We had a chance to catch up with  Jenna, the last time I spotted her was at Movingartatl dancing and getting painted by Inspr.Art it was fun night! She shared a little piece of her journey check it out below

What was you first memory?

I can’t recall exactly how old I was the day my little sister got lost in Disney World. I was maybe 5 or 6 but I remember this day so vividly. It was our first time at Disney and I remember how excited we were to be there. It felt like we really were in a “magical place.” Before we got to the park, my parents gave us the lecture about staying close by because there were so many people there and they didn’t want us to get lost. (Ironic) We were at the Little Mermaid splash park when we realized my little sister had wandered off and was nowhere to be found. My mother was frantic and crying uncontrollably. I was young at the time but I could feel my mother’s fear and anguish as we went from person to person weeping and asking for help. My dad on the other hand was calm. I remember him taking deep breaths and speaking to God out loud saying, “I know you did not plan for us to lose her today”. He kept repeating it over and over. I remember thinking, how can he be so calm at a time like this?? Trying to follow his example, I grabbed my mother’s hand and asked her to just pray. My sister was lost for at least another hour after that, but for some reason we just knew we would find her.

How important is it to find a nice core of people within the yoga community you can connect with?

Finding people you can relate and connect with in the yoga community is so important. To me, yoga is also about building a community of like-minded individuals who support and uplift each other. There is an energy that can be felt when you are in a room full of people all breathing and moving together. Yoga has a way of connecting people in ways still amaze me.
“There is so much more to learn and discover about ourselves”
I’ll be honest, before I started practicing yoga, I was very inconsistent and I didn’t have a lot of confidence. I felt like I wasn’t able to pull myself out of the slump I was in. With yoga, I’m learning to be more focused and intentional. I am learning to speak what I know to be true about myself, instead of allowing the default mind to take over. In my 6 years of practice, there has only been a few times that I wasn’t practicing on a regular basis. Off the mat I am learning to be calmer and more aware when my mind starts racing. I am learning that the only thing that truly matters is what you think and say about yourself.

Is a mental restart beneficial and how would you recommend it be carried out?

When you feel stressed out or overwhelmed, it can be hard to stay motivated and get things done. When your mind is bombarded with thoughts and daily tasks, it can be a challenge to accomplish anything. Sometimes a “mental restart” can help you develop a calmer state of mind and generate a more positive outlook on life. Everyone is different and what works for one doesn’t work for all. So I think it’s important to find the avenue that best fits you. The main thing to be aware of when you are hitting the “mental restart” button is how you are spending your time. What things are you feeding your brain day in and day out? How much of what you are doing is in alignment with your goals or intentions? Give yourself time to sit in silence and take deep breaths. This will help calm the chaos and chatter of everyday life and bring clarity to your mind. I also recommend journaling. Get your thoughts down on paper and take time to review it daily. Journaling is a good way to declutter the mind and focus on the most important things. You can restart, refocus, and readjust as often as you need to. I read once, “Too often we get lost in the abyss of unawareness.” Try to pay attention more and restart whenever you feel you need it.

What are some mental limitations yoga has helped you overcome?

When I first started yoga I was dealing with a lot of negative self-talk, a lack of passion, inconsistent across the board and a desire for more than what I was experiencing in life. I didn’t feel I had the tools to pull myself out of that hole. I started yoga out of curiosity and after taking my first class I was hooked. It was challenge for sure, it was the hardest thing I’d ever done but for some reason I felt better than ever each time I left class. I was taking the things I was learning on the mat (things like breath awareness, mindfulness, courage and willingness) and applying them to situations in my life (off the mat). I began to understand the power we truly have and the enormous impact setting intentions can have on the quality of life.

Teaching yoga to children can be fun, how has your experience been??

Aside from teaching yoga, I also teach 3rd grade students. I LOVE incorporating yoga concepts in my classroom. We discuss the importance of taking deep breaths and keeping yourself calm when you are stressed. We take “yoga breaks” during the day. They love to get up and do their sun salutations after sitting for long periods of time. I think my favorite thing about practicing yoga with my students is when I see them applying what we talk about. They encourage each other to “be clam, be strong and find your inner ocean”

I had a chance to capture some of the MovingArtAtl fun what did it feel like being body painted and doing yoga in front so many people?

 

So I truly feel like I manifested MovingArt into my life. For almost two years I followed the MovingArt Instagram page and thought to myself how amazing it would be a part of that show. When I saw that they were accepting submissions for the April 2017 show, I was at a red light and immediately sent in my video. It was one of the best experiences of my life. The energy in that room before the show was incredible. I was definitely nervous because I had never done anything like it but the good vibes were all over the place. Being painted was exciting, it was my first time but the other artists and yogis made me feel right at home. The thought of doing yoga in front in that many people was nerve wrecking a few days before the show. I didn’t know what to expect but when I got up for my turn, I took a deep breath, and flowed like no one was in the room and all the nerves just seemed to disappear. I will never forget that feeling and I really hope to be able to experience MovingArt again in the future.

