This morning I taught the last class of a three part Yoga, Mindfulness, an Meditation fall series at the Atlanta History Center. When I was approached about this opportunity in early August, I knew from the start that it seemed like something special.
"Find Your Animal Side," our recently published coloring book and Yoga guide, became a reality last May. After months of brain storming, drawing, writing, editing, and more drawing, Veronica and I were thrilled to hold the book in our hands and call ourselves authors.
We were quick to seek out local institutions in Atlanta that we felt may be interested in carrying our book- yoga studios, boutique retail stores, and local farmers markets seemed like a great fit. When we approached the History Center, we were thrilled at how eager they were to carry the book. Not only did they want to carry the book, they wanted us to work together to create an interactive experience for the community where we brought our book to life by actually teaching the yoga described and illustrated in the book. A quick lunch meeting at Souper Jenny to discuss some details and the ball was rolling, the fall History Series was on the books.
The first day in September was an introduction to Mindfulness. We connected with our breath, practiced gentle yoga, and got lost in a dreamy meditation under a canopy of gorgeous trees in the quarry behind the Swan Coach House. This day would be hard to beat. The second class was focused on the mind body connection and the importance of caring for our mental well being just as we care for ourselves physically. And today, the final day of the series, we made a last minute decision to move the class inside to McElreath Hall, a place described as a "sky lit atrium" with floor to ceiling views of the quarry and the Asian American gardens below. Pinch me, it was gorgeous. We talked about balance, the tug of war between our time and energy, and how resilience and flexibility allow for more space to meet our needs.
I am thrilled to be in partnership with the History Center, a place that reveals the magic and meaning of our city. If you missed us this time, we look forward to seeing you this spring.
Until then... Peace, Love, and History.