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Schmooze Profile: Dana Arbel & Ashley Burns

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Dana Arbel (left) and Ashley Burns (right) of DiRTYOGA

 

Name: Dana Arbel and Ashley Burns of DiRTYOGA

Hometown:

DA: Originally from Brooklyn, NY but raised in North Phoenix

AB: Born in Los Angeles, and raised in North Phoenix

Preferred title: “DiRTYOGA Mama’s”

Favorite Arizona place:

DA: Hiking at Dreamy Draw

AB: Weekending in Tucson.

Favorite drink:

DA: Whiskey sour

AB: Paloma

Favorite local project:

DA: I love going to Wednesday nights at the Phoenix Arts Museum

AB: The Jazz Series at Valley Bar.

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THIS or THAT:

Savasana or handstand?

DA: Savasana

AB: Savasana

What was your first real job?

DA: I made sandwiches at Togo’s for a summer when I was 16

AB: I was a tutor at Kumon Math and Reading.

How do you describe the work you do?

DA: Through DiRTYOGA, we teach yoga classes in different outdoor settings, through local collaborations to make people feel GOOD and close to their communities. We believe in the power of yoga, and want to make it accessible to all.

AB: It’s heart work! DiRTYOGA was birthed from our personal experiences with the practice, and our need to share it. We believe in bringing yoga, in accessible ways, to the people with the help of like-minded organizations. A lot of time is spent on reaching out and ASKING for collaboration opportunities. Our movement has been successful thus far because of our willingness to be vulnerable (open-hearted) and simply ask. It is amazing how often the response is yes.

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What activity do you consistently make time to do, or at least try to?

DA: Lately I have been exploring many forms of self expression including writing, painting, and dancing. With no expectations or goals, but for the purpose of simply expressing myself. It has made a huge difference In my life.

AB: I journal daily, and recently added acupuncture to my self-love routine.

When do you feel most in your element, zone, etc.?

DA: When my house is in order, I can put music on, cook, and chill out.

AB: When I am leading a yoga class.

What advice do you have for your younger self?

DA: You are great being exactly who you are, don’t try to be anyone else. Speak up!

AB: Stop straightening your hair! Embrace the effortless power and beauty that come with rocking your curls. They are a special extension of you.

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What direction would you like your life to take from here?

DA: I am at a place where I am creating the life that I want for myself, by allowing myself to explore and learn. So I say, to be determined.

AB: Sky’s the limit! Next, I want to take over the world one smile at a time.

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Episode 3: Conversation with Sara Presler

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Tune in as Sara Presler J.D.,  CEO of the Foundation for Arizona Women, reflects on being a young professional, her experience as both the first youngest and female mayor of Flagstaff, Arizona and how the women of Arizona are critical to our state.

We continue to welcome your suggestions on remarkable women to include on the show. You can submit your suggestions via email found here or via Facebook. Click the badge above to listen to the episode and to hear more episodes check here.

Music “Fake French” by Le Tigre
Available on the Free Music Archive freemusicarchive.org/
Under CC BY license

*Presler offered the following correction to the interview when discussing poverty differences between women with less than a high school diploma and women with a college degree. “The poverty rate among women with less than a high school diploma is six times higher than a woman who earns a Bachelor’s degree.” The information in the interview about this topic should reflect the above quote.

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Episode 2: Entrepreneurs

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Of the many roles women take on in the community, entrepreneurs are some of the most public. In this episode of schmooze, we talk with three Phoenix women who started their own venture from Ebone Johnson, the owner of Rejected Thrifts, Gerri Hormel, who started Almost There Foster Care and Jill Bernstein of Jill Bernstein Creative Services. Each of these women blazed their own trail to work their passions and begin a business. Listen as they share what surprised them most, what investments they won’t go without and other pieces of advice. We thank each lady for taking the time to take part in a candid conversation about their journeys. Click on the badge above or HERE to listen.

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