Live Be Yoga: This Class Is Bringing Peace to Tampa Bay’s Urban Communities—One Teen at a Time

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Live Be Yoga ambassadors Jeremy Falk and Aris Seaberg are on a road trip across the country to share real talk with master teachers, explore innovative classes, and so much more—all to illuminate what’s in store for the future of yoga. Follow the tour and get the latest stories @livebeyoga on Instagram and Facebook.

School may have been out for the summer, but teens in St. Petersburg, FL, were hard at work, pursuing personal development—on their mats. The Live Be Yoga team joined yoga teacher Clayton Sizemore for a class with Urban Yoga Foundation. This New York City-based organization, founded by Ghylian Bell, offers programs for underserved African-American youth. Through lessons in positive language, yoga poses, breathwork, and mindfulness techniques, the teens learn a roadmap to cultivate integrity, character, and creative self-expression. The idea is for these infectious learnings to spread throughout urban communities. “When you can calm yourself down, you can calm other people down,” says Sizemore. Here, Jeremy and Aris get a firsthand look at how it happens.