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Finding connection amidst confusion, calamity and crisis

From the fear and uncertainty and grief of the pandemic, to the rage and fury of the continued racial oppression-terror-erasure in our country, I have asked my creator, “what am I to do or say?” As an Afro-Asian woman of color, as a trauma survivor, as an elder, I ask it. As a mentor to

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Amidst the pandemic she was taunted for being curvy, she responded with kindness

Constance Haywood is a Just B Yoga student, a grad student and a student of life! She’s trying to keep her head and heart in the right place as she navigates the coronavirus pandemic. She’s still working and juggling social distancing and self-care. A lot is said about how the COVID19 pandemic is bringing out

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Peace amidst COVID-19 social isolation

Are we really deprived? Or is that an illusion of our minds? A falsehood born out of our fear?
In the center of a tornado or hurricane there is an eye.
That eye contains a much storied tranquility and peace. Nature has shown us the way and what’s possible in the middle of a storm.
Debris and destruction are on the outside but at the core is solid and secure peace.

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Bully for mom seeking meditation for kids

The room was peacefully silent with only the soft inhales and exhales of those sitting around the room. The light from the window was subtle this late-winter morning.

Among those circled around the room for the 9 a.m. Sunday meditation were two tweens who had come with their mom.

“May I be happy. May I be healthy. May I know peace.”

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Practice note: Welcome mistakes in yoga playfully

If you approach your yoga or meditation practice – any conscious-elevating experience – with a result-oriented mind-set you’ve already missed the point.   Make a mistake. I want students to feel that stumble in one-legged poses. I encourage folkx to allow that trembly, shaking feeling when their core is exerting in boat pose and it’s

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Balance act: A practice of attention, patience and humor

I have no balance. This is a common claim of many who want to start yoga. They are hoping for a yoga pose or a video they can watch to “give me balance.” Balance is not a perfectly level scale. We are not perfectly symmetrical beings. We are not perfect. (just in case you were

Mindfulness tip? Start where you are

“How do I turn my brain off?” This is a frequent question. “Will yoga teach me to turn off my mind?” The pace and pressure of modern American life is squeezing people into a corner where there’s nowhere to hide from the mind chatter. And most of the solace we take is in stuff that

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Student profile: Betty Gauthier

Name:  Betty Gauthier Pronoun:  She, her, hers When did you start coming to Just B Yoga? What attracted you?   Early 2017 I believe.  I greatly appreciated the diversity of the classes and the love and acceptance of all people regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity.  As a sexual abuse survivor I felt

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Just B Yoga helps make social justice workshops trauma-informed

Just B Yoga founder, Belinda Thurston, has been contracted to work with the Ingham County Health Department to revise its Health Equity and Social Justice Workshop. The workshop has been doing groundbreaking work for nearly a decade, training employees and the public about how privilege and oppression affect access to public health. Belinda is being

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Step by step: Revelations in a walking meditation

I led a group of about 7 people on a walking meditation recently. It was one of my workplace clients and our room had been changed to a conference room. I removed as many distractions from the room as I could. We cleared the white board of the project work that was scribbled there. We

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Yoga 1.0 series starts Jan. 7

What is yoga? Is it a religion? What’s the OM? I’m not flexible. I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m not advanced enough.   Yoga. So ancient and yet so foreign to many of us. We are bombarded with images online or in magazines of perfectly sculpted bodies in seemingly impossible contorted grace. We are

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