Naimah Efia is a holistic health practitioner, specializing in mental health and psychic emancipation. Through a commitment to self-determined healing for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), Naimah activates transformation within a politicized praxis of decolonial care. Decolonial care allows for the return to our inherent right to heal, and be healed on our own terms, and in line with our legacies and traditions past, present and future.
Naimah teaches yoga and offers integrative training on the intersections of yoga, social justice and identity politics. They're a proud Ma-MaGe of twins, as well as a doula, who centers reproductive mental health across the spectrum of birthwork. Naimah also offers their skills & care as a healing justice practitioner, liberation-based educator and community activist. Their array of expertise creates an integrated approach to healing and responding to violence. The approach is informed by activism, esotericism, mindfulness, liberation psychology, and traditions of the diaspora. Naimah has cultivated a framework and praxis that offers expansive engagement and structurally grounds their clinical training in over 20 years of experience and deep understanding of trauma and its psychic impact on the human condition.
In addition to their direct healing work with communities, Naimah also works collaboratively with organizations, institutions and collectives providing liberation-based training, facilitating community healing spaces, and creating processes to transform conflict, integrate structural competence, and activate collective peace, power and possibility. In 2018, they founded a BIPOC healing justice initiative, #FreeToo, focused on creating experiences and opportunities for survivor-centered collective care. Over the past decade, Naimah has been intentionally building, collaborating and co-creating with collectives and organizations such as Harriet's Apothecary, Black Women's Blueprint, Ancient Song Doula Services, Black Youth Project 100, and In Our Names Network, to name a few. Naimah believes in healing as a revolutionary act of resistance that is essential to our liberation, and centers Black survivors in her work, and praxis as a health practitioner & freedom fighter.
“To search for power within myself means
I must be willing to move through being afraid to whatever lies beyond. Nothing I accept about myself can be used against me to diminish me. I am who I am, doing what I came to do, acting upon you like a drug or a chisel to remind you of your me-ness, as I discover you in myself.”