RYT500 Registered Yoga Instructor, E-RYT200 Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, Urban Zen Integrative Yoga Instructor-Trainer
For over 28 years, Felicia has continued to joyfully practice Raja Yoga, which encompasses all aspects of her life: behavioral restraints, behavioral observances, movement, breathing techniques, sensory withdrawal, concentration, meditation, and self-realization through an intimate reflective practice.
Felicia continues to teach “Felicia Fusion” through YogaRoots On Location, LLC, for over 22 years, which includes: power yoga, gentle yoga, restorative yoga, rhythm and movement dance routines, Young Living essential oils exploration, Reiki-Japanese relaxation techniques, nutritional support, self-awareness and self-care strategies to address the symptoms of Pain, Anxiety, Nausea, Insomnia, Constipation, Exhaustion, Frustration and Anger, Rage and Racism.
From 2012-2014, Felicia performed over 150 clinical hours at Beth Israel Hospital, NYC, UPMC Hillman Integrative Cancer Center’s Preferred Provider, PA, and St. Damien’s Pediatric Hospital and St. Luke’s ER in Port-au-Prince, Haiti through Urban Zen Integrative Yoga Therapist (UZIT), which bestowed a 500-RYT
Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification by Yoga Alliance. Extensive teaching experiences earned her the E-200 RYT designation, to certify other teachers.
From 2007-2009, Felicia accomplished a task that she is most proud of, which was teaching Line-Dancing and Yoga at the Allegheny County Jail to “The Ladies of the 4th Floor”. At the end of the first year of classes, the women who were incarcerated and the Correctional Officers petitioned Warden Rustin on my behalf to continue my program one more year. He did!
In 2015-2016, Felicia was honored to teach integrative yoga classes at the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center Youth and the Youth Care Workers with a Violence Prevention Initiative, which was a collaborative effort between UPMC Children’s Hospital Adolescent Medical Clinic at Shuman (Dr. Liz Miller), University Graduate School of Public Health: Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and The Kingsley Association.
Felicia presently teaches 8 integrative group yoga classes at The Kingsley Association and The Ace Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA: Power Yoga 4 Athletic, Yoga 4 Gentlemen Only, Restorative, and Gentle Yoga classes. She continues to teach private, integrative yoga sessions with community members wherever they live, work and play. As an Antiracist Integrative Raja Yoga Teacher, Felicia is supporting ongoing antiracist organizing efforts in communities, organizations and institutions through using The People’s Institute For Survival And Beyond’s Undoing Racism Principles (PISAB) across the country along side Integrative Yoga Contemplative Modalities to assist community members in holistically managing all aspects of their lives while being at the grassroots level of antiracist organizing.
September 2016 through August 2017, YogaRoots On Location’s Certified Yoga Teacher Training (YROL YTT) marked the inaugural year of her 200-hour registered yoga teacher certification training with curriculum that engaged, educated, and assisted her 27 students to access their power and holistically manage their lives through healing justice techniques, the PISAB’s Undoing Racism Principles and organizing strategies that promote self-awareness and self-care approaches to encourage consistent self-reflective learning and teaching practices that address personal prejudices, biases and authentically and strategically dismantles institutionalized racism. The second flight of YROL YTT is scheduled April 2018-November 2018, East Liberty, Pittsburgh, PA.
Felicia in her copious amounts of free time from building her business YogaRoots On Location, LLC, she upgrades her serving by being volunteering in two organizations: American Friends Service Program Committee, Convener (Chair) on the Program Committee, a Quaker organization that locally is committed Racial Justice Through Human Rights Youth Group by exploring the roots of violence and working toward youth-led change to support our Youth Undoing Institutionalized Racism in holding other youth as well as adults to a higher standard of humanity using the People’s institute or Survival and Beyond Undoing Racism Principles. New Voices for Reproductive Health Board of Directors, Board member, promotes the complete health and well-being of Black women and girls in Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Philadelphia locally, nationally, and global movement building for
Human Rights, Racial and Gender Justice. Allegheny County Health Department, Child and Maternal Health-Infant Mortality Committee, Co-Chair of the Executive Committee (ACHD), this committee is charged with support families in that all babies get to celebrate their first birthday by creative and supportive programs to support health mothers and families. I bring an antiracist organizing framework to undo racism with ACHD staff and their community members in an effort to eliminate health disparities.
Felicia’s newest endeavors are working on integrated yoga curriculum that will certify youth ages 13 -18 to become certified yoga teachers with YogaRoots On Location and working with business partners on The New Woke, a business venture to assist social justice advocates to access their personal power and reclaim our Humanity as heterogeneous communities.
Felicia is newly married to Martin Lee Friedman, who is an antiracist trainer daily reclaiming his humanity through embracing his Jewish culture and religion. They have two adult children: Cleveland, 30, an independent inventor in Minneapolis, MN and Maya, 27, an 8th grade science teacher in Brooklyn, NY.