top of page

Hey y'all I'm 




Passion, Purpose,

Mindfulness & PLAY.

I am a self-proclaimed PLAYologist, passionate about play, mindfulness, women's holistic wellness, and childhood development! I am a spiritual activist, peaceful warrior, and diversity advocate.  A few of my favorite ways to PLAY are going to the house of the mouse, leading circle time, learning about metaphysics, and traveling. When I am not PLAYing, I am dreaming of ways to connect my work life more with PLAY. Focusing on PLAY allows me the freedom to be mindful and to stress less as I achieve my personal and professional goals. A former distance runner, I found yoga as a way to recover after runs. As my life progressed, yoga became a way for me to heal and learn from my past. 

I am a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200, RCYT, RPYT) with Yoga Alliance and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. In addition, I hold certifications in Life Coaching, Meditation, Prenatal Yoga, Children's Yoga (Kidding Around Yoga), Trauma-Informed Yoga, and Mental Well-being in Children. I have worked professionally as a counselor, health educator, and founder/owner/operator of a brick-and-mortar family entertainment center called Amaya Papaya Playlounge. With over twenty-five years of professional experience in corporate organizations, non-profit organizations, independent business ownership, mentoring, volunteering, and motherhood, I bring real-life experience to my client's needs.
I have been blessed to combine my passions with my professional experience to fulfill my life purpose of being a teacher, healer, and mindfulness expert.

I am the creator of Mindful Play Learning, a play and mindfulness-based enrichment program for children 0-5 years old. Launching 2023!

I have often been the only brown face in the room.
I have gotten used to being one of many first or only. Of these, I am the first in my family to graduate from college, the first Black-owned playspace owner in Florida, the first Black mother & daughter team Little Free Library Stewards in Central Florida, the only Black {Yoga Alliance} Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher in Florida, and the list goes on. While I am proud of these achievements, my mission is to normalize Black faces in these and other spaces. Being the first is great, but paving the way for more is most important.

I believe everyone can find their passion and purpose through mindfulness and PLAY! I love teaching women, children, and families how to bridge the gap between work and PLAY.

Untitled design (13).png

I believe that everyone can find their passion and purpose through 

Mindfulness & 




I help Women & Kids align by finding their passion & purpose through PLAY.

I offer:

  • Prenatal Yoga

  • Kids Yoga 

  • Family Yoga

  • Trauma-Informed Yoga

  • Meditation 

  • Mindfulness Coaching 

  • Kids' Enrichment Programming 

  • Corporate Training and Workshops. 

  • Business Coaching

  • Keynote Speaking 

  • Workshops


During your free consultation, I will help you discover your goals, the goals for your business, or your child. 

I will guide you in choosing from a variety of services that I offer. 


Customized services to help you meet your specific needs based on proven success, training, and personal experience. 

Let's get started today!


Amaya Papaya 

Visit Florida Spotlight

Click to view

Amaya Papaya goes mobile! 

Channel 6 Interview

Click to view

Yoga classes for Black History Month

Channel 6 Interview 
Click to view

Marketing and Digital Content Management Intern

Position: Marketing and Digital Content Management Intern

Company: Amaya Papaya LLC | Yolonda Deon

About: Amaya Papaya LLC is a holding company for Yolonda Deon, Amaya Papaya University and Baby Boogie Bash. Our goal is to help families bridge the gap between work and play.


Amaya Papaya LLC is seeking a HIGHLY motivated and results-driven Marketing and Digital Content Management intern with strong writing skills who is self-motivated and can work in a remote setting. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual who wants to work with a sole proprietor to gain valuable experience with a variety of clients and companies.


The digital content intern will assist in the execution of content marketing campaigns for the company and our clients, with a strong focus on writing, video creation and digital campaigns. Applicants should be comfortable taking direction and should also expect to take the initiative to learn about current and emerging digital trends.



The work you do will vary and may be heavier in some areas than others. The following are the types of online marketing work you’ll perform:

  • Copy optimization for content marketing

  • Curate, research design and write blog articles and press releases

  • Develop email newsletter copy

  • Write website copy

  • Create effective, engaging graphics

  • Social media management

  • Reputation management



To be considered, applicants should have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Outstanding writing and editing skills

  • Advanced computer skills and strong familiarity with the web

  • Detail-oriented and organized

  • Familiarity with social media channels and audiences

  • Basic understanding of marketing concepts and principles

  • Quick learner who listens and asks good questions

  • Ability to meet deadlines and produce quality work. This means you are willing to put in the effort/time required to get the job “done right” – not “done right now.”

  • Enough confidence to share your ideas, participate in business conversations and take (or give) constructive criticism.

  • A positive disposition and ability to play well with others


The intern is eligible for a stipend of $300 at the end of the semester. The stipend is contingent upon the successful completion of the internship. The intern will also receive paid meals during periodically scheduled in-person strategy meetings.

bottom of page