Water seems to be near in many of your photos is there an island/location you must experience that you haven’t been to quite yet?

I LOVE being in nature. It is where I feel most calm, connected and peaceful. My goal is to make traveling a major part of my life. There are so many places I want to go that I haven’t been yet. Jungles, Mountains, beautiful rocks and hills, trees, waterfalls.. I could go on and on. I want to experience as many of these places as I can. I think of so many different locations, but I must get to the Northern Lights one day.

Have you had any mystical or metaphysical experiences while practicing yoga/meditation?

Hmm I thought about this question for a while. I don’t know if I can say I have. Although, there was one time I had a very transcendent experience while practice yoga at the park. I was sitting on my mat and there was a birthday party going on about 200 feet away. I closed my eyes to take deep breaths and all of a sudden the sun was shining directly on my face and there was complete silence. I could not hear a thing. I felt an extreme calm and peace like never before. I will never forget that day.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking about trying yoga but feels intimidated?

Stick with it. Like most things in life, it will be a challenge at first. You will be moving and breathing in a way that might be unfamiliar to your body. Give it time. Give yourself time. Learn to focus on how you are breathing in the pose rather than how you look in the pose. Use your time on the mat to cultivate what you need. Strength, focus, balance, courage, conscious breath, what do you need more of? Think about a reason to practice yoga that has nothing to do with the physical poses. Give yoga a real try and I’m certain your life will not be the same.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the readers of infocus247.com?

I want you to realize the power you have. Know that how you experience life is 100 % in your control. Your choices and inner dialogue have an enormous impact on your life (as most of us know). Decide how you want to feel.

Rain was in the air but so was the spliffs and legs from all the pool side handstands. My homegirl @littlemsdaisha was in town and reminded me of an event that was taking place in ATL … @THEOMBRUNCH  created by EJ check him out on IG under by_elr

Yogis gather and do yoga poolside topped off with fresh vegan deliciousness. I was late to the party but I managed to capture a few shots and catch a meditation session. Go to there page to learn more! Video edit coming as soon as the check gets cut! 😀

 

When Denetrya Brookins first started teaching yoga, she was the only Black female-owned yoga studio in the entire state of Florida. Black Women Yoga Studio opened its doors in 2016 in the city of Miami Gardens. Denetrya quickly began to garner the attention of the community, especially after starting a Trap Yoga class. Soon, she was hosting classes everywhere, moving away from the studio and based more throughout the community.

 

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Peace ATL and all Y’all!! Many of you know that I teach Kundalini yoga (I know I’ve been off of the map for a minute, but we still here doing the work!) but you may not know what kundalini yoga is or what it is like..

If you are interested, come experience it at our Spring Equinox Kundalini Yoga Community Ritual tomorrow , Tuesday March 20th at 730p. You can get your ticket and more info at www.lookwithinyoga.bigcartel.com or just call or text me Shakeesha at 404-324-2155.

I so appreciate you and your support!!

Its that time again!!!

April 21st we celebrate our 3 year anniversary with another level to our movement… ” I AM MOVING ART ” .

Everything has an art form and that art starts with you. Here at MovingArtExperience we are taking the time to recognize the ART that you are with a phrase..an affirmation, a mantra, a movement that acknowledges the greatness in you… ” I AM MOVING ART “

 

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When people ask you… “ Whats the MovingArtExperience vibe? “ Tell them its looks a little like this!! Here’s a snippet of @hippie_heathen flowing during #NappyRoots show. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #IamMovingArt ( Get Your Tickets Now ) #VIP #GeneralAdmission #linkinbio📲💻 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Date: 4/21/2018 Time: Doors Open @8pm Location: STAINED ARTlanta Gallery Address: 1719 Sayer St. SW City: Wakanda, Atlanta, GA 30310 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #Movingartatl #movingart #artist #artistlife #positivevibes #melanin #unity #community #lifestyle #blackexcellence #entertainment #yogalife #artlife #artsy #yogart #artlove #yogalove #movement #movingartexperience

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Agreements 

At times can get lost in translation. What happens once it is no longer upheld? We make choices or agreements with ourselves that can determine how life unfolds after that point. I’ve learned it’s better to walk away from an agreement if it doesn’t feel right or becomes exhausting. The quicker you can assess a situation the less energy you will expend walking to find middle ground that may or may not exist. It will feel better knowing you did not compromise what you offer. Even with all that said …. I thought there was a mutual agreement to never use these photos but a choice was made.

 

 

Quality 

The measurement of value. This one is interesting from a creative perspective because value can often be governed by opinion. If you offer what no one else can or will then your value/demand will increase. The opposite is true. Set yourself apart and know why and who your valuable to. Ask yourself “How much would I pay me” and be real. I often see people asking for prices I know I wouldn’t pay them for but that’s my opinion, another person may find value in it. Stay consistent, hold yourself to a high standard and remind the free-spirits being creative is also work that should be valued as such.

