THE SWEET SPOTLIGHT: Colors of Yoga Raleigh

A vibe is a part of yoga.

Shani Sweets and The Sweet Spot caught up with Raleigh, North Carolina’s first black yoga studio owner, Patrice Graham. Colors of Yoga embodies what it means to be an inclusive leader by displaying commitment, courage, conscious bias, curiosity, cultural intelligence, and openness to collaborations.

Colors of Yoga extends the branch of healing to people of any race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or body type. Graham talks to The Sweet Spot about the importance of combing yoga with music because of the positive effects it has on the mental healing process

Patrice Graham began her personal practice in 2010 and started teaching in 2016 after attending a hot yoga class with her family. The urge to teach came after four years of hot yoga and hair jokes from her family. Soon, she inspired her mom and sister to join her and they then fell in love with the amazing after affect.

The objective of healing is to use different tools to assist you through the process because there is no one way. Jokingly a self-proclaimed yoga DJ, Patrice Graham keeps a playlist ready for any yoga session and she even instructs Gospel Yoga and Trap Yoga Classes; Praise through your healing or Trap it out it’s all a vibe.

It depends on the mood.

In order to create an outstanding playlist, the key is to make it in the moment. The Sweet Spot wanted to get someone else’s expertise on how to create the ultimate playlist.

According to Amber Brown, founder of Ambs Lives Well and instructor at Colors Of Yoga says, “It depends on the mood, you can have multiple playlist for different practices of yoga, I go from Project Pat on one playlist to music with no sound on another during my practice”. The goal when using music in classes is to be inviting as it allows students to feel welcome, particularly beginners.

When joining anything new there is a moment of the unknown, however a familiar song can make the experience much easier. Many beginners claim when they reach a certain point in their practice, they sometime wish they could sit down but the music keeps them going and it works even better if it’s familair music.

The Sweet Spot encourages all types of healing, but above all, we encourage trying through music. If music is something you can listen to throughout your day then you are the vibe. The vibe is an atmosphere that you are allowed to move, relate and heal in; with creating your vibe intentionally you are only destined to succeed because you know what it takes to get you through the process. Vibe.

What’s On Your Yoga Playlist? Let Us Know Below!

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