Wendellyn Ladapo: Began her yoga journey in 2006 as a means to strenthen and gain flexibility with dance but through the trials of life grew to love the spiritual and mental well beings through the practice of yoga and meditation. Wendellyn made the commitment to share and teach in 2014 when she enrolled in the Sakhi Yoga school under the the direction of Pamela Merriwether. Wendellyn avidly studies and shares the love of yoga in the community and especially loves to share yoga and meditation with Seniors and those that feel physically/emotionally challenged.
Wendellyn (Amina) is also the Producer of Zazzua Productions featuring Jahara Bal Anat, Jahara Anwar and Olorinrin Dance Companies, Wendellyn has studied belly dance technique for 12 years and 20 years of dance studies within the North African Diaspora. She has studied Classical/Modern Oriental, Folkoric Egyptian, Turkish and American Tribal Style (ATS) belly dance. Amina has studied and received certification under Carolina Nerricio within the American Tribal Style-Fat Chance Belly Dance format (Jan 2010). She has trained under Megha of Devyani, Yousry Sharif Prodigy- Mary Gaston, Anasma of World Citizen Dance/ Co-Director of New York Theatrical Belly Dance Conference, Samara Choreographer and New York Raqs Sharqi Artist; Aszmara co-founder/co-director of SaZ Dance Theatre of AMMED an Award Winning Middle Eastern Dance Company; Yousry Sharif, Mohammed Shahin and many more.
Amina began studying belly dance under the instruction of Julie Downum of Urban Tribal and Andrea Perkins at Zanzibar Studio in Chattanooga, TN in 2004. She took a Mother/Daughter belly dance class at the invitation of a friend since she was unable to continue with Modern dance classes due to lack of adult classes. Amina instantly fell in love with the art form and has studied extensively ever since. Amina has expanded her knowledge of the belly dance art form known as Raqs Sharqi under the direction of Mary Gaston of Love Lotus. These forms include Classical and Modern Oriental, traditional Egyptian and Turkish. Amina performs throughout the Southeast, East Coast, and is staff on the New York Theatrical Bellydance Conference.
She will be teaching Egyptian Dance/Oriental, Fellaha,, American Tribal style® in 2016. Use of veils, canes, sword and fire will be introduced as students gain experience. If desired, students will have the opportunity to perform at various venues.
Zuri Wilson-Seymore: Practicing daily has become a ritual like brushing my teeth. Initially, I was introduced to yoga by a dear friend that embodied that dedication of yoga. During our encounter I eagerly anticipated weekly posts of yoga workouts. A community leader sold yoga DVD’S in his healing sanctuary. The gentleman recommended “Yoga Flavor” by Yoga Instructor Robin Downs’. The spring of 2008, I fell in love with Hatha Yoga. I learned the importance of focusing on my breathing during times of distress and I began to combine yoga and meditative practices into my daily routine. Originally, my intention of yoga was merely for personal relaxation. Eventually, I desired to deepen my practice to enhance my growth of my mind, body and soul as one entity.
Meditation has consistently been a part of my daily regime for almost a decade. In the fall of 2013, I participated in a 6 week mediation workshop at Amsa Yoga Studio. Recently, I participated in the 200 hour Sakhi Yoga Teacher Training in January of 2014-August of 2014. Since my personal growth of yoga it is my desire to share how one can be free from lives sorrows or at least learn how to cope with them through the art of yoga to promote serenity and composure during times of struggles in life. Yoga represents peace and tranquility and my goal is to encourage this utopia through one person (father, mother, spouse, brother, sister, child, aunt, uncle, cousin, friend, stranger, community, town, city, state, country) at a time.
My poetic journey began at the age of 13. In, 1998-2000 at the age of 17 I began hosting many open mike nights throughout Columbia, SC. Then, in August of 2000 I created “Zuri’s Parallel Worlds “an Artistic Soul Event (of poetry, music, dance, singing, drumming, current event discussions,etc.). Initially, it was a preregistered open mike showcase that developed into an auditioned production company. The City of Columbia sponsored productions for the first year. Poetry workshops were held for the youth. In 2001, there was the anniversary celebration of a voter registration drive and the organization transitioned from open mike to monthly productions through 2008. In October of 2008, the finale production promoted ceasing domestic violence in. In 2009, the second poetry workshop of “Zuri’s Parallel Worlds offered a complimentary 6 week workshop at C.A. Johnson high school to inspire literacy and the arts. In 2009-2010 the “Zuri’s Parllel Worlds” band briefly formed and performed locally and created a jingle titled, “Zuriality.” In 2012, I obtained a Certificate in Complementary and Alternative Medicine from Allegra Learning Solutions, LLC. Presently, I have a weekly yoga practice with my teacher Pam Meriwether and I am currently an on-line graduate student at Southern New Hampshire University studying Creative Writing with an emphasis in poetry.
Jenny Heiser was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. She began taking dance classes at the age of three, and is trained in a wide variety of dance styles. She began doing yoga as a teenager as a way to improve strength and flexibility for her dancing. The more she did yoga, and the more she learned about it and how it can do far more than improve strength and flexibility, the more she fell in love with it; and with that love for yoga came the desire to teach and help others to fall in love with yoga, too. Throughout her time as a dancer, Jenny also spent around a decade teaching dance. She loves to share her knowledge with others, and hopes to continue this with the yoga world, as well. She is very passionate about giving people the tools they need to fully understand why they are moving their bodies a certain way and what these yoga poses, or asanas, are doing for them . Jenny received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification in August 2014, and is also looking to attain Pilates mat certification within the next year. Jenny is also an aspiring physical therapist, and she would love to one day integrate yoga and Pilates into her physical therapy practice.
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