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.
Samantha (Sam) Daaka has practiced yoga for 4 years, becoming a dedicated practitioner after recognizing the ways yoga can shape our daily interactions with the world. She completed her 200 hour teacher training in the Fall of 2018 in Rishikesh, India after finishing up a fellowship year in Malawi. She has her Master of Public Health from the George Washington University and works in global health focusing on HIV access to care and vaccine development for neglected diseases of poverty. Sam enjoys slow flow and deep restorative stretches and likes to incorporate Hatha elements into her flow. She is passionate about prenatal and postpartum care for black women and plans to complete doula training and specialized certifications for prenatal and postpartum yoga.
Marie took her first yoga class in college and practiced on and off until she was introduced to Mysore Ashtanga in 2014. She is a devoted daily practitioner who is grateful for the self knowledge and discovery she has gained from her time on the mat. Marie completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in March 2018 and is dedicated to expanding her knowledge of the physical and philosophical aspects of the Ashtanga Yoga practice. Marie believes the practice is for everyone and that it was created to support the people (not the other way around). All are welcome, just come.
Celena began her yoga journey in college when looking for a way to destress while exercising. She began taking yoga classes at her alma mater, Morgan State University, before becoming a frequent power yoga student. After completing her training to be a middle school teacher, Celena looked for ways to deepen her yoga practice and combine it with her role as an English teacher. She was led to an organization called Breathe for Change, which provides Yoga Teacher Training for educators to improve the social-emotional wellbeing of students and teachers. Since completing her 200 hour YTT, Celena’s personal practice includes Rocket Yoga, yoga nidra meditation, and Bikram yoga. Her asana teaching style includes Rocket Series I, Vinyasa Flow, and meditation.
Yassah began her practice four years ago and in 2016 obtained her 200-hour RYT certification in Mysore, India where she studied Ashtanga. Her classes are meditative core focused Ashtanga style vinyasa flows that can accommodate all levels of practitioners. She incorporates all types of music from classical sitar, classic rock and R&B to house music as well.
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.
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.
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