SEASON 5 | Episode 1: Radiant Rest, Yoga Nidra
With Tracee Stanley
Author and yoga teacher Tracee Stanley shares the power and practice of Yoga Nidra.
About the presenter(s)
Tracee Stanley was introduced to the practice of Yoga Nidra in 2001. She immediately recognized it as a healing salve for the world and began to incorporate it into her life and yoga teaching. She left her high-stress career as a Hollywood film producer to delve deeper into the study of the practices that were empowering and rejuvenating her, so she could share them with others. With over 20 years as a lineaged teacher in the traditions of the Himalayan masters, Tantra and Sri Vidya, Tracee understands the demands of life as an entrepreneur, wife, and stepmom. Her ability to effortlessly share ancient teachings in accessible ways is her superpower. RADIANT REST, published by Shambhala Publishing, is her first book. She is also the creator of the popular Empowered Life Self - Inquiry Oracle (a 72-soul card deck)—which is a self-study and divination tool that leads to self-knowledge, clarity, and healing.
SEASON 5 | Episode 2: Trans Yoga Community
With Rebby Kern and Noha Arafa
Trans Yoga Project co-founders Rebby Kern and Noha Arafa discuss the transgender community in yoga spaces.
About the presenter(s)
Noha Arafa is an Afro-Arab, neurodivergent, QT, RYT-500. They are the founder of Our Ancestors’ Children, which offers trauma-informed, community-based Yoga, & co-founder of The Trans Yoga Project. Noha believes Yoga is for Everybody & that space MUST be made for Everyone to heal. As a teacher, they are committed to honoring the roots of Yoga & making Yoga accessible. They aim to empower their students with resources for self-regulation & selfcare, inspire their students to live the eight limbs of Yoga & serve the collective. Noha has practiced Public Interest Law since 2004, representing survivors of domestic & carceral violence, migrants, & indigent criminal defendants. They are an abolitionist & activist. Noha believes that Trans liberation is everyone’s liberation and that like Yoga, Trans is boundless & liberatory. They love Yoga, flowers, Jazz, nature, making people smile, seeing people unite. They are based in LA.
Rebby Kern (they/them) generates space for connection, empowerment, and self-discovery through their ten years in LGBTQ activism, drawing connections to the yoga world and uplifting experiences of marginalized identities. Rebby began their yoga practice in 2011 as a student. Today, they work full-time as a social justice warrior supporting LGBTQ youth through education policy, youth programming, anti-racism work, and leadership development. Rebby has taught in studios, yoga for queer youth, yoga with horses, head-start programming to introduce yoga to children, and in many spaces in Charlotte, NC.
After completing their training, Rebby began working with Jasmine Hines and Amplify & Activate to teach yoga as a tool for self-care and social justice. This work stems from anti-racism work and challenges current practices and ethics in yoga studios and fitness spaces. From that work stemmed Rebby’s Race, Gender & Bias workshops facilitated for YTTs, studio staff, and virtual workshops.
In 2019, Rebby became one of the first lululemon Ambassadors for the newest Charlotte store, Atherton Mill. Rebby is the first non-binary person of color to represent lululemon in the region and continues to uplift voices of LGBTQ and BIPOC people who often don’t find themselves represented within the brand.
SEASON 5 | Episode 3: Native American Healing, Part 2
With Shawn Stevens
Shawn Stevens (Red Eagle) shares more on his experiences with Native American healing and spiritual way of life.
About the presenter(s)
Red Eagle (Shawn Stevens) is an enrolled member of this nation’s First People, whose ancestral homelands are the Berkshires, including the entire Hudson Valley. As a member of the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohicans, he is a Native American culturalist, artist, musician, and ceremonial helper, drawing on experience from living a Native American spiritual way of life. Apart from his beautiful artwork, which can be found in all 50 states and 14 countries, he is also a traditional Native American storyteller, drummer, dancer, singer, and flute player. He is an ordained minister of the Universal Church of Light and a certified facilitator of White Bison’s Mending Broken Hearts.
