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Meet Our Staff

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Yoga Gardens

Yoga Gardens NFP board members and Trustees are professionals in various fields but are all yogis at heart.We focuses bridging the gap giving our inner cities communities safe space for self realization. As yogis, we collectivity believe that it is our responsibility to give back to our community, and Yoga Gardens makes it our mission to do so.

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Indigo Monae'

Indigo began her yogic path in 2007 and lives a yogic lifestyle. Believing in balancing the mind with the body, she has studied many forms of mindfulness practices. She is E-RYT 500 hour certified, teaching since 2010, a world traveler on the yogic path and continues her journey as a student completing multiple Vipassana meditations focusing on her own self-healing.

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Gardening Coordinator

Green Team

The Yoga Gardens Green team is extremely passionate about improving / maintaining this treasured land we share and they loves helping others discover more. This group of volunteers brings joy, knowledge, harmony,  and peace to the community through the programs run at Yoga Gardens NfP.

In the gardens, this group continues to grow, teach, share, and pass on their gifts.

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Yoga Coordinator


       Consistency is key to his practice.

Aj is an RYT-200 certified by the Chicago Yoga Center, where he did his Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Suddha Weixler. You will find that his classes are very technical and multi-level with a wonderful balance of effort and relaxation. Since then, AJ continues to study and teach yoga with other wonderful teachers and students all over the world.


Event Coordinator

Brandice Manuel


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Community Director

Loretta Young

Loretta has been in the Addictions Field for the past 20 years, Living on the westside of Chicago her whole life. she has also been a part of the violence that spills in our community and impacted by the violence personally as well. Loretta was given a second chance at life to empower  in her home,community, and at work. Her positions and roles vary from Detox Specialist, Assessments, Case Management, Counselor, Recovery Coach. Loretta is encouraged by this opportunity to be of services Loretta is passionate about serving the community she lives in. She educated on ways to reduce orabstain from high-risk substance use behavior as well as redirect negative thinking patterns, promoting positive self- worth, and wellbeing. She has obtained her CADC licensure, Associate Degree, and bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavior Science. "I am pleased to be a part of an organization that empowers and uplifts the people of

the community."

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