“This series was just what I was looking for - the variety of classes is great and I really connected with the theme for each week. I'm really looking forward to repeating these classes over and over. I'm feeling more grounded and powerful!”
— Brandi B.
“This has been a phenomenal experience. I haven't been consistent with my yoga or fitness practice, however, Trap Flow Body Love Challenge has allowed me to show every weekday, combine my favorite workouts, and feel sexy and strong in mind, body and spirit. As an aspiring yoga instructor, it's cool to see a non-performative and extremely creative practice in this challenge. Thank you for curating Abiola!”
— Veronica J.
“This challenge has been very motivating for me! I love that I can navigate the challenge according to my schedule. The flexibility of having it available when I need it is great! It's nice having a yoga class in my own home! I LOVE that I am watching an instructor that looks like me! So inspiring! Abiola Akanni's communication with students is divine. Thanks for this platform!”
— Jamila N.
“Abiola has quickly become my favorite yoga teacher. With my history of trauma and eating disorders, I love how she creates a safe container to express ourselves openly and with self-acceptance.”
— Jessie H.
“Loving this challenge! I have been so inactive for so long that I was intimidated to start this, but Abiola's energy and approach are so great and really inclusive. Even little language things about pose adaptations make it feel like I'm not lesser than for not reaching the advanced pose, and that keeps me coming back. Nice variation in pace, different length videos for variety, and good coverage of different body regions. Thank you!!!!”
— Talia A.
“I am grateful for the Non-Performative Yoga Practice series. I had avoided yoga for almost 10 years for multiple reasons, namely the hyperfocus on competitive/fancy poses and appropriation of yoga by white women like myself. After dealing with chronic pain issues, I was fortunate to find Abiola's offerings online. I love Abiola's focus on practicing Ahimsa & "finding what is safe." Every early morning, I start my day with one of these practices and it has given me a beautiful foundation to start my day. I tend to gravitate most toward the backbends, heart opener, and calm power flows but each practice in the series offers something slightly different for your body/mind needs in that moment. I especially love the ending of "I've done my best, I leave the rest." I think about this phrase often. Thank you for a lovely series & I plan to continue to make it part of my daily routine.”
— Ryan E.
“I appreciate the gentle invitation to be with your body as it is and centering the embodiment of authenticity. It is always refreshing to find affirming spaces that do not focus on objectification, performance, or productivity and Abiola holds the space compassionately. So much gratitude!”
— Camille P.
“I appreciate so many things about iya's non-performative yoga ! I just finished my second practice and I'm enjoying how I'm feeling right now -- powerful, confident, centered. I love how Abiola invites us to be open to who we are & where we are in real time, and to explore what that expression feels like in the body. As a melanin-enriched being, feeling at Home with myself and within my being is a high priority, and I'm finding that being encouraged with each practice. I'm grateful for this course and I'm looking forward to continuing this Self-exploration journey. ~Nyakuiy -- Writer, Author, Healer”
— Nyakuiy P.
“This is content is next level production! Your wisdom and healing movement is amplified by stunning audio and visuals. I'm eternally grateful for you sharing your gifts.”
— Janeé H.
“Iya had me feeling like Iya the truth after practicing! Though this is a virtual yoga experience, I still felt like I was getting hands-on assistance because of great reminders such as being aware of facial tension, what sensation you may or may not notice in the body. I love that I can choose what I want to practice for the day, and I love how individualized you can make each practice t better work for yourself!”
— Malissa M.
“I am very excited about this journey that I have embarked on with Abiola who has created a space that is safe and healing in many ways. As someone who lives through health challenges that have cause limitations in my spine and joints, I have found the flows and practice that Abiola presents to be gentle and powerful simultaneously. With her gentle, soothing voice she reminds us to 'give grace' and that this practice is non-performative so the space is safe to rise from right where you are. During the journey in the midst of practice you may experience realization of things that may bind you physically, emotionally and mentally. A you continue on the journey you may experience the release of those things that bind you. You may start to restore your spirit and your body along the pathway to healing. I am excited for the healing growth that is about to happen within and for me as well as all the lives that will be touched directly and by extension as we journey with Abiola. Blessings.”
— Kim F.
“This series was everything I needed. I was provided with such a gentle invitation to truly honor what my body needed in every single pose. And I felt so supported in doing what I needed to do for MY body as I flowed along - I am so grateful for that support. Because of this invitation, I've taken a very clear lesson away from this yoga journey as a result: Give yourself grace. The practice, or my practice, is not about keeping up or showing face, it's about giving myself and my body the grace it fully deserves.”
— Taylor T.
“Beautiful practices! I hold my body is stress mode a little too long sometimes and these were a great reminder to check in with my body more regularly and see what I need in the moment. These felt gentle and effective.”
— Natasha B.
“I am so grateful for the Iya platform and practice. Abiola shares her beautiful gifts of yoga with us through an accessible, buildable, trauma-informed practice that encouraged me to listen to my body and go on my own adventure while simultaneously practicing ahimsa for myself and my body. l I thoroughly enjoyed this yoga journey!”
— Jasmine R.
“I really appreciate the iya space. I had always been interested in yoga but was uncomfortable with the white dominated spaces where yoga is more of a trend than a tool. I enjoyed this class because I could fully be myself with or without physical limitations and still benefit from the breath work and hip opening. I have been dealing with loss and I hadn’t realized how much tension I had been carrying in my hips. This class was very helpful in allowing me to become aware of where I was holding tension in my body, and to work through releasing it.”
— Ebony Rose F.
“Thoroughly enjoying this! I love how everything is either optional or was an invitation to do more/less with our body. I also was very aware of the trauma sensitive language, which is helpful and appreciated. Highly recommend this.”
— ShaTorey S.
“iya has been and will continue to be an incredible space to access the deepest parts of myself, with myself. Yoga hasn't always felt accessible to me because it always seems so centered on getting a result. The non performative and joyful approach to the rituals make me feel a deep connection with myself. Each practice brings me ease, inner peace and clarity when I need it most. They also energize me when I desire a pick-me-up. I highly recommend bringing iya well into your yoga practice. No matter where you are at on your yoga journey, iya will bring you home to yourself.”
— Lauren G.
“Yoga has been a practice I’ve come back to over and over in my life and is such a beautiful place to relax, clear my head space, challenge myself and help with back pain. Biola’s program is one of peace and understanding and learning to listen to what my body needs at the moment. She creates a safe space for practice and encourages us to look at within ourselves for what we need. The soothing ambiance of her voice and practice takes us to a place of calm. The movements and poses she teaches in practice allow me to fully be present and open on my mat. I look forward to doing her program consistently!”