Every queen knows that being beautiful is as much about the inside as it is the outside. And what makes your insides more beautiful than eating makeup? I’ll tell you… YOGA! No, not yogurt, yoga. This ancient practice of stretching and breathing has beautified bodies for years and years… just ask Vivian Valium. She’s been around for a while!
So when I am craving a vinyasa and some downward facing dog, I head over to see my favorite yogis at Nirvana Yoga (nirvanayogaatlanta.com) in Grant Park. Not only will these ladies and gentlemen assist with your lotus and crow poses, you just can’t beat their $5 noon classes!
I recently asked Laura Barton, yogi to the stars and co-founder of LGBTQI non-profit United 4 Safety (united4safety.org) what any beginners to yoga should expect out of their practice.
After a long night in heels my feet and legs are killing me! I know many of our readers experience the same thing. What would you suggest for our barking dogs?
“Well first you need to center yourself for your practice by taking a few minutes of focused breathing. Just sitting comfortably and following your breath with your thoughts. Relax and pay attention to your breath and things just seem to float away. Now stand up and gently fold forward at the waist and hang over your toes. This lengthens all the muscles in that backs of those tired legs. Remember to always breathe! Yoga breathing is in and out through the nose. Now place your hands on the ground and step your feet back. You should be in sort of a triangle shape with your hands and feet on the floor and your hips in the air. This is the basic ‘downward facing dog’ pose. It’s one of the most common poses in yoga, great for stretching out the legs and back as well as the arms.”
Yes I am quite sure most of our readers are familiar with this position. So Laura, the proceeds from your Saturday class are donated to United 4 Safety. Could you tell our readers a little about that?
“The mission of United 4 Safety is to reduce the incidence of intimate partner violence within the LGBTQQI community by improving the community’s understanding of and response to intimate partner violence through education, training and resource development.”
Domestic violence in the queer community is often over looked or misunderstood. How can people get more information about this organization?
“If you are in immediate danger, please contact 911 or 1-800-33-HAVEN for local domestic violence resources near you. The U4S help line number is 404-200-5957. You can leave a message and a United 4 Safety advocate will call you back within 24 hours. If it is not safe to call you, please leave a date and time when you will call back our help line. Anyone wanting more information about the organization can always find us on Facebook or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org”
That is outstanding Laura! Thank you for your help today on the mat as well as all the work you do for the community.
You can find Laura at Nirvana Yoga every Saturday at 11am for her $5 class and remember, all the proceeds go to United4Safety!
See you there. Namaste!