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Offerings
The "Woke Yoga" Workshop
Offering yoga in diverse communities 

Statistically speaking, the majority of people teaching yoga are young, female and white. If you are offering yoga in schools, for veterans, in prisons—you may be working with a population that is racially, ethnically or culturally different from you. You understand the benefits of yoga and are working to spread information and access to those who can profit, but the best teacher with the best intentions will face cultural landmines that can undermine the purpose and benefit of yoga. In this workshop, we offer suggestions for navigating many of those potential problems so that your program offerings can be most effective.
    We discuss the importance of practicing and sharing “whole yoga.” Our premise is that the entire science and system of yoga—cultural grounding, ethical lessons, self-care practices, and mindfulness techniques—can enhance the benefits to clients, but also support the yoga teacher in providing consistently mindful yoga offerings.
    This workshop welcomes (and challenges) anyone who wants to provide a more accessible yoga experience.

Book, Blog and Media Development
When it's time to get your words off the mat and into the world, we can help. As a national magazine editor turned college professor, Tamara Jeffries has helped brilliant experts bring their books to fruition. She has worked with nutritionists, psychologists and M.D.s, and contributed to a number of health and wellness titles, including as an editorial contributor to the Journal of Yoga Service. She writes frequently about physical health, personal growth, family, relationships, and spirituality. 
   When you're ready to write a book proposal, manuscript, e-book, article or blog, she can help.


Mindful Munch
Eating with Intention
with Constance Brown Riggs, RD

We watch fat, carbs, calories, gluten... But are we watching ourselves when we eat? New nutrition science says that conscious eating may be a surer path to good health and ideal weight than following "official" nutrition guidelines or diet trends. This non-judgmental, food-positive workshop or webinar focuses less on what we eat than how and why. We discuss pyramids and portion sizes, food foreplay, hunger versus craving, and the role of memory, and emotions in what we eat. We mindfully examine eating habits through the lens of yoga principles while we practice "tasting" with all our senses.

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Events

Black Communities: A Conference for Collaboration
Yoga While Black: Bringing Mindful Practices to Historically Black Space
Tamara Jeffries + Santiba Campbell, Ph.D.

As an expansion of Bennett College's popular yoga course, we developed an interdisciplinary mindfulness program that crosses disciplines including media, psychology, business, literature, social work, women’s studies, and others. The goal is to create a campus-wide environment that supports mindful practice, as a way to address stress and depression risk among our student population. Here, we describe programmatic and research models and preliminary outcomes.
  • April 23, 2018
  • Durham, North Carolina

Depression on College Campuses Conference
Offering Whole Yoga: Developing an interdisciplinary yoga and mindfulness program at a historically Black college
Tamara Jeffries + Santiba Campbell, Ph.D. 

Since Bennett College--a small, Southern, historically-black women's college--added yoga to its course offerings, the course has been in high demand. Students were looking for stress relief. We present our approach to serving the distinct needs of this student population.
  • March 13-14, 2018
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Yoga Service Conference
Best Practices for Cultural Competency: A View from a Historically Black College
Tamara Jeffries + Santiba Campbell, Ph.D. 

Teaching yoga to the unique population at Bennett College points out the need to increase cultural awareness and eliminate micro-barriers in the yoga world. Using social psychology theories and yoga principles, we discuss the challenges and opportunities for yoga teachers to bring greater cultural awareness to their instruction.
  • May 19-21, 2017
  • The Omega Institute
  • Rhinebeck, NY


Native Yoga
Yoga at the Tribal Grounds of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation
Tamara Jeffries 

This yoga session was one of a series on health-promotion events offered by 
the OBSN, a small, historically-rich Indian community in Alamance County, North Carolina.  This session respectfully introduced the health benefits and traditions of yoga, while honoring the traditional tribal space and a branch of Tamara's ancestral heritage. 
  • July 8, 2017
  • OBSN Tribal Center
  • Burlington, NC


Chair Yoga 
Sessions with Seniors
Tamara Jeffries

The residents at The Willows senior living complex wanted to get moving.  We offered a gentle, whole-body practice that they were able to do from the comfort and security of their chairs. Our sequence was designed to accommodate a range of physical conditions, with an eye to increasing flexibility and mobility.  The best part was the laughter! These girls just wanted to have fun. 
  • August 2017
  • The Willows
  • Burlington, NC


First Friday Yoga Party
#ShakeYour Chakras and #GetDownDog

Wooing Nature invited us to shake it up yoga-style at their First Friday Yoga Party series. No soothing music and meditative states here!  We practiced yoga to thumpin' dance beats, and enjoyed drinks and snacks in the beautiful space at HQ Greensboro downtown. 
  • Fridays, Fall 2016
  • HQ Greensboro
  • Greensboro, NC
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More?
We offer private and corporate classes, yoga parties, worship workouts, and yoga for seniors and youth.  We can tailor a yoga workshop for your service organization or interest group. Interested in getting a class going? 
E-mail us!

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AltarHouse Interiors
   
“Sukha” is the yogic concept of happiness that comes from feeling physically and emotionally unobstructed. I believe that cultivating clear, inviting space in your physical environment encourages internal peace and equanimity----as well.     

AltarHouse Interiors can help you create inspiring environments appropriate for work, yoga practice, prayer/meditation or other activities. Whether you want a welcoming space or a peaceful retreat, a room that is serene or energized, we will create a peaceful, uncluttered environment styled to inspire creativity and growth, and reflecting your personal aesthetic, tastes and budget.          

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