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Trainer, Coach, Mindfulness Expert 

Specializes In:

  • Mindfulness
  • Ayurvedic Practices
  • Inclusion
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Somatic Healing


What I Bring To The Team:
Passion, experience, deep knowledge and wisdom from many wisdom traditions and science. Curiosity and commitment to human identity evolution.

Top 3 Personal Values:
Honesty, Humility, Integrity

Fun Facts:
My birth name is Pleasance Chyna Darling, I have been with my hubby since I was 19, I’m not really into politics and I live in DC. I lived in Tel Aviv for 6 months.

Without community there is not liberation.



Pleasance is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor, Holistic Health Coach, Author, Death Doula, Inner Voice Guide, Mind-Body Skills  Facilitator and Adjunct Faculty at The American University. As a mother of two and an Enneagram type 4; she loves integrating the science of well being into daily life. She teaches from the foundations of evidence-based Positive Psychology and weaves the practices of many wisdom traditions including The Vedas, Mystical Judaism, Earth Based Rituals and Ceremony, & Somatic Healing.

She is the founder of THRIVE, an online self-care class and LOLA, a dynamic community based in sacred circles and teachings that cultivate liberation and awakening in daily life. Pleasance is the author of Delight: 8 Principles for Living with Joy And Ease, published in 2016 and the host of the LOLA Community Podcast, since 2018. As founder of lil omm Yoga Studio, the Co-Founder of The National Kids Yoga Conference and Septima Clark Public Charter School, Pleasance is passionate about bringing well being into a variety of communities and connecting spiritual teachings to racial justice. In higher education she taught Mindful Explorations, Strategies in Stress Management  and in the AU Community Experience program. She facilitates Mind-Body Medicine Skills Groups, Stress Management and Self-Care workshops and retreats.

Pleasance honors and appreciates all of the teachers, guides and ancestors who support her learning, growing and evolving in her lifelong studies. She brings forth powerful, mystical teachings and facilitate circles because of the amazing mentors that she has studied with.


Education & Credentials

  • BS, Sociology, George Washington University
  • Masters, Elementary Education and Teaching, University of Pennsylvania  
  • Certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor, Shakti School
  • End of Life Doula, INEDLA
  • Foundations of Positive Psychology