Director of Creative Development
Jase was born Jason and came out as a woman in the summer of 2015 during a karma yoga retreat at the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas. Prior to that, she was known as the ‘Bearded Yogi,’ often with a characteristic beard and the same bright smile. Now she feels overjoyed to have had the opportunity to discover her truest expression and continues to produce new work in line with her dedication to raising money and awareness for those in need, specifically with God’s Love We Deliver, an organization that prepares and delivers home-cooked meals to people suffering from long term debilitating diseases. ‘The Pilgrimage’ is an ongoing project weaving together the need for self-love and self-acceptance with selfless service, and finding authentic expression. For Jase, these are inseparable, and she hopes to take the project internationally to continue documenting the journey of an independent trans woman who speaks from her heart and touches those of everyone she meets.
Melissa De Los Santos
Lead Mystics Mentor/TKYM Mentor
Justin’s introduction to yoga began in 2007 while he was searching for different exercises that would help with a back injury he sustained while serving in the Marine Corps. Soon after his first-class, he dove into a daily yoga practice, quickly realizing the physical benefits of yoga when his back pain began to disappear after only a couple of weeks.
Justin was in his 4th year of monthly travel to Afghanistan and Iraq as a government contractor when he devoted himself to a daily yoga practice. Over the last 10 years, he served as a communication engineer with a total of 41 temporary duty assignments. After years of constant travel, Justin realized the effects of the war zone were taking their toll, but he also noticed how the benefits of yoga were offsetting these effects.
During the first year of his yoga practice, he observed how yoga helped heal the physical, mental, and emotional burdens he carried traveling in and out of war zones. In 2008 he attended his first yoga/kirtan retreat in Bali, Indonesia, which proved to be the turning point in his spiritual practice. Soon after, Justin began to find clarity, calmness, and intuition in his life. This led him to find his Guru, Sri Dharma Mittra at a small humble yoga studio in the heart of NYC. He immediately enrolled in the “DMY Life of a Yogi” teacher training to solely deepen his practice of yoga and self-healing. After graduating from the 200-hour teacher training program, Justin immediately realized he was given a gift. A gift he could share with those around him, especially those who were carrying similar burdens of war. Since 2008 he has completed his 200, 500, and 800 hour Dharma Mittra Yoga, Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra, and Acro Yoga teacher trainings.
His mission is to help others and share the powerful healing benefits of yoga and meditation. He strives to share yoga to those who need it most in life, especially his brothers and sisters of the armed services and veterans who still carry the encumbrance of war with them every day.
Shellie Crow received her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and certificate in Women and Gender Studies at Western Kentucky University. While in college, she volunteered at Hope Harbor Sexual Trauma Recovery Center in Bowling Green, KY. Upon graduation, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) in Elizabethtown, KY matching vulnerable and at-risk youth with caring, supportive mentors.
As a yoga teacher, Shellie supported SpringHaven, Inc. Domestic Violence Program and Silverleaf Sexual Trauma Recovery Center through fundraising, collecting donations, and raising awareness of sexual and domestic violence in her community.
Shellie has been a long-time volunteer with Amnesty International. In 2018 Shellie was invited to attend A.I’s “Lobby Days”. She and her partner addressed Representatives Guthrie and Rogers and Senators Paul and McConnell’s staff on behalf of the Rohingya people who were being subjected to ethnic cleansing by the Myanmar military.
Through yoga, astrology, and her writing, Shellie works with female-identifying clients seeking to heal and empower the sacred feminine within them. She continues to advocate and raise awareness of sexual and domestic violence in her community.