Marsha, Certified yoga therapist, Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator and founder of the inclusive and diverse PIES Fitness Yoga Studio offering adaptive and accessible yoga therapy intuitively guides others in building resilience by fortifying self-worth, rediscovering the authentic self and cultivating physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual (PIES) peace. She serves those impacted by trauma, body image, inclusivity, diversity, intersectionality and social justice concerns.
Marsha D. Banks-Harold, certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT), Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F), E-RYT 500, YACEP, RPYT, RCYT, BSEE and owner of PIES Fitness Yoga Studio, is an intuitive healer called to empower clients to fortify one’s strength of awesomeness; to learn to rely on one’s authentic self; and to cultivate everlasting physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual (PIES) peace. Marsha is the creator of the flagship yoga class My Body Don’t Bend That Way designed for clients who don’t believe they are flexible enough for yoga, who are afraid to get onto the floor, who are living with physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual pains or those who have restricted range of motion. She thrives in creating a supportive, inclusive, diverse, adaptive and accessible yoga therapy experience for all. Marsha, a wife of 27 years, is a mother to two sons and a legal guardian to two additional sons thriving after early childhood complex trauma. She also works as an electrical engineer and serves as an officer in her church. Marsha’s passion in life is serving those impacted by trauma, those living with special needs and conditions, special population clients and those seeking lifestyle coaching.
Marsha works privately and in small groups with clients impacted by complex and microaggressive trauma; clients seeking adaptive and accessible yoga; clients of historically marginalized groups; clients impacted by body image, inclusivity, diversity, intersectionality and social justice concerns; and special needs children and adults living with physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual or mental impairments including ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, executive functioning disorder and down syndrome. In addition, she works with special populations including trailblazers, intimidated beginners, seniors, stroke survivors and clients living with cancer, Parkinson’s, insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and joint replacements.
She also offers yoga teacher trainings and workshops that empower everyone to reach one’s true potential while being true to one’s authentic self. Marsha has presented at the Smithsonian on yoga therapy for the aging population and yoga as lifestyle medicine for stroke survivors. She is also published in yoga therapy today: building the business of yoga therapy and has facilitated what is yoga therapy for the black therapists rock organization. Marsha will be featured on Aging Matters TV show as an expert on yoga therapy for the aging population. She is an active member in the International Association of Yoga Therapist (IAYT) and serves as a member of the Alexandria Wellness Group, Black Yoga Teachers Alliance (BYTA) and Yoga Alliance (YA).
The transformation that occurred for Marsha during her initial 200-hour yoga teacher training program fortifies her quest to continue to share the powerful transforming benefits of balancing one’s life physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually (PIES) based on the integration of yogic philosophy, biomedical and psychology foundations and the lifestyle components of yoga in order to serve everyone.
Marsha’s legacy is built on serving trauma survivors, trailblazers, those living with special needs and conditions, the aging population, those new to yoga and those seeking lifestyle coaching. Marsha blossoms in creating supportive, inclusive, diverse, adaptive and accessible yoga therapy experiences for all.
Marsha graduated from YogaLife Institute formerly in Devon, Pennsylvania as a certified yoga therapist in 2015 with over 800 hours of study. Marsha’s yoga therapy eduction has been enhanced by completing specialized training in yoga therapy for special needs children with Louise Goldberg.
Marsha offers one on one and group yoga therapy sessions for the special needs community, lifestyle coaching for clients seeking balance in their lives and yoga therapy for special populations such as beginners, seniors and cancer survivors.
Marsha serves as the Director of the 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher training programs and will be offering yoga therapy training starting in January of 2020.