I found yoga at a time when my years as a community organizer had taken a toll on my well-being. After years of visiting neurologists, massage therapists, and chiropractors to ease migraines and tension headaches, stress and anxiety had gotten the best of me. It was time to make a conscious change. After short stints of practicing on and off, in 2011 I was recommended to practice yoga consistently, and it completely transformed my life. 

 

I immediately fell in love with yoga’s ability to relieve stress, promote mental clarity, and empower my body. The practice not only grounded me, but also complimented my marathon training and weight training routines. But yoga is far more than a physical practice to me. I hold dear to its ethics and principles and walk with them daily. It was then that I realized that I wanted to help spread yogic good on and off the mat. 

Teaching since 2012, I completed yoga teacher trainings in Levels 1 (40-hr); 2 (200-hr); and 3 (300-hr) Jiivana L.I.F.E Yoga® Teacher Training at Spiritual Essence Yoga & Wellness Center; and Prenatal Yoga Teacher training at Mamata Yoga. I am also a Reiki Master, life coach, certified meditation teacher, Fertility Doula and Thai Massage practitioner. I received additional certifications in Ayurveda and Herbal Medicine as well as trainings from the Mindfulness in Education Network (MiEN), as I also work to bring mindfulness into schools and culturally sensitive environments. I was also featured on Roland Martin discussion the benefits of yoga in urban communities. I am now an E-RYT 200 and RYT-500 and YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider). 

I believe there is something powerful when you’re able to share your authentic self with others, so by blending together my passions for both yoga and community, in July 2019 my husband and I founded Sankofa Yoga and Wellness Center. Seeking to create more spaces to foster community, relationships, healing and wellness, Laurel, the city in which I was raised, was selected as its home.