Meet the Teranga Yoga Family
Joanna Da Sylva
Being able to come on my mat everyday is a gift that brings me balance, clarity, peace, and confidence. As an athlete, I was first drawn to the physical aspect of the practice but soon realized the transformation that took place deep within my body, mind and soul. I completed my 200-Hour Teacher Training in Vancouver in May 2013 to share with others the many-layered benefits of this beautiful practice.
Having partly grown up in Senegal, the rhythm of African beats deeply inspires my teaching practice by waking up the inner dancer. My classes are fun, challenging, caring and I love to flow and work purposefully to increase body heat in order to get a good detoxifying sweat. Integrity and proper alignment are important to my yoga practice and are reflected in my teaching. Through the practice of yoga, I have been able to cultivate my inner strength and peace and I love sharing that awakening experience with others.
I am a multipreneur/entrepreneur in Philly: a yoga teacher, wellness chef, and fitness professional. My motto is to create a full life of purpose, love and healing.
Yoga has brought me ease in my physical practice. I started doing yoga after an injury and continued to balance out my strength training. Overtime, it gave me a feeling unlike any form of exercise I was used to doing. Yoga calmed me down and helped me relieve stress when I was living in NYC, a time when I was unsure of what I was doing for me. My yoga practice helped me see more clearly that my power and strength could be more than one-dimensional. I hope to share that experience with my students; empowering them to go through those necessary changes that we all need for our growth in all dimensions; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. In class, I work on inward and outward strength, reconnecting with the foundations and finding freedom in your movement so that you can believe and feel unstoppable in all that you want to do. In addition to having a deep focus on alignment, I incorporate movements that support proper posture and engage the body in a conscious way for optimal body health to live mindfully outside of the studio.
I moved to Philadelphia from NYC and got my 200-hour Teacher Training in January 2017. My teaching is influenced by so many wonderful yoga teachers but mostly by those underserved by the yoga community; the people who thought yoga was not for them. In every class, my goal is to create a safe space for all bodies to practice. I teach vinyasa flow splashed with ashtanga, all to hip hop and Afrobeats. Whether you’ve been practicing yoga for years or weeks, my class is for you! Yoga has taught me so many lessons and each day on my mat feels like a new beginning. I'm so excited about joining the Teranga team and can't wait to see where this journey takes me next!
I discovered yoga in my early twenties and passionately integrate the ancient practices of yoga and meditation to create meaningful change and shift in perspective. Inconsistencies and upheaval throughout my childhood led to an insatiable desire to travel and experience different cultures. This led me to study and teach throughout Southeast Asia, India, Europe and Australia over the span of 5 years. I attribute the courage to follow my heart in discovering the power and authenticity of practice.
I work as a birth doula in addition to teaching various styles of yoga, workshops, prenatal care and meditation.
I am a Philly-based vinyasa trained yoga teacher and oracle card reader whose work centers around embracing your intuition to come home to yourself. In 2018, I completed my 200-hr yoga certification with Three Sisters Yoga in New York City. I use a powerful combination of vinyasa, restorative, yin, flow, oracle readings, intuitive energy healing, and authentic storytelling to help students find their true north on and off the mat. If I’m not teaching yoga or reading oracle cards, you can probably find me out in nature with loved ones, charging crystals, or reading someone’s birth chart.
Josie Rosa Gatlin
As long as I can remember, mindful movement has always been a part of my life and lifestyle. Along the journey of transformation, that movement has included sports, hiking, meditation, stretching, dancing, climbing trees; In my first real time away from home, I discovered power vinyasa yoga. Learning to control my breath and connect it with intentional movements was empowering as well as innate. Yoga felt like home to me.
In 2008 I earned a certificate in Exercise Science, became an ACE certified Personal Trainer. It wasn't until 2013 when, after a life changing event, I moved from NY to Philadelphia to begin my 200 YTT at Power Yoga Works. Since completing my power yoga training, I've become certified in Yoga Sculpt and Restorative Yoga. I teach lots of different formats of yoga and movement and I look forward to seeing you on the mat.
I have been a practitioner of yoga for over 20 years. In the past five years, I found my practice becoming a strong guiding presence in my daily life. During this time, yoga was a personal practice in which I was able to escape to my mat and find strength, serenity, and empowerment both in classes and on my own. I valued the opportunity yoga gave me to prioritize my mental and physical wellness and was inspired to help others to do the same! I followed this pull and achieved my 200-RYT in May of 2019 at Palo Santo
My style of teaching is focused on vinyasa with a strong emphasis on fundamental strength and alignment. I value meeting students where they are at and encourage modifications with the use of blocks, straps, blankets, and other props so that each student can participate at their individual level. In my class, you will find creative sequencing in combination with strength building. This allows my students to experience each posture more fully and deeply. I compliment my classes with music from artists all over the world, across all genres and decades – nothing is off limits! My hopes are that my students leave class feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, and ready to come back for more.
I am so excited to share my practice with you! The goal is to have you leave each class feeling refreshed and renewed through your journey with me. I teach in a way that provokes thought and meaning, letting the student experience for themselves through careful planning and energy reading.
My intention is to guide you as a yoga instructor and to help my students discover the love, light, truth, and peace within each one of us. Yoga has helped me step into my light and it is meaningful for me to share that joy with others. Influenced by my teachers, peers, and environment, I aim to bring a sense of empowerment, enlightenment, and excitement to each of my classes, which incorporate intention, meditation, pranayama and asana.
My classes are challenging physically and mentally, with uplifting music, include minimal demonstrations and maximum hands on assists. I aim to live a yogic lifestyle and lead my classes in a way that reflects that choice and energy.