Yoga Teacher, De Jur has been a yoga devotee since 2001 after major surgery. Her yoga path continues to be a personal exploration and evolution. That evolution inspired her to become a yoga therapist trained at Loyola Marymount University. She struck up a friendship with a yoga teacher that offers classes in the CSEC unit (Commercially Sexually Exploited Children) at juvenile hall. That friendship sparked an interest that created a deep dive into learning everything she could about sex and human trafficking, trauma, how it affects victims and survivors and how yoga can help with embodiment, self-regulation and heal trauma. This specialized training aided her in finding her niche to serve at-risk, under-resourced and highly traumatized communities and populations that show up with a myriad of emotional, physical and psychological damage that yoga can help.She teaches youth in the juvenile justice system, probation camps and its staff, shelters, group homes, mental health centers, direct services programs, and incarcerated and formerly incarcerated adults around LA County. De Jur is humbled and grateful to call Hala Khouri, Dr. Larry Payne and James Fox her teachers and mentors in victim centered trauma informed, therapeutic, accessible yoga. De Jur is a contributor to the Yoga Service Council’s best practices book series “Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System”. She moonlights as a flight attendant. De Jur loves the work that she does.
De Jur 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
INSTAGRAM: @mzdejur, website: idreaminyoga.com
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
James ‘Dat Yoga Dude’ Woods is here to take you through his turbulent journey of working with youth and families for over a decade. His work leaves all with valuable tools and a powerful sense of FREEDOM!
James received his Bachelors of psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana and Masters in clinical counseling from Mount St Mary’s college, helping him formulate a set of skills, knowledge, as well as student loan debt (but that’s another story). His desires for more holistic healing have lead him to becoming a registered yoga teacher, speaker, mentor, author, teacher, and community organizer. His lessons growing up in Southern California have helped him establish bonds with diverse, holistic communities that he continues to learn from and incorporate into his work today. His roots have also given him a love for avocados!
As President of FEEL FREE 2 FEEL FREE a health and wellness organization that provides wellness programs and services, James directs programming, speaks, trains and hold workshops on self care, yoga, meditation, mindfulness and wellness. You can also find him at www.feelfree2feelfree.net, and on social media on instagram @datyogadude.
My name is Ayanna'Malae and Eye'm a native of Boss Angeles, California. Eye awakened to my spiritual self at the age of 16 years old, but my actual journey of self love and healing commenced at age 33. With a corporate background, Eye've been called to heal through Therapeutic Services to assist in the release of stress, negative emotions, and traumas locked within the body, spirit and mind. And with God's guidance, Eye provide Oracle readings, along with consultation, which assist in mediation of one's fears and desires to ensure an ethical and authentic spiritual rebirth. You can find Ayanna'Malae on Instagram @mahoganysticmystic
I am the Marketing Energy behind our annual Soul Long Beach Yoga Festivals. Originally from Kansas City, I dreamt of moving to a different state. Five years ago that dream came true when I relocated to California. I’ve always had a passion for networking and helping people get resources by either connecting them with people for mutual benefit or helping them myself. Slowing I started getting into Yoga, (thanks to Pam) and I began to see the importance of physical but more importantly mental health and forgiveness of oneself. Yoga has helped me improve in many areas of my life and because of this I was excited to join the team to help spread awareness of Yoga in our communities. Follow Jannelle's brand Black Gemstones @loveblackgems
Ebony Utley, Ph.D., creator of Ebony Yoga, curates unique online yoga events that are rooted, connected, and transformative. Dr. Utley works with organizers to tailor engaging experiences for corporations, schools, cultural institutions, and individuals. Her classes teach ancient Egyptian yoga history and mythology, celebrate bodies of color, increase body awareness, recognize and release blocked energy, facilitate emotional healing, and/or offer tools for stress management. Dr. Utley is a 400-hour certified yoga instructor (CYT) in Mindful Hatha Flow and Kemetic Yoga via the YogaSkills method. She has also practiced Vinyasa and Kundalini yoga for seven years. She brings her extensive background in public speaking and researching interpersonal communication to her online yoga events. Ebony Yoga resides on the web at theebonyyoga.com and @ebony.yoga on Instagram.
Kitty Blincoe is an E-RYT 500 And Reiki Master based in sunny San Diego, CA. Having reaped so many benefits of yoga and meditation since her cancer diagnosis in May of 2004, it is her hope and intention to assist others in learning how to empower themselves to better health through mindfulness techniques, developing life coping skills and reducing stress - one breath at a time.
