Avid Bookshop, Center City Ballet and Movement Arts, and Strong Girls present a panel discussion with Jessamyn Stanley in celebration of her first book Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get On the Mat, Love Your Body. This event will be held at the Prince Ave. bookshop on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. There is no admission charge.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
From the unforgettable teacher Jessamyn Stanley comes Every Body Yoga , a book that breaks all the stereotypes.
It’s a book of inspiration for beginners of all shapes and sizes: If Jessamyn could transcend these emotional and physical barriers, so can we.
It’s a book for readers already doing yoga, looking to refresh their practice or find new ways to stay motivated.
It’s a how-to book: Here are easy-to-follow directions to 50 basic yoga poses and 10 sequences to practice at home, all photographed in full color.
It’s a book that challenges the larger issues of body acceptance and the meaning of beauty.
Most of all, it’s a book that changes the paradigm, showing us that yoga isn’t about how one looks, but how one feels, with yoga sequences like “I Want to Energize My Spirit,” “I Need to Release Fear,” “I Want to Love Myself.”
ABOUT JESSAMYN STANLEY:
As an internationally recognized yoga teacher and Instagram star, Jessamyn Stanley conducts yoga workshops across the country, teaching students of all shapes, sizes, and colors how to make yoga a permanent part of their lives. A rising media favorite, Jessamyn has been profiled and featured by a wide range of international and national news outlets, including Good Morning America, New York, Glamour, Shape, Al Jazeera English, The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, The Sunday New York Times Style, and People, among others. She won a 2016 Shortie Award (honoring excellence in social media) in the Healthy Living Category. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Thirty-six million people practice yoga in the U.S., and Jessamyn Stanley knows they cannot all be size 2. - Time Magazine
ABOUT THE PANEL:
Maggie Schmidt is a local Athens resident interested in mind/body interventions for improved health and well-being. She recently received her Master’s degree in the College of Public Health at The University of Georgia focusing her studies on yoga and mindfulness. Her recent community research project, Racial Diversity and Yoga, examined perceptions related to racial or ethnic diversity and yoga among local active yoga instructors and African Americans who participate in yoga. Maggie plans to foster a community collaboration between researchers and practitioners interested in mind/body practices and interventions for stress management and well-being.
Patty Ramirez Pinckney has a deep love for yoga, which goes way beyond the practice of asana. For over 25 years, Patty has practiced the principles of mindfulness, meditation, and introspection in various traditions. She has also been a direct apprentice of several renowned leaders in the areas of personal growth and spirituality. Patty’s passion is to share simple yet profound practices that are compatible and essential in everyday life. Her intention in teaching is for each individual to uncover their inner peace and the deep joy which fuels their capacity to live life fully and in well-being. Patty created the 108 Sun Salutation Peace Festival at the Botanical Garden in Athens, Georgia. She enjoys organizing this event where hundreds of participants gather each year to cultivate internal and external peace. In Patty's professional career as a marketing consultant, she strives to create successful business strategies while always promoting well-being and consciousness.
Nick Combs believes that yoga finds you when you least expect it and usually most need it. Nick has been a registered nurse for nine years starting his career at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD working in the open heart ICU. He has also worked in emergency medicine, surgery and substance abuse. He brings his extensive knowledge about anatomy, the body and its systems to the mat, mixing east with west. He has is an RYT-200 and is currently pursuing his 500hr certification. Nick believes in the spiritual principles and philosophy of yoga and incorporates bits of both in his classes. Nick's classes tend to be vigorous vinyasa with a hint of yin. Nick also teaches Rainbow Flow at Rubber Soul, a donation studio, that is geared to the LGBTQ population and strongly tries to hold a safe space for like minded individuals to get together and practice yoga.
Linzi Machini is a graduating senior of the University of Georgia and an active member of the community of Athens. She found yoga more than ten years ago. Upon finding it she fell in love with yoga. Yoga helped her find peace in a tumultuous, stressful, and hard time in her life. In April 2015 she was certified to teach yoga by Cal Clements at Rubber Soul Yoga Revolution. Linzi believes in the healing power of yoga as well as the power yoga has in bringing very different people together. She believes that we find common ground on the mat. In September of this year, Linzi will pursue her 300 hour yoga teacher certification in Mysor, India. She hopes that, as a teacher, she can introduce yoga to people who maybe don't believe that yoga is for them. She wants to help guide students to find the bliss within.
Rosa María Nah Pech-Tucker is a yoga enthusiast who believes that yoga is an amazing gift in need of sharing with the world, especially with segments of our population that traditionally do not have access to its power. In an effort to build a bridge to these communities, Rosy created a non-profit organization called La Vida Yoga. Through La Vida Yoga outreach, a small community in the Athens area now enjoys free weekly classes that include yoga, pranayama, meditation and yoga theory. These classes also serve as women circles when and where it's needed most. Rosy devotes her spare time to volunteer work and advocacy for the immigrant community in the Athens area while running her real estate business and juggling 3 yoga sprouts.