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Queer Connect Benefit!
5:30 PM17:30

Queer Connect Benefit!

Spend your Friday night raising money for and connecting with your queer community!

This benefit event is meant to bring the LGBTQ+ community and allies who are in or interested in the wellness community together and raise money for Yoga Unbound. Yoga Unbound promotes health and wellbeing to the LGBTQ+ and POC community by providing accessible yoga classes rooted in social justice.

The evening will include 2 yoga class experiences, and two lectures, sponsored beverages from the CLEAN CAUSE, and support from Austin Black Pride and other local LGBTQ+ small businesses.

at Practice Yoga Church

5:30pm - 9pm


5:30PM - Yoga Class Tierra 45min

6:30PM - Lecture | Panel

  • “ The dynamics of Privilege and building alliances” | Tierra

  • “ Forming beyond the binary inclusive language and lgbtq+ youth” l  Erica

8:15PM - Yoga Class with Gianna 45min

Your teachers:

Gianna Purcell @giannayoga @queerretreat

An international yoga teacher with 15 years in the teaching and coaching world Gianna has over 1,500 hours in intensive training with Bikram yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa, Rocket, Bhakti, Yoga Anatomy, and traditional Hatha Yoga techniques. She travels around spreading and making accessible the vast practices of yoga and wellness, leading classes, workshops, retreats, and trainings all over the world. “My focus is to help people see the potential within and develop excitement for unleashing your natural ability to heal.” She founded the Siddhi School of Yoga, the Maha Hatha Sadhana practice, and co-founded Queer Retreats LLC, which provides a safe space for wellness vacations for the LGBTQ+ community.

Tierra.Denae @tierra.denae @thedisconnectretreat

Fresh, motivated, and innovative Artist and Yoga Teacher with training in Hatha Vinyasa Yoga + Rocket Yoga + Anatomy. With over 1000 hours of yoga, movement, and anatomy instruction under my belt I continue to be a student of life always. I personally care about inspiring others to adopt a healthy physical practice and lifestyle that suits them. My main commitment to my students is to instruct various ways of alignment, healing, and community building while providing an enjoyable atmosphere and education. I am a yogi-prenuer, creator of Tierra.Denae, The Disconnect Retreat, and Creative Services Director of Samadhi Yoga Retreat. I facilitate and host Retreats, workshops, teacher training education, private yoga events and wellness sessions.

Erica Alcocer @que_rrrica @indigenecias

Erica Alcocer is a queer non binary femme living and studying at University of Texas at San Antonio. Her focuses are radical social and self awareness, LGBTQ+ youth, sex and gender education, inclusive language, creating community centered in liberation for colonized folks, bringing attention to navigating spaces with intersectionality and inclusion in mind. Erica currently studies at UTSA with a double major in Spanish + Mexican American Studies with a minor in Women’s Studies. She is also a 2019 Presidential Inclusive Excellence Scholar and receiver of the Linda J. Rasmussen Memorial Annual Scholarship in Women's Studies at UTSA. Erica is the Youth Facilitator at Fiesta Youth in San Antonio. During her time at Fiesta Youth she developed an LGBTQ+ Awareness Training she presents to organizations, schools, businesses and creates programming for LGBTQ+ youth. Erica also dabbles in jewelry design, event production, live performance, and djing. 

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