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 tot he real of 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
Melba T. Binion Johnson is a professional actress, model, and author. She has been acting and modeling for the last thirteen years, specifically in the broadcast and print advertising industry. Ms. Johnson is also a 36-year practitioner and senior teacher of Bikram Hot Yoga, and a certified Core Power Yoga instructor. Recently she launched a yoga apparel line, It’s a Wrap by Melba.
In September 2020, Ms. Johnson's book Through My Mother's Eyes was released. After an unusual conversation with her mother, Ms. Johnson, dreamed of the concept for a book, where she was finally able to see through her mother's eyes. It was a special gift to her while contemplating her 60th birthday,
after all the years her mother had said to her, "One day, you will be able to see through
Through My Mother's Eyes, is a coffee table book of photography with unique quotes from
African Americans ranging in age from eight-100 years-old. Esteemed photographer Moses
Mitchell captured artistic expressions that focused primarily on the eyes. Award-winning,
creative designer Juan Roberts designed the cover and the interior of the book.
Some of those featured in Through My Mother's Eyes include retired California Senator Diane Watson, actor Malcolm Jamal Warner, Rev. Cecil Murray, vocalist Eloise Laws, singer-songwriter Skyler Grey, director-producer Donald B. Welch, and many more. They share their perspective on what is revealed through the eyes of those dear to them. They show how the eyes are the gateway to the untold stories. You may purchase the book at https://kp-pub.com/through-my-mothers-eyes-melba-t-binion-sanders-johnson/
Ms. Johnson is the mother of five children and grandmother of seven, which include Kelsey and Skyler Yates, co-authors of Twins in (Pairs) Pairs. Melba T. Binion Johnson and her husband reside in San Pedro, California.
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
Embodied Resilience through Yoga: 30 Mindful Essays About Finding Empowerment After Addiction, Trauma, Grief, and Loss
is a book filled with thirty personal stories of resilience found through yoga and supports your healing journey to find empowerment, connection, and growth following trauma. Topics of loss and trauma are often swept aside in conversations about mindfulness and yoga, but this remarkable book presents empowering essays that prove your experiences matter and that yoga can help you find the resilience to carry on. Join in a panel discussion with some of the authors and contributors and explore unique perspectives on trauma related to gender, identity, body image, and more.
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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.