Meryem, the founder of Qarrya Retreats, was born and raised in Morocco and started her practice over 12 years ago upon her move to Hong Kong. She began practicing yoga to relieve back pain and alleviate stress. Shortly after she started practicing Hatha yoga regularly, she realized that yoga was more than just a physical practice and was fascinated by its philosophy. She began travelling around the world, exploring different lineages and sharing her practice with friends and family ever since. Upon her move to NYC, she became a certified yoga teacher to share her passion with an even wider audience.