Yalda Younes: Seeking Stillness in the City of Action

Black and white picture of woman lying on mat floor with microphone in room and crowd behind her

Part yoga student, part flamenco dancer, and all-around bewitching person, Yalda Younes has studied her crafts in India and Spain, and now has a flourishing business and creative practice as a yoga teacher and performer here in Beirut. Her most recent dance performance, “A Universe Not Made for Us,” is a collaboration with her husband, […]

A Tale of Two Lebanons

a tale of two lebanons with a tree one in a bad condition and the other part in a greenery and sunny condition

A century ago, famed Lebanese poet Gebran Khalil Gebran wrote, “You have your Lebanon and I have my Lebanon.” His words still ring true, as seemingly two Lebanons have emerged. One is the old Lebanon—still living in its shadowy past, where the nation is split among populations, geographies, sects and classes. With senseless wars and […]

And Then Suddenly I Jumped!


Photo by Gaëlle Vuillaume Entrepreneurship, en•tre•pre•neur•ship äntrəprəˈnərˌSHip/ noun: the activity of setting up a business and taking on financial risks in the hope of profit. One day, a very well-intentioned financial advisor asked me about my “risk level.” I put on a wicked smile and replied, “My slippers have non-skid soles.” I think he quit […]

Who Runs the Show: A Tale of the Heart

Feminine energy is characterized by creativity, unconditional love, the ability to nurture, intimacy, vulnerability and intuition among other traits. However, I believe that intuition is one of the superpowers of the feminine. Every woman has passed through a situation in which she has decided to listen to that little voice inside of her only to […]

Barrak Naamani: The Tailor & The Artist

  Barrak Naamani became a tailor – taking over his family business in 2009 – after he left a lucrative advertising career in the Gulf. Today his workshop and showroom space in the heart of Hamra in Beirut specializes in bespoke shirts and suits, but Naamani has also become known in his neighborhood and beyond […]