The Alchemy of Perseverance and Grace | WORKSHOP with Danielle Abisaab and Marc Michael

FACILITATORS: Danielle Abisaab | Marc Michael

DATE Monday 29th April

TIME 7:00-9:00 pm

PRICE $25 drop-in or scratch two classes out of your class pack




This co-taught workshop will introduce students to the practice of alchemy. Unlike most paths, alchemy is a path of paradox, which requires a capacity to bring two opposite forces together. It is in between these two oppositions, in their balance, that the alchemical path opens up.

In this first installation of this workshop, you will explore the tension between perseverance and grace. During the first hour, Danielle will lead you to the edge of your perseverance through a series of asanas geared at testing your patience, discipline and drive. Following up, Mark will guide you into exploring the flow of grace through a state of meditative trance reconnecting you to more subtle bodies and realms. Together, these two approaches will help you navigate your own way between movement and stillness, body and mind, perseverance and grace, into uncharted territory.



Danielle Abisaab is a 500 hours+ Registered Yoga Teacher, a Yoga Therapist and a Holistic Inspirational Coach. She is the founder of the funky Union Square Yoga in Beirut Lebanon, where she has been living since 2005. Her many years lived in New York City working as an architect, and studying the philosophy of Yoga have informed both her personal and professional life, with depth and tremendous amounts of holistic knowing and thinking.

Switching back and forth between her hardhat and her yoga leggings has enabled her to harness an exhaustive understanding of the concept of space. The Yoga philosophy allows her to help people refurbish their inner space, and her expertise in Architecture allows her to design external spaces with positive energy and kindness in mind.

Having been part of the corporate world for many years and exposed to high levels of stress, she recently felt compelled to create a HOLISTIC WELLNESS PROGRAM for the Work Place, designed to support employers as well as employees in managing, minimizing, and dealing with stress, by offering a wide array of tools such as Body awareness techniques, Meditation, Breathing and Mindfulness exercises.

Aside from running her own studio in Beirut City, where she teaches a variety of yoga classes (Vinyasa, Aerial, Restorative) and signature workshops, she is also proficient in multiple other disciplines such as sound healing and therapeutic approaches she seamlessly integrates as additional supportive tools in her private one-on-one yoga sessions.

She has chosen Instagram as a social media platform to convey her passion for writing and photography, and has been featured in many articles as one of the most influential yogis on Instagram. You will also find her moving, breathing and instructing on her online video platform

Danielle’s wildest dream and hope is for every human on this planet, to integrate the knowing that everything they need lies within themselves, and most importantly, remember that they are whole.



Marc Michael holds a PhD in sociology from Cambridge University. He is currently a professor of sociology and anthropology at the American University in Beirut, and previously taught at New York University, in NYC and Abu Dhabi. His personal and academic interests in health and consciousness have led him to the clinic of an experimental psychiatrist in Switzerland, the Amazonian forest, and finally a Gabonese village, where he is apprenticing under the guidance of a Bwiti master.

His current practice helps individuals and groups achieve extended trance states that tap into the higher forms of intelligence concealed within everyone. This higher intelligence—often referred to as the inner master, the Muse, or the soul—acts both as a source of self-regenerative potential, relieving body and mind of various ailments, but also as a source of creative inspiration, personal guidance, and greater existential wisdom about one’s place in the world.

He has shared this practice in workshops all over the world, including New York, Paris, London, Dubai, Cairo, and Beirut.