Rachelle “Chelle” Pean grew up in Upstate, NY and noticed the lack of diversity in wellness spaces in Upstate NY, and wanted to create more spaces for all people to be emotionally vulnerable and practice self healing, especially those that haven’t had much access or exposure to healing spaces before. This passion and purpose birthed Root3d: a space is for EVERYONE to heal all 3 dimensions of themselves: the mind, body, and spirit.
Chelle is a licensed clinical social worker, a yoga instructor, and a reiki practitioner. Her individual work with clients focuses on helping people heal through past traumas to connect fully to their present life and thrive. Chelle is certified in using attachment focused EMDR (a technique to heal through traumatic incidents), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and has her 200 hour yoga teacher certification from Yoga to the People in NYC. She teaches a weekly donation based yoga class and self care workshops at Root3d.
Jamel is a multidisciplinary artist, business coach, traveler, marketer, DJ, and award-winning visual storyteller in the mediums of film and photography. Born in Jamaica, NY and raised in Albany, NY, Jamel is a dedicated advocate for a creative economy that will create jobs and provide equity to underserved and minoritized communities. Jamel is a co-owner of Root3d and will be doing all things marketing, photography, and sharing his good energy!
Karyn “poetik” Dyer is an intuitive reader with an intention to provide people a place to pause, channel their intuition, and reflect. She regularly offers sliding scale readings at Root3d with three card spreads (ex: past/present/future; mind/body/soul; you/the other person/ the relationship) accompanied with an oracle card reading. The sliding scale for a reading is $3-$15.
J’Vanay Santos found yoga while searching for ways to remedy her anxiety. Realizing the prevalence of mental health issues in society and her family, she sought the holistic approach to healing. Through yoga she has learned ways to calm her racing thoughts and uses techniques to develop mental toughness to strive for what scares her. She completed her 200 hour CYT certification through Marianne Wells Yoga School at the Goddess Garden in Costa Rica. J’Vanay’s classes are focused on the synchronicity of the mind, body and soul by curating sequences that target the healing of various chakra through movement and mindful breathing. Her classes aim to provide tools to assist in developing ones at home practice while also having technique for dealing with stressors off the mat. Her hope is that after each of her classes, you experience the euphoria that she felt the day she fell in love with yoga. Oh and you’ll do all this self-care to RnB & Soul music just to top it all off. She invites to come home to yourself through classes that are experiences and journeys within.
Shannon fell in love with yoga while working at a sleep away weight loss camp as a counselor. She attended her first yoga class in the middle of the Pocono Mountains on accident, and remembers lying is Savasana after class, feeling more comfortable and at home in her body than she ever knew was possible. That experience completely challenged her expectations of yoga and herself, and so she set out on a journey to learn as much as she possibly could about different schools of thought and practices.
After receiving her Bachelor’s in English with double minors in Women’s Studies and Education, Shannon traveled to Suryalia Yoga Retreat Centre in Andalusia, Spain to obtain her 200-hour certification with Vidya Heisel of Frog Lotus Yoga. She completed Bethany Spencer’s 60-hour Hot 26 Revolution Teacher Training at The Hot Yoga Spot in Albany, New York. After teaching at a dance studio and working as a Special Education teacher, she discovered Baptiste Yoga, and became more curious about deepening her understanding of asana, meditation, and inquiry through the Baptiste Foundation. She completed the 100 hour Level 1 Baptiste training with Baron Baptiste
.Currently, Shannon studies Clinical Social Work at UAlbany’s School of Social Welfare. She encourages her students take the lessons they learn about themselves off their mats and into our world, and to have some fun, too.
Sasha is an Advanced Reiki practitioner and owner of ‘Indie Vibez’, which specializes in handmade, chakra balancing bath and body products that are infused with Reiki charged crystals. Her mission is to help others curate good vibez for their soul and their home.
Sasha is passionate about creatively making space in the wellness community for ALL women through accessibility and affordability and will be offering sliding scale Reiki sessions at Root3d!
Vanessa is from Queens, NY. Whoop Whoop! Vanessa has a marketing and project management background in various industries, and also works with energy healing; duality! Through her experience, she has continuously learned to worked with people from all different realms. Her move to Albany, NY empowered for her to pursue work that allows her to hold space for others to deeply connect with themselves. She's always had a heart for connecting with people and helping them heal and love themselves.
Theresa was named after her amazing grandma who has inspired much of her journey in many ways. She’s created her own business Theresa with Intention as an outlet to give exposure to her handmade healing jewelry. She started creating again after experiencing many overwhelming losses and eventually listening to signs from the universe to dig deep within herself. She began to explore her journey by being intentional with her self healing. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker from Harlem, a seamstress, and lover of travel. Theresa believes we all have within ourselves what we need to heal at our own pace. We need reminders at times: support, tools, self love, and safe spaces to heal but as we heal ourselves we heal our communities.
Aaron comes from Albany NY and has always had a heart for the stage and screen . Having trained under Ward Dales and Gregory Marsh at Albany high school's Drama program. Aaron then took his talents to suny Potsdam there he earned a degree in Theatre Ed with a concentration in African American theatre, and continued his education at The Alvin and Ally dance company, The Micheal’s school for therapeutic Arts, and the Classical theatre of Harlem. Aaron has performed and worked with local and non-local company’s such as Capital Rep theatre , Pendragon Theatre company, Youth FX, The African American culture center, Young futures, Proctors, The roundtable theatre company, NBC, Showtime, The History Channel, and much more.
“I truly believe that art flows through all of us, and given the right resources anyone can shine under the lights. That’s what I want to bring to my community: a chance to heal and shine”.
Jammella is a soon-to-be 500hr Registered Yoga Teacher in Albany, NY. Jammella began her yoga practice in 2012 and was immediately hooked. She began to see through the growth of her spiritual and physical health how transformative the practice was. The deeper she dove into the yoga the more she learned – and the less she felt she knew. After encouragement from her teachers, she began her YTT and things have been different ever since.
“My mission as a teacher, is to remind people that they are whole. Not a piece, or a part. I want my classes to help you find your way back to yourself and to show you how to be and stay in your power. Yoga is for everyone, it’s inclusive and there is a practice out there for everyone - it’s not once size fits all. I want you to leave my classes feeling refreshed, re-aligned and ready for life off the mat.”