This month’s instructor feature is De Jur. We had the opportunity to practice with her a few months ago and it was a wonderful experience. Her work in institutional organizations is truly inspiring. We asked her to sit and share her story with us and we know that you will love her as much as we do.
I first discovered Yoga in 2001, as an alternative therapy option for recovering from surgery. More than 16 years later, Yoga has kept me injury free as well served as an outlet for daily stress.
For the last 35 years I have worked as a flight attendant. Although I love my other career, it can be challenging to work in such a confined space. My Yoga practice has enabled me to cope with the stressful environment of working with the public in small, tight spaces for long periods of time.
In 2011, I decided to further my practice and participate in a 200-hour- RYT certified training. While at the training, I stumbled upon an article about James Fox’s Prison Yoga Project that teaches Yoga at San Quentin. I decided then that I wanted to learn more about teaching in such institutions. I trained with Fox and currently I teach classes around Los Angeles including women’s county jails and prisons, juvenile hall and parolee resource centers. I am committed to sharing my deep love of Yoga through my work with under-resourced and under-served communities. Teaching Yoga in such spaces has allowed me to help others cope with trauma and other various obstacles that they have experienced.
After experiencing the transformative powers of Yoga, I completed a 300-hour certification in Yoga Therapy from Loyola Marymount University under the direction of Dr. Larry Payne. My teachers Dr. Payne, Hala Khouri, Felicia Tomasko, Dianne Bondy and so many others continue to influence me. I am proud to have served on the board of UpRising Yoga and as a co-facilitator. I am member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, the Yoga Service Council, and Black Yoga Teachers Alliance. I am also an Accessible Yoga ambassador and an ambassador for Yoga and Body Image Coalition.
I am proud to be part of a movement that believes Yoga is possible for everyone and every body type. For information on teaching corporate, group and private therapeutic wellness classes, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have a yoga teacher that inspires you? Reach out and let us know. We would love to send some love to instructors all over the world.