Instructors and Practitioners


Instructors and Practitioners


DuShaun Branch Pollard

DuShaun Branch Pollard is a passionate yoga instructor, trained to teach yoga to children and adults. In yoga classes, my mantra is your practice is yours, and yours alone and I want to encourage students to choose movements and asana that feel right for their bodies.Read More

Gabriela Jasso

I am a Mexican immigrant, proud of my roots and culture. I have been interested in the practice

of yoga for many years. In January of 2018 Rise Up Wellness, in conjunction with Esperanza Health

Centers, began offering yoga for the community at no cost.Read More

Sheila Montiell

Sheila, who comes from a Venezuelan family where she learned Spanish as her native language,began her yoga practice in 2010 and is completely immersed in this fascinating discipline. In 2014 she became RYT 200hrs certified through her mentor Gopi, a disciple of Sri Dharma Mittra.Read More

Aaliyah Ali

HI I’m Aaliyah Ali and I am the curator of the massage program, Relax. Its primary focus is to teach techniques to center the physicality of the body so that the mind and spirit can become at ease as well.Read More

Christina Tanner

Christina is a life-long student of yoga, a licensed functional medicine practitioner and an herbalist.She loves to travel and experience different cultures and cuisines. Wellness and social justice are her passions and the Rise Up community is her extended family.

May Tsupros

May Tsupros is an educator, community builder, sustainable food systems designer,herbalist, and permaculturist.She co-founded Gardeners in 2014 to ensure Chicago youth in vulnerable communities have the opportunity to grow and connect with nutritious food,the earth, and each other.

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