 

 

Vision 

Every perspective isn’t created equal. The lens you see the world through is crafted by your experiences in life. Observe what your thoughts are when you look at someone for the first time. Notice where your eyes like to look. I think it’s a good way to see where your mind is at in the moment. Dreams teach through vision, how many lessons are you learning each day/night? Ever view anything that seemed outside of this reality, foreign to human existence? Abandoned planets made in gold and ink colored creatures that will attack if you violate. Beautiful landscapes that would bring tears to your eyes. How do you push the limits of your visual abilities? Everything you experience effects how you see the world and will show once you press that button. Stay focused

 

 

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For all those who are curious as to what the Goddess Glo Up is all about allow me to take you on a journey. This clip was captured from the NYC Glo Up this past #fallequinox if you can’t make Atlanta no worries I have a (new moon circle tomorrow in NYC 7-9pm @arayanyc Link in bio for contribution) ✨ ✨ ✨ About the Glo Up The #goddesses that attended were from all ages, sizes, races, and walks of life. All are welcome no matter where you come from or your social or religious background. We are bringing back our old #wildwoman ways through the power of our #energies combined we bring an experience of #healing #laughter #education #dance #nutrition #adornment #ceremony as we bring forth the Spirit of the #divinefeminine I’m so excited to bring to you an amazing line up of women for the 11:11:17 Goddess Glo Up ATL Day Retreat. To fully understand what it means to #Glo Up you have to #showup @chefahki on holistic wellness @thetrapwitch on homegirl healing @olanikeeosi bringing you the @goddessdetox from NYC to ATL we have @maya_louisa on belly dance hall and her @kole_jewel waist beads we have @reignglobal on Manifestation Henna and the power of crystals jewelry and then we have myself bringing you the good word and ceremony…..yes I go deep we all go deep…and just know that most of these women coming together do not know each other. The connection here is by spirit deeper than what you can see and so much more!! Visit and follow 👉🏽👉🏽@goddessgloup 👈🏽👈🏽👈🏽@goddessgloup @goddessgloup to purchase your early butterfly 🦋🦋🦋ticket before they are gone!!! I promise you will never be the same. #allwhite #unity #womencrushwednesday #womensupportingwomen Thanks @eyefocus for such a lovely capture #atlanta #goddesslife #stillirise #queen

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The next Goddess Gathering will be taking place in Atlanta on 11.11  to view more info  go to EventBrite : The Goddess Glo Up ATL 

 Feels like I’m low key creating @coyiasworld life documentary and I’m cool with that lol 😂 in 25 years there will be a Life and times of Latarria doc. We needed a maternity shoot to complete the yearly Why we do yoga 2 doc I didn’t know it would be Lattaria but I’m happy it is! After 4 attempts we finally coordinated on the most perfect day to do yoga and talk about the changes life has presented both of us. I was secretly hoping for a an epic delivery /rush to the hospital as the baby recoded to be born in the middle of the shoot.. maybe next time ha! 

Self care looks like connecting with a good friend and enjoying a day of yoga and recording in the park. Because time in nature will forever and always have an immense effect on my life. I spend alot of time inwardly but I’m a sucker for genuine connection with like minded people. Add a nice nature walk and several moments to breathe in that good prana, and it’s a win every time… Read the full article at AllThingsCoyia

Its a wraaaaap kinda… There was one interview that I had to get before I officially felt finish and it was like those scenes in the space movies where you have to get your timing right or you miss the “orbit point”. We attempted to link up 3 times and on the 4th was successful. Surprisingly I didnt even tell Coyia I was in town because of my inconsistent schedule but  she sent me a random message that felt like “I know your here lets link up! and im like how did sheee knooow!” So it was meant to happen.  I’m still looking for Yogis so if your in NY with some time on your hands Let me knoooooooooo, Wheres the yogiiiiis!

In this episode of Why We Do Yoga 2  we are presenting

Unfinished business in Martinique
Costa Rica Equine Therapy Meets Yoga
Wolaba Parade of Limon
Little MsDaisha Adventures
A Moment in Time with Yemojaoshun
Henna & Chill  2 Random Yogis
Faith (fay_doll) Breaks down Yoga through My Life Experiences
PintsizeNurse x Nakeesha Photo Shoot/Discussion
Kemetic Yoga in Harlem
Trap Yoga with Lauren
Lost in the World with Renee Watkins
Maat Petrova Sensual Yoga Flow
Lattaria 9 months and counting

Okay, Im going to write up some illustrious voice overs to narrate your through this journey. This time I tried to include myself a bit more. Not that people were asking me to or anything. Should be done toward the end of this month. Once I complete editing and voiceovers we will begin planning out where and who we definitely would like to capture for the next!