Salena Collins-Black is a Yoga 120A & Yoga Therapy Lecturer at USC.Since 2012 Salena has been a wellness advocate in her local community of south Los Angeles, and the Inglewood area. She has dedicated over a decade to the yoga and mindfulness practice. She began practicing at Yogaworks in 2005, her appreciation for the practice drove her to apply to the Yogaworks 200 hour Teacher Training Program in 2011. Upon completing her training, Salena launched the first yoga studio in Inglewood, CA in 2012. Clear Gardens Yoga Studio became a space for peace & comfort, with a mission to serve the community quality yoga and wellness resources. She founded The Balance Of Life Project in 2013: a yoga & mindfulness program that serves over 12 schools grades k-12 in the Los Angeles, Inglewood and Compton area. In 2015 Salena continued her training at YogaWorks, qualifying at the 500 hr certification level. Salena has served as yoga instructor to the following organizations: LAUSD, CUSD, IUSD, Nasdaq, NBCUniversal , The Grammys, Staples Center, Kaiser Permanente, KJLH Women’s Forum, Inglewood City Hall, ICEF Public Schools, UCLA David Geffen School Of Medicine. In 2016 Salena was featured on Fox 11 News, and received the Rising Star Award given by City National Bank, for her dedication to bringing the practice of yoga and mindfulness to inner city schools. As of 2020 Salena has completed Yoga Therapy Certification, obtained a certificate from Harvard CEEL Graduate Program in Stress Trauma, and Adversity, as well as a Meditation Certification from Yoga Journal.
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