BE IN THE MOMENT WITH AKILI WELL
WELL: In good health; free or recovered from illness
Akili Well is a wellness service designed to connect us to the depth of wisdom our bodies hold. In essence, its about connection. In practice, it's about tapping into ancient healing practices to grow and heal.
Akili Wellness currently offers holistic healthcare services to companies, groups, and 1:1 clients.
If you are looking for:
Mind, Body, Spiritual Connection
You've come to the right place.
Our vision is that all bodies, ethnicities, and identities are honored and that the practice be used as a channel to self-discovery and collective healing.
Money and Healing
A 3-session course designed to support Women of Color in moving beyond traditional principles of money management.
We discuss ways we relate to money, identify obstacles that have long held us back from financial peace, and walk away with tools to help work through your financial emotions in daily life.
Next Cohort Launching Soon!
We also offer wellness retreats for Women of Color and can create a customized program for organizations or individuals seeking support on their wellness journeys. Contact us for more information below.
Meet the Founder: Josie Santiago ( she/her)
Many years ago, Josie began her journey to wellness through the ancient practice of Yoga as a way to recharge from the daily stresses of life. With the wear and tear of cumulative stress, a full work schedule, and a severe back injury; Josie was immobilized-not only in her body but in her mind’s relationship to her body. She turned completely towards wellness to regain her strength and connect back to her wholeness. She's deepened her wellness coaching practices through many programs; Yoga Veda Institute, Embodied Philosophy, Niroga Institute, Strozzi Institute, Mama Sanovia, and Physical Therapist, Dr. Ariele Foster, to name a few. Josie draws on Ayurveda, somatics, neuroscience, life coaching methodologies, and anatomy informed Yoga, paired with trauma informed care to encourage self- awareness, self-care and personal transformation. Always a student, she is currently a Ayurveda Health Counselor candidate with Yoga Veda Institute.
Josie is a long time educator, life-coach, dancer, and social justice advocate. When she is not practicing or teaching, she can be found facilitating workshops that support leadership development, developing diversity and inclusion strategies for organizations, or designing workshops on social-emotional development, trauma sensitive practices, and personal development. Josie leans heavily on the ancient practice of Yoga to sustain her as she strives to change the world with the fullest compassion. Josie holds a B.A in Liberal Studies, with an emphasis in Physical Education and a Masters Degree in Secondary Education.
I recently started 1:1 online gentle yoga sessions with Josie. At first I was not sure how this would work, since it was my first time doing online yoga classes, but I am so glad I did it. I reached out to Josie because I had taken one of her classes in Oakland before and loved it. I was also going through a really tough emotional time in my life and needed healing. Josie's class has healed me in many ways. I felt better and better after each class. My body became less sore. My mind awakened with clear thinking. I connected back to myself, especially when doing the warrior pose. I received so much more than I expected. Josie is a magnificent yoga & meditation instructor and I am grateful.
Josie is one of the greatest yoga instructors I have had the opportunity to work with. She is very attentive to your abilities in movement and helpful to correcting any doubt you may have to those movements. Josie keeps a soothing environment where it is easy to focus on the breathing and relaxation of the mind and body. Again, a great instructor.
I cannot praise Josie enough as a yoga instruction. We are fortunate enough to have her come to our office monthly and she transforms a usually hectic environment into a serene oasis. As someone who has done yoga, but not a regular, I greatly appreciate how she meets students at their own abilities. She encourages us to listen to our bodies and demonstrates variations so we are all are active, but not overwhelmed. Her high level of knowledge and her respect for the practice is apparent in every class. I encourage you to seek out her classes.
Thich Nhat Hanh
"Our practice is to live our daily lives in such a way that every act, every moment, becomes an act of love"