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March l April 2015


Another yoga studio on the east side?


By Sara Krebsbach, neighborhood resident

A Place To Be and to have conversations By Jean Rawson, Eastside News photo: Jeff wriGht

Thousands of east side residents who regularly travel Williamson Street have no doubt noticed that since late 2013, the space formerly occupied by Hempen Goods has a new name painted on the front windows. In a lovely flowing script you notice, A Place To Be. A peek inside reveals walls in warm colors, furnishings for comfortable sitting, and fascinating Asian and African objects for decoration. But what happens in there? “ConverDr. Jatinder Cheema opened A Place To sation and dialogue,” said Dr. Jatinder Be as a venue for conversation. Cheema, who, with her Wisconsin-born husband, retired to Madison in 2011. Atwood-Williamson corridor and created a “I always loved dialogue,” she said, not- women’s business network that meets once ing that social media, while perhaps allow- a month. ing more connections than ever before, has Groups addressing other topics have not necessarily led to productive conversa- since begun to meet there — conversing tions on our most pressing social issues. about nonviolent parenting, infertility, even Cheema knows from experience that about death. In keeping with Cheema’s person-to-person conversation is necessary mission to give back to the community, if progress is to be made in any endeavor, discussion and networking groups use the from building a well in a small African vil- space free of charge. lage to crafting a public policy that benefits One of Cheema’s ideas going forward is an entire region. For 30 years she held focused on school-age children. She foresenior level foreign service positions in sees using A Place To Be to give kids an the U.S. Agency for International Developen forum to discuss how to reach across opment, primarily in West Africa, Armesocially created barriers and build robust nia, Afghanistan and the Central Asian peer networks. Republics. “Have the kids reach out,” she said. Her vision for A Place To Be is as a “They are the leaders!” She envisions space where people with progressive ideas youth talking face-to-face, and working for bringing about positive change can ex- within their schools to craft and implepand their thinking and create networks. ment plans to create better communities for Cheema began by reaching out to every themselves and their peers. female small business owner along the Enhancing the community through group conversation is Cheema’s purpose for A Place To Be. “There is a passion to be heard, a passion to share,” she said. “Conversation leads to action.” A Place To Be also hosts occasional free music events and has open houses on Gallery Nights sponsored by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in the spring and fall. Representative Chris Taylor meets with the community to talk about her work in the Wis- For more information, visit l consin Legislature.

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Yes, and another type of yoga, too. Located at 2045 Atwood Ave., across from Magic Wok Chinese Restaurant and next door to Monsoon Siam thai restaurant, the new Body & Brain yoga studio offers Koreanstyle yoga. Master Suhaeng Park operated a studio in Chicago for six years before bringing Body & Brain Yoga to Madison. Master Suhaeng’s yoga is based on an understanding of the human body as revealed by science, combined with a view of the body as an energy system. This perspective is rooted in the ancient Oriental concept of Ki, or energy. Having an appreciation of the brain/ body connection and the way our body can be used as a tool to develop our brain is key to operating our brains well, she believes. Students learn how to keep a cool head, open heart and warm abdomen. The studio is opening March 1 and will offer 15 classes weekly. An open house is scheduled for mid-April.

Master Suhaeng Park offers Koreanstyle yoga at Body & Brain. In an individual consultation with Master Suhaeng, anyone can learn about their body, energy condition and learn recommendations for improvement. For more information, call 665-3081 or check out l

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