spiritual journey to wellness through movement. Her belief in structural fitness as a building block to health has led her to discover other... Read more

Nadia Sehweil

Co-Founder of Bodytree and Nectar, Pilates, BTB

Natasha has been practicing yoga for over 15 years, she made it a part of her everyday life and wanted to share this with others, so she completed her 200 hour Baptiste Vinyasa yoga teacher training at The House of Yoga in London. Natasha loves to bring her learning’s from her years of yoga prac... Read more

Nicola has been teaching children of all ages for 15 years with a keen interest in child psychology and special educational needs. She trained in the UK and moved to Abu Dhabi in 2015 with her family, working in several British schools. For many years she has ... Read more

Nicola Wakeling

Kids Mindfulness

Rhea fell in love with yoga 17 years ago while studying in her home country’s capital, Edinburgh. Feeling an immediate and deep connection to the practice, yoga became an integral part of her daily life. Rhea’s dedication to yoga and belief in the far-reaching benefits, led her to teaching and i... Read more

Rhea Mcateer

Shiatsu Massage, Yoga

Sara walked into her first yoga class in New York City 18 years ago, not knowing how stepping onto a mat that day would set her on a new path. After many years as only a student, and with encouragement from some incredible teachers here in Abu Dhabi, she returned to New York to complete her 200... Read more
Nicole Malick, known as Satya Adi Kaur in the Kundalini Yoga community, is an international social worker recognized for her ability to effectively design and lead programmes that address sustainability, equity, and peace. Spending the past 16 years traveling to over 50 countries, Satya used yog... Read more

Satya Adi Kaur

Kundalini Yoga

Selena started practicing yoga when she moved to the UAE in 2013 and was drawn to that practice for the physical and mental benefits it provided.  She decided to complete her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training so that she could help others experience the same benefits and share her passion for the j... Read more
Shahad’s classes are an enrapturing combination of rhythm, fluidity, and fire. She is fiercely dedicated to intuitive and flowing movement that embody curiosity, complexity, and lightheartedness through seamlessly choreographed transitions. While her teaching is refreshing and light, she inco... Read more

Shruti discovered Pilates through an ankle injury years ago in Sydney, Australia. Having a career in Marketing for luxury hotels, she decided to take a break and during the time discovered other interests, Pilates being the most important.

A resident of Abu Dhabi... Read more

Silvia’s love of music began at a very early age as both of her parents were playing an instrument. With their encouragement and guidance, Silvia chose to play piano and sing in the choir. She attended primary and secondary school specialized in music education which gave her a deeper knowledge ... Read more

Silvia Sopkova

Kindermusik

Susan trained at George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet in New York City in the 1980s; during that time she also learned the Pilates technique at the studio of Carola Trier, a student of Joseph Pilates. She then joined the Los Angeles Ballet Company as a member of the corps de ballet. She... Read more
Nutritional Consultant, Holistic Health coach and Integrative Functional Nutritionist is on a mission to change the language surrounding food and health. Correcting the many misconceptions and bringing back the love of healthy eating, the understanding that food is our best medicine, and demonst... Read more

Suzan Terzian

Clinical Nutritionist

Timea has been practicing various styles of yoga and meditation for over 15 years. She is passionate about guiding people how to reconnect to their own inner peace through yoga, gentle movement, breathing as well as relaxation and sound healing meditation. She also offers special classes designe... Read more
Tony is a common sense personal coach affiliated to Achology, the Academy of Modern Applied Psychology, with a background in the airline domain. He is also a Colored Brain Communication Facilitator, affiliated to Directive Communications International. His most recent assignment was as Traini... Read more

Tony Mendonca

Wellbeing Coach

Tonya’s passion for Hypnobirthing began with her own pregnancy in 2012.  As a new mum-to-be, she was looking for a technique that would help her to achieve the natural birth that she was hoping for within a medical system more inclined towards intervention.  She attended a Hypnobirthing course a... Read more

Tonya Berrington

Hypnobirthing Practitioner

Vandana's journey into holistic healing began out of personal necessity. What started out as a self-healing experience 20 years ago gently turned into a quest for knowledge and a deeper understanding of the complimentary contribution of the Mind, Body & Spirit in self-healing. As an Intui... Read more

Vandana Mendonca

Holistic Therapist

Vidya is a certified (Peter Hess Institute) sound healing practitioner using singing bowls. She has a deep interest in holistic therapies and she developed a passion for sound healing once she discovered its unique ability to relax, reset, and recharge the mind and body. A trained physiotherapis... Read more

Vidya Venkateswaran

Sound Therapist

Yvette, a native of California, returns to teaching dance classes after a decade in arts administration as the President & CEO of the Harlem School of the Arts and as the founding director of The Ailey Extension in New York City. Yvette has over 20 years of extensive experience performing &a... Read more

Yvette Campbell

Contemporary Dance

Love is the true answer! And who better to teach, help and heal us than the Angelic realm. Zakia Kazi is an Angel Teacher certified by the Diana Cooper Foundation. She is also a certified Tibetan Singing Bowl practitioner from the Kathmandu Centre of Healing in Nepal.  Hailing from India, Zakia ... Read more

Zakia Kazi

Angel Meditation

Yoga has been Zelmaré’s lifestyle for many years before made a career out of it, focusing on the healing aspect of yoga and related therapies. She completed her 200 YTT programme and carried on with a 300 hour Yoga Therapy Training at Andiappan Yoga in Hong Kong, and also completed her 40 hour P... Read more
Zita started practicing yoga over 20 years ago and she has been teaching since 2013. From vinyasa flow, ashtanga yoga and power yoga to yin and restorative, she teaches a variety of classes both for groups and privately. Zita also trained in more gentle styles such pre and post natal, feminine y... Read more
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