“As a Black woman, I’m very much aware that the value of my life is close to nil in this society, so part of my practice as a Rāja yoga practitioner is that I stay as positive as I can, but I hold myself to standards of humanity every day, and Rāja yoga practice has been awesome for me as a way to do that.”
"I rolled out my mat and gathered yoga props for Felicia Savage Friedman’s class at the Kingsley Association Center, a community organization in Pittsburgh’s Larimer neighborhood. The class operates with different rules than I’m used to; people can come and go as they please. We are about 15 minutes into the practice when the last student walks in. Everybody stays until the end.
From 07/07/2018: Felicia Savage Friedman and Zena Ruiz, Manager of Public Programs with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, with details on Felicia’s program combining yoga and positive self-esteem with respect to skin tone, now running at the Children’s Museum.
Just last week, President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency. With a heroin addict relapse rate of 90 percent and a 650 percent increase in emergency room visits for the drug since 1990, said Jeremy Guttman, there must be some pattern.
Technology could help disrupt such tragedy, the entrepreneur said. A startup he helped co-found, Behaivior, uses pattern-recognition machine learning to predict and prevent relapse and overdose through Fitbit-like wearables.
These ideas and more presented by AlphaLab companies dazzled the crowd that packed Stage AE at Demo Day 2017 on Thursday night. The latest companies from the renowned startup accelerator have spent several months intensely working and reworking their concepts since joining the cohort in July. Part of the extensive coaching included help with their impressive on-stage presentations.
Even the yoga instructor who led the audience through some reviving stretches was met with enthusiasm.