My yoga quest began in 2012 when a friend introduced me to a documentary called “Yoga Is A Transformational Journey”. I started practicing at home from watching Youtube videos and eventually found myself working the front desk at the Yoga Garden. Here, I was able to broaden my experience while learning from great teachers such as Damodor of Palo Santo Wellness, David Hem of Healing fields and Cohbe Berkeley of Vibes & Vinyasa. Fast forward to September 2019, I completed the Inner Journey and Teacher Training Program at Motherheart with Dawn’s expertise guiding my education. As a new instructor, I’d like to cultivate an environment that’s approachable, integrative and restorative for students. My wish is to bring yoga to those who are seeking groundedness, balance and deep connection within themselves.
West African Dance
An accomplished dancer and drummer, Anssumane Silla began performing at the age of 11 in his native Guinea Bissau. He has danced professionally for over 18 years with the National Ballet of Guinea Bissau. He was also a member of the contemporary dance troupe, Africa Estranha. With these ensembles, he performed for ambassadors, presidents and other international dignitaries and for the public throughout Ginnea Bissau. He has also performed in Mali, Senegal, The Gambia, South Africa and Libya.
While working with African Estanha, Mr. Silla performed pieces that address strife and suffering, including abuse of power and inequitable access to clear water and other vital resources, in Guinea Bissau, which has been torn apart by coups and political violence for decades.
Since arriving in Philadelphia in 2008, Mr. Silla has toured numerous states, performing as a dancer and drummer with the African Cultural Arts Collective (formerly Voices of Africa Drum Ensemble). He has been a featured artist for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council Humanities on the Road initiative, and a choreographer for the Kulu Mele African Dance Ensemble. In addition to teaching traditional (Bijagos, Balanta, Fula, and Manjaco) and contemporary dance styles from Guinea Bissau, he teaches a range of other West African dance styles in studios and schools in various Philadelphia neighborhoods.
For the past decade I have dedicated my efforts towards the pursuit of one goal...balance...physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Massage therapy opened that door and has afforded me the opportunity to not only achieve it for myself, but also provide it for my clients. I attended the National Massage Therapy Institute in Philadelphia and have since enhanced my craft through hands on experiences and additional certifications. I've been fortunate to offer my services at luxury spas, chiropractic offices and for a variety of job fairs and health care providers. I was able to share my knowledge as an instructor of massage therapy, guiding students towards their goals. Along the way I've received training in several modalities, including Reiki, deep tissue therapy and sports massage. I am nationally certified and licensed in the states of PA and NJ.
As I have evolved as an individual and a massage practitioner, so has my understanding of the concept of balance. It is this understanding I hope to share with all of you. Our time together will be tailored towards your needs and your goals. You will not feel rushed. We will be within sacred walls, so you will feel comfortable. My unique style, a blend of energy work, assisted stretching and soothing pressure, will be executed through a methodical and thoughtful pace. I look forward to potentially meeting you all, and would be honored to work with you on my table. Much gratitude to Dawn and to those that helped guide me down this path, to MotherHeart Studio.
To schedule Message Therapy contact Ryan Stracci: 267-229-9917
Mindful Movement and Meditation
Marlee seeks to create space within her classes that facilitates embodied awareness, personal agency, and introspection to build a steady foundation from which to take thoughtful action. She trained as a certified yoga teacher at Motherheart Sangha in 2018 after ten years of home-based practice, is a birth and post-partum doula, she has been practicing meditation for 15 years and will be beginning a two-year teacher training in mindfulness-based meditation and movement practices beginning February 2021.
Scott began practicing yoga in 2008 after running a marathon and suffering from extremely tight muscles. In 2018, he deepened his practice and yoga for him became a way of life as he began practicing off the mat as well. A significant portion of Scott's training in yoga asanas and philosophy comes from MotherHeart Yoga Studio and The Yoga Institute in Mumbai. He teaches yoga to share this practice with others and aims to create a space where others can develop their own personal inner refuge.
Sara is a Certified Yoga Instructor 200hr RYT. She studied with Roe Pietropaula (The Breathing Room) who taught her ways to make yoga accessible to all body types and needs. Sara has practiced meditation since she was 14 years old after being introduced to this practice by her parents. She became a devoted yoga asana practitioner in 2014, when life challenged her to unexpected and determined changes. She found in yoga peace of mind, and the feeling of being at home, although away from home. Her classes are offered in Spanish (mostly) and English (yoga poses names in English). She creates an environment where students can challenge their bodies in a safety and proprius “close to self” way.
Sara was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia and has lived in the US for 10 years. She is a beautiful person and compassionate, funny yoga instructor. In her life out of the mat, she is an immigrants advocate in the Philadelphia Area, and enjoys spending time with her little fishtowner family.
is a licensed Massage Therapist who attended Cortiva School of Massage Therapy and specializes in Hot Stone Massage as well as Prenatal and deep tissue massage.
Call Mia at 215-285-1795 to book your massage at MotherHeart.