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Community Yoga (BIPOC Healing)
April 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until June 17, 2021
The trauma and stress of historical and current events have put a toll on the BIPOC community. We are offering a supportive space to return to your breath, activate the parasympathetic nervous system, and allow for healing.
Each month we focus on a theme to come back to oneself. For April, we invite renewal, during the month of May we embrace belonging, and for June we practice honor. #stopasianhate #stopbipochate #blm #collectiveliberation
- Each class is led by one of these teachers: Keisha Battles, Karla Vallecillo, Courtney Gendron, Bethany Goodson
About Keisha Battles
Kiesha Battles, E-RYT 500, Yoga Director at Charlotte Family Yoga Center is a full-time yoga teacher and trainer who studied with Maya Breuer and Kristine Kaoverii. Kiesha’s speciality is in Yin Yoga under training by Bernie Clark.
Kiesha earned a graduate degree in Asian studies, with a certification in international business and a focus on Asian philosophy, religion, and modern language. Through her academic studies, she was exposed to Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and yoga. She has taught for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte for eight years and was a R. O. S. E. Award recipient. She has been featured in the book Yes Yoga Has Curves, interviewed by the Charlotte Post and in Pride Magazine.
In 2016, Kiesha was honored as an inaugural Self-Care Charlotte Ambassador. In her role, she promotes self-care for the purpose of nurturing healthy lives and relationships for individuals, families, and communities. In 2018, she was appointed Co-Director of the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color™. In 2020 Kiesha joined the Board of Directors for Amplify and Activate, and the Development Committee for You Call This Yoga. Both are North Carolina yoga non-profits.
About Karla Vallecillo
Karla Vallecillo is from Nicaragua and is a devoted full-time yoga teacher. She received a B.S. degree in Recreation and Sports Management and is certified in multi-style yoga. She specializes in gentle vinyasa and restorative yoga; her classes combine both strength and mobility. Through her teachings, she aims to provide an inclusive and safe space for her students to explore, learn, and experience the healing abilities of yoga — on and off the mat. Karla offers online group classes and private sessions, serving the community in English and Spanish.
About Courtney Gendron
Courtney Gendron has a background in dance and started her yoga practice as a warm-up for modern dance class without even realizing she was practicing yoga. She enjoyed the benefits of yoga and continued her practice at local Washington, D.C. studios until moving to Charlotte, NC. She continued her practice and, in 2017, began to pursue her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training. She completed her RYT 200 certification in the Tantra Lineage. She is an Accessible Yoga Ambassador and is certified in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED.
Courtney continues to grow as a teacher with her current enrollment in a 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training, focused on social justice. Her goal is to provide yoga to those that would otherwise not practice yoga.
About Bethany Goodson
Bethany Goodson (RYT 500) was trained in Denver, CO and holds an advanced yoga teacher training certification. She has completed additional training to specialize in vinyasa, yin, kids, hot, trauma-informed, and adaptive yoga. Her signature offerings feature the complementary pairing of movement and writing to support connection, reflection, and clarity.
Bethany is honored to be one of the teachers leading the BIPOC community classes. Expect a slow flow followed by longer holds to unwind the body and open the heart.