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Teacher Highlight: Q&A with Courtney Besser

Courtney grew up in Southern Illinois and yoga found her in college before graduating as a dance major. Through the years, she now values this practice as building a connection with yourself more than making perfect shapes. Courtney has 500hrs of training in power vinyasa from the River Yoga in Denver. Courtney is also a massage therapist, Reiki healer, and 90s hip hop and RnB enthusiast. 1. How did you first become acquainted with yoga? Yoga found me my senior year of college. It was an elective for my dance major and taught by one of my classmates that was an exchange student from Chile. She had this beautiful accent when teaching and at that time I was taking it...

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Juneteenth, Between The Lines

Juneteenth, Between The Lines By Marc Neal As we settle in and prepare to commemorate Juneteenth with BBQs, gatherings, and other public displays of celebration, I think we should review our belief of what Juneteenth really is. We have come to see it as the day Major General George Granger strode gallantly into Galveston, TX and proclaimed, through General Order Number 3, that all enslaved people were granted their freedoms and that their relationship with their former “master” had changed to one of employee and employer. We now look at this as the time when Black people in the US became free. I choose to see it differently. June 19th, 1865 wasn’t the day we, as a people, were freed....

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40-day Reset + Refocus Challenge

Join us at Urban Sanctuary for 40 days of transformational classes and community that can’t be beat! We have added so many classes and workshops into our weekly schedule and coming June we will be even more packed with exciting classes and events. Change with us and move with the times with this super fun Community Challenge. We will sweat, meditate, and heal together in our newly expanded and ever growing space! In order to enter, you need at least a “US Together” membership for just $88 on a month to month basis to participate. (*Together memberships include unlimited classes but do not include Aerial Yoga.) If you would like to join us for month to month including Aerial Yoga,...

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Teacher Highlight: Q&A with Euda K Best

Euda K. Best is a Spiritual Guide, Yoga/Meditation Instructor and Founder of Hella Random Radio, "Where positive energy LIVES." She fell in love with meditation in 2009 certain that the practice cured her of her tendency toward depression. She graduated from and is a member-owner of the nation's first POC owned and operated yoga co-op, The Satya Yoga Cooperative. She believes that we heal the world by healing ourselves. She's playing her part and she's here to help you do the same. 1. How did you get into yoga and meditation? What do these practices mean to you? I got into yoga and meditation separately and at completely different times in my life. I have taken yoga classes since the...

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Teacher Highlight: Q&A with Naomi Ochoa

Naomi Ochoa of Wise Moon Wellness is dedicated to holding space for Divine connection. Through movement, breath, and body/mind/spirit work, she reminds us to make space for bliss. She invites our bodies to remember how Sacred we are. She is a loving witness to the magic unfolding of our most authentic selves.  Naomi is a Curandera, Sobadora, Healer, Dancer, Lover, Mother, Daughter, and Sister. With over 12 years of experience in the Healing Arts, and numerous certifications in Bodywork, Energy work, Dance Instruction, Breathwork and Circle Facilitation, she continues to let her heart, passion and Ancestors guide her to be of service to the community and Highest Good 1. What made you get into breath, movement and bodywork?  It was...

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