Ryan has been a Philadelphia resident since September 2013 by way of Washington, D.C. She is a high school Special Education/ Reading Intervention teacher in North Philadelphia, and in addition to her passion for dedicating her Life’s work to the advancement and expansion of knowledge for today’s urban youth, Ryan holds empowering youth to develop their individual voice through the Spoken Word tradition as a core value as well as she hosts the Poetry/Spoken Word club at the school she currently teaches. From a more personal scope, Ryan has thrown herself into a journey of deepening her spirituality and building a stronger, healthier, more magical relationship with Self and has come to view self-care, self-exploration, and ultimately self-love as a human obligation not only to the individual, but to society, the world, and the Universe as a collective. As we navigate through today’s society, the demands piled on us to simply be Human have proven to have a toxic effect on this planet, and as a result, now more than ever, Ryan seeks to help heal other human relatives both metaphysically and physically. She especially feels a deep connection towards advocating for marginalized individuals who experience a unique form of suffocation at the hands of systemic oppression—especially people of color and the LGBTQ communities and has been involved in activism since her junior year of high school. A major part of her recently refreshed spiritual study is attributed to this connection. In March 2013, Ryan received her Gohonzon after her life-changing introduction to the Buddhist practice, and continues to further her practice of the teachings through chanting, meditation, and mindful living. In addition, Ryan was introduced to the physical practice of yoga in 2015, and has come to hold the teachings of Patanjali’s yoga philosophy dear upon the completion of Studio 34’s Yoga Teacher Training 2016. Ryan is currently a student at the Reiki School and Clinic studying Reiki 1 and has aspirations of delving into aroma therapy, massage therapy, and crystal healing.