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Hi, I’m Dr. Yasmene Mumby
Dr. Yasmene Mumby began her yoga and meditation practice eleven years ago while teaching middle school Social Studies in Baltimore City Public Schools while looking for a natural way to calm her rushing anxiety and restore her energy. She has completed over 800 hours of training in vinyasa, meditation, yin, and prenatal yoga. Off the mat, Yasmene is an essayist, organizer, and audiodocumentarian. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University and its School of Education, along with a Juris Doctor from University of Maryland School of Law and a Doctorate in Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
In class, we have space to deepen our practice, tend to where carry our heavy grief, and release into freedom.
I put my whole spirt and body into my teaching. I thank you for feeling me.
Dr. Yasmene Mumby works at the nexus of yoga, sound art, and justice. She loves working in partnership with leaders hungry to change and dismantle systems that get in the way of our collective liberation.
Her work is a source of sustaining + healing expression through scholarship, art, and social movement. She leverages her writing about lived experiences of minoritized people of color and their rising paths of resilience, persistence, breakdown, and power for impact. Elephant Journal published her incisive essay, Amplify Black Voices: Yoga, you can do better. She is the creator of the NPR hosted audiodocumentary, Higher Purpose, about an organization that supports people with legal system records to gain livable wage employment in Baltimore. You can listen to her latest sound art piece: Ahimsa, the audiomemoir on yoga, wellness, and Black Lives in 2020 where you get your podcasts.
Yasmene has completed over 800 hours of training in vinyasa, meditation, yin, and prenatal yoga through the guidance of instructors Sid McNairy, Naomi P. Fox, Brandon Compagnone, and Anjali Sunita. Several organizations invite her to lead group yoga and wellness workshops focused on equitable access for all people, including:
+ The Teacher’s Lounge
+ Ethel’s Club
+ Yoga for Racial Justice
+ We are Change Yoga
+ Innovate Public Schools
+ Color of Change & Fit for Us
+ Brick Mental Health Foundation
+ Yoga Alliance
+ Yoga for Black Lives
+ Kauffman Fellows
+ Maryland Institute College of Art
She began her career teaching in her hometown, Baltimore. Frustrated by the inequities impacting the achievement and wellbeing of students and teachers every day, she channeled this deep grief in schools as a trained Organizer through the Industrial Areas Foundation. Yasmene led numerous organizing victories with over 3,000 parent, teacher, and student leaders, from securing filtered lead-free water for students to organizing teachers in an unprecedented contract negotiation to stopping $150 million in operational budget cuts to securing up to $1 billion to rebuild schools.
A graduate of the McDonogh School, Yasmene earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University and its School of Education, along with a Juris Doctor from University of Maryland School of Law and a Doctorate in Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Her organizing and teaching background continue to shape her journey as a writer unafraid of sharing stories of folx unheard.