Tarik is a Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT® 200, based in Toronto, Canada.
With 7+ years of yoga practice, he empowers his students with challenging yoga classes that help them grow physically, mentally and emotionally. He specializes in 3 yoga styles: Power, Vinyasa and Yin.
Tarik started practicing yoga at home in Rabat, Morocco in the autumn 2013 when his brother offered him "The Ultimate Yogi" program, a 108-day Power Yoga program by the renowned yoga instructor Travis Eliot.
Since then, he embarked on a personal yoga journey in which he explored a wide range of yoga styles such as Vinyasa, Power, Hatha & Yin as well as 3 elements of yoga: Meditation, Breathwork (Pranayama) and Chanting.
Since the summer of 2018, he started practicing yoga with his friends in the local park of Urban Forest Ibn Sina (Hilton Park). After a few yoga gatherings, he started organically adjusting his friends' postures and instructing yoga flows in spring 2019.
In the meantime, Tarik has completed his first 10-day Vipassana Meditation course as taught by S.N. Goenka with his assistant teacher Pedro Metello in Marrakech, Morocco in December 2018. This silent meditation retreat consisted of living like a modern monk, meditating about 10h per day without any form of visual, verbal or sensory contact with other meditators. After such an eye-opening mindfulness experience, Tarik's life was impacted so profoundly that it improved his mindset and yoga practice, and started incorporating it into his yoga classes. A detailed review of his Vipassana meditation experience can be found here.
In early July 2019, his growing passion for yoga led him to attend The Barcelona Yoga Conference, a 4-day event in which he learned more about yoga from Bryan Kest, the father of Power Yoga, and other world-renowned teachers. After the Conference, he designed and taught his first yoga class with his friends in Morocco. Those signs led him to enroll in a yoga teacher training to learn how to teach yoga professionally and inspire his local community.
On September 8th 2019, Tarik successfully completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training that meets Yoga Alliance's Standards at Green Yoga International in Mallorca, Spain.
The training covered the 200-H requirements in the following 5 Educational Categories:
1) 100H of yoga techniques
2) 15H of anatomy and physiology
3) 30H of yogic philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics
4) 15H of teaching methodology (the art of teaching)
5) 20H of practicum (real-life situations)
6) 20H of non-contact Hours related to yoga Techniques, Training & Practice, Teaching Methodology or Practicum.
--> Check out his essay on yoga anatomy, entitled "Solving body motion mysteries".
On the next weekend after his graduation, Tarik led his first Vinyasa class publicly with a group of friends and yoga enthusiasts in Hilton park in Rabat. And over the next 7 months that followed, Tarik has created a local community of "Holistic Yogis of Rabat" that brings yoga enthusiasts from 10 nationalities every weekend to practice yoga outdoors for free.
Under the surname of @holistictarik, he regularly shares his yoga journey on social media spreading the wisdom of yoga, educating students and inspires his community to grow physically, mentally and emotionally.
In March 2020, Tarik moved to Toronto, Canada where he continues to give back to both his local and online communities through yoga since the pandemic outbreak. He currently teaches weekly yoga classes on Zoom and outdoors at Dufferin Grove Park.
As for the yoga community he created in Rabat, it continues to live and grow thanks to Monica Oana, one of his advanced students and yoga teacher who hold space for everybody back in his home country.