Butterfly Transformation & Healing, LLC
Our vision is to help people to live mentally and physically healthy lives through the practice of yoga. Our logo symbolizes the transformation and healing that can occur through a consistent yoga practice in an environment which is safe, friendly and free of judgment & negativity. Everyone has a unique journey to explore self-awareness, self-acceptance and mind-body connection. As you grow, yoga benefits can impact your daily life including your responsibilities and interactions with others. As you influence and inspire people around you, this growth and energy can become contagious! Our mission is to share yoga with individuals, families, businesses, academic & athletic organizations, and other community networks. We will provide safe and therapeutic solutions for overall health & well-being.
My name is Areej Elmasry and I'm a citizen of the world. I was born in England, raised in Egypt and have been back & forth to the United States my second home. Being a literature major, I have been introduced to a world of different cultures and atrocities alike and how opposites are always at war. It was only when I started practicing Yoga in 2012 that all my different roots found cohesion. After years of practice, yoga seemed to be one of the few things in life where people find unity through as each person comes to find refuge and peace from the outside world. Realizing that, I flew to Goa, India in 2015 and got my teaching certification in Ashtanga yoga, Vinyasa Flow and Pranayama. I came back with a heart full of love and light and began my career as a yoga teacher in Egypt and now in the US. My passion for teaching yoga is my gateway and tool to help others embark on their journeys of self-discovery and peace of mind. The sole idea of being able to offer a helping hand to others to achieve their goals-whether physical, emotional or mental stability, flexibility or stress relief- thrills me. Yoga is a sanctuary in which claustrophobic daily routine has no access. In fact, yoga classes are sacred in a way and one's mat is his temple. It is this euphoric feeling of being 100% present that I hope my students experience. Nothing feels more rewarding than sharing my knowledge with the world.
I took my first Bikram yoga class in 2011 and was immediately hooked. At the time I was working as an engineer while completing my MBA. I was constantly on the go and being in the hot room 90 minutes a day helped to keep me balanced, reduced stress and increased my overall well being.
In the Fall of 2012 I attended the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles, an experience that allowed me to grow personally and professionally. The time I spent in the yoga room, as both a teacher and a student, inspired me to leave engineering and become a pediatric intensive care nurse. Now I have the privilege of supporting health in both acute care in the hospital and preventative medicine in the yoga studio.
I am excited to be a part of this amazing yoga community and look forward to seeing you in the hot room!
Dante Baker has been a native to the Washington DC area his entire life, growing up in Reston, VA. Since his childhood years, Dante has always had a fascination with the human anatomy and all of its abilities to heal, move, and process. This interest led Dante to studying and receiving certifications through AFAA and NASM in 2007. As he pursued personal training he worked with wide a range of clients such as over-weight clients, young athletes and elderly adults. As he gained more experience and confidence in his teaching he extended his expertise to larger classes such as boot camp, athletic conditioning, kids physical education, kickboxing and body pump.
Through Dante’s own personal life experience and the influence of family and peers, he embarked on a journey that would ultimately move him in the direction of providing health on a more holistic level. In 2009 he enrolled in the National Massage Therapy School and completed his 600- hour massage certification in 2010, all while learning transcendental meditation from Dr. Mahapatra Gyanendra -- one of the personal physicians of the Mararishi meditation course. After receiving his certification, he studied under Dr. Akmal Muwwakkil where Dante started to explore Eastern practices and philosophies. In the same year of completing his massage certification, he took a course in Tui Na—an ancient form of Chinese bodywork.
Dante was fascinated by the Eastern philosophies such as Chinese medicine and enrolled in a nine month Qi Gong and Tai Chi Ball certification with Master Nianzu Li (L.Ac) in 2013. He went on to strengthen his Qi Gong practice and began to teach personal clients as well as larger classes at various health studios. The more he explored the holistic side of health, he started to incorporate sound healing with singing bowls as a way to heal the body, he received his Reiki Master certification in 2015, researched more deeply the symbolism of tarot, and most recently received his Yoga certification -200 hour from SOYA in January of 2016.
Dante personally trains and sees private clients for massage, physical exercise and Reiki, teaches meditation, yoga, qi gong classes, performs crystal and Tibetan Sound Concerts. His personal philosophy is that the body has an innate wisdom within itself and the tools and services he provides, allows the body to perform the healing that it knows how to do.
I started practicing the Bikram method of hot yoga in 2002. I was certified by Bikram Choudhury to teach his method in 2006 and have been teaching varieties of hatha yoga ever since. Bikram taught me that all asana is good, as long as you breathe – if you’re not breathing, you’re not doing yoga, you’re not living. I’m inspired by witnessing the healing powers in breath, both in myself and others. I believe it is my karma yoga to share this understanding with everyone. My hope is that all realize their own power. I am honored and blessed to travel this path of self-realization with so many wonderful beings.
The first time I took Bikram Yoga was in the summer of 2000 in Arizona when I thought to myself, "what the hell am I doing here?" You can understand why I didn't return to the hot room again for another 5 years after moving to New York to pursue my career as a professional dancer. I enjoyed the heat and the sequence, but didn't find a deep connection until 2007 when a hip injury led me to surgery. Thankfully, there was a Bikram Yoga studio around the corner from my apartment where I found refuge in the community and the process of relearning how to rebuild my body. It was here on my mat, every day, that I found a deeper understanding of who I am inside out, bones to skin, fingertips to toes.
My yoga journey began in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2010. My first class was ironically on May 24, my daughter’s birthday, as she was the person who convinced me to try Bikram yoga. I clearly remember my first class, and it wasn’t pretty! At some point during the standing series, I hastened to roll up my mat, grab my empty water bottle, and crawl to the nearest exit! I am so grateful that the teacher, Jane B, gently and confidently encouraged me to remain in the hot room. Jane was m yoga angel and she planted the seeds of determination and tolerance of temporary discomfort. I returned to the hot room the next day, determined learn the 26 postures.
I did not start practicing yoga to cure or relieve any chronic or acute physical condition. I was simply curious about what yoga is all about. The benefits of my introductory week became quickly apparent to me and my family. I felt happier than ever, more patient and no longer disturbed by the “stuff” that life presents. Physically, my body just worked better inside and out. So without much deliberation, I applied for teacher training and successfully earned my Bikram Yoga Teacher Training Certification in the fall of 2011.
Shortly after a period of mentorship, I combined my passion for teaching and traveling and began guest teaching in various yoga communities. I’ve had the honor and pleasure to teach at most of the North Carolina studios, East Harlem-New York, Marietta- Georgia, Capitol Hill- DC, Indianapolis- Indiana, and Maui-Hawaii. My teaching style is dialogued-centered, motivational, humorous and alignment-focused. My teaching goal is to encourage students to relax their mind and body for 90 minutes, to connect to their breath, to conceptualize the postures, and then to allow the mind /body connection to happen, in time. I look forward to practicing with yogis worldwide and to planting a seed that may help take their practice to the next level.
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