When you stretch, you not only stretch your body but also your mind. When you stretch your mind, you stretch your life.
On April 10th, female students gathered at Georgia State University to de-stress during a fun yoga party instructed by Get Loved Up founder/yoga instructor Koya Webb. A “Financially Fit” workshop, led by CPA Erin Hajj, highlighted the importance of money management, helped students develop a savings habit early in life, and raised public awareness about the importance of financial literacy. Lit candles, sweet scents, and the soothing sounds of Solange's "A Seat at the Table" filled the air as guests arrived.
Sticking to PGS tradition, the first lucky lady to arrive scored a prize pack full of goodies!
Students were super excited to see their favorite Instagram yogi up close and personal. "I can't believe I'm about to do yoga with Koya," said Clark Atlanta University PGS captain Tylisha James. "I'm doing her #Yoga4Growth Challenge right now!"
After saying hello to guests, Koya headed to our Wall of Wisdom to leave a motivational message.
August and Adison, PGS founder Aeshia's daughters, were all smiles before the fun began.
Georgia State University PGS Captain Maiya Newton kicked off the Sweat Show with a warm welcome message.
Guests divided into groups to get to know one another better and come up with team names!
Say hello to team Crazy In Love!!!
A series of icebreaker games encouraged team bonding and friendly competition. Endless laughter traveled down the halls while guests completed each fun activity.
Winners scored prizes and a boost of confidence.
As attendees held hands in the sisterhood circle, they took a moment to introduce themselves to the larger group, share something that they were grateful for, and recite the PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT pledge.
Koya is a phenomenal role model for young women to follow. In college, the 5’10” super-fit beauty, raised in a modest trailer in Humboldt, Tennessee, became a field heptathlon champion (an event consisting of High Jump, Long Jump, 100 Meter Hurdles, 200 Meter Dash, 800 Meter Run, Shot Put, and Javelin). She is now a certified personal trainer and has completed extensive studies in holistic nutrition, and she holds a degree in Exercise Science and Business.
Koya's Get Loved Up yoga class challenged Sweat Sisters mentally and physically while encouraging them to try their best and not compare themselves to others.
Sweat Sisters snacked on healthy treats like fruit and Aquafina while Erin Hajj, CPA (Certified Public Accountant) led a budgeting workshop that helped students become more aware of their spending habits. Check out her 21 Money Saving/Earning Tips For College Students on a Budget.
Students scored prizes, like CVS gifts cards and AMC movie tickets, for asking and answering money management questions.
But no one left empty handed. Each guest received beauty gift bags filled with Taliah Waajid's natural hair products.
Event speakers Koya Webb, Erin Hajj, and PGS founder Aeshia DeVore Branch posed for a group photo before Koya gave some guests a lift of a lifetime with her Acro Yoga skills.
Building trust helps builds courage. Clark Atlanta University PGS Captain Tylisha James overcame fear to pull off this pose perfectly. Strong is the new pretty!
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Special Thanks to our Event Partners, Sponsors, Panelists and Volunteers:
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Pretty Girls Sweat GSU Chapter
video / photo credit: Kayla Madonna
Koya Webb is an internationally recognized yoga teacher, personal trainer, holistic health and wellness coach, author, motivational speaker, and professional fitness model revolutionizing the holistic living landscape. She is known as a “transformational specialist” when it comes to helping people reach their goals - by encouraging sustainable positive lifestyle changes that maximize their ability to cultivate self-love, lose weight, increase energy, reverse life-threatening conditions and experience optimal health. Learn more at koyawebb.com.
TEEN DIARIES FOUNDATION INC. is a 501(C)3 non-profit youth empowerment and mentoring organization established to prepare young, multicultural women for careers in journalism, as well as fight the alarming child obesity rates in the United States by making fitness fun for teen girls. Since 2007, TEEN DIARIES has been dedicated to the healthy development of young women and girls nationwide. Through life-changing virtual and in-person programs we heighten the self-esteem of girls ages 13 to 22 years old by building career skills, sharing the tools to lead healthy and active lifestyles for a lifetime, and using grassroots efforts to inspire youth to give back to their local communities. By providing hands-on and e-mentoring to thousands of high school and college age students globally, TEEN DIARIES is successfully helping young women transition into adulthood. Without a doubt, our accessible programs fill an ever-existent void in the framework of our youth. To learn ways you can get involved, visit teendiariesfoundation.org/volunteer.
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