We are thrilled to introduce you to this year’s Zobha Grace of Giving Intern, Rosemarie Vazquez. Rosemarie is going to spend a week with Zobha and explore her interests in fashion, business and yoga.
The Zobha Grace of Giving Internship is an annual internship granted to a Headstand student. Headstand is an organization that serves youth-at-risk by bringing yoga into their school day. Zobha team bonded so much with the last year’s Headstand graduate that we can’t wait to welcome Rosemarie. Stay tuned for more!
Thank you everyone for participating in our Twitter Contest and tweeting beautiful pictures in your favorite yoga poses. Our community inspires us, as usual, and never leaves us disappointed. It was a hard decision, but here are our favorites. We hope our winners enjoy the Kino MacGregor Yoga DVDs.
Last weekend was special for Zobha for many different reasons. We were thrilled to meet our extremely supportive and loyal community. Thank you to everyone for being a part of the weekend. A special thank you to those who attended our community class on Sunday taught by Wendy Wyvill, Zobha Circle of Grace Member and renowned instructor from Pure Yoga in Hong Kong.
We invited fifteen students from Headstand, a nonprofit we support with 10% of sales of the Grace Tank that integrates yoga into the curriculum of under-resourced schools. Before the class, Wendy invited Katherine Priore, Zobha Circle of Grace Member and Founder of Headstand, to share the organization’s mission and two students who shared their personal yoga experiences with us. The stories left everyone touched and the whole experience was simply unforgettable. Everyone left feeling truly inspired and invigorated by a strong sense of community.
If you attended the class, please share your personal experiences with us. If you didn’t make it to the class but were at the conference, we’d love to hear about your weekend.
Our next yoga community class will be at the Yoga Journal New York Conference. We hope to see you there!
Answer this question on your blog or Facebook page, and you could win a free Zobha yoga starter package which includes:
1 yoga tank of your choice
1 pair of yoga pants of your choice
1 pullover or hoodie of your choice
1 yoga mat carrier
1 eye pillow
Interested in winning free Zobha yoga gear? Here are the juicy details:
1. To enter the Zobha contest, all you need to do is mention this contest on your blog, website, or on your Facebook (in the Notes section).
2. In your post, you will need to link back to the individual pieces (on our website) that you would like to win.
3. Write about why you want to win each piece, and what winning the free Zobha yoga apparel and gear will mean for you in the New Year.
4. Let us know of your entry by sending an email to email@example.com. Use “Grand Prize Contest Entry” as the subject line and include a link to your website, blog post, or Facebook page in the content body.
Five more lucky people will win a Zobha yoga tank of their choice – just by mentioning the contest to their friends and readers. Simply tell your friends and readers about the contest and how they can enter themselves and don’t forget to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Tank Contest Entry” as the subject line and a link to your blog, website or Facebook page.
Hurry – this contest ends on January 28th! (Only one entry per person.)
We’re continuously inspired by the many talented individuals who choose to make teaching yoga a career. As a part of our broader effort to give back to the yoga community and make yoga accessible to all, we created The Zobha Grace of Giving Scholarship. This is an annual grant awarded to a qualified candidate for study in an approved yoga teacher training program. The scholarship is awarded based on a demonstrated financial need and/or a desire to leverage your yoga teacher training to serve a community in need.
We asked our first scholarship recipient, Misa Nuccio, who recently completed her teacher training to share what brought her to yoga and a bit about her teacher training experience. Here’s what she said:
How did you come to practice yoga?
I went to my first yoga class at the age of 16. There was something about it that I was drawn to for reasons I did not understand. I was curious, and there was something seductive about it. No one necessarily led me to it or suggested it for me, I just knew instinctively that I wanted to try it. After my first few classes, I was hooked. I knew almost immediately that it would be a lifelong journey and relationship.
What is the greatest challenge with your practice?
Currently, the biggest challenge is learning how to teach yoga. The tools needed to be a good yoga teacher and the tools needed to be a good yoga student are completely different. Learning how to find the words to express the actions of an asana, or incorporating the sacred aspects of yoga in a delicate and effective way into a class is much more difficult than I thought!
This summer, the Zobha Team had the pleasure of spending a week with Headstand graduate and rising 9th grader, Tracy, who was chosen to participate in our first Week of Grace Internship at Zobha headquarters in Mill Valley, CA.
Her mission for the week: To create fashion-forward activewear for teens.
Her inspiration: Fierce Yoga; powerful and strong yet classic & stylish
How it went:
Tracy blew us away by creating an entire line of fashion-forward teen activewear. She was able to take the self-empowerment skills she learned from yoga and use them to create an entrepreneurial plan in a real business setting – truly taking her yoga off the mat and beyond. What a week of grace!
Each day Tracy spent time with a Zobha team member to learn about their expertise in a particular aspect of our business. She experienced “real on the job training” as she applied what she learned to her own project. The results were overwhelming.
On the last day of her internship, Tracy presented her line to the Zobha Team. From design concepts to marketing, merchandising, and distribution – Tracy nailed it all!
We, at Zobha, want to thank Tracy and Headstand Founder, Katherine Priore, for the unique experience of working with such a talented young woman. We look forward to inviting Tracy, along with another Headstand graduate, back next summer!