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AcroYoga and As Above So Below (2 Workshops) w/ Tie & DJ


AcroYoga Workshop + Jam

Saturday, June 16, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

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AcroYoga involves partner-based yoga postures and acrobatic balances that challenge communication, connection, and trust. Join Tie and DJ as they explore a fun and playful way to elevate your yoga practice, and connect with others. You will learn the fundamentals of partner yoga, proper alignment, build confidence, and cultivate a sense of community. This workshop is exciting and energetic, yet soothing and nurturing. NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY. It's great for all levels; just come with an open mind and we'll take care of the rest. You may come with a partner, your tribe, or get paired with another attendee or instructor.

Investment: $35/workshop or $60 for both
($31.50 or $54 Embrace FLYpass Members)

As Above So Below: Conversations on the Mat

Saturday, June 16, 4:30pm - 6:30pm


As we know, the practice of yoga pours through every aspect of our lives. Join Tie and DJ for a LIVE version of "As Above So Below" Podcast as they delve into real life discussions on yoga, mindfulness, social issues, and life as a modern yogi. The workshop include gentle movement and meditation to set the tone, and then it goes DEEP! Like their podcast, they will shed light on how we can cultivate universal consciousness, intentionally manifest (As Above), and create our own realities (So Below) through self-discovery. The session will include a yoga practice and deep conversation, so bring lots of questions and an engaging heart.  

Investment: $35/workshop or $60 for both
($31.50 or $54 Embrace FLYpass Members)



Derrick "DJ" Townsel, a former NFL athlete, is now an Orlando-based personal trainer, health coach, and yoga instructor.

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Derrick was extremely athletic throughout his childhood and adolescence. His God given talent compelled with all of his hard work and tenacity propelled  him to a full scholarship playing football at Murray State University as a 4-year starter, and then on to the NFL with the Houston Texans from 2010-2011. Following his time with the Houston Texans, 2 other NFL organizations and 2 other professional leagues (AFL and CFL), Derrick found his passion helping others realize their physical and mental potential through personal training.

Inspired by amazing individuals on Instagram, Derrick began practicing yoga in 2012. Not entirely comfortable practicing in public at the time, Derrick became a self-taught yogi in the middle of his living room. He followed online sessions and studied the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects and history of yoga. Derrick has now become an inspiration to thousands who didn't think a passion for fitness or yoga could be a possibility for them, mainly men and people of color. Derrick is now a sought-after 200-Hour Certified Yoga Instructor, Acrobatic Yoga Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer, and Level 2 WCO Calisthenics Instructor in Central Florida.

Channeling his West Indian ancestry, always listening to Bob Marley while he practices yoga, and his signature crown of locked hair, Derrick has become known to the yoga community as the "Rasta Yogi".

Remembering where he was born (Miami, FL) and where he spent 6 years of his adolescence (Memphis, TN), Derrick Townsel uses the name "Dade2Shelby" to always remind him of where his journey started.

Tie Simpson, known as "Hippie" in the social media world, is a captivating, fun, and free-spirited yoga instructor. Originally a 100% self-taught yogi, she began her journey in July 2013, and completed her extensive yoga teacher training at the renown Kashi Urban Ashram in Atlanta, Georgia. Tie is notorious for creatively blending yoga + wellness, with her love for art and photography, through her lifestyle brand "Hippie Heathen”. She has cultivated a collective online tribe of 100K, where she uses her platform to inspire others to find their own authentic freedom through self- awareness, empowerment, and expression.

In addition to being a full-time traveling yoga instructor, and wellness influencer, Tie also co-host’s the internationally-subscribed wellness podcast As Above So Below, all while still wearing her full-time mommy hat to two little ones; Creative Mompreneur sounds like a good job description.

Tie is a natural healer, self-love advocate, and lover of wholistic, free living. Her infectious free-spirit and authenticity makes her presence unmistakable, and energy deeply felt. Tie plans to continue building an impact with the Hippie Heathen brand, obtain her 500-hr ytt certification and her Holistic Health Practitioner Cert. in the near future. 

Connect with TI & DJ online!

Tie Simpson:

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