Janina Surya Devi Edwards
RYT 500; YACEP; Member
Janina Edwards is a certified Level II Restorative Yoga teacher in Judith Lasater’s Relax & Renew Style. In addition to teaching Restorative in Atlanta, she has assisted Ms. Lasater with Level I training. Janina embraces the philosophy of Restorative Yoga as creating a space of refuge, and the conditions for deep relaxation to occur. Janina has taught Restorative Yoga for eight years. She continues to study restorative with Judith Lasater and Octavia Raheem and is studying the teachings of Dr. Gail Parker.
While Janina is passionate about Restorative Yoga, she has taught active yoga styles, such as Classical and Kali Natha Yoga, since 2011—including LA Fitness (Northlake, Stone Mountain and Ansley Mall) for 5 years. Her empathy for people living with difficult challenges spurred her to teach yoga for the Partnership Against Domestic Violence women’s shelter, and at the DeKalb County Jail Women’s Section. As a result of her commitment to that work, she received a Yoga Alliance Scholarship in 2015 to complete her 300-hour certification.
Janina is a Bhakti yogi, and is inspired to bring yoga/union to people via joyful experiences with music/kirtan and nature. She is a Kashi kirtan wallah (singer), and plays harmonium and violin. She also leads meditation walks in nature.
As an African American yoga teacher Janina is exploring what it means to be a black yogi. She is a member of the Black Yoga Teachers Association (BYTA) and Kashi’s Black Yoga Teachers Collective.