Founder, Che Yoga LLC
Founder, Yoga for Resilience against Injustice
Co-Founder, Yogis of Color Exchange
Maryland Ambassador, Black Girl Yoga
Dea came to yoga almost two decades ago and has maintained a highly adaptive practice and teaching style that are strongly influenced by the Viniyoga, Asthanga, and Iyengar styles since that time.
She completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training at Yoga District in Washington, D.C., and she has trauma-informed training certifications from the Prison Yoga Project (PYP) and the Yoga of 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR). Dea is a registered Yoga Alliance 200-hour yoga teacher (RYT-200), a member of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance, and she holds CPR, BLS, and AED certifications. She has also been accepted into Satchidananda Ashram - Yogaville's Integral Yoga 300 Hour certification and foundational training for yoga therapy.
Dea founded Che Yoga LLC and the Yoga for Resilience against Injustice Program in 2017, she co-founded the Yogis of Color Exchange (YOC Exchange) in 2019, and she has been the Black Girl Yoga (BGY) Ambassador for Maryland since 2019.
Before surrendering to her career path in yoga, Dea spent a decade working with impoverished and oppressed communities of color as an attorney (licensed only in Indiana and Washington, D.C.) in state and federal courts, government agencies, and non-profit legal services organizations. She has held positions as an adjunct law professor, legal supervisor, legal and advocacy trainer, and organizer in Indianapolis, IN and Washington, DC. She presently serves as legal consultant to other attorneys on a case-by-case basis.
Dea is also a trained anti-racism advocate and facilitative mediator with experience developing and conducting trainings in diversity, inclusion, cultural competency, and anti-racism principles and she previously served on numerous committees focused on these areas during her legal career.
Dea owes her ability to persevere beyond generational trauma, mental illness, poverty, violence, racism, discrimination, and oppression in her personal and professional life to her faith in God, her daily yoga practice, and a loving support system. Through her yoga practice, Dea found and continues to experience personal growth, comfort during life challenges, relief from mental, emotional, and physical distress, and a deeper relationship with God.
In each of these roles, Dea views herself as a vessel serving a much greater purpose beyond herself.
She invites you to explore the spiritual practice that is yoga with her through Che Yoga!