Founder of Afro Flow Yoga®
Afro Flow Yoga® founder, Leslie Salmon Jones enjoys a career working with clients, students, diverse populations, and community organizations to help develop mastery over their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-beings. Since dancing at the age of seven, Leslie has been living her dreams as a professional dancer, certified holistic personal trainer, yoga instructor, wellness coach, and public speaker. She completed her BA in interdisciplinary studies in health sciences and dance at SUNY, NYC and has had the opportunity to study and train with world-renowned masters of dance, yoga and spirituality. It was through her intensive dance training at the Alvin Ailey School in New York that Leslie was first introduced to yoga, and nearly twenty five years later, she remains dedicated to her yoga practice. It was the connection with African spirituality, yogic principals, the intrinsic expression of movement through nature’s elements and a transformational journey throughout Africa and the Caribbean, that inspired Leslie to create Afro Flow Yoga® in 2008. Along with her husband Jeff Jones multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, musical director and co-founder, they currently offer AFY weekly classes, monthly workshops, teacher trainings and outreach programs to promote diversity and inclusion in Boston, Connecticut and New York. AFY workshops and retreats are also offered at The Omega Institute, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Festivals, Schools, Colleges and Universities, private events and at studios worldwide including Hawaii, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Bali and Canada. Afro Flow Yoga® has been featured in Yoga Journal, Black Enterprise, NPR, Exhale Magazines, "Better Living with Liz Walker," NBC and ABC news and was voted "Boston's Best" yoga class in 2016 by the Improper Bostonian. Leslie and Jeff co-produced two wellness DVDs:“Core Strength: Back to Basics” and “Core Power: Radiate the Energy Within”, available online.
Leslie is also a co-creator and faculty member for the annual Omega Women's Leadership Intensive and at The Omega Women's Leadership Center.
Leslie also teaches weekly Core Strength & Core Power classes in Boston along with her Living From Your Core™ program. To learn more please visit, www.lesliesalmonjones.com.
Co-Founder and Musical Director
Afro Flow Yoga® co-founder, Jeff Jones, is a multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, musical director, composer and co-creator with his wife and founder, Leslie Salmon Jones. Jeff creates an intuitive dynamic flow through a stream of consciousness and the mastery of African inspired rhythms, instruments and vocals, synergizing the class collective. His use of the Djembe, which he brought back from Ghana, congas, bongos, Sudanese acholi lyre, Indian bells, tambourine along with an eclectic array of tonal instruments, makes for a healing musical journey.
He has co-facilitated classes, workshops and retreats at the Omega Institute, Kripalu Center, Alvin Ailey Dance Center, Boston Yoga and Chant Festival, Caribbean Yoga Conference, Maui yoga retreat, and Forestdance, to name a few.
In addition to his role at Afro Flow Yoga®, Jeff has enjoyed a career as a professional musician for over 20 years and comes from a lineage of three generations of accomplished musicians. He has been blessed to travel the world performing on many continents and has played various musical genres and venues such as Scullers Jazz Club, The Supper Club NYC, Windows on the World,, Berklee Performance Center and Mile High Stadium. He has performed for the inaugurations of President Barack Obama and Governor Deval Patrick, and has opened for greats such as Little Richard and Al Green.
Jeff produced and engineered two wellness DVD’s Core Strength: back to basics and Core Power: radiate the energy within, which he co-created with Leslie Salmon Jones.
Senior Afro Flow Yoga Instructor
Pilin Anice is a professional dancer/singer and yoga instructor, performing artist, and model. Pilin is passionate about helping others tune into their highest creative self. From universities to community organizations, she has guided students of all ages in the sacred movements of dance and yoga through a range of workshops and classes. She has been featured on the Today Show, GMA, BET/CentricTV, and YogaXpress. For over 14 years, she has studied with masters of West African dance, Duhnam Technique, and African Diasporic dances of Haiti, Cuba, and Brazil. Her passion for yoga & dance lead her to become a certified Afro Flow Yoga instructor in 2011 under the tutelage of founder and mentor Leslie Salmon Jones. She is an alumna Howard University, where she was awarded the Debbie & Phylicia Ayers-Allen Performing Arts Scholarship and trained at Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. Pilin earned her 200 Hour RYT at Reflections Yoga in Guatemala. She is currently a Brand Ambassador for Athleta. www.pilinanice.com
Director of Organization Development & AFY Instructor
Nyacko is the founder of Yin Consulting, an organization development and wellness group whose vision is to create a more racially just and inclusive world for all. Yin Consulting achieves it’s vision in two ways: 1) Promoting the development and success of organizations run by women, LGBTQ, and men of color. 2) Supporting non-profit and corporate organizations in embodying their values around diversity, equity and inclusion.
As the Director of Organization Development for Afro Flow Yoga, Nyacko supports the effectiveness of internal operations and the deployment of new infrastructure. Her contributions include change management, strategic planning, and process consulting.
In addition to being an Afro Flow Yoga® Certified Teacher, Nyacko is a 500 Hour Professional Level Yoga Teacher and a Returned Peace Corps Botswana Volunteer. Her expertise includes program management, public health and youth empowerment. Nyacko holds a Masters with Distinction in Organization Development from American University and is a recipient of the university’s Segal-Seashore Fellowship Award for her commitment to social justice.
When Nyacko is not flowing, she can be found in nature with her partner Biplaw and their two Olde English Bulldogs. www.yinconsulting.com
AFY Instructor & Education Specialist
Nikomo Peartree is the founder and co-director of the Freedom School Movement which helps communities to envision and build Freedom Schools. Freedom Schools are regenerative living and learning communities that inspire all people to pursue their passions, live their dreams, and re-imagine life on Planet Earth. Freedom Schools transform communities by identifying root causes of the pressing social issues of our time and implementing radical, lasting solutions. Through the establishment of spaces for reconnection, healing, art, and community, people will be empowered to co-create a sustainable future in harmony with the Earth and all life. Nikomo also provides Educational Consulting for schools and organizations. By participating in Circle Workshops, youth, artists, educators, parents, administrators and support staff learn to become joyful co-creators of rigorous student-centered educational programs.