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Rev. Denise Burriss 

Certified Yoga Wellness Educator, RYT 500, E-RYT 200, Rev. Denise Burriss is the Minister of Health and Wellness at Turner Memorial AME Church, where she teaches Anatomy-Based, Serenity Yoga and conducts Wellness Workshops and Seminars. She is a member of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance and a Continuing Health Educator with Yoga Alliance.


Rev. Denise began practicing yoga when she was 19 years old, in her freshman year in college, in 1973 and began to teach yoga professionally in 1990, when she was Ordained an Itinerate Minister in the AME Church. She incorporates the teaching and philosophy of yoga into her ministry and developed her gentle form of yoga to create Serenity Yoga With Rev. Denise.

Rev. Burriss attended Cheyney State University in her freshman year in college and matriculated to the University of the District of Columbia being selected for a  Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, where she earned her BS Degree in Psychology and graduated Cum Laude. 


Through Serenity With Denise, Rev. Denise has taught Serenity Yoga at the NBC4, Health and Fitness Expo, and she has led Women’s Retreats and Serenity Yoga Retreats for Churches and Women’s Organizations throughout Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

It doesn’t matter how you are feeling,  a gentle yoga practice will always help lift your spirit with a focus on the breath for relaxation and spiritual healing. My mission is to make this practice accessible to everyone, especially during these unprecedented times. Serenity Yoga With Rev. Denise is not just yoga, it's  much more.

With 32 years of teaching Serenity Yoga during my years of Ministry, Rev. Denise is excited to share her life's purpose with you. Rev. Denise is passionate about helping individuals identify with their own purpose and inner peace, as she combines the beauty and grace of God’s Word into her yoga practice and integrates the presence of the Holy Spirit with breath, guided meditation, and movement to experience a sense of wellness and mindful relaxation that celebrates every moment of life, and uses the technology of breath, movement, sound and stillness, in a fresh and modern way to encourage students to live an epic life. Her teaching style is heavily influenced by her yoga lineage of Katabi Jois, B.K. S. Iyengar, and various forms of meditation.

A next-generation wellness educator, Rev. Denise blends the Traditional yoga principles and real-world occurrences into an integrated experience that is grounded, gentle, and Serene.

I invite you to join me in this 5,000 year old practice to feel the transformative healing, and stress relieving benefits of mindful meditation, artistic movement through yoga, breathwork, and wellness lifestyle strategies to reach within and explore the manifestations of your authentic self.

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