Ananda’s Creative Adventures with reading Chapters 3 and 4 of The Joy Diet by Martha Beck with the Next Chapter Book Blogging Group

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Happy Saturday!

Last week I was in Atlanta visiting my friends, meeting with my attorney/sistalove friend Lauren of CatchtheVerve, LLC (www.catchtheverve.net), and doing research for my next novel, Love’s Troubadours – Symon: Book Two at Morehouse College, Spelman College and its Museum of Fine Art, and the High Museum.  I also attended Blogalicious, the first annual women bloggers of color conference.  So it was a really busy week!

Yesterday, I finally had a chance to reflect on chapters three and four of The Joy Diet by Martha Beck, an amazing book that I am reading with Jamie Ridler’s Next Chapter Book Blogging Group.  Click here to check out what the group is doing: http://tnc-thejoydiet.blogspot.com/2009/10/joy-diet-creativity.html.  I started a series of collages on Friday morning and decided to bring one of them to my dinner meeting with my life coach Yael Flusberg of Y Elements (http://yelements.com) at DC Noodles (a terrific Thai noodle restaurant owned by my dear friend Sak, a groovy brotha from Thailand who also owns Stem, a Thai boutique and one of my favorite places to shop …. and Rice, my favorite Thai restaurant in the U.S.A.!).   Yael has been incorporating my book blogging group adventures into my life coaching homework and sessions.  Tonight, she filmed a webisode of my reflections on chapter three and four.  See the video below.

 

 

Enjoy your weekend! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace and Creativity,

Ananda

Watch videos of Ananda discussing her writing journey & social media marketing strategies at Captial BookFest 2009

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Dear All,

Click on the videos below to watch me discuss my writing journey and social media marketing strategy on October 3. 2009, at the Capital BookFest’s panel discussion on “Everything You Wanted to Know about Getting Published. Authors Kevin Johnson, Donna Hill, and Charisse Carney Nunes participated in the discussion moderated by Gregg A. Wihelm. It was held inside of Borders Bookstore in Largo, Maryland.

Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace and Creativity,

Ananda

 

 

Week 3 of Next Chapter Book Blogging Group – The Joy Diet – Chapter 2 on Truth

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Hi All,

Welcome to Week #3 of the Next Chapter Book Blogging Group – http://tnc-thejoydiet.blogspot.com.  Truth was the subject of Chapter 2 in Martha Beck’s wonderful book, The Joy Diet.  I am still marinating on the practice of truth. Yoga has been a big help.  So has mantra chanting satya (Sanskrit word for truth) and collage making.  I may come back to this post next week and share more reflections.  In the meantime, check out the video I made about my Chapter 2 adventures in the land of truth.

Enjoy your day and weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Peace and Creativity,

Ananda

Watch video about Ananda’s Pink October Yoga online classes for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Happy October!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For more information, visit the National Breast Cancer Awareness web site: http://www.nbcam.org.

Click on the video below to learn about my Pink October Yoga free online classes on October 6. 13. 20, and 27 from 8:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. You can take the classes online at www.stickam.com/anandaleeke.

On October 24 and 25, I will teach yoga classes from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The classes are offered as a part of the second annual Frederica Leeke and Dorothy Gartin Breast Cancer Awareness Yoga Weekend. These events honor the breast cancer journey of my grandmothers Frederica Stanley Roberts Leeke (1915-1996) and Dorothy Mae Johnson Gartin (1912-current).

The classes will meet by the waterfall that faces the reflecting pool located at the 16th Street and Florida Avenue, NW entrance. Participants should dress comfortably, refrain from eating and drinking two hours before the class, and bring their own mats. Yoga mats will NOT be provided. If it rains, the class will not be held. Click here for more information: http://yoga.meetup.com/584.

Enjoy your month!

Peace and Creativity,

Ananda

Yoga for Social Media Users — Check out my third article as D.C. Social Media Examiner

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Happy October! Happy Thursday!

Check out my new article about yoga for social media users on Examiner.com: http://www.examiner.com/x-24564-DC-Social-Media-Examiner~y2009m9d30-Yoga-for-Social-Media-Users.  There are many links to YouTube videos featuring office yoga exercises.

Enjoy your day!

Peace and Creativity,

Ananda

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

 

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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 Stickam.com 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:  www.stickam.com/anandaleeke.  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: http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastcancer.

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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.

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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: http://yoga.meetup.com/584.  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,

Ananda

Ananda discusses “Healing Community Through Revolutionary Artistry” on Sisterhood, the Blog Radio today at 4pm EST

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 Happy Sunday!

Today I am talking to Las Manas Tres about “Healing Community Through Revolutionary Artistry” on Sisterhood, the Blog Radio at 4:00 p.m. EST   Click here to listen to the show: http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/42015.  Las Manas Tres is a group of Latina storytellers that includes  members Maya  Chinchilla, Cruz Grimaldo, and Milta Ortiz. Visit http://lasmanastres.com. If you miss the show, don’t panic. You can download a free recording from the web site.

Peace and Creativity,

Ananda

Ananda continues the BlogHer conversations and discusses spiriuality on Sisterhood, the Blog Radio’s August 24, 25, 26, and 28 shows

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Happy Tuesday,

On August 24, I spoke with the Bronx Bohemian (http://bronxbohemian.wordpress.com)  about blogging, the BlogHer 2009 Conference (www.blogher.com), and sisterhood on Sisterhood, the Blog Radio.  Click here to listen:  www.talkshoe.com/tc/42015.

This week I will continue the BlogHer conversation on the following days:

Click here to listen to the live shows:  http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/42015. Don’t panic if you miss the show.  You can download it several minutes after it airs. 

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Be sure to tune into Sisterhood, the Blog Radio on August 26 at 8pm EST for a discussion on “Spirituality: Blooming Right Where You Are.”  The guest is Kelli Jarreaux, an ordained Interfaith Minister, attorney, arbitrator, mediator, global peace facilitator, life coach, and co-author of Hopwood, Bakke, and Beyond: Diversity on our Nations Campuses and Sacred Secrets: Finding Your Way to Joy, Peace and Prosperity.

Enjoy your day and week!

Peace and Creativity,

Ananda