Alumni teachers

Most of our teachers are only temporarily in Greece. We like to keep in touch with all the trainers who have helped Yoga and Sport grow and thank them again.

Jawed Ahmadyar

Jawed has excellent skills in judo to train and teach. He trained in Afghanistan for eleven years and took part in many competitions before becoming a teacher in YSR for some time.


Mahmoud is a trained a lifeguard and a swimming coach. He was already a professional swimmer and coach in Iran and he now continus sharing his passion with others.

Mahdi Khavari

Mahdi has been training in Muay Thai and Kickboxing for several years in Iran. He began sharing his passion with the Team Energy and more athletes who wanted to join in Lesvos. Mahdi was always positive, laughing and bringing happiness to all the guys around him. He has the power to motivate others and keep dreaming high! He aspires to become a great Muay Thai champion one day!

Mona Sheikh Ali

Mona was a very passionate yoga teacher who started practising and teaching yoga in Lesvos and Athens with the Yoga and Sport team. She became a certified yoga teacher in 2020 through yoga teacher training and has since been practicing and providing classes both in Greece and in Germany.


Jawad is our football coach in Lesvos. He is coaching together with Aman and they are able to train the guys in different groups. Jawad is very passionate about football and he takes the training very seriously. For him, every player has to give his best on the field.

Ahmad Yaqoobi

Ahmad is our breakdance teacher in Lesvos. He started doing breakdance and parkour in 2018and participated in different shows. He was previoulsy a parkour and gymnastics teacher in Iran. Here in Lesvos, he started to teach and motivate students to join this sport in order for them to enjoy and forget about the difficult conditions in the camp. He produced a serie of different choreographies which allowed us to put together a very good breakdance show in One Happy Family community Center as well as in Mytilini.

Vahid Eskandari

Vahid has been wrestling since he is a kid and he has developed his skills in Iran. He has been participating in many competitions and wishes to pursue his dream of becoming a wrestling champion one day.

Ali Jafari

Ali was one of our earliest teachers at YSR and was pivotal in helping us establish the Athens gym. He provided challenging classes bodybuilding and fitness to many in the community in 2019 and 2020.

Ehsan Ahmadi

Ehsan is our Kung-Fu teacher. He has been practicing for 10 years and participated in many competitions. He has pedagogy and he masters the art of teaching since 5 years. Ehsan loves kung-fu and wants to become a better figher and teacher, sharing his discipline with kids as well as with adults.


Rakhan is our breakdance teacher. He has been practicing for 2 years. He is now teaching since August 2020 with a great interest to develop this discipline more in the heart of Project Hiwa and to give the students more confidence in their movements and figures. He is very skilled and passionnate about breakdance and loves to teach as many people as possible.

Mohadese Azimi

Mohadese is our yoga teacher. She is doing yoga since 2019 with Yoga and Sport and she is now a teacher in Athens. She is a certified yoga teacher since September 2020 as she followed the training offered by Yoga and sport in Lesvos. Her soft energy and focus make her a very good yoga teacher. She is also a very strong athlete as she practises kickboxing, self-defense and running.


Dana is our very first teacher on Lesvos and he helped creating the organisation in 2017. He teaches taekwondo, leads some running sessions, give self defense classes. He has exceptionnal pedagogical skills and he knows how to teach kids. He is the founder of the sport part of Project Hiwa in Athens which became the new YSR location in Athens since September 2020.

Sayed Habib

Sayed Habib is a very experienced fighter and coach. He has been doing kung-fu and boxing all his life and that is why he fell in love with Yoga and Sport team and decided to join in 2020.


Navid is our boxing teacher in Lesvos. He has been practising since 2015 and he has a very good understanding on how to teach to different students.


Sangali is our Kung-Fu teacher on Lesvos. He has experience in Muay Thai, Judo, Kung-Fu boxing and Nunchaku. He has been practising Kung-Fu for many years and has a great approach to teach.

Aref Gholami

Aref was also our program coordinator in Athens for several years, and very recently left in July 2022. He was constantly learning and developing his leadership skills everyday. He also taught our taekwondo, fitness, acrobatics and bodybuilding classes in Athens. To this day, he is an athlete, who has amazing pedagogical skills to teach every level and ages. We will miss him dearly!

Sultan Ali Bostani

Sultan was our Acroyoga teacher in Lesvos. He has a warm, calm and welcoming attitude. He knows how to give his students new daily challenges that grow their spirit of achievement. He creates new challenges and prepares all his lessons, which are adapted to the level of  the students to keep the group motivated. His professional skills as a teacher are exemplary.

Mohammad Qurbani

Mahdi is our dancing teacher. He started to teach with Yoga and Sport since almost a year as he has been very inspired by Edu, one of our former coordinators, who is a very talented dancer. Mehdi followed Edu’s steps and he is now very serious in teaching different dances and choreograhies. He is also a certified 200 hours Yoga teacher. Last but not least, since 8 months he is studying performance theater and now he can say he is also an actor.

Aman Hussaini

Aman is our football coach. He has been coaching football with the Yoga and Sport team since beginning of 2020. He loves football and in Afghanistan he played in the Premier League in Herat city. Unfortunately, two years ago in Afghanistan, he injured his knee in a match and he could not continue playing football. When he came to Greece, he started training again. His knee is not completely healed yet, but he feels good that he cans play football again. He will never give up!

Iqbal Alikhail

Iqbal is our boxing teacher. He has been practicing for 2 years in Afghanistan and already won several competitions. He is teaching boxing since 8 months with Project Hiwa. He is a very passionate boxer and trains to improve his technique and speed every single day. He knows how to adapt his training for different levels of students and knows how to control his training.

