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Fatima Khalifa cried for an hour and a half after her first yoga session. Her first month of classes with Koun, a new NGO that aims to bring yoga to underprivileged communities in Lebanon, took her through powerful bouts of depression, and had her questioning whether she wanted to continue if it meant dealing with so much pain.Since February, Koun has been doing weekly classes with women at Shatila Studio, a social enterprise for Syrian refugee women in the Shatila Palestinian refugee camp where Khalifa is a procurement officer.The makeshift yoga studio is just big enough to accommodate the six women who take part in the classes. Others in the class echoed Khalifa's appreciation for the yoga classes. Peters, who is Lebanese and has been practicing yoga for eight years, including teaching classes at two studios in Beirut, founded Koun at the start of 2019, after years of volunteering as a yoga teacher with various NGOs. Ziervogel described how after the second yoga session with Koun, Khalifa and another colleague called in sick to work.
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