Cultivating a tribe that is grounded in love joy and confidence; liberated through their gifts, talents and passions.
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Acclaimed a naturally gifted dancer, Moriah Leigh is passionate performer and diligent instructor. She received her bachelor's in psychology and African American studies from Howard University and is an MBA in Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovative Practice candidate at Bay Path University. She holds over 10 years’ teaching experience throughout Western Massachusetts, D.C and Maryland. Her expertise is teaching a variety of dance styles to a variety of ages. She holds extensive training in contemporary and African and Hip-hop dance. Moriah enjoys being freelance performer with Bamidele African Dancers and Drummers under the tutelage of Marilyn and Sekou Sylla. She was introduced to the healing aspects of dance when it became her instrument in overcoming a muted childhood and the place where she gained social acceptance. Moriah feels most complete when loving, creating and learning. Her hopes is that every student she teaches owns their movement and becomes a life long learner.
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Tiffany J is a certified Yoga and Zumba instructor. She is also a dance teacher and teaches various styles for a number of studios around the Western MA area. Tiffany is a Shiatsu and Reiki practitioner and has been doing bodywork for three years. Additionally, Tiffany is an excellent gardener and practices herbalism. Tiffany received her Master’s in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst; as well as a Bachelors in Communications and a Certificate in Native American studies. She continues to do activism work around the community, providing educational workshops surrounding various social justice issues. Tiffany is also interested in in earning a trauma therapy PhD in the near future.
Tiffany always hopes that every student or client that she comes in contact with feels deeply connected to their bodies, stronger, healthier, and growing through their healing journey, whatever that may be.
All in all, her passion focuses on healthy living and making that kind of lifestyle accessible to everyone. From photography, to painting, to different styles of movement, and body work, there is no limit to where she can go. Tiffany Joseph’s artistic expression is where her existence lies.
Ki West is a Springfield Native and a 200 hour+ Certified Yoga Instructor. Much like all our instructors at Rooted Essence she is highly endowed. She received her 200 hour yoga certification from the Hard and the Soft Yoga institute with founder and director Beryl Bender Birch in 2016. She also studied Mindful Yoga Therapy with Suzanne Manafort the founder and director of mindful yoga therapy of Newington, CT. Kim earned additional training at the Kripalu Center in Lenox, Ma which included Yoga of the Awakening with Seane Corn, Yoga as a peace practice with Maya Breuer, Jana Long and Mark Whitwell as part of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance initiative. Kim has attended The yoga for women of color retreat and is currently enrolled in additional yoga certification programs that will deepen her personal practice and enhance her teaching skills. Her interests include learning cultural dances and reading. She is giving back to Springfield by introducing her community to yoga. Yoga is an ancient practice that originated in Egypt yet there is a disparity or lack of People of Color who engage in this healing and transformative practice like their ancestors did. It’s time to RE-CLAIM that.