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Aligning with Autumn: An Ayurvedic Guide

Aligning with Autumn: An Ayurvedic Guide Seasonal changes affect our physical and mental health. We’ve all experienced the impact temperature, rain, and daylight hours can have on our energy level and mood. Here are some easy ayurveda self-care tips to help align our daily routines with the qualities of fall, helping us to stay centered…

VICTORIA RUTLEDGE

VICTORIA RUTLEDGE E-RYT 500 | Grasp at the Root Facilitator  Raised in the very diverse town of Maplewood, New Jersey, Victoria has always had a connection to spirituality, movement, and social justice. She has completed yoga teacher trainings with Amazing Yoga in Costa Rica, at the Kripalu Yoga Center, and with Zuna Yoga in Bali-and…

KAY MUSTAFA

KAY MUSTAFA RYT 500 | Grasp at the Root Facilitator  Kay is a trauma-conscious yoga instructor, somatic practitioner, and community health educator with an approach rooted in community, accessibility, rest, and empowerment. Using an evidence-based, integrative, and anti-oppressive lens, they work with people navigating chronic pain and trauma towards the cultivation of restfulness & safety…

DAY ELLIOT

DAY ELLIOT Grasp at the Root Facilitator Day (they/them) is a natural clairvoyant and trained intuitive healer, who facilitates a fusion of healing energy work with psychic communication in one single session. Their passion for social justice helps them center their healing work within the QT/BIPOC (queer, trans, black, indigenous, people of color) community and…

A letter to my students

  IMAGE COURTESY OF SARA DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY To my beloved students, OH MY what a crazy time we have been in (and are still in). Some of you have been practicing with me for years and I have been missing seeing you in person so so much. And for some of you, we "met" during…

My Role as an African American Yoga Teacher

It was winter 1993, and I was 27 years old. All at the same time, I had secured positions in Atlanta as a live-in macrobiotic chef, a corporate marketing database manager, and a yoga instructor. I was Peachtree Center Athletic Club’s very first yoga instructor, and this was my first professional yoga job. Immediately, I…

The Yin and Yang of Food

Part 2: How I created a Holistic Health Kitchen and Much, Much, More   Mom’s African-American mantra for me was “Get your college degree and you’ll live a good life, not a life of struggle.” So I went to college and after graduation got myself a corporate job that paid nearly three times her single…

A Black Yogini’s Road Less Traveled

The yoga class I signed up for started at 9:00 a.m. on a Sunday. The very first position was a resting pose called Savasana. I lay on my back, legs apart, breathing. We did leg lifts to warm up, followed by a series of standing poses. Quickly, I noticed that I was the only one…

The best yoga mat (according to yoga teachers)

Buying a new yoga mat? Here’s what you need to know. There is no shortage of choices when it comes to yoga mats. From $15 mats found at Marshall’s to the extra-thick Manduka Pro for $120, the range of options can be overwhelming. Plus, the best yoga mat means different things to different people. For…

Community Spotlight: Prenatal Yoga

By Paulina Julian (RYT500 / RPYT) It takes a village Long before prenatal yoga classes, the image of a village surrounding the birth and growth of a baby has always been essential.  It is so natural to want to gather, to share the news of our babies’ arrivals with loved ones, to seek support in…
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