MARIA PAZ JIMENEZ PENA
CO – FOUNDER
Maria Paz is a Certified Neuroleadership Institute Life Coach, a Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher and a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Practitioner by the University of Massachusetts.
She surfs the creative inspiration wave (also known as flow) with the help of daily centering and purifying practices. Crafting transformative content for different programs and making sure the team is aligned and happy are her most loved activities.
What does happiness mean: Experiencing that inner bliss, balance and peace is our natural state and it doesn’t depend on outer conditions.
What makes Paz happy: Being in a state of conscious awareness of the divine reality of existence while expressing this through being her true unconditioned self.
Favourite Quote: “To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” – Lao Tze
CHIEF HAPPINESS OFFICER
Rajeev Daswani is an entrepreneur, actor & model. His team building background has led him to work on different hierarchal levels, connecting and understand the individual’s soul purpose behind the position. One of his key strengths is his creative outlook which comes from his artistic training, where he has been able to demonstrate that one must be able to live in the shoes of another in order to understand their circumstance.
Rajeev brings a unique contribution to MBS through his vision and dream to create Happiness by working on the individual in his context, the person within the team.
What does happiness mean: Happiness is a state of being.
What makes Rajeev happy: Being aware of what I’m doing and doing it with passion makes me happiest.
Favourite Quote: Happiness is everyone’s birthright.
Rasha is a prominent sound healer, reiki master and traditional authentic yoga teacher. Her kindness and care reflects in every action and interaction she engages in, always working from a space of care, compassion and love towards others.
“True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life.
Yoga is a lifestyle, a journey of the soul through the soul to the soul.
Yoga is about the person you are becoming.”
In her spiritual authentic yoga sessions, participants have reported connecting to their higher true selves, feeling the energy flowing with ease, blockages being released in their body and mind as well as an increase of flexibility.
What does happiness mean: Gratitude is the key of happiness, whenever we fill our hearts with gratitude we will be happy.
What makes Rasha happy: Whenever she can put a smile on another human beings face or soul she is happy. Whenever she makes a positive difference in this world she is happy.
Favourite Quote: “It is only with true love and compassion that we can begin to mend and heal what is broken in the world.”
Zarine is a region’s pioneer in establishing Sound as a vital component of Yoga: Nada Yoga. She has been entrusted with organizing and leading several hundred guided sessions through the past few years: for individuals, groups, yoga centers, retreats, staffs, and students of schools and various corporate brands in the region. She believes that collaboration, not competition is the need of the day.
Zarine is one of Dubai’s leading facilitators for guided sound meditations, space clearings and energy healings. She plays the gongs, singing bowls and other sound instruments during the sessions.
She continues to study the Way of the Gong with the Grand Gong Master, Don Conreaux. She facilitates these sessions all over the UAE and has played in England, France, San Diego, Karachi and Kuwait.
What does happiness mean: Happiness to me is a feeling of love and peace within.
What makes Zarine happy: I am Happiest when I am hugging someone!
Favourite Quote: Love is All there is.
Nicola Beer is a leading authority on how to create closer relationships and build connection. She is an international best-selling author in 4 books and has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News Network, Huffington Post, and Wall Street Select. She works with individuals from all over the world to single-handedly transform their marital situation, as well as with couples to restore the love, passion, respect and happiness, that is so often missing when the connection and communication breaks down. For the corporate and the local communities, she focuses on the importance of connection in our lives and space away from our devices.
Nicola has 14 years emotional support experience, helping individuals to transform their lives using a range of methods. She is certified in Advanced Counseling, Grief & Loss, Coaching, Relationship Therapy, The Journey – cellular healing, NLP, Hypnotherapy and Addiction Recovery.
She loves Dubai, has lived here 10 years and is able to adapt and get great results with all nationalities and different religious and cultural backgrounds.
What does happiness mean: Accepting life how it is and allowing yourself to just be, without criticism or judgment.
What makes Nicola happy: Being comfortable with who I am, and demonstrating my value and love towards myself daily through acts of self-care and kindness.
Favourite Quote: It’s not your fault but it’s your responsibility. Joe Vitale – I love this quote and believe we have to take responsibility to make our relationships and lives great.
DHRUTI D’SOUZA SHAH
Dhruti Shah is a storyteller, writer – playwright, theater director and an incurable daydreamer wandering freely in the universe of her reveries. She refers to this feeling of uninhibited and surreal travels as “home “. 14-years of exploration in performing arts, movement and literature have led her towards expanding perspectives and awakening participants to evolve into their fullest and unrestrained flow of self-expression. Identifying herself as a facilitator of clairvoyant creative mediums , she uses empowering frameworks and techniques, that marries existential debates with unconventional tools and craftsmanship, leading to experiences that are often profound in presentation and layered in insights. Her approach comprises of a vortex of words, visuals, sounds and physical movements meant to heighten audience engagement, sensitizing them towards otherwise uncharted conversations. She does this by erasing isolation and instead weaves deep connections and integrations, leading people into an inner space of tremendous responsiveness, empathy, and compassion, dissolving limiting boundaries that restrict movement into consciousness.
