In the episode, Sarah Baumert, yoga teacher and dancer, explains how she discovered yoga at the age of nine years old in a Nebraska bookstore. She tells the story of falling love with dance in her youth through the guidance of her passionate teacher. Sarah reflects on how yoga became a therapy for her body from the many hours of dancing at the University of Minnesota. She discusses what motivated her to become a yoga teacher. Sarah provides insight on the connection between yoga and dancing and how they complement one another in her life. She reveals challenges she faces in her own yoga practice. Sarah offers techniques for overcoming lack of motivation to get on one’s yoga mat and advice for those intimated to try yoga. Lastly, Sarah shares her teaching and life plans for 2015.
In this episode, Leslie Salmon Jones, creator of Afro Flow Yoga, yoga teacher, wellness coach, and dancer, discusses her dance background, how she created Afro Flow Yoga, and issues of diversity in the yoga world. She reveals her journey to become a professional dancer for the Alvin Ailey Company. Leslie explains what is Afro Flow Yoga, how a trip to Africa inspired its creation, and the riveting story of the very first Afro Flow Yoga Class. Leslie provides insight on issues of diversity in the yoga community and the healing work that she is doing. She previews upcoming events for Afro Flow Yoga, including collaborations with the renowned Omega Institute. Lastly, Leslie offers her perspective on nutrition, from what she eats to advice for those interested in eating clean.