SAAPYA on Hip Hop, Yoga, and Cultural Defense

SAAPYA on Hip Hop, Yoga, and Cultural Defense

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Panalist: Jasmin Thana

Panalist: Jasmin Thana

Jasmin Thana is a 30 year old queer Oregonian of South Indian ancestry who completed a 500 hour yoga teacher training in India. She is currently in Niroga Institute’s 2 year Yoga Therapy program in the Bay to become skillful in using yoga for chronic conditions and with all bodies.

Panalist: Sheena Sood

Panalist: Sheena Sood

Sheena Sood carries much love, passion and commitment for the preservation of ancestral knowledge, holistic health, and social justice. On multiple occasions, she has journeyed to her homeland to learn about yoga and spirituality under her Guru-ji Yogi Sivadas at Kailash Tribal School. While Sheena is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Sociology at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, she is working to manifest Sunshine Shanti Healing—a community center that offers holistic healing methods such as Yoga, Ayurvedic therapy, Reiki, and Sound therapy at affordable rates to her local community. She is currently organizing Decolonizing Yoga as an Ancestral, Artistic and Life-Affirming Practice, a Philly-based workshop that seeks to preserve the artistic elements of yoga by connecting young women of color to their ancestral and mythological histories.

Panalist: Seema Sabnani

Panalist: Seema Sabnani

Seema Sabnani is a yoga instructor, social justice trainer, educator and artist. Born in India and making her home in Brooklyn, Seema attributes her mom’s passion for seva as strong influence in her career choices. Seema has over 12 years of experience in non-profit program management, education, advocacy and the arts: Free Arts NYC, an organizer for CAAAV; South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!); Harlem Center for Education; and Sadhu Vaswani, a high school in New Delhi and Pune, India.

In addition to her current position as Teen Arts Program Manager at Free Arts NYC, Seema is also part-time faculty at the Sadie Nash Leadership Project. The improv collective will be performing this Saturday, July 13th at Project Reach, 39 Eldridge Street.

Seema has a B.A. in International Community Development from the University of Illinois, an M.A. in Teaching from Fordham University, and in 2010 received her Yoga Teacher Training certification from Finding Sukha, (200 RYT) in New York City