Yoga Revolution: Reclaiming Rest with Octavia Raheem

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This week’s guest, Octavia Raheem, teaches us to slow down, prioritize rest, and honor our varied human experiences.

Octavia is a mother, author of "Gather," yoga teacher, and founder of Starshine & Clay Online Yoga and Meditation Studio for Black Women and Women of Color. A deep listener and truth teller, Octavia is a gatherer and space holder for rest and awakening. As a teacher and leader she has the skill of hearing beneath the surface for what isn’t being said, yet needs to. Octavia has more than 15 years of experience and nearly 10,000 hours of leading classes, immersions, and trainings. She guides us toward resonance and connection even when the truths we witness, hear, and encounter vary from our own. Her conversation with Jivana touches on how these truths arise in today’s world, as well as what it means to practice activism as a form of yoga, the importance of mindful space holding and compassionate language, and how simply being is perhaps the most important practice of all.  

Order Octavia's book "Pause, Rest, Be" (Feb 2022).
Learn more about Octavia.
Follow Octavia's inspirational Instagram.

Learn more about Yoga Revolution by Jivana Heyman.

Order your copy of Yoga Revolution at Shambalaor wherever books are sold

Also by Jivana Heyman:
Accessible Yoga: Poses & Practices for Every Body (2019, Shambala)
The Teacher's Guide to Accessible Yoga: Best Practices for Sharing Yoga with Every Body (2024)

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