The recent appeal to rest as an act of resistance has its roots in the civil rights and political discourse of the 1960s and 1970s. In the years between the founding of the Black Lives Matter movement and the 2020 social justice demonstrations, the need for rest and managing mental health has become increasingly important for historically marginalized people in America. In this conversation, held during Mental Health Awareness Month, we will discuss the harm and exhaustion that pushing back on -isms and -phobias causes as well as what is needed to replenish, survive, and thrive. Everyone is welcome to join, reflect, share, and take action.
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Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging (DIB) Chair, Stephanie K. Reed (@stephanie_reedconsulting) will chat with special guest speaker, Natalie Cosby, Founder and Owner of StackedYoga (@stackedyoga), about the importance of rest as an act of resistance, self-care, and healing.
Natalie Cosby is a yoga teacher and wellness expert with a southern flair. The Kentucky native first experienced yoga in a movement class for acting while living in NYC. She soon discovered that yoga opened pathways once blocked by emotional baggage. Through Vinyasa and Bikram, Natalie’s wellness journey helped her discover that all things are possible when the mind is open. After 13 years of practice, she traveled to India to receive teacher training in Hatha Yoga at Arhanta Yoga.
In 2016, Natalie opened Stacked Yoga in Brooklyn’s historic Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Through Stacked Yoga, Natalie brings yoga and other wellness practices to a diverse community and wants everyone to explore its benefits regardless of experience, size, gender, and ethnicity. Stacked Yoga’s goal is to make healthy lifestyles available for all, especially black and brown people, by connecting to the mind and body, and finding a healthy flow in life on and off the mat.
Stacked Yoga honors include Brooklyn Borough President Office under Eric Adams One Brooklyn Fund Cornerstone business award (2019), Complex Media as a women-owned wellness business (2021), Barclays Center black-owned business spotlight (2021), and featured in NBC NY Live Neighborhood Hot Spot: Black Girl Magic Row (2019).
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Have questions about the event or topic? Ask us live on May 24th or email the DIB Committee at email@example.com.