LA based singer, Dorian won LA yoga studios over with Dorian's Live Neosoul & Yoga – a fusion of his conscious, live, feel good neosoul music you can groove to with yoga flows to create a concert-style yoga experience complete with freestyle dance breaks and unplugged segments where he speaks about the inspiration behind his songs. LA YOGA MAGAZINE Editor, Felicia Tomasko writes: "Throughout Los Angeles, there are creative artists who are bringing their yoga practice to life in innovative ways. Neosoul Artist Dorian is one of those people. Through his frequent collaborations with teachers, and his music (self-help set to song), he offers inspiration in all of his work." With lyrics echoing the inspirational stylings of acoustic soul diva India Arie and vocals that have been compared to Stevie Wonder, John Legend and 80's enigma, Terrence Trent D'Arby, Dorian released two critically acclaimed CD's: EVERYDAY WARRIOR: Acoustic - Neosoul for Your Soul and Turn It Into Gold! - both albums were produced by a former music director for Rhythm & Blues sensation, Macy Gray. His fan’s favorite songs from his live music and yoga events are curated on Dorian’s Live Neosoul & Yoga: The Official Playlist, Volume 1. He was featured on ABC's The American Giving Awards for singing in the Music for Healing Program at Cedar's Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills, CA. He’s guest-starred on CSI: Las Vegas with country music group The Rascal Flatts and the hit TV show ER. He’s trained in Reiki, certified in Bodywork by the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, holds an MFA in Acting from the University of California, San Diego and a B.S. in Pharmacy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy,
Dorian is featured in the upcoming book: Embodied Resilience Through Yoga: 30 Powerful Essays About Finding Empowerment After Addiction, Trauma, Grief and Loss (authored by Melanie C. Klein, Kate Heagberg, Kathryn Ashworth and Toni Willis) which releases via Yoga Body & Image Coalition
Melanie C. Klein, M.A., is an empowerment coach, respected thought leader and influencer in the areas of radical self-acceptance, authentic empowerment, and super charged confidence. She is also a successful writer, speaker, and professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies. Her areas of interest and specialty include media literacy education, body image, and the intersectional analysis of systems of power and privilege. She is the co-editor of Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery + Loving Your Body (Llewellyn, 2014) with Anna Guest-Jelley, a contributor in 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice (Horton & Harvey, 2012), is featured in Conversations with Modern Yogis (Shroff, 2014), a featured writer in Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Mindful Living (Llewellyn, 2016), co-editor of Yoga, the Body and Embodied Social Change: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis with Dr. Beth Berila and Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016), Yoga Rising: 30 Empowering Stories from Yoga Renegades for Every Body (Llewellyn, 2018) and the co-editor of the new anthology, Embodied Resilience through Yoga (Llwelleyn, 2020). Based on over two decades of professional and personal work, Melanie integrates her backgrounds in mindfulness and embodied wisdom with her academic expertise and advocacy work. In this way, she offers a holistic and unique pathway to personal freedom and prosperity, one that is customized to each individual. She co-founded the Yoga & Body Image Coalition in 2014 and continues to find solace and inspiration from her meditation & mindfulness practices. melaniecklein.com/
Jill Weiss Ippolito, is a trauma informed educator, an activist, public speaker, consultant and writer. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit UpRising Yoga which offers direct services of yoga life skill classes in youth detention facilities and camps, group homes, schools, homeless shelters, and underserved communities, bridging communities worldwide. With 'Yoga For Healing Trauma', an International Trauma Informed Training program, Jill educates numerous service providers, yoga instructors, childcare providers, educators, mental health professionals and advocates for the reformation of prison and probation culture through healing centered yoga and mindfulness practices. As an activist for equality she works directly with foster youth and sexually trafficked children to help inform policy change. Her consulting services stem from private individuals and start-ups to create trauma informed environments to Sesame Street to share how to offer Elmo a global and inclusive lens.
Jill is a contributing writer to Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System, Best Practices for Yoga in Addiction and Recovery, and essayist in Embodied Resilience Through Yoga and Writer's Stories in Motion, a contributing writer for LA Yoga Magazine. She is currently offering a Deep Shift Transformative Course and writing a memoir.
Michael Hayes, the proud owner of a “Buddha body,” has more than 20 years experience teaching and has studied extensively in the following traditions: Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Thai Yoga, Om Vinyasa Yoga and Yoga Anatomy. In addition, Michael has traveled regularly to Thailand to study with master teachers. His class will benefit anyone regardless of their individual anatomy, flexibility, age, or yoga background. Michael has also practiced massage for more than 20 years as a licensed massage therapist in New York City.
Dr. Sanaz Yaghmai is a Trauma-Informed Coach/Consultant yoga teacher and birthworker. Formerly a psychologist, she has worked as a therapist for over a decade. Her personal experience in trauma recovery through yoga & coaching in conjunction with therapy redirected her career.
In her coaching practice she combines the tools of psychology, embodiment and the ancient wisdom of yoga. Through a trauma-informed lens she holds space for in-depth self-exploration, supporting clients as they reconnect with their innate resilience and ignite their soul's purpose.
Dr. Celisa Flores, since obtaining a Master’s degree in Counseling with MFT emphasis in 2007 at CSU Fresno and a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2013, Dr. Flores has worked as a therapist in a wide variety of mental health treatment settings, with a focus on Mind-Body wellness. Dr. Flores has also completed training in Yoga, Reiki, and Mindfulness, with specialization in accessible yoga, yoga for social justice and trauma-sensitive yoga. Now with Center for Discovery, Dr. Flores provides clinical outreach for Ventura County and the Central California region.