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Hot, Hip & Holy: The Yogi Who Brings The Rave To The Yoga Class


June 8, 2018

“You can take the girl out of the club but you can’t take the club out of the girl. I’m a total raver,” says Lebanese-born and Parisian-raised Rima Rabbath. With an average of 70 (very cool) students per class at the Jivamukti Yoga Center, Rima is hands-down the hottest, hippest and holiest yoga teacher in New York City.
COOLS was lucky to have a chat with her in her chic East Village apartment were she flooded us with insight on music, raves, and how to remain a student of life in this hectic but also magical place that we New Yorkers call our home. Imagine yourself walking into a yoga class with 70 people in the room five days a week. That’s what Rima Rabbath and all her students experience on a regular basis and believe it or not, it’s quite a transformational, high intensity (who ever said yoga wasn’t cardio?!), mind-blowing and I would even dare to say, rave-like experience. The Jivamukti Yoga Center on Broadway and 13th street was founded by Sharon Gannon and David Life—two yoga masters, artists, and authors with a commitment to yoga as a path for spiritual activism. It’s a yoga center that draws in creatives, artists, and people from all walks of life who have a deep curiosity and are seeking a solid yoga practice. As the musician Sting says, “David and Sharon have inspired and encouraged us to think of yoga not just as a system of exercises but as a door to the infinite.”

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