Because I was given a common Egyptian name (Ahmed Soliman), my friends nicknamed me "Soli" to set me apart from others. Over the past several years, this name evolved and merged with my yoga practice and yogic lifestyle. I've come to embody the moniker I chose for this site: yogisoli.
Before I found yoga and began teaching, I was a wildlife biologist and environmental scientist. Serving the natural environment and helping to recover endangered species was my way of giving to a greater good. This is a concept that I've carried daily into a yogic lifestyle, both in teaching and in practice. I seek to serve this community in a way that supports strength, healing, and sustainability. After having multiple knee surgeries due to a car accident, I myself sought these qualities from my own encounter with yoga. I had to transition from contact sports like soccer to the safer and deeper space that the practice provides.
A continuing student of Iyengar yoga, vinyasa, and meditation, I believe that awareness of breath, knowledge of the body, and mental focus on the mat lead to mindfulness and living harmoniously off the mat. I draw from my own experience and the study of human anatomy to offer a safe and grounded space for practitioners. I endeavor to help them explore their physical boundaries with a focus on intelligent alignment, awareness of breath, and steadying or relaxation of the mind.
I have studied with Nikki Costello, Nikki Vilella, Magi Pierce, Schuyler Grant, and other influential NYC teachers. I am an ERYT-200 hour yoga alliance certified teacher with 4+ years of yoga teaching experience and 10+ years of athletic coaching experience. In 2017, I was invited to become an ambassador for lululemon in New York City.