Join the Humane Educational Society at Barley Taproom on Wednesday, September 26th at 5 p.m. for Kitten Yoga! Participate in a one hour all levels yoga class instructed by Leah Bockert with HES kittens available for adoption. Wear comfy clothes and bring your yoga mat. After class let your bartender know that you are there to support HES and Barley will donate 10% of your sale to help shelter pets! Only 15 spaces available so purchase your tickets today!
So, you like beer but not yoga? No problem! You can still help shelter pets by having a drink on September 26th! Just let your bartender know you’re drinking for the cause and Barley will donate 10% of your sale to HES! AND Barley allows dogs, so you can bring your best friend to the party!
About the instructor: Leah Bockert is a yoga and meditation teacher who specializes in trauma-sensitive yoga. As a former dancer, she was first drawn to yoga for its physicality; practicing asana for many years in accompaniment to ballet training to improve balance and flexibility. Years later, she was introduced to the breathing techniques of pranayama and mindfulness meditation as tools to help with symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She developed a daily practice which eased her anxiety and depression, leading to a greater sense of well being than she had ever experienced. In a quest to understand the mind-body connection and learn what science and yoga have to offer trauma survivors, she attended her first trauma-sensitive yoga training in 2014 with Centering Youth in Atlanta. Centering Youth is a nonprofit that teaches yoga as a mindfulness practice to teens in Juvenile Detention Centers. A seed was planted and she enrolled in yoga teacher training later that year. She graduated from Chattanooga Yoga School in 2015 with a 200 hour RYT certification. Since that time, she has completed 40 hours of special training for adapting yoga and mindfulness practices for those impacted by trauma, including prisoners and other disadvantaged populations. She trained under James Fox, the founder of the Prison Yoga Project in 2016 and with Off the Mat into the World in 2017.
This summer she will begin a pilot program, teaching yoga as a mindfulness practice to teens at the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
She truly believes in the tools of yoga and meditation and their effectiveness in treating anxiety, depression, and trauma, as well as the physical benefits of increased strength, balance, and flexibility. These are tools that are available to all humans - at all times! She aims to make yoga accessible to those who need it most, and to create a safe and inviting space for students to reconnect with themselves; mind, body, and spirit.