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|Pride: Community Health Expo includes HIV tests, wellness info|
|by Jim Farmer|
|October 11, 2012 10:30|
New to Atlanta Pride this year and bound to draw some interest as part of the Community Health Expo is YoGaga, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. at the athletic fields at Piedmont Park.
It’s the brainchild of yoga instructor Neda Honarvar, who has started her own studio, Tough Love Yoga, in town. Earlier this year she decided she would like to bring her brand of yoga to more of an LGBT audience.
Honarvar and colleague Garrett Cockayne approached Pride earlier this season and the committee liked the idea.
“Lady Gaga is so supportive of the LGBT community and we liked the idea of combining this into the culture, which is about yourself and finding creative ways to express yourself,” Cockayne said.
The class will last an hour and 10 minutes. While doing poses, expect to hear “Bad Romance,” “Born This Way,” “Just Dance” and other Gaga classics to accentuate the mood.
“When Neda came up with the idea, it just seemed like they go well together,” said Cockayne.
The class is appropriate for those who are serious and for those who have never done yoga at all. To Cockayne, yoga is invaluable for the mind, body and spirit. It also works on strength, focus and flexibility.
“A lot of doctors recommend it,” he said. “For those with HIV/AIDS it is very valuable.”
As guessed by the name, the class won’t be all serious. Cockayne encourages people to come in Lady Gaga-inspired costumes and have fun.
Pride also offers opportunities to focus on your health throughout the weekend with the Community Health Expo, which groups health-related organizations together in the blue section of the marketplace.
Services will include HIV tests, breast cancer prevention information, and more wellness topics.
Sponsored by Grady, the Community Health Expo includes AID Atlanta, the Health Initiative, Positive Impact, the Feminist Women’s Health Center, Grady Health Services, Georgia Department of Health, and the Emory Vaccine Center’s Hope Clinic.
It is open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
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