SEASON 5 | Episode 4: Cobra and the Notebook
With Lauren Sarat and Kathleen Kraft
Writers Kathleen Kraft and Lauren Sarat share the power and connection of yoga and writing.
About the presenter(s)
For over two decades, Lauren Sarat has provided outstanding editorial services to private and corporate clients across the United States and abroad. She also writes her own original fiction, poetry, and nonfiction for a variety of publications. Of note, she was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was a finalist in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. Many writers who have worked with her have secured literary representation and book contracts with major publishing houses. Others have seen their life-long writing dreams come to fruition. As a veteran of the publishing industry, Lauren Sarat worked as an assistant editor at Picador USA/St. Martin's Press, and with the literary agency, Sobel Weber Associates.
Since leaving Manhattan, Lauren has taught creative nonfiction and fiction workshops at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, for nearly a decade. While there, she was nominated for an Undergraduate Excellence in Teaching Award. Lauren has also taught creative writing at Rhode Island College, University of Connecticut, and Rutgers University. She founded and continues to facilitate an original workshop series entitled "Generating the Goods," which blends meditation and writing.
Kathleen Kraft is a poet and RYT 500. She teaches students of all ages and is certified in Vinyasa, Yin, accessible, chair, and kids yoga. Her poetry has appeared in many journals, including Five Points, Gargoyle, and The Satirist, and she has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. Her chapbook of poems, Fairview Road, was published in 2015. In 2020, she was published in two anthologies: Embodied Resilience Through Yoga: 30 Mindful Essays About Finding Empowerment After Addiction, Trauma, Grief, and Loss and What They Bring: The Poetry of Migration and Immigration. Kathleen is also a freelance copywriter and editor. She has written and edited for Yoga International, the Accessible Yoga blog, and YogaCityNYC, where she developed Reflections of Master Teachers, a bi-weekly interview series.
SEASON 5 | Episode 5: Consciousness Raising
With Kiesha Battles, Reggie Hubbard, Arturo Peal, and YA's Maya Breuer
Kiesha Battles, Reggie Hubbard, Arturo Peal, and YA's Maya Breuer engage in powerful conversation on activism and yoga in the Black community.
About the presenter(s)
Kiesha Battles (E-RYT 500, RPYT) is Co-Director of the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color™ hosted at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Kiesha is a full-time yoga teacher based in Charlotte, NC, where she is Yoga Director at Charlotte Family Yoga Center. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years.
Reggie Hubbard (RYT 500) is the Founder/Chief Serving Officer of Active Peace Yoga, whose mission is to serve all communities, all practice levels, and lifestyles by helping people nurture foundational habits of self-care, rather than viewing wellness as an afterthought. Reggie has authored a thesis entitled, "Yoga and Spiritual Activism: Serving Humanity from a Sense of Devotion and Love" and has been a featured speaker on racial justice and civic engagement for the Hanuman Academy, Yoga Alliance, Upaya Zen Center and various other platforms. In addition to his yoga teaching practice, Reggie has held many senior strategic and logistical roles across a variety of fields, ranging from global marketing, digital and community organizing, government relations, international education to Presidential campaigning. He currently serves as a leading progressive political strategist, regularly interacting with elected officials on Capitol Hill and managing relationships, impact and communications among the broader progressive movement. Reggie's dharma sits at the intersection of bringing more peace and balance to activists AND to guiding the wellness community toward being more engaged, concerned citizens. He is open to collaborate with anyone on teacher trainings on issues of social justice and inclusion as well as speaking to communities to facilitate these challenging, important conversations.
Arturo Peal is an Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) instructor and a certified Yoga therapist. He co-leads the Therapeutic Yoga Training Program and holds a Master’s degree in Chinese medicine, practices craniosacral therapy, and has been involved in the alternative health-care field for more than 30 years. Arturo teaches A&P for Yoga teacher trainings plus studios, bodyworkers, and other movement specialists. His weekly class in Therapeutic Yoga serves students who are unable to do a traditional Vinyasa practice. He integrates his expertise in anatomy, kinesiology, Chinese medicine, and the healing processes to present a multidimensional understanding of the human body.