Big Gal Yoga Book Tour hosted by YBICoaliton & ThickGirlYogaLA | Los Angels, CA | 8/27

August 2, 2017
Yoga for All Bodies
Valerie Sagun teaching a hour long Hatha yoga class, followed by a Q&A with Melanie Klein and Christina S. Wherry discussing yoga and body image at Green Tree Yoga & Meditation.
Finishing with a book signing of Valerie’s book, Big Gal Yoga, for participants.
Valerie Sagun, a.k.a. Big Gal Yoga, is a yoga practitioner, installation artist, ceramicist, radical self-love enthusiast, and body-positive encourager based in San Jose, California. She started college at San Jose State University in 2005 and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spatial Arts. There she focused on the hands-on media of ceramics, glass, metals, woodwork, and installation art. During her time at SJSU she took her first yoga class in 2010, where she practiced Hatha Yoga with yogi Lawrence Caughlan. He gave her a positive outlook, teaching her that as long as one has the determination, motivation, and patience, anyone can practice yoga. In January 2016 Valerie attended a Hatha Yoga immersion yoga teacher training at the Seven Centers Yoga Arts Center in Sedona, Arizona. She is now a certified Hatha Yoga teacher, with a private practice where she teaches individuals and groups. Follow Valerie at or on Instagram @biggalyoga.



Sun, August 27, 2017

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT

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Green Tree Yoga Meditation Foundation

8227 South Western Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90047

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Melanie Klein, M.A., is a writer, speaker, and professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies as well as a media literacy educator and positive body image advocate. She is the co-editor of Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body and the co-founder of the Yoga & Body Image Coalition.
Christine Wherry:
Yoga and Meditation have brought Christina closer to inner peace, awareness and a respect for all life. She began practicing meditation and yoga seven years ago becoming certified in 2017 at Green Tree Yoga & Meditation in her hometown of South Los Angeles.
Since then Christina has created Thick Girl Yoga-Full Embodied Expression to share yoga and wellness with plus size women. She teaches yoga for beginners, children’s yoga with her daughter, and senior yoga. Christina is also a postpartum doula, she enjoys facilitating meditation classes and wellness workshops.
She seeks to assist those who are beginning their journey by preparing a wonderful self-love experience through the many wellness practices she’s learned.

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