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Happy #YogaMonday: My Favorite Yoga Poses Since 1995

Photo Credit: http://womenshealth.gov/nwhw/
Photo Credit: http://womenshealth.gov/nwhw/

 

Photo Credit: http://womenshealth.gov/nwhw/
Photo Credit: http://womenshealth.gov/nwhw/

 

Happy #YogaMonday!

It’s National Women’s Health Week, an annual health celebration I have used to recommit to my wellness commitments over the past decade. Practicing yoga on and off the mat is one of my wellness commitments that started in 1995.

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I came to yoga as a 30-year-old runner, Type A legal and finance professional, artist, and writer who needed to release stress, stretch my body, and focus my mind. Child’s pose and downward facing dog were my favorite poses. They still are as I live my life as a 49-year-old (approaching 50 in December) artist, author, creativity coach, digital communications professional, and yoga teacher.

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Side twists and savasana (final relaxation) pose also became some of my favorites during my yoga teacher training at Flow Yoga Center in 2005.

When you started practicing yoga, what were your favorite poses?

What are your favorite poses now?

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Happy Yoga Monday: Yoga Treats from the Sackler Gallery ‘ #artofyoga

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Happy Yoga Monday!

What are your favorite yoga treats?
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Last week, I won a fantastic bag of yoga treats from the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery. The giveaway was held as a part of the “Yoga: The Art of Transformation” exhibition and sponsored by Whole Foods Market. My yoga teacher and mentor, Debra Mishalove, founder of Flow Yoga Center, selected the yoga treats.
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They included a Gaiam Metro bag (I’ve been craving one of these bags since early last year), Sesame Oil (just what my skin needed), the latest issue of ORIGINS magazine (yummy reading for February), dried white sage smudge sticks (perfect for cleansing my “chakra castle” home), Nag Champa incense (adore it… great for my morning and evening yoga/reiki practices), raw almonds and cashews (lovely winter snacks), a Whole Foods bag (something to carry my groceries in), Mineral Fusion Nail Polish (my niece Jordan claimed the polish), and a $100 Whole Foods gift card (awesome…. since I love to drop by on Saturday mornings after my Kundalini yoga class for oatmeal and green tea).

Many thanks to the Sackler Gallery and Whole Foods!

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Happy Yoga Monday – What is your definition of yoga?

Ananda in her chakra-inspired home
Ananda in her chakra-inspired home

Happy Yoga Monday,

What does the word yoga mean to you?

When I was training to be a yoga teacher at Flow Yoga Center in 2005 and 2006, my teacher, Debra Perlson-Mishalove, gave the class a homework assignment to define yoga. Her assignment me to develop a YOGA acronym.

Y – Your

O – Opportunity to

G – Graciously

A – Accept yourself in the present moment.

I still use this acronym and definition in my classes and workshops.

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I am teaching the annual Frederica Leeke and Dorothy Gartin Breast Cancer Awareness Yoga Class on Sunday, October 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in Malcolm-Meridian Hill Park. Click here for more details. The kind and gentle yoga class honors my grandmothers who lived with breast cancer.

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Happy Yoga Monday! 6/10/13

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Happy Yoga Monday!

One of the things I loved about my yoga teacher training experience at Flow Yoga Center in 2005 and 2006 was the lessons on the five Yamas, the the moral, ethical and societal guidelines that Patanjali outlined in the Yoga Sutra for yoginis (female yoga practiioners) and yogis (male practitioners) to use in their yoga practice. They include:

  • Ahimsa – nonjudgment and kindness towards yourself and others.
  • Satya – truthfulness in how you feel and what you think, say, and do.
  • Asteya – believing and practicing abundance and not stealing.
  • Brahmacharya – using our spiritual, emotional, physical, and sexual energy wisely.
  • Aparigraha – accepting and being content with who we are and what we have and not practicing jealousy.

Click here to read a Yoga Journal about the Yamas. This month, I am focusing on Ahimsa.

What is your favorite Yama?

OM #YogaMonday OM!

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Happy July! Check out my July events

Happy July!

Below is a list of my July events.  Join me for some incredibly fun adventures online and offline! Enjoy your month!

1) Tune into Sisterhood the Blog Radio’s Women in Social Media series for Ananda’s interviews with digital divas. See schedule below.

-July 5 @9pm EST – Women who attended Blogging While Brown conference on June 18 and 19 in DC
-July 6 @8pm EST – Najeema Thompson
-July 8 @8pm EST – Amanda Jones
-July 12 @8pm EST – Shon Bacon
-July 20 @8pm EST – Michele McGraw
-July 26 @8pm EST – Devra Renner
-July 29 @8pm EST – April Davis

Click here to join the conversation: http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/42015.

2) Spend an afternoon with Ananda at a book reading for her new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery on July 10 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Flow Yoga Center (Shakti Studio Room), 1450 P Street, NW, Washington, DC (located several blocks from Dupont Circle subway station). Click on the link to register for the event at Flow Yoga Center: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=736&stype;=-8&sView;=week&sTrn;=100000122.

3) Join Ananda for kind and gentle yoga in Malcolm X-Meridian Hill Park in DC on July 11 from 9:00 am to 9:30 am. Click on link for more details:  http://yoga.meetup.com/584.

4) Watch Ananda’s kg yoga life practices class on Mom TV on July 21 at 8:00 pm EST. Click on the link to watch the show: http://www.momtv.com/kgyogalife.html.

5) Listen to Ananda host Sisterhood the Blog Radio’s July 31st episode at 1:00 pm EST featuring a discussion with Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. members about their use of social media during Boule 2010 (national convention) held from July 14 to July 22 in Palm Springs, California.  FYI – Ananda is a member of Sigma!  The show will also include a discussion on how Ananda’s Sigma sorority sisters use social media in their businesses. www.talkshoe.com/tc/42015.

