― bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions
Tai Salih, E-RYT® 500, YACEP®, as a Sudanese refugee, trauma was woven into my life story – I was often caught between numbness and overwhelm. It took me a long time to believe that I was strong enough to handle the weight of my own emotions – but I found a path to feel at home in my own body.
Healing can be messy and painful at times, but if we choose to ride it and extend ourselves grace, then profound and radical change can happen. With mindfulness and a somatic approach, we can start to discover that everything we ever needed is already within us.
I am an experienced practitioner and teacher of yoga and mindfulness practices, which informs my work with trauma-specific and somatic therapies. I approach my practice through an anti-oppressive framework, and I am passionate to work with Black Indigenous and Women of Colour (BIWOC) and Gender-expansive folks.
What I find to be most important is creating harmony, balance, and joy in any practice.
With me, you will find a non-judgmental brave space for you to reclaim your self.
OAMHP # 7383-S
Experience transformative speaking engagments and workshops conducted through a trauma-informed and healing-centered lens, fostering accountability and collective liberation.
Speaking engagements delve into crucial topics, shedding light on the following:
Anti-Oppression and White Supremacy:
Unpack the layers of oppression, examining its roots and impact on marginalized communities. Understand and confront the mechanisms of white supremacy to foster a more equitable society.
Explore the profound consequences of racial injustice, implicit bias, Whiteness, and structural racism.
Anti-Black Racism SWANA Lens:
The history, impact, and persistent racial injustices within Middle Eastern/SWANA communities.
Collective Liberation and Social Justice:
Explore the interconnected principles of collective liberation and social justice, understanding their roles in dismantling systemic oppression.
Black liberation, examining its historical context and contemporary relevance.
Radical Self-Care, Healing, and Resiliency:
Equip yourself with tools for self-care, healing, and building resilience in the face of adversity.
Creating Brave and Inclusive Spaces:
Learn strategies to establish environments that are welcoming, inclusive, and respectful of diverse perspectives.
Address the impact of racial trauma and work towards healing and empowerment.
White Feminism vs. Intersectional Feminism vs Womanism:
Navigate the distinctions between white feminism, intersectional feminism, and womanism for a more inclusive approach.
Tailored Workshops Facilitation:
Radical Self-Care, Healing, and Resiliency:
African Spirituality and Healing Practices
Decolonizing Mental Health
Decolonizing Self Care
Healing from Intergenerational Trauma
Healing from Racial Trauma
Healing from Gender-Based Violence
African Diaspora Literature and Empowerment
Cultural Competence in Trauma-Informed Care
Community Building Through Storytelling
Kemetic Yoga, Creative Writing, and Healing
African Dance and Healing
500hr Hatha Yoga, Modo Yoga Inc.: Victoria, BC 2012
Hands-on Adjustments YuMee Cheung: Brampton, Ont. 2012
100hr Ashtanga Flow and Pranayama, Kranti Yoga: Goa, India 2013
Anti-oppression and Trauma Sensitivity Training, New Leaf Foundation: Toronto, Ont. 2015
100hr Vinyasa Flow, Modo Yoga Inc.: Toronto, Ont. 2015
Post-Rehabilitation Specialist Diploma, Body Harmonics: Toronto, Ont. 2016
Ayurveda Paras Moghtader: Caledon, Ont. 2015
Kemetic Yoga Yirser Hotep.: Mississauga, Ont. 2018
100hr Strength Training Modo Fit, Modo Yoga Inc.: St.Catherines, Ont. 2019
Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Trauma-Sensitive Yoga West: Canmore, AB, 2020
Dismantling Racism Skills In Action- Michelle Johnson: Winston-Salem, NC 2020
Restorative Justice Training Logistics MPLI: Minneapolis, MN 2021
Race & Resilience Leadership Cohort Skills In Action- Michelle Johnson: Winston-Salem, NC 2021
Anti Racism Course University of Colorado Boulder: Professor Jennifer Ho 2021
Art of Facilitation Skills In Action- Michelle Johnson: Winston-Salem, NC 2022
300hr Skill In Action YTT - Michelle Johnson: Winston-Salem, NC 2022
Full Spectrum Doula Practitioner - Doula International Institute, New York, New York 2022
Abortion Doula Practitioner - Birthworks International, Medford, NJ 2023
Additional workshops and training in: Restorative Yoga, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, mindfulness, acro yoga, thai yoga massage, and Post-Natal with master instructors Sean Corne, Bernie Clarke, Frank Jude Boccio, Ted Grand, Jessica Robertson, Yirser Hotep and more.
B.A. Psychology York University Toronto, Ont 2008
Graduate Diploma Human Resources Conestoga College Waterloo, Ont. 2010
Total Self Healing Transformational Arts College Toronto, Ont. 2019
Social Service Worker courses George Brown College Toronto, Ont 2021
Graduate Psychotherapy TCPCE Toronto, Ont 2021-current
I love to travel, I take 1-2 trips each year
I love books, I go through 35-50 each year
I could live off pizza and pasta
If I could be any super hero it would be Ororo MunroeStorma (a.k.a Storm from X-Men)
Red stands for Sekhmet (Sakhmet) is one of the oldest known Egyptian deities. Her name is derived from the Egyptian word “Sekhem” (which means “power” or “might”) and is often translated as the “Powerful One” or “She who is Powerful”. She is depicted as a lion-headed woman, sometimes with the addition of a sun disc on her head. Her seated statues show her holding the ankh of life, but when she is shown striding or standing she usually holds a sceptre formed from papyrus (the symbol of northern or Lower Egypt) suggesting that she was associated primarily with the north. However, some scholars argue that the deity was introduced from Sudan (South of Egypt) where lions are more plentiful.
Ma’at or Maat, who is symbolized by an ostrich feather or shown with one in her hair, is both a goddess, the daughter of the sun god Ra (Re) and an abstract. To the ancient Egyptians, Ma’at, everlasting and powerful, bound everything together in order. Ma’at represented truth, right, justice, world order, stability, and continuity. Ma’at represents harmony and unending cycles, Nile flooding, and the king of Egypt.