Free Event - Virtual

WomanGatherings are informational and inspirational evenings intended to nurture the womanspirit in each of us.

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Thursday, May 21
6:00 PM
Virtual/via Zoom Webinar (broadcast live to Facebook)

Host: Eka Kapiotis

Guest Speaker: JoAnna McCue-Martin, Joey Waters, Laura Ruby

Cultivating Calm: Soothing body and mind with yoga and mindfulness



Join the creators of the Family Yoga Project for insight on the mind under stress and tips for relieving the strain through breath and movement. After a discussion on brain function and social emotional responses to stress, we will introduce mindfulness activities and a simple yoga sequence designed to help you cultivate a sense of calm even under difficult circumstances.

 JoAnna McCue-Martin has worked in a variety of private and public school settings, with a majority of that time teaching in the classroom. In addition to her classroom work, over the past few years she has supported students and teachers as a social emotional learning coach. She has a passion for supporting teachers and students with mindfulness, trauma informed yoga, and other stress management strategies. 

JoAnna has completed the following:

  • Certified yoga teacher who teaches children’s yoga and trauma-informed yoga.
  • Yoga 4 Classrooms Training
  • Creative Kids Yoga certificate
  • Mindful Schools certification
  • CRI Trauma certificate

She  is currently working on completing Yoga Calm Youth Instructor Training Course

Joey Waters was an elementary educator and school administrator for 40 years. Though she is now retired, she is still learning! In recent years, Joey has been pursuing her interest in teaching yoga and mindfulness to children. Joey is a member of the Front Royal Women’s Resource Center and serves on the Dare to Dream Committee.

Joey  has  completed or is working on:

  • The Mindful Education Teacher Training 
  • Yoga 4 Classrooms Training
  • Currently enrolled in the Yoga Calm Youth Instructor Certification Course.
  • A student of yoga with teachers JoAnna Martin and Laura Ruby.

Laura Ruby is owner and instructor at Ruby Yoga in Front Royal. Laura worked for many years as an editor and journalist. Following spinal surgery several years ago, she began to practice yoga regularly, finding pain relief as well as increased mobility, flexibility, and mindfulness. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2018 with Christa Mastrangelo Joyce and opened Ruby Yoga  in the fall of 2018. Since opening the studio, Laura has continued her yoga education with training in trauma informed yoga and Kidding Around Yoga. In the fall of 2020, Laura, JoAnna, and Joey collaborated to develop the Family Yoga Project, which offered free yoga to school-aged children and their families. They plan to expand the program with additional offerings in the spring of 2021.

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