Nana has practiced yoga for over 20 years. Nana is a 500-HR RYT, certified Yoga Alliance instructor and founded Bliss Yoga 8 years ago. Nana has worn many hats in her career, including that of a Manhattan Assistant District Attorney, Wall Street banker, artist, fashion designer, fashion model, yogi, wife, and proud mother of her young daughter. Nana received certifications from the Laughing Lotus Yoga Center (NYC), The Kaivalya Yoga Method (NYC), Swan Yoga (Goa, India) and The Association of Pranic Healers (Healing Methods). Her study of yoga includes meditation, pranic healing, trauma informed yoga, grief-based alignment and energy work, womb and fertility wellness, yoga for persons in confinement, ayurvedic nutrition, restorative yoga, vinyasa flow yoga, super sequencing, prenatal yoga, corporate yoga and kids’ yoga. A city dweller and art museum fanatic at heart, Nana received her B.A. in Visual Arts and Art History, from Columbia University, in New York City, and her JD from the American U, Washington College of Law, in D.C. Through her yoga practice, draws inspiration from her travels to India, Israel, Brazil, Switzerland, Paris, Turkey, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Madrid, Barcelona, Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Zambia and, her present love – Ghana!
Bliss Yoga a leader in wellness for West Africa has sold over 1000 studio memberships, licensed 100 yoga teachers and holds press associations with CNN, Oprah Magazine, BBC World News, France 24, TEDx, TimeOut Accra and Travel Noire to list a few.
Atsu 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.
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.
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.
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.
Tafari Stevenson-Howard is a Detroit, Michigan-based sound meditation facilitator who was introduced to the world of sound healing by indigenous practitioners while visiting the Brazilian rainforest. It is here that Tafari was ignited with passion through this ancient healing medium. Over the years, Tafari practiced various forms of meditation and yoga practices. When he was introduced to the use of sound vibrationas a vehicle for well-being and balance, Tafari began sharing the practice of sound meditation with his community as a way to assist people to become more present and to foster relaxation in the mind and body by implementing sound centering tools. In addition to Tafari’s passion for sound meditation, he is an avid world traveler and an award-winning visual artist and interpreter who has been telling stories through photography for well over a decade.
Licensed with the world renowned Africa Yoga Project in Kenya. She is an experienced power yoga instructor. Here classes are for a mix of levels. She emphasizes strength and using her classes to help her students find balance and build their stamina. A principle instructor at Bliss Yoga, she has commanded some of the most popular classes at the studio and is also a lead trainer Bliss Yoga 200-HR Teacher Training Program.