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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Biography: My mantra is simple: read, reflect, repeat. My practice is dynamic, my Asanas are strong and my humility is deep.My pedagogy and practice are aligned with Nietzche but that does not mean that Sapolsky’s paradigm does not leverage my thinking and being. When I am not teaching yoga I teach mathematics to my students, integrity to my children, and my partner teaches me. I make a wicked cup of masala chai.