Black Lives Matter: A Space for Healing + Justice

Saturday, July 23rd, 10am-12pm

Contact and Conversations:  Reducing Racism thru Mindfulness & Compassion
with Darryl Aiken-Afam and Christine Schmidt LCSW

In healing the inner scars of racism while making outer social change we need to be able to connect and converse with each other. Contact & Conversation is a method of bridging the turbulent painful emotional gulfs that often cause communications around racism to fail. Using mindfulness meditation, Taoist yoga, and western psychology, you’ll have an effective method to keep the conversations going with compassion and transformative power.

Saturday, July 23rd 3pm-4:15pm

Solidarity Flow
with Adriana Bateh

As a Palestinian-American woman, I recognize the importance of creating alliances to change an oppressive system.  We come together in this class to powerfully direct our breath and life force energy to the #blacklivesmatter movement.

Sunday, July 24th 2pm-3:15

Cleansing the Doors of Perception
with Izetta Pritchard:

Misperception arises when you accept the unreal as real and it is that misperception that reaps havoc on all of our relationships. Our lives are seen with a perceived value instead of being looked at as infinite possibilities. In this POC lead yoga and meditation class, we will gain/shift our perspective and let go of our illusions as being other than what we really are– Infinite and One.

Monday, July 25th 2016 8pm-9:30

Safe Space: A Yoga Class for Black People and Their Allies
with Lauren Benson

First we will move through a sweaty flow to honor the traumas that black people have endured during these last few weeks (and centuries). Following, we will share and discuss tactics and resources allies can employ to effectively combat racism and stand for the protection of black men, women and children.

Tuesday, July 26th 2016 , 8pm-9:30pm

Peaceful Spirit: Restorative Yoga
with Aimee Cox

When the world gets too noisy, it might mean it’s time for us to get still. In the stillness we find the quiet. In the quiet we find our peace. Renew your spirit in this restorative non- heated class through gentle movement, guided meditation, and the use of props to help you rediscover a sense of ease. Do less. Feel more.

Wednesday, July 27th 2016, 6:30-7:45pm

Root Chakra Asana and Meditation
with Raquel Rosario

In support of the Black Lives Matter movement this class will focus on the root chakra, which will be explored through asana culminating in a tantric meditation practice. The root chakra is about foundation, grounding in our basic rights which generate support and nourishment for prosperity. Our primary right is to take up space so that we may connect with who we are. Through this practice we will work at allowing ourselves to be seen so that we can thrive unapologetically and as such empower others to do the same.

Thursday, July 28th 2016, 7:00-8:30pm

Restorative Yoga: Try a Little Tenderness
with Stephanie Battle

We’re New Yorkers. We’re tough. We march. We persist. But sometimes allowing ourselves to be held and supported is the most difficult task. And yet, extending kindness, tenderness and compassion toward ourselves is paramount in staying active in the movement of justice and healing. This restorative practice aims to relieve overwhelm, soothe and deeply relax the body/mind through extended resting poses and the practice of yogic sleep.

Saturday July, 30th 10am – 2pm

Soul Triage: Community Acupuncture + Flower Essences
with Lindsay Fauntleroy

In ancient times, acupuncture was used to root the spirit in the body, especially in times of crisis.  Soul Triage is a community acupuncture clinic for anyone who’s soul needs solace in the face of recent world events. We come together as community to reconnect to stillness and the truth of who we are.  By donation. Space limited. Make an appointment in advance here

Sunday, July 31st 4-5:30pm

Afrocentering
with Aimee Cox

Afrocentering is a reminder that joy and love is our birthright, no matter what darkness comes. Through a fun and creative flow inspired by Vinyasa yoga and dance, we move to reignite our individual light and fuel our collective power. 

RISE UP (POC Only)
with Lindsay Fauntleroy

Tuesday, August 2nd 7-8:30pm

The Wood Element of Chinese Medicine teaches us that righteous indignation in the face of injustice is necessary for positive affirmation of the Self.  In this POC vinyasa flow, we’ll explore anger and frustration as the fuel for positive action and social change. This class is intended for People of Color.

Wednesday, August 3rd 6:30pm-8:00pm

The Flow of Resilience
with Stephanie Battle

Anahata, the Sanskrit name for the heart chakra means unstruck or unhurt. It speaks to the resilience of the heart and its ability to mend. This practice gives us an opportunity to acknowledge what we feel and process it through free-writing, movement, asana, chanting and meditation in sacred community.

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