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.

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.

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.

Melody’s yoga journey and training includes a variety of styles including Sivananda, Anusara, Ashtanga and others.  She brings over 9 years of teaching experience in 4 countries and a lot of laughter to the mat.  Expect a vinyasa style class focusing on alignment and strength.  She prioritizes kindness to one’s self and others in class and encourages everyone to approach yoga practice as exactly that, practice.

Sara Abassbhay is a world traveller and collector of human experiences. She was born and spent her first quarter century in Montreal where she began her journey in the field of rehabilitation. Now a qualified physiotherapist for the last 7 years, her professional background reflects influences from North America, Asia and Africa. Outside of projects, she maintains a work-life balance by being active, developing her creative abilities, learning languages, playing with music, reading and exploring the mind-body with yoga and reiki. Sara recognizes that there are many ways to treat human beings through various health sciences, alternative medicines and each individual’s education. Personally, she wants her practice to be a testament to her holistic approach in which human interactions and the treatment of the body and mind contribute to the care of the true-self.

Born and raised in Cotonou (Benin), Chantal lives between Accra, Cotonou and Paris. She is a marketing graduate with significant experience in the telecommunications sector. Mother of a young girl, Chantal is a dreamer, overly sensitive and highly committed personality. With a heightened environmental awareness, she is a passionate activist fighting against the use of plastic bags in her motherland Benin. Chantal is increasingly aware of the benefits of a natural living on our health. Committed to natural living, she shares among others, Dr Myron Wentz’s vision “I dream of a world free from the pain and suffering of degenerative disease. Share my vision. Love life and live it to its fullest in happiness and health.”

Freshly, graduated from a 200HR YTT at Bliss Yoga Accra, she discovered a way to accept and connect with herself and with others. She feels very enthusiastic about the Yoga journey she started. In her spare time Chantal enjoys playing tennis and cooking. She has a real passion for ancestral Benin and Togo dishes while always exploring how to fusion this cusine with that of the old continent.

Farida is class valedictorian of the 200-Hr Bliss Yoga Teacher Training class of April 2019! She teaches a dynamic vinyasa yoga class with recent gad Chantal. Weds. at 10am!

Rebecca is a wondering, wandering, dancing, yogi living a dream to live work and play in West Africa and beyond.  As a dancer and fearless mover, Rebecca brings deliberate, mindful movement to the yoga mat while exploring the body’s capacity for strength and grace.  Also a seasoned educator and anatomy geek, Rebecca places her focus on the student, assuring that all yogis are empowered to discover their unique gifts while developing their physical and spiritual power.  Her mission is to ensure that each person understands his/her own body.  Rebecca’s upbeat classes combine alignment for intelligent, effective movement and lots and lots of joy.

 

Solomon is meditation expert from Ghana, who is passionate about the mind, body connection. He also specializes in pranic healing. Pranic Healing is a no touch healing technique that uses energy or prana to treat various illnesses in the physical, emotional and mental bodies. This prana is energy that comes the sun, the air, and the ground. He offers guided and self-guided meditations that are simple and magical.

Reagan is a recent Bliss Yoga Teacher Training grad! She has a fluid sense of instruction which is very much based on alignment.

Yoga really became my passion and a way of life when I moved abroad in 2013. Most of the time, I felt very ungrounded and I didn’t know what I wanted from life. So each morning before work, I started to go to a super early morning yoga class. After a while, these early hours became sacred, like a ritual. It was a place where I could explore myself. Like my inner compass was slowly turning in the right direction, guiding me through this crazy thing called life. Because of yoga, my perception of the world has changed – when I’m being swept away by thoughts, I know I can come back to simply feeling. What is happening here and now? What does my body need? Being here now and listening – that is yoga for me.

Over the past years, I’ve been practicing different styles of yoga like Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Jivamukti, Kundalini and Bhakti Yoga. I started studying yoga anatomy and philosophy and later, in 2018, I studied Energetic Yoga with Cat Kabira in Bali. Here, I’ve learned how to go deeper into the subtle body and how the energetic body is constantly changing. I dedicate my teaching and practice to help spread joy and compassion to all – creating a safe space for students to simply feel, and be here now. 

I’m a 300 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher and I’ve been sharing my passion through teaching since June 2018. I mostly love teaching relaxing Slow Flows, Hatha, Yin, and Ayurveda Yoga 

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