At Aja Divine Healing Services we offer one-on-one virtual and in-person yoga classes for expecting moms, moms preparing for labor and delivery, and moms who desire to regain strength, mental/physical balance, and flexibility following the birth of their baby.
My Humble Beginnings as a Yoga Instructor...
I decided to become a Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Yoga instructor because yoga practice has helped with my focus, flexibility, mental health, acceptance of my body, permission to give myself grace, healing trauma, and maintaining my peace of mind and throughout my body. I started practicing yoga in 2011 and have tried different forms of yoga since my start in 2011. What I found was that many of the yoga instructors or classes offered did not cater to BIPOC bodies. While taking classes in the past, I have felt left out or like the odd one in the bunch. I was plus-sized, some postures were more difficult for me to achieve, and the instructor did not suggest modifications that catered to my body type. I envisioned a "safe space" where women of all sizes and ages felt "seen" and were able to get the one-on-one help they needed to reach the desired results of practicing yoga. Yoga is a spiritual practice in which you learn the true essence of making the mind, spirit, and body one. Yoga can help to boost the immune system, improve mental health, reduce anxiety and stress, improve strength, balance, and flexibility, boosts metabolism, and improves sleep.
Doing yoga in the morning with some meditation helped to start off my morning with calmness and positivity, and ending my day with yoga helps me to release any stress or fatigue from day-to-day activities and gives me a refreshed feeling. I enjoy integrative yoga because it is therapeutic, healing, and unites the mind, body, and spirit. It helps to heal the trauma of oneself from within that encourages personal transformation and overall wellness. Integrative yoga includes the use of pranayama, asana, meditation, yoga mudra, mantra, and Nidra. My goal is to use integrative yoga to help heal, gain and maintain peace in BIPOC bodies, minds, and spirits.