TAC Talk: Genevieve Stebbins: Stories of Blowing Rock’s Mysterious Resident “Yogi,” 1890s-1910s



Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm


Blowing Rock Art and History Museum
159 Chestnut St.
Blowing Rock, NC 28605


Genevieve Stebbins (1857-1934) might just be one of Blowing Rock’s least well-known, but most-renowned, summer residents. For about ten years beginning in the mid-1890s, she and her husband, a retired British military officer, spent their summers in a house overlooking the Johns River Gorge. Like so many others, they came to the mountains to relax. But relaxation was also what made Stebbins famous. In her lifetime, she was a celebrated teacher of relaxation exercises—including something she called Yoga breathing. It was among the exercises Stebbins taught in Madison Avenue parlors, YMCAs, and at an influential school she began in New York City. Stebbins also debuted innovative performances of self-expressive dance, and Ruth St. Denis and Isadora Duncan were among those inspired by her aesthetics. This talk will share stories from Stebbins’ fascinating life and offer insights about her connection to modern dance and modern Yoga.

About the Speaker:

Carrie Streeter is currently a PhD candidate in U.S. history at the University of California, San Diego. In 2012, she completed a MA in Public History at Appalachian State University, where she wrote a master’s thesis on the Progressive-era development of Broughton Hospital. That research encouraged her to continue investigating the cultural processes that shaped how Americans authorized (or dismissed) therapeutic practices for emotional and mental health. The result of this inquiry is her dissertation, Self-Expression and Health: Mind-Body Medicine in the Era of the New Woman.


Phone: (828) 295-9099
  • Closest Town or City:
    • Blowing Rock
  • County:
    • Watauga
  • Event Category:
    • Art/Cultural

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