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UB professor brings yoga to White House Easter egg roll


Like many holidays, Easter comes with its share of unhealthy activities, from big family meals, to lots of sweet treats. But on the lawn of the White House, on Monday, one UB faculty member is joining a team that aims to change that.

Catherine Cook-Cottone is a Psychology Professor at the University at Buffalo, but when she’s not in the classroom, she teaches yoga. Cook-Cottone is one of instructors from across the country who will turn the White House garden into a yoga garden. It is part of First Lady, Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” Initiative, helping shift the holiday’s image to incorporating wellness and movement.

“So it’s really weaving in physical, healthy community activities into the traditional Easter celebration,” said Cook-Cottone.

Cook-Cottone was offered a spot on the team by her yoga mentor, who’s been leading the Easter yoga program at the White House since its inception. She said teaching at the home of the President is a life-dream realized, and she looks forward to the chance to teach Mr. Obama some moves.

“That would be amazing,” she said, “And an awesome photo opportunity.”

The annual Easter egg roll at the capitol has been a tradition for just over two-hundred years, but yoga has been a part of it for just the last five years. Cook-Cottone said she’s honored to represent Buffalo.

Avery began his broadcasting career as a disc jockey for WRUB, the University at Buffalo’s student-run radio station.