For over a decade, Tyrone Beverly has been teaching yoga, standing apart from his yogi peers not only in physique, as an African American male, but also in mantra - unity, community, health and happiness.
Tyrone began this type of yoga programming in 2010, founded Im'Unique in 2012 and is dedicated to uniting the Denver community and fostering healthy lifestyles by enriching the mind, the body, and promoting awareness through holistic wellness education, including yoga instruction, cooking classes and healthy living workshops.
While education is key to spreading this message, dismantling stereotypes is the first step. The organization's Illustrating Union Yoga Tours are the most diverse yoga classes in the state of Colorado.
The classes are free and designed for all ages and all skill levels, including those brand new to yoga. What makes these classes so unique are the partnerships with cultural facilities. Illustrating Union Yoga Tours have taken place at The Wildlife Experience, The Nature & Science Museum and The Denver Zoo with plans to expand to places such as The Denver Art Museum next year.
The upcoming wellness workshop on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. will take place in a very non-traditional venue - a Walmart Super Center in Stapleton.
Beyond local communities, the organization's impact can be felt in New York City through classes at The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, as well as in Jamaica at the Lil Raggamuffin Summer Camp for kids. Discussions with other nationally acclaimed attractions, such as the San Diego Zoo, the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation in Atlanta and the Houston Museum of Natural Science are setting the stage for partnerships in 2013.
For more information and current class schedule visit www.ImUniqueUnion.com.
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