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
I will assist students in listening to their bodies, making their practice their own and making adjustments that fit their needs. My intention as an instructor is to bring Yoga to students who may not have the opportunity otherwise, and I want to meet each student where they are.
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
I decided to take the opportunity and start practicing yoga. After only few months of attending the weekly community yoga
classes I was offered a scholarship for a 200 hour yoga teacher training certification. I was nervous but I wanted to know more about yoga and its roots, so in September of 2018 I
found a program at Yoga Now and that’s where my journey to this new and wonderful experience began. Learning more about this practice, its roots and benefits made me realize the importance of connecting the body, mind and spirit. In May of 2019 I received the blessing and certification to teach hatha yoga and vinyasa yoga from my mentor Amy Treciokas. I am very grateful to Rise Up
for giving me the opportunity to be part of the team and contribute to my community and also continue to learn.
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
From then on, Sheila has been devoted to sharing all the benefits that yoga has brought into her life. Sheila has had the great joy of taking the intensive 500hr teacher training in new york, directly from Sri Dharma Mittra, a Hatha Raja Yoga Master, who has dedicated most of his life in service to humanity teaching the ancient knowledge of how to attain radiant health and develop spiritually. Sheila frequently assists her mentor, Gopi, during workshops and other intensive trainings offered by Sri Dharma disciples in New York, Chicago and Costa Rica.
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
Massage is the first and main demonstration of practice, but the benefits of crystal and oil work are featured as well. Look forward to meeting and leaving a lasting holistic healing impression on you all.
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 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.
More recently she founded SunTree Collaboration to steward
the human-nature connection and create lifelong caretakers of our planet. You can currently find her in the communities, forests, and organic farm fields of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Chicago, doing everything she can to make this planet a better place for us all.