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Nana

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

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.

Gwendolyn

Bettina

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.

Kobena

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.

Wanida

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

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.

Solomon

Solomon is a 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.

Farida

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 grad Chantal. Weds. at 10am!

Rama

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. 

Tafari

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.

Catherine