August 2016 schedule update

Schedule update


L’implication bénévole, le don de soi et la générosité

It was super exciting to work with these kids, I am going to miss them. Thanks, Beatrice, for the lovely article.

Un air de coopération

Voilà un titre bien long pour un billet, mais il représente vraiment ce dont j’aimerais parler et j’espère, au travers de ces quelques lignes vous interpeller.

Le premier jour où je suis allée à mon cours de Darija (arabe dialectal), j’ai rencontré deux jeunes femmes, Barbara, Italienne et Kayla, Américaine. Je crois que cela a pris 15 mn et déjà toutes deux désiraient faire quelque chose pour les enfants pris en charge par Bayti. Malheureusement, Barbara a dû repartir en Italie quelques temps après et son désir d’aider n’a pas pu se concrétiser, du moins ici au Maroc.

Kayla est professeure de Yoga et l’enseigne à Casablanca, je vous invite d’ailleurs à la suivre sur sa page Facebook ou son compte Instagram. Très rapidement, elle a commencé à me parler d’un projet (il est encore trop tôt pour en parler ici) que j’adorerais voir se concrétiser, mais aussi de…

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Tales of A Yogini in the kitchen: Fancy Tuna Rice

Fancy Tuna Rice

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Tuna Rice is one of the goto meals in our house, one that I didn’t become acquainted with until I moved to Morocco. It is a great quick and easy meal that is cheap, filling and healthy. This tuna rice has a few additions I stumbled on this evening as I was attempting to bulk up our dinner without going to the grocery store. There isn’t a picture because, well….we ate it before I thought about writing this and I added others that are normally in the rice that I didn’t happen to have this evening. I really like things that have a zing and a kick, so this has both.


Traditional Ingredients:

1 cup of uncooked brown rice

1 cup of water (for soaking the rice)

5 cups of water (for cooking rice)


2 cans of dolphin friendly tuna (whatever kind you like!!!)

2 roma tomatoes, diced

½ of a small onion (or more if you like) you can also use green onions, I then used just 2 inches of the stalk

½ cup nice green olives – ideally pitted and chopped

1 tsp of Black pepper

1 tsp of Salt

a splash of olive oil

A handful of fresh cilantro, chopped fine


Not so traditional aka FANCY ingredients:

1 tbsp dried rosemary

Pinch of cayenne pepper

2 tbsp lemon juice or try slices of preserved lemon slices if you are feeling fancy and/or Vinagre of choice (to season)

1 tsp of ground cumin

1 tsp of ground ginger

25 grams of Bleu Cheese, crumbled



Follow the directions for cooking the brown rice. For me, it was to wash the brown rice with water to rinse off the extra starch, soak for one hour in water then boil uncovered for about 40 mins in 5 cups of water.


Drain excess oil from tuna, mix in with the rice. That is what you do with all the rest of the ingredients: onion, tomatoes, olives, pepper, salt, olive oil, rosemary, vinagre/lemon juice/citron confit (preserved lemon), cumin, ground ginger. Then, garnish with crumbled bleu cheese and cilantro and serve. YUM! I am not even a fan of canned tuna and I like this.

Upcoming Events in Casablanca

I have to make a bittersweet announcement. Marouane and I have decided to move to the USA for a few years. This is the best choice for our family at the moment. We plan on being here through the end of May. I will miss you all so much, and for sure we will be back to visit family, to workshops, and eventually to live. Before that happens though, I am planning some very special events to share with you. I would love to really take advantage of the time I have left here. So much love to you, Casablanca Yogis and Yoginis! Lets rock out on our mats this spring!

Build a home Practice – This is one of the greatest gifts a yogi(ni) could give him or herself. Own your practice. Class is amazing, but feeling like you can practice anywhere is so important. In this special event, we will focus on the ways to cultivate a safe and fulfilling home practice and create a space for continuing inspiration.

AcroYoga JAMS- We can’t fit one in March so we will do 2 in April! You know, come play with me 🙂


Happy, healthy, free.

Love, Kayla, Sahaja Soma

Lunar Flow with Shiva Rea

Shiva Rea is such an inspirational yoga teacher. This flow is not too rigorous. It flows with beauty and feels lovely in the hips and heart. My recommendations: make sure you take the time to enjoy the spinal articulation as you roll down to the earth. Be aware of the length of the spine and head/tail connection. Also, when you come up in cobra, it is probably best to keep your elbows slightly bent. She straightens hers at the peak of cobra, be safe. Listen to your body. 🙂 Breathe and enjoy!


Awakening Flow

Super excited to announce the final workshop in the chakra journaling series. Join us at Yogablanca on March 19th for Awakening Flow. We will use asana and meditation to activate Ajna chakra and Sahasrara chakra. The third eye is connected to wisdom and intution, the crown is connected to opening to the divine. Bring your journal and a pen. 🌀❤️🌀 Kayla, SahajaSoma  

How to play well with others…


You may not think that what we do is revolutionary or an act of resistance. Play, fun, yoga, flight they are so simple, so personal. You may not realize it, just as we don’t think about it…but the base in this picture is Muslim and the flier in this picture is Christian. We are both yoga teachers. We most likely don’t agree on everything, but we do agree on the important things. We also don’t go home and bash the other behind her back for her beliefs or ideas. I have been so dismayed by the acts and words of hate and cruelty in my home country and all over the world. The acts of violence against Muslims in retaliation for real and perceived acts of violence against others. The thing is, we do and can have an affect on the stupidity and hate that is so insidious in this world, even if it is just in ourselves amongst our friends and in our communities. So, here is to hope and connection and play. #jambassadors#acroyogajam #acroyoga #aylifestyle#casablancalifestyle #yogamaroc #yogalife #yogini#travelingyogini #hijabiyogini