Tameeka Nicole~ Owner & Chief Well-Being Curator
EMERGE™ Yoga & Wellness Studio Founder Tameeka Ford, has a long history in serving underrepresented communities and in helping others to connect with their true selves. For over two decades, Tameeka served as the Senior Manager for one of the oldest settlement houses in the country, a non-profit organization providing comprehensive social service support to clients of all ages. During this time, Tameeka used her skills as a Masters’ level social worker and program administrator to create hundreds of innovative youth and community programs designed to respond to the physical, social, and mental needs of New York City’s most vulnerable communities and youth populations.
I believe in loving hard, living boldly, standing tall, freedom, nourishment for body and soul, dancing until…, chocolate heals, everything sparkly, crying often, creativity, self-responsibility, forgiveness, DIVINE POWER, fun, dreaming wildly, adventure opens doors, rest, being true to self, and all things delicious.
It’s all about being in FLOW!
In my former role, I led a team of over 100 staff members including site directors, therapists, performing artists, youth developer, and office support staff and I cared deeply about their mental health and overall wellbeing. My work with disadvantaged communities inspired me to bring the practice of mindfulness and intentional wellness into the workplace.
Ultimately, My passion for assisting others in achieving personal balance, accompanied with my own physical and mental health challenges led me to establish EMERGE™ Yoga & Wellness Studio in 2016. At the studio I promote an integrative holistic approach to healing, that includes healing arts, mind-body awareness, self-reliance, and influencing foundational behavioral changes.
EMERGE™ is founded on the belief that we cannot serve from an empty vessel; we must serve ourselves first to better serve others. I believe that as we transform ourselves within and pay attention to our emotional, mental and physical well-being with kindness, we can effectively transform our local communities, and ultimately the world. It is with a growth mindset that I empower my students that the power to heal lies within. Every student is invited to start where she/her is and connect to the practice by we honoring their temples, the body. As we connect our mind-body, using breath-awareness, we change our relationship with self.
I am honored to be a vessel to promote self care and hold space where people feel safe and empowered to cultivate a sustainable wellness lifestyle. I geniunely care for the well-being of all beings, especially those that are underserved and underrepresented.
” All beings deserve to be free from suffering and a have a fair chance to find their FLOW “~Tameeka Nicole
I am a self-care advocate and intuitive yoga and wellness instructor, studying under the great teacher Ghylian Bell, founder of the Urban Yoga Foundation (UYF). UYF is a community yoga organization that assists individuals in managing stress, developing mind-body awareness, and becoming more health conscious. With my natural child-like curosity I am lead to take risk, to see what is possible and create opportunities to share with all. In this season of my life the biggest risk is invoking a riot about wellness, self-care and self-awareness, holding space and empowering folks to take charge of their well-being. This work of serving others is fueled by a higher source that I call ‘ Lover of my soul’ – GOD! Lead by this spirit of love, it is my desire to do the highest good for all, while connecting to the true manifestation of my purpose.
As self-proclaim Self-Care Warrior, my on-going self-study on personal development has lead me to discover the benefits of participatory healing. The mission: teach and model that the power to heal thyself lies within.
I hold certifications and training in the following: Children’s Yoga, Chair Yoga, Breath Work, Chakra Energy Healing, Yoga Anatomy, Om Restorative Yoga, Corrective Exercise, Healing Powers of Crystals, Thai Yoga, Mindfulness, Empowerment for Transformation, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Reiki, Aromatherapy and a host of social-emotional professional learning courses and each day, there is a new teacher with a new lesson for me to explore and learn.
It is my pleasure to serve with light and love…