Ananda honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Pink October Yoga, online yoga classes and the 2nd annual Frederica Stanley Roberts Leeke and Dorothy Mae Johnson Gartin Breast Cancer Awareness Yoga Weekend



Happy Early October!

I am  launching Pink October Yoga, an online yoga class series for computer users, on October 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 8:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month and my grandmothers Frederica Stanley Roberts Leeke (1915 – 1996) and Dorothy Mae Johnson Gartin (1912 – present).  Click here to take the class with a live stream and web chat discussions:  If you miss the live class, don’t panic. You will be able to watch a recording of the show.  To learn more about breast cancer, visit The National Women’s Health Center’s Breast Cancer web site:


My grandmother Frederica died of breast cancer in June 1996.  My grandmother Dorothy learned she had breast cancer at the age of 95 in 2008.  The news of my grandmother Dorothy’s her breast cancer made me want to do something for people impacted by breast cancer in my local community.


So I started the first annual Frederica Stanley Roberts Leeke and Dorothy Mae Johnson Gartin Breast Cancer Awareness Yoga Weekend in Malcolm X – Meridian Hill Park in Washington, D.C.  This year I am teaching two classes on October 24 and 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for the Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend.  Click here for more information:  If you are in the D.C. area, please join me for a kind and gentle yoga class dedicated to individuals impacted by breast cancer. 

I have included a webisode from Ananda Leeke TV that discusses Pink October Yoga as a form of Karma Yoga, the yoga of action in service to others.  Enjoy!


Thank you for stopping by!

Peace and Creativity,


Join Ananda for a conversation about yoga and creativity with Leslie Kershna, founder of Creative Space Yoga tonite at 7 p.m. on Go Green Sangha Radio



Leslie Kersha, founder of Creative Space Yoga (and one of my favorite yoga bloggers!), will join me for a discussion about yoga and creativity tonite on Go Green Sangha Radio at 7:00 p.m. EST on –  For more information about Leslie, visit

Are you gearing up for OneWebDay on September 22? When did you first start using the Internet? What are 2 of your fondest Internet memories?


Hi Everybody!

Have you caught the OneWebDay 2009 ( fever yet? If not, watch the YouTube video below featuring Susan Crawford, the founder of OneWebDay.  It will inform and energize you!

If you have caught the OneWebDay 2009 fever, then join the OneWebDay social networking site so you can really stay informed. It is FREE.  Click here:

On September 1, join me in participating in kg yoga life practices’ OneWebDay 22 Countdown Campaign (September 1-22), an online campaign that invites Internet users to:

-include links and insights in their status updates and groups on Facebook and other social networking sites,
-use social bookmarking to share information,
-post photos,
-send emails and texts,
-record audio blogs and podcasts,
-create videos, and
-make Slide Share presentations that express the positive impact the Internet has had on their lives and work.


Click here for more information: Watch my OneWebDay 22 Countdown promo on Ananda Leeke TV below.


Before you go, tell me when you first started using the Internet and two of your fondest Internet memories.  Don’t leave out any details! 


When I started using the Internet:   After I came back from my trip to Egypt in July 1995, I started practicing yoga and using the Internet.  A friend helped me set up my very first AOL account on my computer.  I used to get so excited when I would receive email.  “You’ve Got Mail” became one of my favorite slogans.  It was also one of my favorite movies (another story for another time). 


Two of my fondest Internet memories:  


Catherine Austin Fitts, Founder of The Hamilton Securities Group, Inc.

One memory occurred in January 1996 when I was recruited by Catherine Austin Fitts, the founder of The  Hamilton Securities Group, Inc., to manage a $7 billion Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage loan transaction. Austin is a dynamic investment banker and former Assistant Secretary of the FHA in the first Bush Administration:  She is currently President and CEO of Solari, Inc. (  In 1991, Austin used her own money to establish Hamilton as a woman-owned investment bank and financial software firm that emphasized digital technology and social responsibility.  What a HUGE move for a woman! 


Hamilton’s high tech offices on Dupont Circle in D.C.

Hamilton’s offices and culture were cutting edge. My colleagues were amazing.  Diversity and a commitment to excellence and lifelong learning were core values that we all shared.  Hamilton felt like a Silicon Valley tech company in D.C.  Fast Company and Wired were required reading.  Click here to learn more about Hamilton:

I met Austin while working as the debt manager for the Office of the D.C. Treasurer. Austin’s passion for the Internet influenced me greatly.  She inspired me to dive deep into digital technology and made sure I had ample opportunities to express my passion and marry it with my law degree and experience in securities and financial regulation.  As a result, I  established and managed Hamilton’s intellectual property protection program for its online products and services. 