This is beginner friendly and practiced lying on your back or reclining in a chair. No experience necessary.
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Laura is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher, who is passionate about spreading this ancient art with the world around her.
She has practiced yoga for over half of her life, since she was 15 years old. Her yoga began very simply, with just a few poses and some breathing techniques she learnt out of a book her Mum had.
She had no idea of the depth and breadth of yoga tradition at that point, but it didn't matter. Those few poses helped her not only to find strength and flexibility in her body, but also stillness and calm in her mind. She was hooked!
Laura has always had an anxious disposition, worrying about a million things all the time. She is naturally a busy, active person and often finds it hard to listen to her body and her innermost being.
Yoga helps her to slow down and reconnect with herself and her values. When the world around her is hectic and constantly shouting for attention, yoga acts as her compass, keeping her centered on her path, and pouring her energies into what matters most, making the world a better place to be!
Laura's website is www.holisticyogaonline.com
Since 1966, Martin has been involved in music. By 1968 he was teaching his peers and performing on many stages. Since then he has gone from his first instrument, guitar, onto many other instruments. He has appeared on many stages, television, theater, motion picture, schools, preschool, universities (lectured at UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, etc.) also libraries and festivals.Since 1975, he’s conducted scholarly research and has become a well-known specialist in the instruments of the ancient American especially his ancestral Mexico. Is in this latter area that he is most well-known for!
He has always been involved in sound but at age 11, meditation changed his life forever! He took meditation with him on the journey through his life and it has helped him in inumerable ways!
Martin’s work/art is combining more than ever, his experiences with sound; his ancestral instruments; a life of meditation, teaching and performing and his new studies in neuroscience and Technology. So now he is basically a traditional /ceremonial musician but also a modern composer and soundworker.
One of the most important things but he will be giving knowledge on is the importance of knowing your self, your cultural self and combined with yoga and healthy living, he believes it will lead us to a clearer understanding that we are all together on this planet with the same social justice for everyone! You can reach out to Martin at
Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Charity Tyus, aka Kisa Doll, 500 HR CYT, started her yoga journey 14 years ago while pregnant with her second child. Through the practice of yoga she gained an awareness of mindful action and developed the tools to find peace amongst chaos on and off the mat. Understanding the benefit of this knowledge led to the creation of Hustle and Yoga Flow, which concentrates on mindful movement through yoga, meditation and bodywork for those that are always on the go with an emphasis on community. This practice has incorporated wellness programs for professional fighters, student athletes, seniors, emergency responders, children and more. Although based in Joshua Tree, she can be found teaching workshops throughout the country.
Nisha is a new mama, yoga teacher, and sound healer. She became a yoga teacher in 2018 after using yoga to help battle anxiety and depression. Nisha is an advocate for the healing powers of yoga. She believes that yoga can allow people to experience the beauty and power within themselves.
Nisha’s primary style of yoga is hatha/vinyasa slow flow. Her goal as a teacher is to help her students calm the mind, by focusing on the breath and channeling their energy. Her classes are beginner-friendly. She enjoys being able to create a safe space where people can let go and be present in the moment.
Hola! I'm Jomally Fernandez, founder of SOUL WARRIOR YOGA in sunny San Diego, CA. My yoga journey began 2003, but it wasn't until issues with Lupus Nephritis threatened my life that I took a leap of faith and decided to devote myself to the teachings & practice of Hatha yoga. I completed my 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in 2013, 100- hour Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Training 2014, Level II Reiki Practitioner in 2016 and 20-hour Restorative Yoga Training in 2018. My mission through SOUL WARRIOR YOGA is to introduce the healing attributes of yoga, and to empower others to connect with the divine and inner warrior that lives within each of us. I'm an island girl from Puerto Rico, ocean lover and life enthusiast! My biggest role is as new mommy to Ananda Maya and proud partner to Brian. I’m a kidney transplant recipient and breast cancer survivor; my yoga practice carried me through my health challenges and allowed me to find a deep connection, love and respect for my body, while also allowing me the stillness of mind and spirit to overcome the emotional challenges associated with them. When off the mat you can catch me at Fiesta Island with my doggies, riding my beach cruiser around Clairemont or dancing while I cook. I am thrilled to share my energy, knowledge and experiences with all those who seek it.
