Adriana Adelé's Fundraiser for Girls Who S.L.A.Y (Self Love And Yoga) by Joanna Nowak

Yoga

I started practicing yoga in Philadelphia about two years ago. I had taken a long break after leaving my NY yoga studio home and moving back to PA (and sustaining a mind-opening shoulder injury). I came back to the mat to find myself and find balance - still searching for both :) - but what I did find, was an incredible community and a new family. In just two years, I fell in love with Three Queens Yoga, began working for Mariel Freeman and the studio in various capacities, made lifelong friends and completed a 200-hour RYT training program. I also had the immense joy of meeting, learning from and getting to know the talented philanthropist and yoga teacher, Adriana Adelé

Namaslay + Girls Who S.L.A.Y

Namaslay, created by Adriana, is a sweat-inducing, 90-minute yoga practice that features her favorite hip-hop and R&B artists from the nineties to now. Adriana is warm and approachable, yet deserving of a throne, no doubt, and her personality shines as she moves you through an alignment-based flow with pauses to sing lyrics, shake your booty, and tap into your inner diva. This summer's killer Namaslay (thanks, Drake) donated proceeds to Girls Who S.L.A.Y (Self Love and Yoga), a summer camp created by Adriana, in partnership with Roots 2 Rise, for young girls whose access to yoga is limited. 

Community

Along with several brands and organizations (Three Queens Yoga, Roots2Rise, honeygrow, sweetgreen, Athleta, The Pure Bag), I came to help out with the event. It was a blast assisting Adriana's class and intermittently taking some photos of the practice and after-party. Have a peek- and please contact me if you'd like to post any of these images on your social media!

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Lauren E. Leonard by Joanna Nowak

Lauren Leonard, the force behind Earlie Bird Productions, is a theater-loving writer and producer based in Philadelphia. The company aims to help citizens of this city share their stories. Her latest production, V2: Creation Myth, a “sequel of sorts”, is inspired by Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues and bodes the question, "What does it mean to be a woman in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election?" Written by seven Philadelphia women, Lauren included, the production is a collaborative effort and joins the work of artists, editors, designers and even a doula. Catch the show, starring yours truly, at Philly PACK February 23rd and 24th. Tickets are now available.

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A Philadelphia Walk at Dusk by Joanna Nowak

One of my favorite things about living in Philadelphia is the juxtaposition of old and new. Sometimes, tucked away between two-hundred year old homes and trinities, you'll come across a mid-century modern gem. I walked through Washington Square West to Society Hill through back alleys and small side streets to discover Philadelphia's secrets with the help of a camera. 

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Women's March by Joanna Nowak

The Philadelphia Women's March took place on a warm and sunny Saturday. Although a job kept me from attending the morning portion, I made my way to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the afternoon to see our city shine. This event brought on a flood of mixed emotions, mostly conflicting. As I'm fearing the loss of women's rights, an anniversary of sorts, I also feel empowered. I'm surrounded by strong and brave humans, protesting and coming together to show the nation, the world, that we are unstoppable. The attendees were of all shapes and ages and races, but we were all there with a common purpose: equality through unity. And although I hope that these demonstrations are unnecessary in the future, it is important for us to continue recognizing injustice in whatever mask it wears. This will require continued conversation and awareness.

I am proud to be a Philadelphian.
I am proud to be a woman. 

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Adriana Adele at Torc Yoga by Joanna Nowak

I met Adriana about a year and a half ago during my time working at Three Queens Yoga. We immediately connected- she's politically-driven, warm-spirited, witty, hilarious and passionate. Her work in yoga is incredibly inspiring and her beautiful and advanced practice is seemingly effortless. We shot together for the first time in January of last year, and, coincidentally, we celebrated and welcomed 2018 with another January collaboration. I look forward to many more projects together.

 

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