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Biography:

I have joyously taught yoga for nearly twenty years through my business YogaRoots On Location, which promotes “Felicia Fusion”, which are yoga-based group and individual yoga and movement classes. These classes have culturally relevant music, developmentally appropriate movement, holistic nutrition education, contemplative care practices that include self-awareness and self-care techniques. My class philosophy is to teach whole body health and wellness that includes pose modifications to address limited range of motion issues that encourages participation of community members of all ages throughout the greater Pittsburgh area and even as far as Port–au-Prince, Haiti.

I teach integrative, restorative, gentle, power and meditation yoga classes to individuals and groups. I take yoga out to community members where they live, work and play. Primarily, I teach group yoga classes at The Kingsley Association in private homes, public classrooms, and seminars and conferences.

For six years, I worked with The Healthy Black Family Project as a Health Coach and Yoga Instructor-Trainer with the University of Maryland-College Park and the University of Pittsburgh. Presently, I teach yoga classes full-time and I work as a community health worker for UPMC Health Plan located at The Kingsley Association.

 

Certifications:

I have earned several yoga certifications and university degrees. In 2013, I became an Urban Zen Integrative Yoga Therapist (UZIT), which bestowed the Yoga Alliance 500 hours Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification. Through the UZIT program, I completed over 100 hours of volunteer clinical rotation hours at Beth Israel Hospital, NYC, NY and in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In March 2012, UZIT fully sponsored her to conduct clinical rotations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti for seven days. There, I along with my UZIT Haiti 7 classmates and mentor, we shared Restorative yoga movement and stillness therapy, Aromatherapy, Reiki, Nutritional support and Contemplative Care techniques and strategies with doctors, nurses, administrative and maintenance staff at St. Damien’s Pediatric Hospital and at St. Luke’s Hospital’s emergency room. I am also certified to teach and train other yoga instructors through National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA), YogaEd. and SilverSneakers-YogaStretch. In addition to my yoga certifications, I hold a Pilates Specialty certificate.

I have also received my BS in Natural Sciences: Mathematics, Geology and Biology, a Masters in Elementary Education and a PA Instructional I Teaching Certification, all from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Present Educational pursuits:

I am a life-long learner so I am presently enrolled in the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care Foundations program, which will further my self-care and integrative yoga therapist skills of assisting community members in navigating the various traumas in life such as death and dying, grief and loss, addiction, suicide, homicide and domestic violence. The basis of the NYZCCC Foundations program is “the art of being with suffering” not pushing suffering away but being able to hold space for whatever is happening. The motto for the program is “Transforming Suffering Through Compassionate Action”, which means that we practice at being a fully present listener. It is a practice. The practice begins with self-awareness and self-care techniques. Through this program I will complete over 100 hours of clinical rotations at The Forbes Hospice located at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.