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De Jur

Yoga Teacher & Panelist
Los Angeles, California
De Jur has been a yoga devotee since 2011 after major surgery. Her yoga path continues to be a personal exploration and evolution. That evolution inspired her to become a yoga therapist trained at Loyola Marymount University. She struck up a friendship with a yoga teacher that offers classes in the CSEC unit (Commercially Sexually Exploited Children) at juvenile hall. That friendship sparked an interest that created a deep, explorative dive into learning everything she could about sex and human trafficking, trauma, how it affects victims and survivors and how yoga can help with embodiment, self-regulation and heal trauma. De Jur was shocked to learn that her hometown of Los Angeles was one of the top three US cities in which 80% of human trafficking cases occur. This specialized training aided her in finding her niche to serve at-risk, under-resourced and highly traumatized communities and populations that show up with a myriad of emotional, physical and psychological damage that yoga can help.She teaches youth in the juvenile justice system, probation camps and its staff, shelters, group homes, direct services programs, and incarcerated and formerly incarcerated adults around LA County. De Jur is humbled and grateful to call Hala Khouri, Dr. Larry Payne and James Fox her teachers and mentors in victim centered trauma informed, therapeutic, accessible yoga. De Jur is a contributor in the Yoga Service Council’s best practices book series “Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System”. She is available to speak at your workplace or facilitate a yoga therapy program with your organization. De Jur loves the work that she does.