Nadine M Finigan-Carr, Ph.D., affectionately known as Dr. Nay, is a prevention research scientist focused on applying behavioral and social science perspectives to understand contemporary health problems, especially those that disproportionately affect people of color. In her research she primarily focuses on health behavior change influenced by the individuals environment. While serving others has been a cornerstone for Dr. Nay's practice, she realized during the COVID 19 Pandemic that she could not serve others if she could not serve herself.
Just like many people all over the globe, Dr. Nay found herself constantly anxious and stressed about the global crisis. Looking for ways to cope with the uncertainty, she began to mediate and found herself remembering how her over ten years of yoga training helped her through some of the hardest moments in her life. As re-centered herself she re-immersed herself in yoga. Through her constant practice of meditation and yoga, Dr. Nay realized that one way to help communities of color was to use the restorative practice of yoga. She felt that this could assist in coping with the stress of the world and finding a balance through it all.
"Balance is important for life-between work, home and family, pros and cons. Life is a series of balancing acts and choices. "
As she began to study more and more about yoga she realized that a lot of the practice had been changed to be more appealing to a 'mainstream' audience. This began her quest to DECOLONIZE yoga.