Nasim Ahmadi

Nasim was our karate teacher, he has been practising kyokushin karate for 4 years. He has entered and won several competitions. He was great at teaching kids, women and men since he has very good communication and pedagogical skills.

Hamid Norozi

Hamid was our K1/Kickboxing trainer in Athens and Lesvos for many years. Of course, that makes him a great fighter! He was been teaching with Yoga and Sport for 3 years now and has developed training sessions that are intense and full of energy! He was also one of the founders of the Team Energy, a team of talented and motivated kickboxing athletes who passed through Lesvos refugee camp and are now living in various EU countries. Hamid participated in several international fights in his carreer and wants to reach the best rings of the World! He always finished his trainings with an extensive speech where he explains that all humans are equal and that we should always work hard to reach our goals.


Zaki is a great athlete and kind person. He was a certified yoga teacher after he completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2020 in Lesvos. Before he was mainly practicing parkour and theater with one of the other yoga teacher, Yadullah. He has since left and we wish him all the best!


Zaker is YSR’s new kickboxing teacher. Zaker has a long history of competing outside of Greece, and comes to classes with a wealth of knowledge to assist new students!

Ali Mustafa Bakhtyari

Ali is from Afghanistan and lived in Lesvos for almost three years. During this time, he became a football coach for YSR. He encouraged anyone to join the sport, believing it teaches people loyalty, respect, that age is just a number and that height doesn’t matter. Football reminds everyone to say no to racism, and that teamwork is the most important quality of all. Ali Morteza was committed to passing on this knowledge to everyone that attended in a positive way and to provide everyone the opportunity to improve.

Sara Karimi

Sara was our amazing women’s bodybuilding coach in Athens until recently in July 2022. She is passionate about training, strengthening and empowering her community of women. Her classes are tough and make sure women leave feeling more powerful that before! She will go on to do great things and we wish her all the best!

Amir Mohammed Azimi

Amir was an extremely talented boxer and fighter for YSR. He became our youngest boxing teacher after several years of challenging training in Lesvos and Athens. He has inspired so many students to keep going and we are so proud of his and him sisters, Mohadese and Mobina, for their passion, will and determination to unite the community through movement.

Sohaila Shojayie

Meet Sohaila, a Muay Thai and yoga teacher for YSR, who recently also won the 2021 Courageous Use of Sport Award presented by the WWE. Sohaila has made leaps and bounds to fit for women’s empowerment in sport, and she is only in her late teens! We were thrilled to have Sohaila be a teacher for us and are stoked to see her making moves elsewhere in the EU.

Marta Carnielli

Marta was a coordinator at Habibi and Sport with Refugees since January 2022. She started working with Yoga and Sport with Refugees in September 2021 as a volunteer in the Athens gym, in the evenings after her work. She bacame so passionate about the community and the connection within the team that she decided to apply for a position in Habibi and Sport with Refugees. Marta is originally from Italy and recently graduated from a Masters degree in project management for the humanitarian sector. She was determined to apply all her newly obtained knowledge in the project in Ioannina. She has since embraced a new challenge working in Sierra Leone.

Miren Bardaji Maiza

Miren started as  acroyoga, yoga and women’s sports teacher at YSR in 2019. She went on to formally train as a yoga teacher and eventually jumped into the role of Project Coordinator with both feet. She has been with the community for a long time and has brought so many people into the organisation. Her joyful attitude welcomed anyone and many have felt her warmth during classes. She will be missed!

Mobina Azimi

Mobina was an amazing kickboxer, fighter and boxer with YSR, eventually becoming a talented yoga teacher for the community, alongside her sister Mohadese. We are so happy to see the whole family has moved on to settling elsewhere all together.


Dowa was a new sports volunteer from the community. She takes part in dancing and fitness classes. She also loves playing volleyball on the field with the rest of the team and being part of the Habibi family

Mohamad Hosein

Mohamad was our parkour coach. He taught in collaboration with Drio. He also enjoys playing volleyball, but there’s nothing he likes more than going doing parkour on the streets.


Najib is an experienced and competitive kickboxing and muay thai fighter. He started kickboxing in 2012 and Muay thai in 2017, before he became ‘pro’. He has won Afghan and Swedish companionships, including one at the Fighter Centre in Sweden, and is eager to step into a leadership role for YSR to bring new and familiar faces together. He continued to teach his kickboxing and muay thai classes outside his role. He was a coordination during 2022 for YSR.

Shane Godsil

My name is Shane and I am the Development Coordinator and support team administrator at YSR. I am 23 y.o. and come from county Cork, Ireland. I am an undergraduate in International development and food policy at University College Cork. In my work life I have had the privilege of teaching sport to many different groups both inside and outside of Ireland and have experienced first hand the transformative and healing effect it can have. It was this that first drew me to YSR for my university internship and, along with the community and solidarity created, that has continued to motivate me in my work here in Athens.

Haley Ritsema

Based in New York City, Haley coordinated monitoring & evaluation activities through close collaboration with those on the ground. Haley has a Master of Public Health from New York University where she specialized in health & human rights. Her research focuses on improving policy and program implementation so that the mental health of all forced migrants can be better supported at the local, national, and international level. Haley has been running competitively since she was 8 years old and believes in the power of sport to build community, break down barriers, and improve physical and mental health. She was a running coach for YSR briefly in 2019, and then became more involved in YSR when she returned to Lesvos in 2021.

Mohammad Zaher Karimi

Mohammad Zaher is our passionate cycling teacher from Afghanistan, providing exciting trips around the island in Lesvos.


Samual is our newest skilled boxing teacher, who has been competing for a long time before coming to Greece. Samual is motivated to share his wisdom and help the community become stronger!