The State of our Health "Keep it 100" Presentors
by Eurydice Mcgaughy
Kim’s passion is creating truly inclusive spaces by bringing yoga to people and places that historically have not had access to the practice and philosophy. She specializes in cultivating open and welcoming experiences that reduce beginners’ anxiety and that lay the foundation for a consistent practice. Her motivation is to add representation and diversity to the yoga community to demonstrate that YOGA REALLY IS FOR EVERY BODY!
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Kim is a small business owner and author. Her background as a community development professional and nonprofit consultant intersects perfectly with her passion for improving communities through yoga. Her love of exploring diverse cultures is reflected in her extensive international travel to countries in Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, and North and South America.
After several years of honing her skills through a primarily home-based practice, Kim decided to pursue teacher training with a goal of creating the yoga community she was seeking -- One that is diverse, inclusive, and welcoming to people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. In 2018, she obtained her Vinyasa-based RYT-200 certification under the instruction of Melissa Scott and Jasper Elliott Wolfe in Birmingham, Alabama. She also has certifications and continuing education in chair yoga/yoga for seniors, creating diverse and inclusive yoga communities, cultural competencies for serving LGBTQ communities, and teaching Yoga for All practices as advocated by Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes.
Armed with a Master of Science in Urban Studies and Policy Analysis, Kim firmly believes that yoga can be a powerful tool for transforming and revitalizing communities. Her interest is in exploring how health disparities can be reduced through the practice of yoga which supports improved physical, mental and spiritual health. With this goal in mind, Kim strives to make each class engaging, as well as informative. Be assured that when you enter into practice with Kim, you’ll find a space that is welcoming, an attitude that honors all abilities, and an atmosphere where everyone is valued. See you on your mat!
Heaven's Healthy Kitchen is a grass-roots business. Catering vegan & plant-based gourmet foods. What started off as a weight-loss challenge turned into a business. Started in 2013 after a successful weight-loss journey. The concerned for the well-being of others grew and today the goal is to have the first Hygienic Restaurant in Huntsville, Al. This restaurant is a restaurant that no only serves healthy, nutritious and life sustaining food, but also focuses on practices and conditions that help maintain and preserve health. It's also a restaurant that focuses on the prevention and reversal of sickness and poor health.
Sowing Seeds was established in 2015, to provide a community gathering place for local farmers and entrepreneurs. Our goals are to improve opportunities for all, by promoting local economic development, community building, and family-friendly activities.
Sowing Seeds is birthing a business from the ground up, sorta like a sown seed breaking from underneath the dirt. We're striving to become a firm rooted business, with the type of values that our elders will be proud to support. This isn't just a farmers market, it's the beginning of something much bigger. We hope to educate others on healthier lifestyles, starting with great nutritional enriched foods and water. Then the development of cheap energy saver and producing techniques. Next, creative business development. Last, but not least, provide next level motivational methods to help ensure that our future generations are pointed and encouraged on taking a path of integrity. Remember, sowing positive seeds is a good thing, cause after all, you reap what you sow.
My mission is to motivate executives and leaders to embrace healthier choices that will create a more purposeful approach to leading and living well.
I haven’t always been on a quest to live healthy and fulfilled. In fact, I was living in the fast lane striving for what I thought was “the life.” I had a successful career, two amazing sons and a house in the suburbs, but my high pressure, big stress lifestyle was leaving me de-energized, empty and sick.
I strived to have it all, but failed multiple times in many aspects of my life. Striving for perfection was futile, but striving for fulfillment and significance was purposeful. I learned this through living an unhealthy life filled with deadlines, stress and bad eating habits.
Maybe you can relate to that part of my story. The part where you are maxed out, stressed out, experiencing low energy, are overweight and all around unhealthy.
You can change things up. You have the choice to live healthy. I made the choice and feel better than ever and you can too.
We’ve been given one life to live and that means it’s our responsibility to live it well by having choosing to be healthy.
A healthy lifestyle isn’t just about exercise and nutrition, it’s about shifting mindsets that don’t serve you well and bringing in a spiritual component to sustain you.
Background and Bio
- 30 years as an executive in Retail Merchandising, working for Sears, Walmart, JC Penney, and Burlington Stores
- B.S. – Finance/Economics 1989
- Multiple Merchant awards from the Industry
- Certified John C. Maxwell Coach, Trainer, Speaker, Teacher
- Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
- Co-Author of 2 best-selling books (Endurance: Going the Distance and Reigniting Hope), 3 new books on the way in Fall 2018.
Brian K. Rice briankrice.com is a graduate of Alabama A&M University. While at AAMU Brian was the captain of the universities baseball team and he maintained the honor all 4 years as the scholar athlete of the year for his team while majoring in mechanical engineering.
Brian started his professional career in construction management as a mechanical engineer in Oak Ridge, TN. After 5 years of working as a construction engineer, Brian aspired to travel more and to go into a business development role where he could use his natural gift as a people's person to develop and grow business to business relationships. Brian has worked as a regional technical business development manager for various manufacturing companies since 2007. It was in 2007 when Brian truly connected to his vision for the community. While working in Richmond, VA, Brian was traveling through the state when he said, "it is time to start working on plans to give back to the community." For the next several years, Brian started volunteering more on a regular basis and he started researching all types of books on non profits, entrepreneurship, history and spiritual development.
In 2009, Brian started working on his plan to move back to his home of Birmingham, AL. This plan was no regular plan, Brian dedicated 2009 and 2010 to idea creation for his non profit vision for Birmingham and the state of Alabama. Brian has created countless list of potential mentoring ideas, economic development ideas, crime prevention ideas, education development ideas, and character development ideas for his home city and state.
Brian moved back to Birmingham in 2013 in order to launch his mentoring programs and services for youth and adults.
Brian still works full time as a business development manager which he hopes transitions into a full time community role. Brian have been responsible for managing multi-million dollar account packages consisting of various small businesses and some of the largest manufacturing companies in this country and the world. Brian have worked daily with business owners, general managers, operations managers, various types of engineers, purchasing groups, and most importantly the blue collar workers on the plant floor level. While working in business development Brian has had the pleasure to go through various types of negotiating training, dining etiquette training, and years of formal sales training. Brian have been able to visit and tour several hundred manufacturing facilities across various industries from the Automotive industry, Oil & Gas industry, Food & Beverage industry, Metals industry, Power & Utilities Industries and many more industries throughout the country which Brian uses as a source of vision when speaks to youths and adults about the various opportunities available to them. Brian recently moved back to Birmingham, AL to focus on youth and adult development programs throughout the city and state. Brian is passionate about making a difference and he has demonstrated that clearly with his purposeful move back to his home city and state.
Brian has written 3 books, one for young adults titled "Prepare For Your Success", one for elementary students titled "Kids Be Great", and his favorite book "Black Americans, We Need You!" (The Call for Self Accountability of All African Americans) which was created from several hundred pages of work and research that Brian prepared while developing the vision for Heroes Bridge, Inc. This book is true encouragement for every African American to give back to their community. Heroes Bridge, Inc. is still in the early funding stages.