For over 30 years, Felicia has continued to joyfully practice Raja Yoga, which encompasses all aspects of her life: behavioral restraints, behavioral observances, movement, breathing techniques, sensory withdrawal, concentration, meditation, and self-realization through an intimate reflective practice.
Felicia continues to teach “Felicia Fusion” through YogaRoots On Location, LLC,® for over 23 years, which includes: power yoga, gentle yoga, restorative yoga, rhythm and movement dance routines, Young Living essential oils exploration, Reiki-Japanese relaxation techniques, nutritional support, self-awareness and self-care strategies to address the symptoms of Pain, Anxiety, Nausea, Insomnia, Constipation, Exhaustion, Frustration and Anger, Rage and Racism.
From 2012-2014, Felicia performed over 150 clinical hours at Beth Israel Hospital, NYC, UPMC Hillman Integrative Cancer Center’s Preferred Provider, PA, and St. Damien’s Pediatric Hospital and St. Luke’s ER in Port-au-Prince, Haiti through Urban Zen Integrative Yoga Therapist (UZIT)©, which bestowed a 500-RYT Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification by Yoga Alliance. Extensive teaching experiences earned her the E-200 RYT designation, to certify other teachers.
From 2007-2009, Felicia accomplished a task that she is most proud of, which was teaching Line-Dancing and Yoga at the Allegheny County Jail to “The Ladies of the 4th Floor”. At the end of the first year of classes, the women who were incarcerated and the Correctional Officers petitioned Warden Rustin on my behalf to continue my program one more year. He did!
In 2015-2016, Felicia was honored to teach integrative yoga classes at the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center Youth and the Youth Care Workers with a Violence Prevention Initiative, which was a collaborative effort between UPMC Children’s Hospital Adolescent Medical Clinic at Shuman, under Dr. Liz Miller’s direction, University Graduate School of Public Health: Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and The Kingsley Association.
Felicia presently teaches 8 integrative group yoga classes at The Kingsley Association and The Ace Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA: Power Yoga 4 Athletic, Yoga 4 Gentlemen Only, Restorative, and Gentle Yoga classes. She continues to teach private, integrative yoga sessions with community members wherever they live, work and play. As an Antiracist Integrative Raja Yoga Teacher, Felicia is supporting ongoing antiracist organizing efforts in communities, organizations and institutions through using The People’s Institute For Survival And Beyond’s Undoing Racism Principles© (PISAB) across the country using Integrative Yoga Contemplative Modalities to assist community members in holistically managing all aspects of their lives while being at the grassroots level of antiracist organizing.
September 2016 through August 2017, YogaRoots On Location’s Certified Yoga Teacher Training (YROL YTT) marked the inaugural year of her 200-hour registered yoga teacher certification training with curriculum that engaged, educated, and assisted her 27 students to access their power and holistically manage their lives through healing justice techniques, the PISAB’s Undoing Racism Principles and organizing strategies that promote self-awareness and self-care approaches to encourage consistent self-reflective learning and teaching practices that address personal prejudices, biases and authentically and strategically dismantles institutionalized racism. The second flight of YROL YTT is scheduled April 2018-November 2018, East Liberty, Pittsburgh, PA. Check out the YogaRoots On Location 2015-2016 YTT blog, which was a requirement to reflect on the daily or weekly training weekends
Felicia in her copious amounts of free time from building her business YogaRoots On Location, LLC, she upgrades her serving by volunteering with two organizations:
American Friends Service Program Committee, Convener (Chair) on the Program Committee, a Quaker organization that locally is committed Racial Justice Through Human Rights Youth Group by exploring the roots of violence and working towards youth-led change to support our Youth Undoing Institutionalized Racism in holding other youth as well as adults to a higher standard of humanity using the People’s institute or Survival and Beyond Undoing Racism Principles.
New Voices for Reproductive Health Board of Directors, Board member, promotes the complete health and well-being of Black women and girls in Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Philadelphia locally, nationally, and global movement building for Human Rights, Racial and Gender Justice.
Felicia’s newest endeavors are working on integrated yoga curriculum that will certify youth ages 13-18 to become certified yoga teachers with YogaRoots On Location and working with business partners on The New Woke, a business venture to assist social justice advocates to access their personal power and reclaim our Humanity as heterogeneous communities.
Felicia is newly married to Martin Lee Friedman, who is an antiracist trainer, daily reclaiming his humanity through embracing his Jewish culture and religion. They have two adult children: Cleveland, 32, an independent inventor and restaurant worker in Minneapolis, MN and Maya, 28, a Dean of Instruction and Students in Harlem, NY.
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.