Rest In Power Yoga & Reiki

Rest in Power Yoga and Reiki LLC was born of a growing collective desire to leverage yoga as a tool for Black and Queer liberation & general decolonization, and therefore the tool for everyone’s liberation from an anti-Black + still-colonial world


Rest in Power calls for the reclamation of healing in the Turtle Island consciousness as a series of anti-colonial & ancient systems cultivated and nurtured for the express purpose of spiritual liberation.

The name Rest in Power plays with the illusion of dualities, using the tools of
physical, psychological, and emotional stillness to access and manifest the innate power within each of us.

The name also calls forth the ancestors of marginalized people, those who died without the privilege of consistent inner peace and/or extrinsic power. May our healing honor their power(s).


Harnessing the powers of Reiki, Yoga, Sound Healing, Ancestral Rituals & Spirit Channeling, Rest in Power Yoga and Reiki touches that part of each of us that holds no fear, that sees with clarity, that knows itself – and knows that it knows  and that loves the divine in each of us without restriction.

Rest in Power Yoga and Reiki supports you in finding the rest that you need to
​wake up to your own divinity, shed your limiting falsehoods and live as your most powerful self.


Our Founder


"Zel" Amanzi

Spirit Worker


Sacred Energy


Founder + CEO

Black AF | Queer AF

Here for Radical Realignment

    About Zel

    Hi :) I'm Zel (pronouns: they/them). If you've practiced with me over the last 2 years, you may know me as Chris Johnson. You can read about my name change here. I'm the founder and owner of Rest In Power Yoga and Reiki, LLC.

    ​I move through this lifetime as a witchy, Black, queer/nonbinary humxn with an alchemical lense and a dedication to the sacred connection between Self + Source. My soul’s divine purpose is to nourish the trees that bear the fruits of freedom. I build sacred + radical-anticolonial communities that harness ancestral power, accelerate collective healing, and ignite fearless creative expression. I primarily connect to Source and Self-remembrance through nature, art, yoga, meditation, sound healing + Reiki.

    After a decade following a less-than-aligned path, I started Rest In Power Yoga and Reiki to help you cultivate peace, activate inner power, and experience emancipation. I am grateful for my years as a classroom teacher, community organizer and community gardener for my deep understanding of systemic colonization. I attribute much of my wisdom and growth to these prior professional lifetimes.


    Fun fact: I find total freedom in travel and have a goal to visit every "country" in the world. So far, I'm 23 countries in.

      ~ Zel

      Master of Science in Education - Social Justice Education

      Registered Yoga Teacher - e-RYT200 / YACEP

      Reiki Master Sacred Teacher

      Yoga Nidra and Meditation


      Projects, Collaborations + Offerings

      Queer Projects

      Trans Yoga Project

      I'm a founding member of this collective of Trans* and NonBinary yoga educators offering educational workshops for cis-friends and healing spaces for trans* sibs.

      Queer Collabs

      Cuties LA

      A Black Queer owned, totally queer-centered virtual community space. Catch me monthly for virtual meditation.


      Free: Heart Healing and Clarity of Purpose Self-Guided Mini Online Course

      Listen to short guided breathing exercises designed to support you in cultivating a heart-centered purpose statement, one you can use in your day to day life to align your actions with your unique soul purpose and beginning manifesting your highest Self, rather than living at the mercy of your ego and thoughts.

      Radical Realignment: Clarity of Purpose

      Develop a Personal Purpose Statement - the concise, yet powerful and transformative affirmation that will help you remain in deep alignment with your heart's intentions and your soul purpose. Creating a life in alignment with your purpose is the first step to healing your heart. Rooted in the free Heart Healing and Clarity of Purpose eJournal, we'll go beyond the journal steps together to unlock even more in community. You'll leave with a clear(er) sense of what is keeping you stuck, and what the steps are on your path to a radically realigned life. Offered in January, April, July and December 2021.

      Decolonized Reiki Certifications

      Are you drawn to Reiki, but uncertain where to start or with whom to study? Do you have rightful concerns about studying a traditional Japanese healing system from people who have no roots in Japan or understanding of decolonization? This training is geared toward you! We go well beyond the typical 1-day Reiki trainings rooted in patriarchy and cultural misappropriation. All teachers are BIPoC, including Japanese guest teachers. This 2 month immersion includes modules on mental health, anti-oppression, and ritual.

      Purified Power: Embodying the Yamas and Niyamas

      This 10 week virtual immersion is offered 1 or 2 times per year, in summer/winter. This in depth exploration of the ethics and principles of yoga is designed to catalyze Self-reflection, shift habits, clarify purpose, and empower each participant to live fully as their Highest Self. The course is sensory, including asana + meditation, tea and candle rituals!


      What People Are Saying

      Chris- a staple person in LA healing. A fresh, young voice with an old soul. I was coaxed to calmness from Chris’ voice and bowls. Like an instant chill pill as soon as I’m around them!

      Liz McLean

      Chris is amazing with directing intention and welcoming deep work in a way that leaves you feeling lifted. They have created a space open to all experiences and expressions of life, allowing one to feel supported while being authentic and healing. Integrating multiple approaches of yoga, reiki and sound healing, RIPY&R is a safe heaven for embodied living.

      Uma Behati

      Chris is a compassionate, detail oriented, and insightful practitioner. They have helped me to develop a deeper sense of self-awareness, and to understand ways that my current thought patterns and habits may be self-limiting. It's clear that Chris is well versed in the traditional world of yoga, and has been a wonderful guide in increasing my understanding of several yogic practices, especially meditation. Chris' offerings are carefully curated and very high quality - their formal training in education is quite clear from their classes and teachings. Chris' direct involvement with historically disenfranchised communities makes their offerings even more profound and accessible.

      Caylee Clay

      Get in Touch

      265 S Western Ave #743157, Los Angeles, CA 90004

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