My second fondest memory was seeing the power of the Internet in action while I represented Hamilton at the U.N. Conference on Human Settlements in Istanbul, Turkey in 1996.   It was amazing to see large crowds of people using the Internet cafe. Now I wonder how we ever lived without wi-fi and smart phones! 

Enjoy your day and week!

Peace, Creativity, and OneWebDay Love,

Ananda, an Internet and yoga enthusiast

Listen to update w/ Ananda for week of 8/23

Listen to Ananda share her schedule of radio show interviews for the week of August 24-30. She also talks about her kg yoga life practices’ OneWebDay yoga event on 9.22, OneWebDay 22 Countdown Campaign, and OM A Day Campaign.

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Ananda’s Update for Week of 8/17

Listen to Ananda give an update about her blogs (Author Ananda Leeke on WordPress, Sisterhood the Blog on WordPress, and kg yoga life practices on, Sisterhood the Blog Radio shows, and webisodes of Ananda Leeke TV for the week of 8/17.

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Ananda’s Audio Blog – Listen to her read “Creative Paradigm,” a poem about artist/musician/songwriter Eric Roberson

Listen to Ananda share her thoughts about Eric Roberson, a talented artist, musician, and songwriter who inspires her creativity. She also reads “Creative Paradigm,” a poem that pays tribute to Eric Roberson. It will be featured in Ananda’s new book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (September 2009).

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Sisterhood, the Blog Radio Explores Lessons Learned by Women Bloggers at Blogher 2009 Beginning August 6@ 8pm EST




PRLog (Press Release)Aug 05, 2009 – Washington, DC – Author/Blogger/Social Media Strategist Ananda Leeke will host  a series of episodes that discuss lessons learned from the Blogher 2009 conference ( on Sisterhood, the Blog Radio ( beginning August 6 at 8:00 p.m. EST.  The guest for the August 6th episode is Prisoner’s Wife, a blogger who attended the Blogher 2009 conference.  Prisoner’s Wife will share her reasons for attending Blogher, favorite Blogher moments, lessons learned, and definition of sisterhood. Prisoner’s Wife is a writer, mother, wife, and middle-school English teacher.  To learn more about Prisoner’s Wife, visit  Visit to listen to the show.  If you miss the live show, you can download and listen to a recording from the web site:  Additional episodes in the Lessons Learned from Blogher 2009 will be held on:  

1) August 10 at 8:00 p.m. EST – Natalie McNeal, the founder of The Frugalista Files blog ( and savings expert for, a financial site;

2) August 12 at 8:00 p.m. EST – Denene Millner, the founder of MyBrownBaby blog ( and co-author of What Brothers Think, What Sistahs Know: The Real Deal on Love and Relationships, What Brothers Think, What Sistahs Know About Sex, and Money, Power, Respect: What Brothers Think, What Sistahs Know;

3) August 13  at 8:00 p.m. EST – Holly Buchanan, a women’s marketing consultant ( and co- author of The Soccer Mom Myth;

4) August 14 at 8:00 p.m. EST – Lucrecer Braxton, the founder of Art-Slam blog (;

5) August 15 at 8:00 p.m. EST – Deb Rox, the founder of Deb on the Rocks blog (  and author of 5 Ways to {Blank} Your Blog;

6) August 17 at 8:00 p.m. EST – Kamy Wicoff, the founder of ( and author of I Do but I Don’t: Walking Down the Aisle without Losing Your Mind and I Do but I Don’t: Why the Way We Marry Matters; and

7) August 24 at 8:00 p.m. EST – Bronx Bohemian, the founder of Bronx Bohemian blog (

Sisterhood, the Blog Radio features one-on-one conversations with women about sisterhood, self-discovery, self-expression, spirituality, self-care, self-expression, social justice advocacy, and social media. Sisterhood, the Blog Radio supports the following social media projects:

1) Facebook Group –;

2) Twitter –; and

3) WordPress –

Fathers and Daughters on July 31st Episode of The Ananda Leeke Show on


Me and my father Dr. John F. Leeke affectionately

known as “J” hanging out in Adams Morgan in DC


Happy Wednesday!

Join me for a juicy conversation with my father Dr. John F. Leeke (a/k/a “J”) about fathers and daughters on the July 31st episode of The Ananda Leeke Show at 8:00 p.m. EST on Click here to listen to the show:  We will discuss how our father-daughter relationship has impacted my life choices, creativity, and career. 


We will also share our thoughts about the book, Daughters of Men: Portraits of African-American Women and Their Fathers ( by Rachel Vassel.  I recently gave this book to “J” for his 70th birthday.  It’s one of his favorites!

If you miss the show, don’t panic. You can download a recording to your computer or via iTunes a few minutes after the show airs or whenever you have free time.  Click here to download a recording:

What is your relationship with your father?

How has your father impacted your life choices and career?

Enjoy your day!

Peace and Creativity,