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Our fitness and wellness programs have had a positive impact on countless lives, helping to increase the quality of life for many people. Hearing impact stories from our members is one of the best parts of our job. We love hearing how our programs have helped people to improve their physical and mental wellness. Our members have reported increased energy, better sleep, improved mood, and weight loss. We are proud to be part of their journey to a healthier and happier life.

What finding ORISHA has meant to me


The Open-door policy allows me to come and go as I please. And when I do show up, I’m greeted as if my presence is appreciated. I am not shamed for being MIA.


ORISHA promotes respect on so many levels. Having the freedom to participate in various activities of different skill levels allows me to zone in on my comfort zone some days as well as push me out of my comfort zone some days. Doing what is familiar and safe is good but what a feeling when I ace something new and challenging -AKA- LINE DANCING. I have two left feet and trouble following directions. But oh, the comrade I feel from ORISHA instructors and participant is enough to get me through the cha cha slide as well as the Chicago slide with my two left feet and horrible sense of direction!


I don’t feel lonely when I am with ORISHA. ORISHA prompts inclusion. Although I come from a large family, I still sometimes feel lonely or long to be part of a group that shares my fitness, physical activity and social needs and concerns. ORISHA promotes an environment where I feel the culture offers a mix of people who I can exercise together with doing physical activities and socializing with in a manner that suit me.


ORISHA shuts shaming down! I am free to come as I am. I feel free to make as much or as little noise as I want. I can choose to do as much or as little as I am comfortable with! No shaming here!


ORISHA use dance, fitness, wellness activities as well as economic and nutritional education to promote health, happiness and healing.


I’ve had my share of Aha moments because of ORISHA. Yes, working together everyone achieved more. There is strength in unity. And of course, there’s no I in TEAM. But thankfully there’s and A in ORISHA and I’m thankful for all the aha moments that I’ve experienced and will experience as a past, present and future participant.



Julie Nelson

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I've always tried to balance my work, personal life and family.


But, as my family circle was getting smaller for various reasons, I was reverting back to the couch and not fully embracing what Orisha Wholeness did.


This year, I decided to embrace as many activities, that my schedule will allow and I enjoyed every moment.


Orisha Wholeness is now part of my circle and I look forward to the weekly calendar. 


Orisha Wholeness makes me feel like a kid in a candy store with $100 to spend. It has created a sense of belonging, friendship and fun for me.


Willett Nanton

I am still on my journey of self Love and Health. I take comparison pictures just as a reminder why I need to continue working on me. I have to thank NYC Parks for they available programs that help and @orishawholeness who has become a major part of the new me. The support they provide is truly appreciated and amazing. They for fill the soul, body and mind. Turning 50 in a lil over a month and feeling amazing.

Cynthia Roman


Yesterday’s line dancing class was Lit! With every step and movement, I felt my spirits lift and my sense of self-confidence soar as I practiced new line dances, believing that the best is yet to come.

Theresa Parris

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