Her “Creativity in Consciousness” series uses sentient, intuitive and psychic methodologies of sound, forces of light and dark, creative writing, telepathic abilities, physical movement and so much more, all aimed to empower, transform and transcend.
What does happiness mean: “Kun fayakūn” meaning, “Be, and it is.”
What makes Dhruti happy: To recognize the sacred in everything, in everybeing, in everymoment, in everybreath and “know” it’s all you could ever be.
Favourite Quote: “Let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke
Karthik started his career as an artist assistance for movie visual effects and turned a yoga teacher from passion. Learned from 3 different teachers and different styles at different times. Strong believer that ‘Knowledge should come from different sources. If it came from the same source, it becomes stiff and stale’.
Karthik aims to focus on health aspects of his students and move towards the spiritual aspects of the yoga practice, preserving the values and essence of classical hatha yoga without distortion from its purpose and incorporating these in every session.
Certified from Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai. He started his training by learning with Swami Sachithanandha yoga integral style) from a private teacher for 3 years and eventually had an opportunity to practice under the guidance of Sri Sharadh Jois in Mysore. He practices Ashtanga & Hatha yoga every day and teaches classical Hatha yoga focusing on alignment, breath and dristi. Always willing to be a student, he loves to pass on the little knowledge that he gains on his journey in the path of Yoga.
What does Happiness mean: It is our natural state of being. Happiness is an inevitable result when everything is in a state of balance. Body, mind and intellect.
What makes Karthik happy: Sense of being not bound by limits. Either physical, mental or emotional. Coffee almost does the job. Yoga does it better.
Favorite Quote: “If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.” – Christopher McCandless
Sami is a master at helping people identify their inner superhero by getting crystal clear on their goals, identifying the barriers getting in their way, and creating an action plan to get rid of the “noise” to live a happier life. She use Neuro Linguistic Programming, positive psychology, visualization techniques, and elevation strategies to help her clients tap into their existing superpowers, drive for greater results, and live their life with greater purpose and success.
Sami is a transplant originally from Los Angeles, CA, and has been living in Dubai for 2 years, she has studied and worked in four different continents and speak three languages. She is a UCLA graduate and has a coaching degree through Strategic Interventionist Coach through the official Coach Training School of Anthony Robbins and the Executive and Lifestyle Coach with Certified Coaches Federation (CCF). With her practice in Dubai, UAE, and worldwide, she’s helped her clients create an exceptional quality of life filled with happiness, creativity, and fulfillment.
What does Happiness mean: Happiness is a state of mind triggered by inner thoughts, body language and words. Happiness is a choice that’s decided made every second, every minute of every day. It is the ultimate tool to feeling successful, content and fulfilled.
What makes Sami happy: Contribution, growth and connection. I feel so grateful to have the tools and experience to empower people discover their inner superhero and get rid of the “noise” that’s stopped them from taking action on their dreams.
Favourite Quote: In the end, we regret the things that we haven’t done more than what we have done.
Sifu Yazdi Daruwalla is the Head Instructor for the Shaolin Wahnam School, in the United Arab Emirates. He started as a student in the Shaolin Wahnam School in 2008, after practicing two years diligently from Grandmaster Wong’s website (www.shaolin.org) and books. Initially he needed to ensure that he would dedicate his time regularly and would do justice to this great art.
He has subsequently attended many courses conducted by Grandmaster Wong in Malaysia. He is now a certified instructor with the Shaolin Wahnam School.
In his thirties and forties, he suffered chronic back pain, was low in energy and morale. By practicing high level Chi Kung, he has overcome his back problems, feels young and energetic.
He has helped students overcome pain, sickness and depression. He is extremely passionate about the Shaolin Arts and devotes his spare time practicing and teaching Chi Kung to others. He strongly believes that by regularly practicing high level Chi Kung, one can alleviate any “so called” incurable illness while achieving good health, vitality and longevity.
What does Happiness mean: Happiness is a state of mind. It means we are physically, mentally and emotionally relaxed. Finding joy in making others, around us, happy
What makes Yazdi happy: Making other people happy.
Favourite Quote: It is natural to be happy and healthy.
Mina Dasani is an artist, a seeker of truth and a certified Sound Therapy Facilitator.She believes that ‘needing nothing is true freedom’ She conducts her sound journeys with healing instruments like gongs, tibetan singing bowls and healing pipes.
These bring balance to the seven main energy centers of the body providing spontaneous healing at multiple levels and enhancing the quality of one’s life. The relaxing and rejuvenating journeys may provide transforming experiences to adults and children alike at the intellectual and emotional levels like enhanced relationships, clarity of thought, increased intuition and focus, easier learning and, most important, being happier.
What does happiness mean: Freedom from desires. A world free of animosities.
What makes Mina happy: A cuppa chai with friends and family Love. Laughter. Being with nature. Painting. Travelling
Favourite Quote: “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life” – Omar Khayyam