Luz Emma Cañas Madrigal is a warrior, a healer and a storyteller. She graduated with highest honors from the Chicano Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara and was a Graduate Fellow in the Department of World Arts and Cultures, U.C.L.A., while attaining her Master's Degree in Dance Movement Therapy. She was certified by the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) in Kundalini Yoga and has studied Sufi Healing in the Shadhiliyya Sufi Path for over sixteen years. She has led workshops on healing the mind-body interface at Columbia University, Harlem Hospital, and American Airlines and has worked with a wide variety of clientele ranging from pre-verbal children to recording artists. Luz is giving continuity to the Capoeira passed down to her by her deceased master and husband, Jorge Luiz de Souza Jesus, through Capoeira Muçurumim. The first Capoeira group to be founded, and directed, by a woman in the United States. In January 2021, Luz's three Sufi poetry books will be re-released in one collection, From him to Him, through Maximalist Press. Her forthcoming memoir, Martial Love, is also slated for release in 2021.
On Teacher's Training...
Luz offers the most comprehensive, thorough, intriguing, accurate, and transformative Yoga Teacher's Training. It is not just books, formulas and numbers. It is incredibly spiritual. You have full guidance and understanding along the way and beyond. Even after you graduate, you have a lifelong mentor and honorable leader. Filled with gratitude for all she has taught me and continues to share.
- Angela Williams-Jones/CorpYogi
On Sufi Healing...
Luz is amazing, a blessing and a friend. To be honest I was skeptical about the idea of a spiritual anything, let alone a healer, but I was drawn to Luz and decided to go with my gut. I felt safe and calm in her presence. And while I still don't understand how this whole process works, I knew that after my talks and visits with her I would be ok. My doctor confirmed my new found belief saying "sometimes these things just go away or improve on their own"...and sometimes it's Luz!
- Nichole Robinson Galacia, Model/Actress
On Creative Arts Therapy...
When I first began to work with Luz, I had been diagnosed with an uncurable degenerative neurological disease. As a result, I was also battling anxiety and depression: I was “self-medicating” with compulsive behavior and my job and marriage were in jeopardy. Today, my attitudes toward my disease (and life in general) are much more positive. My compulsive behavior has stopped completely. My marriage is stronger than ever. My wife and I have a beautiful baby daughter, who is named Lucy. Not a coincidence. I feel better and stronger physically than I have in a long time. Neither of these would have been possible without Luz. I recommend her wholeheartedly. Not just to anyone in need of Yoga, or Pilates instruction, but to anyone who wants to improve their life and be healthier and happier.
- Dan Kieffer, Stem Cell Advocate
On Rhythm & Breath...
Over the nearly 8 years of her tutelage, I have cultivated a deeper relationship to the Divine with the guidance of Luz in Kundalini Yoga, increased my endurance and strength with her Boudoir Ballet and have been blessed to experience her compassion in every step of my healing journey.
N'Tirzah al Rephaim/Musician and Spoken Word Artist
On Boudoir Ballet...
Boudoir Ballet is magic! It was the first workout video that I ever got excited about. And it's seriously the only 20 day challenge (fitness or otherwise) that I have ever completed. I even did it twice! I felt so much stronger and more confident by day five each time. A priceless experience. Totally got my $10 worth and more.
- Olivia Lovejoy, Olivia Cleans Green