For this month, we are highlighting, Marsha D. Banks-Harold. Marsha is a certified yoga therapist, Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator and owner of PIES Fitness Yoga Studio. She is an intuitive healer who believes she is called to “empower clients to fortify one’s strength of awesomeness; to learn to rely on one’s authentic self; and to cultivate everlasting physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual (PIES) peace”. Marsha is also the creator of the flagship yoga class My Body Don’t Bend That Way which is designed for individuals who believe they are not flexible enough for yoga along with those who might live with physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual pains and those who have restricted range of motion. She offers this class to help individuals maintain and grow their range of motion, flexibility, balance, strength, and sense of peace in a fun supportive environment.
Her passion stems from her desire to create supportive, inclusive, diverse, adaptive and accessible yoga and yoga therapy experience for all. Marsha has a hear to serve those impacted by trauma, living with special needs and conditions, in addition to serving special population clients and those seeking lifestyle management guidance. This has led her to work both privately and in small groups with clients impacted by complex and micro-aggressive trauma; clients seeking adaptive and accessible yoga; clients of historically marginalized groups; clients impacted by body image, inclusivity, diversity, intersectionality and social justice concerns; and special needs children and adults living with physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual or mental impairments including ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, executive functioning disorder and down syndrome. In addition to her already extensive resume, she also works with seniors, stroke survivors, and clients living with cancer, Parkinson’s, insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and joint replacements.
Her yoga and yoga therapy teacher training and workshops are unique as she seeks to empower everyone that comes into her class so that they can reach their true potential while being true to one’s authentic self. Marsha has also been given the honor to present at the Smithsonian on yoga therapy for the aging population and yoga as lifestyle medicine for stroke survivors. In addition to being published in “Yoga Therapy Today: building the business of yoga therapy and has facilitated what is yoga therapy for the black therapists rock organization”, Marsha was also featured on the television show, Aging Matters as an expert on yoga therapy for the aging population.
Marsha, a wife of 27 years, is a mother to two sons and a legal guardian to two additional sons thriving after early childhood complex trauma. She also works as an electrical engineer and serves as an officer in her church. Marsha is an active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and serves as a member of the Alexandria Wellness Group, Black Yoga Teachers Alliance (BYTA) and Yoga Alliance (YA).