Anissa Lawrence was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She lives in Santa Clarita, CA with her husband, 4 children and 2 doggies. Anissa has been teaching yoga for over 5 years at hot Yoga Haven in Valencia, CA and in Oxnard, CA. She also teaches at the Pilates Pros Studio in Valencia, CA. In 2018, she invented MindShakers, a 4-step positive affirmation dice game that uses the concept of bringing the conscious and subconscious mind together to be unified and in agreement through consistent daily ritual affirmations. Anissa travels around speaking to parents and children about the importance of having a positive inner dialogue with ourselves and creating our own future experiences through focus and positive intention. Anissa has been teaching Mindful Flow which incorporates poses, breath awareness and MindShakers! You can find Anissa and MindShakers on social media Instagram @dra.co_mindshakers, Facebook Mindshakers and website: dra.co
Rev. Daya Devi-Doolin is known as a “Doctor of Thought" She and her husband Chris founded The Doolin Healing Sanctuary in 1989. They offer alternative
modalities of healing and teach Gentle Hatha Yoga. She has been teaching for 50 plus years. She has been a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher E-RYT 500 since 2004 and a Certified Usui Reiki Master Teacher since 1989. Chris and Daya are musicians and songwriters and have authored two books together, “Smile America” and “Hidden Manna” on dreams.
She is an Ordained Minister, a Global Spiritual Healer & Counselor. She has assisted
thousands of clients through workshops, lectures, TV shows, interviews and personal healings world-wide since 1989. She is the author of nine best-selling and award metaphysical books. Her most recent books are, “I AM Power”, “Grow Thin While You Sleep”, “Yoga, Meditation and Spirituality for the African American Community: If You Can Breathe, You CAN Do Yoga” and “Grow Thin While You Sleep!” She provides lectures,
demonstrations and workshops on metaphysical topics worldwide through in person and virtual online classes. You can contact Rev. Daya Devi-Doolin atContact: (386) 479-8151 www.padaran.com; email@example.com,
Jacquie “Sunny” Barbee is an E-RYT 200 hr yoga teacher living in the Panhandle of Florida. After practicing yoga to help with her chronic illness and anxiety for several year, she made the dive into yoga teacher training in 2016. While in YTT Sunny realized there was a need for more teachers that didn’t fit the stereotypical “yoga body” image like her and that she could make a difference in helping people see that yoga is for every body. She is able to share with others how to customize their practice to fit their body, whether that body is larger, aging, or living illness or injury, much like she does with her own practice. Creating safe spaces where the student can connect and make peace with their bodies is what Sunny loves most about teaching yoga. She gets very excited when her students are able to find variations of poses that fit their body comfortably. Off the mat Sunny enjoys hiking, camping and going to the beach with her husband and daughter. You can contact Sunny at
https://www.sunnybeeyoga.net/?fbclid=IwAR0ROPcTlt5xLDFAv0xRQBUHwLhg-6LIujBrCrG-J7Of4_cXgA3DHLWHncQ or on Instagram @sunnybeeyog
Deena Marie Efferson, M.MSc. is a renowned visionary creative artist with many talents and professional undertakings. She is known widely for her work as a master healer, spiritual teacher and public speaker. Deena Marie has helped thousands of people with her work as a personal development and transformation leader. Proactive about using her passions to help people, she is the founder and director of Radiant Path Institute, an educational organization that helps people find inspiration and motivation. Her best-selling spiritual guide, Snippets of Peace: My Devotion is full of positive advice and affirming thoughts to improve the quality of life and start every day on a positive note. Observation is KEY in order to find a conscious path in life. By finding a conscious path, one can walk in the Light and develop a new, more positive outlook on life. Ultimately, the book will help any reader find peace in life and initiate a transformative journey.
Deena be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Deena Efferson is a member of Ladies of Justice. Our mission is to help improve lives with our services and provide women the opportunity & environment to build their belief and confidence, step into their greatness and power, control their lives and create choices while living a purposeful life.www.deenaefferson.com www.deena.ladiesofjustice.com
Joss Jaffe is a Vocalist, Tabla player, multi-instrumentalist, composer and record producer. He has 4 albums of original music. His most recent album “Meditation Music” debuted at #3 on the Billboard New Age Chart on October 4th 2019. He has collaborated with Grammy Nominated Artists Jai Uttal, Silvia Nakkach and Dave Stringer as well as Grammy Award winning Reggae artist Mykal Rose of Black Uhuru.