WE COULDN'T THINK OF A
better person to introduce as our very first guest yogi than Dee. She is an incredible yoga teacher, but more than that she's a warm, caring soul who makes everyone she meets feel valued, wanted and worthy. Dee has a full time job as a social worker, and also teaches 3 yoga classes a week in various studios in Baltimore. She guides her classes with love and personal acceptance no matter your body type or level of experience. After taking Dee's class, you will feel your soul just got a big hug.
- Enjoy our chat with Dee -
How did you find yoga?
I always say Yoga found me. I had no plans of being a yogi. Hell, I did not know what that was! I just understood that I could not be angry all the time without reason. I was a single mother with a son living in the inner city. I had to do something for my mental, spiritual and physical well being to heal. That is when yoga found me
What is your favorite cooking memory?
Wow. My grandmother was the kitchen witch I learned from. I still have all of her recipes (tears in my eyes as I’m typing this). She didn’t have much, only a 10th grade education - but she was a master seamstress and made clothes for everyone in the neighborhood. She also cooked for everyone who didn't have food or was homeless. She made teas and used herbs to heal. She considered cooking a labor of service and love.
What is your favorite time of the day to cook?
I love to cook on Sundays and I have learned the art of Meal Prep. I am a fifth generational kitchen witch! Cooking for me is more than just cooking, it is my way making things to fill the body with love but also the heart, mind and spirit of all who I cook for including myself!
How do yoga and cooking connect for you?
I was a really dirty eater. I didn’t know how much I used food as a coping mechanism until I starting my 200 hour yoga teacher training. I learned to use what I was taught by my grandmother and make it healthier with plenty of love and compassion. I tried to go vegan, and I did well for 8 months. But I realized it was not entirely for me so I had to keep journeying. I include chicken and fish in my diet while connecting with my grandmother's beautiful legacy.
What is your mantra?
"It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection"
- Bhagavad Gita ॐ
What is your yoga teaching schedule?
Yoga for Beginners
YogaWorks Federal Hill
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
Friday 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm
Community Hot Yoga
Sunday 8pm - 9pm
What is your favorite go-to recipe?
I make this night time smoothie when my muscles ache and I can’t sleep.
Dee's Beautiful Rest Night Smoothie
Black Cherry (2 cups)
Agave Necter (2 teaspoons)
Nutmeg (3 pinches)
Half cup of Almond Milk (or Soy)
Blend it all up together and cook in a small pot on medium until heated throughly or place it in the microwave for no more then 2 minutes.
Black Cherry reduce inflammation and rich in antioxidants, including anthocyanins and is a natural melatonin.
Before you drink it close your eyes and see yourself just the way you are and smile with your face in your heart and mind.
Then drink and go to bed - sweet dreams.
That's a wrap. Thank you Dee for sharing your life and favorite recipe with us. If you haven't experienced a class with Dee and you are in the Baltimore area, make some time to see her and experience her guidance, wisdom and love.