Ruby Reed & Christabel Reed
Advaya Initiative is an alternative think-tank seeking solutions to the interconnected crises of environmental destruction and mental health. Advaya sees the crises we are faced with today as a call to radical action: an opportunity to evolve, to come together and co-create. The platform inspires and empowers young people and change makers to become activists for a better world, addressing narratives of disempowerment and exploring how to lead authentic lives in harmony with nature. Advaya seeks transformation at an individual and collective level while cultivating purposeful lives of connection and belonging.
Ruby Reed is a yoga teacher, activist and co-founder of the environmental and holistic wellbeing platform Advaya Initiative. She is interested in embodiment and nature connection as sources of healing and empowerment and believes in the power of Yoga to create social change.
Ruby is influenced by the progressive approach and breath-led fluidity of the Ashtanga practice, and the energetic attention and adaptability of Viniyoga. Her classes prioritise the breath as a tool for awareness, connection and healing, and integrate strong postures to build energy, resilience and vitality.
Ruby works to build community around a renewed sense of awe and wonder in life so that we may connect with our most authentic selves and thrive as we should in harmony with nature. Advaya have hosted over 40 events exploring topics from spiritual activism to plastic pollution, sustainable fashion to food waste, alternative economies to animal extinction. All events emphasise awareness as the means for evolution and empower individuals to realise their power to create positive change. Formats differ depending on the topic and include screenings, workshops, full day immersions, panel discussions, talks, dinners, pilgrimages and retreats.
Ruby is happiest when in water and has spent a lot of time beneath sea level over the years, whether teaching scuba diving in the Andaman Islands or training as a Free-diver. Before becoming a yoga teacher and activist, Ruby worked in the art world at auction houses, with private collectors and galleries. She has an MA with Distinction from the Courtauld Institute, looking at countercultural artistic practices during the dictatorships of South America and Eastern Europe from the death of Stalin to the fall of the Berlin Wall, and another from Edinburgh University looking at ideas around the body and ideal beauty in Renaissance Italy. She was part of the 2014 Teacher Training at Triyoga and is currently completing a 4 year advanced teacher training with Colin Dunsmuir working towards becoming a Yoga Therapist.
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Christabel Reed is an activist, yoga teacher and the co-founder of the environmental and holistic wellbeing platform Advaya Initiative. Christabel is currently completing a 4 year advanced teacher training with Colin Dunsmuir. Working towards becoming a Yoga Therapist.
Practicing yoga as a teenager helped liberate Christabel from years of chronic anxiety and the constructed narratives that limited her ability to fulfil her potential and really enjoy life. This transformation led her make the resolution to learn how she could apply these tools to others. During Christabel’s History BA at Manchester she went back to India to do her first TTC in Hatha Yoga. After graduating Christabel went on to do a second training in Viniyoga and Vinyasa Krama before beginning her Masters at SOAS, University of London, in The Traditions Of Yoga & Meditation.
Christabel’s thesis was on The Ecology & Ethics of The Bhagavad Gita - in which she lent academic support to the popular notion, much criticised by scholars, that the Gita is inherently an ethical and ecological text, in which the reader is led to gain clarity of mind, recognise the interdependent nature of existence and the individual duty to uphold harmony and balance while relinquishing the fruits of the enactment of duty to the greater good.
Advaya have hosted over 40 events exploring topics from spiritual activism to plastic pollution, from sustainable fashion to food waste, alternative economies to animal extinction. All events emphasise awareness as the means for evolution and empower individuals to realise their power to create positive changes in their own lives and the world around them. Event formats differ depending on the topic and include screenings, workshops, full day immersions, panel discussions, talks, dinners, pilgrimages and retreats.
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