DuShaun Branch Pollard
Cultural Competency, Kids' Yoga, and Social Media Marketing Instructor
RYT 200, RCYT
DuShaun has been practicing for almost 13 years and fell in love with yoga because it allowed her to find peace of mind while moving her body. As a yoga student, DuShaun noticed that in the majority of her classes she was the only black and plus sized person in the room. This inspired her to become a practitioner to bring yoga to more people who looked like her.
DuShaun previously worked in higher education, and is currently a community organizer in North Lawndale, a community on the west side of Chicago. Because of her former and current work, DuShaun is focused on bringing yoga to historically marginalized communities, with a focus on black and brown youth, women, activists and organizers.. DuShaun is the Co-founder of a Black Brown and Breathing; an activation that happens monthly for Black and Brown women to come together, breathe, meditate and feel.
She believes people not only need rest and relaxation, but resistance; yoga is a powerful way to tap into the balance of ease and positive effort. DuShaun teaches through the lens of equity and trauma-informed, hosting classes in “non-traditional” settings all over the city. DuShaun is the founder of Sage Gawd Collective LLC, where she currently teaches classes via Zoom and also leads cultural competency workshops to Yoga students and studios.