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Radical self-care and social activism through free community yoga and guided meditation sessions.

MEET THE TEAM

TANISHA

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I began studying yoga in 2009 as a way to lose weight and deal with my chronic pain caused by injuries sustained while serving in the U.S. Navy. Over the next decade, I tried several forms of asana practices trying to find the one for me.  What I discovered was that yoga studios were extremely expensive and 85% of the time they took out the spiritual aspect of the practice. In 2019, I decided to move to Thailand for six months to study traditional tantra which included several asana flow practices and bodywork. I only intended to study the practice for my own personal use, but I fell so in love with Kaula yoga that I made it my mission to share it with as many people as I could. I also wanted to remove the barrier of people, particularly black and brown people, being priced out of incorporating the practice into their daily lives. That is why I created Aha Tantra Studio. It will give many virtual access to several yoga flows a day at an affordable price since the cost of brick and mortar is removed from the equation. I also joined Squad Selfcare to teach two free community classes every Saturday as a way of giving back.

1. What is the first thing you do when you wake up? Check Twitter, but I am working on making sure I meditate for at least 5 minutes before I pick up a device

2. What is one self-care routine that you do regularly? Asana practice

3. What is your favorite book? My favorite fictional book right now is "The Children of Blood and Bone," non-fiction – "The Dancing Wu Li Masters"

4. What is the best gift you’ve ever received? All the gifts from the heart that I have received over the years. They are priceless

5. Describe your perfect meal: Grilled Tuna Steak with a green salad that has berries and nuts in it, topped with my homemade lime vinaigrette

6. What song always puts you in a good mood? "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" by Whitney Houston

7. What is one thing you can’t live without? Travel

8. If you had one week to escape you would: Travel to a far-flung place like Turkey, Nepal, Greece, or Zanzibar. Or go glamping somewhere in nature so I can sleep under the stars

9. What is one thing you would do if you knew you couldn't fail? I would purchase that plot of land near the West Texas mountains and build a retreat center. I would use my photography and eventually videography skills to be a world-class visual storyteller, making cinematic documentaries about women around the world

10. What is your favorite quote? "It is better to live in your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection." - The Bhagavad Gita

KIMERLY

Kimerly writes and leads our guided meditations.

1. What is the first thing you do when you wake up? "The Artist’s Way" morning pages

2. What is one self care routine that you do regularly? Daily meditation

3. What is your favorite book? "Sula" by Toni Morrison

4. What is the best gift you’ve ever received? A 3-day retreat

5. Describe your perfect meal: Lots of seafood

6. What song always puts you in a good mood? "Sahra" by Cheb Khaled

7. What is one thing you can’t live without? Peace of mind

8. If you had one week to escape you would: Stay home

9. What is one thing you would do if you knew you couldn't fail? Try

10. What is your favorite quote? “For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change.”  - Audre Lorde

ALAINA

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After working in the fast-paced and high-stress industries of government relations and tech, I knew that I needed to make some positive life changes and start taking care of myself. That journey began with downsizing, minimizing, and working to identify and cultivate what I deemed was important. I had been accumulating and dragging around so much stuff as I moved from one apartment to the next, trying to outrun San Francisco’s rising housing costs. Decluttering, for me, doesn’t mean living in a stark room with one piece of furniture. It’s about prioritizing what matters and letting go of what doesn’t serve you anymore. I am excited to be a part of the Squad Self Care team and to utilize my skills in scheduling and event planning to try to make self-care more accessible and for the opportunity to cultivate a new craft in producing and hosting our podcast, The Self Care Diaries.

1. What is the first thing you do when you wake up? Feed my cat, Moose

2. What is one self care routine that you do regularly? My morning and nighttime skincare routines. Always wear sunscreen!

3. What is your favorite book? "The Night Tiger" by Yangsze Choo

4. What is the best gift you’ve ever received? The scar on my shin I got while tandem snowboarding

5. Describe your perfect meal: A creamy mushroom risotto and Caesar salad

6. What song always puts you in a good mood? "Ride Out In The Country" by Yola

7. What is one thing you can’t live without? My honest answer? My phone

8. If you had one week to escape you would: Disappear, never to be heard from again...joking! I 'd checked off one, or a few of my bucket list destinations

9. What is one thing you would do if you knew you couldn't fail? Learn every language I could and sail around the world

10. What is your favorite quote? "For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it's always ourselves we find in the sea." - E.E. Cummings