Virtual Reading & Meditation with Octavia Raheem, author of PAUSE, REST, BE

Join us on Women & Children First's Crowdcast Channel for a virtual reading, rest & meditation with Octavia Raheem, author of Pause, Rest, Be: Stillness Practices for Courage in Times of Change.


Restoring your body, mind, and spirit amid change is an act of courage, empowerment, and hope. This warm, powerful guide will help you honor the changes and spaces in your life with purposeful rest and reflection.

If you're trying to push your way through endings, beginnings, and places of uncertainty, only to find yourself more confused, disconnected, tired, and uncertain, this book will hold and fortify you. Yoga teacher and activist Octavia Raheem offers us the motivation and guidance we need to restore ourselves in the midst of all sorts of change. Change in our lives--whether it be welcome, joyful, challenging, or more subtle—presents us with the opportunity to pause and gather our energy to work with whatever lies ahead.   

Drawing wisdom from yoga philosophy and her many years of teaching experience, Raheem offers us the motivation and guidance we need to restore ourselves in the midst of all types of change.  She gives us three simple restorative yoga poses (savasana, side lying pose, and child’s pose), and offers short teachings, reflections, and practices to see us through times of ending, beginning, and liminal/transitional space. She shows us how slowing down, stillness, and deeper connection to our own transitions empower us to move through collective shifts with more grace--and what it means to navigate shifts and change with presence and courage.

Octavia Raheem is a mother, author, yoga teacher and practitioner, and activist. She has received national attention for her work training yoga teachers and diversifying the yoga and wellness industry. Her work as a yoga professional focuses on practical tools to teach individuals how to manage stress, anxiety, and fatigue through yoga and meditation in a way that is accessible to all levels/abilities, and restorative to the nervous system. Her work has been featured in Yoga Journal, Mantra magazine, Well + Good, CNN, WXIAand Atlanta Magazine.

Image Description: A red banner with a faint leaf pattern with a photograph of the author beside an image of the book cover. The color photograph features a woman wearing a black dress, sitting in a chair outside surrounded by green bushes. Her elbows rest on the chair arms. Her hands are in her lap. Her face is brown and her hair is red, black, and shoulder length. She is smiling and her head leans to one side. Beside the photograph is the cover art for Octavia Raheem's book entitled Rest, Be: Stillness Practices for Courage in Times of Change. The cover art features a red background with white text and thin cream colored lines that swirl like scattered string. 

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Event date: 
Sunday, February 27, 2022 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
Virtual via Crowdcast
Pause, Rest, Be: Stillness Practices for Courage in Times of Change Cover Image
ISBN: 9781611809855
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: Shambhala - February 1st, 2022