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Ananda’s June 12th book reading at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library

My June 12th book reading at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in DC was a lot of fun. I discussed my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (November 2009 – Amazon.com) and debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One (August 2007 – Amazon.com). The audience was fantastic. They had some great comments and questions! Click here to see my Flickr photos from the book reading: http://www.flickr.com/photos/anandaleeke/sets/72157624260508400.

My stylist Sharon Malachi a/k/a Butterfly LP recorded a video of me after the event. It gives highlights from my Summer in the City weekend adventures. See below.

Many thanks to the Washingtonia Division staff of Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library staff for helping me organize a great event!

PS: I made an infomercial about my Summer in the City events the night before my book reading and posted it on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.  Check it out.  Hope you will join me at some of the events.  My next book reading is July 10 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Flow Yoga Center (click on the link to register for the event at Flow)  in DC. Click here to learn more:  http://anandaleekejulybookreading.eventbrite.com.

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Happy June! Where I’ve been blogging … Join me for my June 12th book reading in DC

Happy June All!

I know I have been missing in action on this blog for awhile.  Where have I been?  Twitter and my Facebook Fan page have captured my attention a lot.  I have also been posting audio blogs on my Cinchcast page.  I will do a better job of posting blog entries this month!

This week I am gearing up for DC Digital Capital Week. It begins on June 11.  I am teaching a yoga class for computer users on June 12th at 10:00 am. It will be held in Malcolm X Park in DC.  Click on the link for more details: http://yoga.meetup.com/584.

Join me for my June 12th book reading which will be held from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Washingtonia Division, 901 G Street, NW, Room 307 (Washingtoniana Division’s Program Room), Washington, DC (located at Metro Center Station and near Gallery Place Metro Station).  I will talk about and sign my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (2009 – http://amzn.to/7zGkGI) and debut novel Love’s Troubadours: Karma – Book One (www.lovestroubadours.com – 2007 – http://amzn.to/bWKCvw). FYI – My books are also available on Amazon.com (http://amzn.to/d4RwQN).

I will be giving another book talk and signing on July 10 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Flow Yoga Center (www.flowyogacenter.com), 1450 P Street, NW (located several blocks from Dupont Circle Metro).

Hope to see you on June 12th and/or July 10!

0 comments on “Check out Ananda’s May, June & July Events – Yoga Classes, Book Readings, Social Media Workshops, Radio Interviews & Creativity Coaching Sessions”

Check out Ananda’s May, June & July Events – Yoga Classes, Book Readings, Social Media Workshops, Radio Interviews & Creativity Coaching Sessions

1) Start National Women’s Health Week by participating in Ananda’s kind and gentle yoga class on May 9 at 11:00 am EST in Malcolm X Park in DC.  Click on the link for more information: http://yoga.meetup.com/584.

2) Take Ananda’s online yoga class on May 10 at 7:00 am EST to honor National Women’s Check Up Day. Click on the link to watch the class: http://stickam.com/anandaleeke.

3) Participate in Ananda’s FREE four-part social media workshop series  on Ananda Leeke Live! UStream.tv on the dates below:  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ananda-leeke-live.

  • May 15 at 8:00 am EST – What is social media?
  • May 16 at 8:00 am EST – How to develop a social media plan
  • May 22 at 8:00 am EST – How Ananda uses social media as an author, artist, coach & yoga teacher
  • May 23 at 8:00 am EST – Ananda’s social media lessons learned since 2005

4) Watch Ananda’s kg yoga life practices class on Mom TV on May 19 at 8:00 pm EST. Click on the link to see the show: http://www.momtv.com/kgyogalife.html.

5) Tune into Sisterhood the Blog Radio on May 24 at 8:00 pm EST for the launch of the Women in Social Media series (May – December 2010).  The first show will feature Ananda’s interview with Lynne D. Johnson,  Senior Vice President, Social Media for the Advertising Research Foundation.  Click here to listen to show:  http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/42015 .  Parts of the Women in Social Media radio interviews will be included in Ananda’s next book Sisterhood, the Blog: Soundbytes from the 21st Century Women’s Online Revolution (December 2011).

6) Join Ananda for a creativity coaching session on how to identify your inner critic on May 25 from 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST on Ananda Leeke Live! UStream.tv. The session will include exercises from Ananda’s new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery.

1) Celebrate DC Digital Capital Week with Ananda by taking her yoga and stress relief class for computers users on June 12 at 10:00 am in Malcolm X-Meridian Hill Park in DC.  The class will be taught in front of the reflecting pool and waterfall located near the entrance facing 16th Street and Florida Avenue, NW. U Street/Cardozo subway station is located near the Park.

2) Attend Ananda’s book reading for her new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery on June 12 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Washingtoniana Division, 901 G Street, NW, Washington, DC (located at Metro Center subway station).

3) Register for the Blogging While Brown conference in DC (click here to register) and take Ananda’s yoga class for social media users on June 19 from 8:15 am to 8:30 am at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place Northwest, Washington, DC (located at Mt Vernon/Convention Center subway station).

4) Watch Ananda’s kg yoga life practices class on Mom TV on June 16 at 8:00 pm EST.  Click on the link to watch the show: http://www.momtv.com/kgyogalife.html.

1) Spend an afternoon with Ananda at a book reading for her new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir on July 10 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Flow Yoga Center (Shakti Studio Room), 1450 P Street, NW, Washington, DC (located several blocks from Dupont Circle subway station).

2) Watch Ananda’s kg yoga life practices class on Mom TV on July 21 at 8:00 pm EST. Click on the link to watch the show: http://www.momtv.com/kgyogalife.html.