The Tenderness Project, Mondays 6:15-7pm, Sahaja S P A C E
Taking as it’s jumping off point an On Being interview with African American poet, writer and professor Ross Gay is The Tenderness Project. This time is a collaborative act of gathering and sharing tendernesses–moments of joy, delight, sorrow and inspiration. It is an experiment, a collective act, a listening, a seam. It is an unfolding of the complexity and texture of what Cornell West calls justice, love made public.
Our structure will pull from the traditions of meditation, Quaker house meetings, testifying, and poetry slam. We will begin and end with moments of meditative, quiet stillness. But the meat of our time will be spent sharing and receiving moments of tenderness. Each ‘tenderness’ is an offering. The rules of receiving are simply to receive without comment, judgment or debate. It is in the giving and receiving that we are adjoined, merging our unique and complex wildernesses. Register here.
Embodiment Etudes Guided Practice, Mondays 7:15-8:30pm, Sahaja S P A C E
This class is a basic yoga class catered to your needs and desires. Expect the question, “What would you like to work on tonight?” Julee will use your requests as a jumping off point to weave together a unique experience of somatics applied to yoga.
Somatics approaches who we are as whole thinking, emotional, biological, spiritual, relational, and social beings practicing in community. We approach the body as site of transformation. Instead of looking for answers for the how-to’s of yoga, let’s open up questioning as ritual. Let’s follow our questions into embodied inquiry to cast light on the delight and nuance of being a body. Register here.
Use gentle yoga postures and movements to release stress, unwind the body and calm the mind. Drawing from EmbodiYoga’s inner-oriented cues, this nurturing practice emphasizes compassion, self-knowledge and acceptance. Register here.
Pranayama + Restorative: 6-Week Series
Wednesdays, Oct 16-Nov 20, 7:30-8:45pm, Ritual Yoga + Apothecary
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras outline the eight-faceted path of yoga. Yoga classes in the west typically focus primarily on the third facet, asana (poses). This six-week series will use restorative poses to explore the fourth and fifth facets, pranayama (breath) and pratayahara (turning inward of the senses). Restorative poses use lots of props so that one may hold poses for an extended period of time, usually 5-30 minutes. While some practices have you at the edge of your stretch the whole time, this practice will aim to reduce bodily sensation, so one can turn the attention to the movement of the mind. All levels of practitioner welcome; no previous yoga experience required.
EmbodiYoga, Saturdays 10:30am-noon, Ritual Yoga + Apothecary
This class infuses inner-oriented cues and integrated alignment principles into fluid, satisfying, intelligent sequences that align breath, movement, and mind. This class will cover a variety of foundational poses with the use of props, somatic movement, Embodied Anatomy™ and pranayama techniques. EmbodiYoga is an invitation to explore increased levels of consciousness through the felt sense of the body. This approach combines somatic inquiry with yoga. Register here.