Teacher Bios

I’m a dreamer. I’m risk-taker and I’ve failed brilliantly, quite a few times. A New York City museum dweller from a young age, I studied art at Columbia University. I stumbled upon the law, and my life took some exciting and daring turns. A Manhattan District Attorney – A Wall Street Banker – An Artist – A Model – A Fashion Designer – A Mother – A Yogi.

There was a pivotal moment in my life, when “stress” became a constant roommate. I’ve worked 100s of hours in deadline-driven and often hectic workspaces. Its became clear to me that “you can have it all – but at what cost?” Fast-forward 10 years – to now. Many people still ask me – why did you drop the fancy suits and open – of all things – a yoga studio? 4 years later, it’s still a simple answer: self-care isn’t just something that makes you feel good it’s a critical factor in happiness and sanity. Living your best life now, should be a global priority!

AtsuAtsu is an instructor at Bliss Yoga Accra. He brings with him the love of dance and Ashtanga Yoga. His practice is diverse and beautiful and he brings a grounded and pure energy to the Bliss teaching team. We love Atsu! His spirit and love of yoga is simply magical.

Joan is a beautiful soul and Bliss Yoga Teacher Training grad.

Teaching the gentle yoga flow on Sundays @ 11:30am, her teaching style is joyful and soothing.

Nirmaldeep Kaur is a Kundalini Yoga teacher. She is also certified by the Radiant Child Yoga Program to teach children’s yoga. She is a regular contributing faculty member for Bliss Yoga Accra’s 200-HR teacher training program. She is happy to offer individual sessions to those interested.

Diana – Wed 6:30pm Meditation and Slow Movement

Diana Rosu – Bio

Music and dance have been part of my life for as far back as I can remember. I discovered the healing power of movement and music during my dance education about 4 years ago. Although, in hindsight, I now understand that dance was always my primary way of working through trauma and grounding myself in the present moment. The healing power of dance has worked on my subconscious mind even before I was aware of it.

My dance education is very multifaceted and reaches from urban dance (Hip Hop, House, Waacking, Voguing etc.) to different contemporary techniques. I traveled all over Europe and Africa for workshops and knowledge. My thirst to delve deep in the subjects of my interest has led me to train with amazing dancers, learn about different cultures, energies and the influence of music on the body and the human psyche.

 

Yoga has entered my life in 2014, due to an injury and has accompanied my journey into movement ever since. While dance had already given me amazing body and breathing awareness, Yoga and Meditation have added a spiritual and metaphysical meaning to my dance practice. I have delved deeper into the practice of meditation, whether it be guided, silent or movement meditation ever since and it has immensely enhanced the quality of my life. I wish to share my experience with you and help you achieve the depth and meaning in life that I believe only meditation can facilitate.

Saturdays Bliss Hour @ 11:30am
Kobena has been teaching Yoga since 2017 after completing his 200-hour Teacher Training at Bliss Yoga Accra.
 
He blends strong rhythms with flowing Vinyasa in movements to help you focus on your breath while maintaining a strong awareness of your body and your space. His style explores working on expanding the limits of your body while growing stronger and more confident in your own movements.
 
Kobena’s practice is grounded in controlled, purposeful motion, and he finds balance in the intentionality and strength of focusing on one’s body in this way. His classes are open to all skill levels, from beginners to experienced practitioners. Come for a little challenge, a little fun, and a lot of mindfulness.

Bayli – 8:00am-9am Saturdays

Thursdays Yin/Restorative 6:30pm

 

With the passion to unite body and mind through breathing Bettina Boekle started her yoga journey more than 15 years ago and has practiced in Germany, Italy, Brazil, the United States and Ghana since then.

Bettina is a certified 200-hr meditation and yoga instructor (Embrace Yoga DC with Faith Hunter) with a daily individual practice focusing on relieving back pain and mental stress. She teaches students of different levels in individual and group settings, including pre- and postnatal yoga (with babies).

Off the mat, Bettina is a social development and gender specialist, PhD, researching, teaching and advising internationally, as well as mother of two. She loves the outdoors giving her peace of mind.

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Bernice is a 200 hr registered yoga teacher who trained in Washington DC under Faith Hunter. Bernice has taught in Washington, DC, Accra, and Abidjan and specializes in vinyasa flow with a focus on alignment.

My yoga journey started with Bikram Yoga 12 years ago. Since then I have progressively learned other kinds of yoga. Yoga has been a constant companion through my life. Through yoga, I learned what it means to achieve a calm mind. I learned that once you get more control over your body, you will naturally be able to gain more control of your mind as well. Currently, my main focus is on my sociology studies. Sociology is my passion and my job. I write and do academic work, and yoga complements this well. I had a pretty big surgery two years ago, and yoga, particularly Kundalini yoga, helped with the rehabilitation process. In May last year I went to Rishikesh in India for yoga teacher training. I chose India as it is the original birthplace of yoga, and I wanted to learn the purest form. Since then I have taught yoga in Kisumu, Kenya, Jinja, Uganda, and Hamburg, Germany, where I was born and raised. I am now ready and eager to spread and share the knowledge I have gained through my own practice and during my time in India.

Dr. Wanida Lewis started practicing yoga as an avid distance runner while attending graduate school in Raleigh, NC.  In 2010, she attended her first yoga class titled “Yoga for Runners” at the local Fleet Feet running store.  It was not love at first practice, but eventually Wanida grew to love yoga over time especially for her shin splints.  After finishing her doctoral degree and moving to Minneapolis in 2013, Wanida was able to consistently devote more time to her practice and explore carious types.  Her love for the practice grew but not her love for cold weather.

As a longtime practitioner, Wanida completed her restorative, yin and 200 hour vinyasa certifications at Yess Yoga Studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2016, Wanida relocated to the Washington, D.C.  She is devoted to using yoga as a tool to reduce stress and trauma for communities of color.

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