my name is ekaette. i am the editor in chief of woke.magazine, a writer, artist and yoga teacher.
you can follow my projects, misadventures in quarantine, musings and inspirations here: wearewoke.com
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from the American University of Paris.
I am first generation Nigerian-American, born in California. I have lived in Paris, London and Japan. I currently reside in Los Angeles.
I began practicing yoga 20 years ago and became a certified teacher in 2007. I taught for 15 years, leading daily classes, teacher trainings and workshops. I have thousands of hours of study and a bunch of certificates, but Yoga is much more than that.
When I’m not writing or dismantling white privilege, I enjoy reading and collecting books, classic films, libraries, music, a good cup of coffee, and studying history and pop culture.
I look forward to getting to know you!
This practice is about your "back body" which simply means we'll be targeting your shoulders, upper back, glutes and hamstrings, but we'll also be balancing things out by opening across the chest, and strengthening the core and quadriceps. We'll be working toward dolphin pose and dolphin plank pose. Two blocks and a strap will be helpful as we build strength and breathe together!
This is a gentle but deep practice for all levels that focuses on forward folds. This is a beautiful class do to at the end of your day, or anytime you want to deeply calm your nervous system and open your hips, hamstrings and shoulders. Forward folding is an invitation to tune in, slow down, and be with yourself in a curious and compassionate way. Please breathe deeply and mindfully and have two blocks, a strap and a blanket handy. Enjoy, yogis.
A mindful, steady, gentle practice that targets shoulder, hip and hamstring-opening with a special emphasis on gently and safely
opening the heart space. Long holds and deep breathing round out the practice as we cool down and move into a restful savasana. Perfect for an end-of-day practice, or anytime you want something deep, steady and mindful to calm your nervous system and open every major muscle group. All levels welcome. Enjoy, yogis!
This is an all-levels class where beginners are welcome and experienced yogis will also get a deep and mindful practice.
Some poses will feel wonderful and others may bring up resistance. Resistance often happens when we approach a place where we carry tension, whether it's physical or emotional. Resistance is different from pain. If you experience pain, that is a signal to back off, use props or modify in order to find a variation of the pose that works for your body so you can breathe deeply.
Resistance is the emotion that might creep up if you find yourself in a shape that offers you the opportunity to soften and unwind. Sometimes we're scared to let go. See if you can breathe deeply into any resistance and give your body the chance to release so you create the space to receive.
This is a strengthening practice focusing on our hips and hamstrings. Using long holds, we will learn to create deeper connection with our legs and our back body, We will also flow to become more attuned to ourselves and how we move through space.
Remember that your time on your mat is yours. Take breaks as and when you need. Honor the true inner voice of self and it will show you the way.
Prior to beginning, take about 5 minutes to settle into a comfortable seat and find your breath. Breathe evenly and deeply. Try to smooth out roughness in your breathing.
As you settle more into your breath, begin to awaken ujjayi pranayama (breathing through the back of your throat, creating a whispery quality of sound).
As you continue to breathe fluidly, now begin to balance out your breath so that your inhales and exhales are the same length. Become mindful of your breath. Consider it a dear friend here to support you throughout your practice.
Take a moment and inwardly acknowledge yourself for getting on your mat today and holding this sacred time for self-exploration.
When you feel ready, slowly open your eyes, and hit “play”.
May all beings be happy, safe, and free,
Be Where You Are. Love Who You Are.
Being present is extremely elusive. We have brief glimpses of it, like looking at stars in a dark sky. Eventually our mind is focusing on the past or future, and the moment of NOW is lost.
Can you be exactly where you are with acceptance? Can you be compassionate with yourself when you fall and pick yourself up?
We will explore these themes of patience, presence and curiosity as we move into this hour long practice together.
Be easy with yourself. You may lose your balance and/or your focus. Know that you can always find your way back to presence and self-acceptance.
Love and Peace to all,