Brandon began practicing yoga as a way to relieve mental stress and focus on being more mindful. The journey he has been on, exploring the body's capabilities and opportunities, has brought joy, love, and insight to his personal life and to the lives of others. He is a graduate of Yoga District's 200 hour teacher training and has received hundreds of more hours of instruction on asana, alignment, nutrition, and philosophy from many dynamic yogis including: David Kyle, Marie Belle Perez Riviera, and James Brown. Brandon became interested in yoga at Howard University where he went on to get a bachelors of science in Psychology with a minor focus on Philosophy. Brandon encourages you to be creative on your mat and create your own practice one pose at a time. He finds ways to challenge the most advanced, as well as the new and unsure, students. His mission is to enlighten people to their own potential and to help cultivate their internal sources of power, creativity and love.
Lorenzo's practice of yoga blossomed from his music background. As a trombone player he studied rhythmic breath. He started practicing meditation and applying the breathing techniques (pranayama) to his passive meditation.
In 2012, he was introduced to the practice of yoga to help with a case of vertigo he had experienced. Fascinated by the effect of breath manipulation combined with movement on the layers of the body, he began to develop a pranayama practice that included asanas.
A former practitioner of Bikram yoga, he was led to an Ashtanga yoga class and found the practice and philosophy of the 8 limbs, as described by Patanjali, to be a necessary change to his practice and lifestyle. Lorenzo completed his 200 hour YTTC in Goa, India in April 2015 in order to learn more about Ashtanga Yoga. Since graduating from his teacher training course, he has been a primary teacher, training in Pranayama, Kriyas, Yoga Philosophy, and Meditation to name a few. His asana teaching style includes Ashtanga Primary, Vinyasa flow, and hot yoga.
Sierra Garrett ERYT200 + RYT500 is bringing over 9 years of personal practice and 4 years of teaching experience to the Khepera Wellness team. She specializes in teaching meditative classes such as: yin, restoratives, and meditation, with a sweet spot for beginners. She believes the yoga practice can shed light on all the magic you're hiding within yourself. Her teaching style is infused with passion, precision, and purpose and encourages the practitioner to dig deep with confidence.
Enjoy her classes when you're ready to move fluidly, freely, and curiously!
Shay-La received her RYT 200 Yoga Teacher Certification from Thrive Yoga in Rockville, MD. She has a BS in Psychology from Howard University and an MEd in Research Methodology from the University of Pittsburgh. She’s worked with at-risk youth in the US, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay and the Dominican Republic and did emergency relief work abroad. She currently works full time as the VP of Operations in a corporate environment.
In 2012, Shay-La started practicing yoga to help her recover from a back and hip injury she sustained in a car accident. She soon discovered that the benefits of yoga went far beyond the physical. In 2015, she pursued her yoga teacher certification to deepen her personal yoga practice. As she began to experience the transformation that yoga created in her life she also developed a passion for sharing the benefits of yoga with others.
Shay-La has a gentle yet challenging approach to her classes, a well-rounded and progressively sequenced practice, she encourages her students to be in tune with their bodies, build self-awareness that carries into daily life and find acceptance in where they are in the current moment. She strives to develop classes that are accessible to all levels and abilities and is committed to making sure her students feel safe and welcome.
Shay-La’s teaching is based in the Hatha tradition she teaches beginner level vinyasa flow, private and group sessions, and yoga boot camps.
Sia T. (RYT-500) is a native Washingtonian whose practice is rooted in go-go, hip hop and the use of the mat -- or as she calls it, the ma'at (truth) -- as a path for healing and wellness. She began studying Eastern philosophyin the 90s; and registered with the Yoga Alliance as a Hatha Vinyasa teacher in 2008.
She pays homage first to her family, her primary teachers; and to the many trainings in which she has participated, including kirtan workshops with Hari Kirtana-Das, and 200- and 300-hour certifications with Faith Hunter.
Each of her asana sessions is freestyled to create a "woke flow" with an attentiveness to the most natural movements of the mind and bodies present, and especially toward those recovering from PTSD. She has taught all levels, from beginners to advanced and in spaces including gyms, corporate offices, and for the federal and local government; and has developed presentations for the Infinite Possibilities Conference (for minority women in STEM) and the Green Festival.
In 2000, Sia graduated from the District of Columbia Public School, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Literary & Media Arts department. She acquired her Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Marketing Communications in 2004; and has written and edited for The Source magazine and BET.com, and has written for NewsOne.com, WashingtonPost.NewsWeekInteractive and AOL.com among several other esteemed outlets.
DR. KRISTIAN H
Dr. Kristian H is a Public Health Professor, a believer in #BlackGirlMagic, and committed to all things wellness and self-love. She received her Bachelor's degree from Yale and her Doctorate degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Dr. Kristian H blends her academic knowledge, creativity, and unconventional philosophy to promote healthy, happy, and free lifestyles. She started doing yoga about 3 years ago and received her 200 HR YTT certification from New Secrets Yoga Studio in Baltimore, MD.
No day is the same for Dr. Kristian H, from teaching public health at George Washington to leading yoga classes to mentoring Black Women on how to find happiness. She is redefining success and helping others do the same.
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