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COMMUNITY YOGA DAY

SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2022

Our first group of 200-hr Yoga Teacher Trainees (YTTs), affectionately known as "ALPHA" are graduating on July 10th! These past nine months have been nothing short of amazing so we're inviting you in on the celebration :) As part of their final practicum, YTTs are to: 1) lead a 60-minute community yoga class; and 2) create and facilitate a Sankofa Seva, a service project applying yoga's ethical principles to address social justice issues. Read below about their amazing work and join their community classes on Sat., July 9th from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. Classes are FREE!

Upstairs Studio (please arrive 5-10 minutes earlier)

8:30 – 9:30 am                  Jocelyn

10:00 – 11:00 pm              Raquel

11:30 – 12:30 pm              Mirabella

1:00  - 2:00 pm                  Rahmon

2:30 – 3:30 pm                  Nikki

 

Downstairs Studio (please arrive 5-10 minutes earlier)

     

9:00 – 10:00 am               Kia

10:30 – 11:30 am             Corrinne

12:00 – 1:00 pm              Traci

1:30 – 2:30  pm                LaShaunna

3:00 – 4:00 pm                 Paetin

Jocelyn Renee Bryant

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Community Yoga Class

YOGA FOR AWAKENING YOUR POWER
 

Sat. July 9, 2022

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Upstairs

In this class, standing, balancing and twisting postures are practiced to align the body, strengthen the muscles and promote flexibility. You will find the dynamic combination of movements to be invigorating yet fun!

Sankofa Seva Project

Raising Free Children

Through the lens of aparigraha, Jocelyn's Seva Project challenges parents to extend justice to children by letting go of the childhood experiences that robbed them of justice.

MISSION: To inspire parents to critically re-evaluate the ways in which their personal experience encourages or revokes their children’s rights.

GOAL: To facilitate a community conversation exploring the language and experiences that challenge childhood justice and offer resources for ongoing support.

DATE: JULY 2

LOCATION: New Carrollton Library

Kia Lee

Community Yoga Class

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Raquel Alleyne

Community Yoga Class

Sankofa Seva Project

MOVE + MEDITATE FLOW

Sat. July, 9, 2022

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Downstairs

Reset and balance the physical body and mind. This class is designed for those who need to deeply relax and restore both body and mind.  Experience soothing movements that incorporates a moving meditation practice linking body, breath, and mind.  Spending time in postures with the breath will help students center themselves, reduce stress, and allow themselves to just “be." You’ll leave powerfully restored, grounded and refreshed.  All levels are welcome.

Sankofa Seva Project

Blessing Bags

 

Through the lens of asteya, Kia's Sankofa Seva project addresses homelessness in her community. 

MISSION: To inspire, bless and offer love to those in needs by restoring purpose and dignity to the hearts of the homeless in our community and communities around the world.

GOAL: To create and distribute 100 “blessing bags” providing the basic and critical care essentials to homeless and less fortunate in her community.

DATE: JUNE 18, 2022

LOCATION: Private location in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

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I AM POWER FLOW

Sat. July 9, 2022

10:00 AM -11:00

Upstairs

Affirm you mind, body, and spirit with this lively flow. This class begins with a gentle awakening of the body to center yourself and strengthen the connection to your inner power. Come prepared to challenge yourself and leave invigorated and empowered. All levels are welcome.

Youth Outreach

 

In volunteering with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, Raquel’s Sankofa Seva project connected her outreach to elementary children in PG County to introduce yoga and its ability to support tapas and svadhyaya at early, and every, life stage.

MISSION: To introduce the benefits of yoga to black and brown youth who may not have access to, or see themselves represented in, the yoga community. 

GOAL: To introduce elementary children to the basics of yoga through a series of classes.

DATE: MAY 31; JUNE 7, 14 & 21

LOCATION: VIRTUAL

Corrinne Hobbs

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Community Yoga Class

BREATHE, STRETCH, SHAKE...LET IT FLOW!

Sat. July 9, 2022

10:30 AM -11:30 AM

Downstairs

Balance energy, reduce stress, improve strength and flexibility. This class blends meditation, hatha, and deep stretch yoga styles into one to calm the mind and body. This class begins with a centering meditation, warms up the body through an invigorating flow and pops of rhythmic movement, and seals the practice with slower deep stretch poses to invite in stillness, release, and calm the nervous system. Props may be used during class to emphasize safety, alignment, and support as we explore the dynamic and static poses.

Sankofa Seva Project

Yoga for Senior Assisted Living Communities

In the spirit of santosha, Corrinne’s Seva utilized yoga and breath work to improve quality of life for seniors in assisted living facilities

MISSION: To utilize yoga as a mechanism to increase engagement in social and recreational activities and contribute to improvement in physical and mental health of seniors in assisted living centers.

GOAL: To teach yoga and breath work to seniors in assisted living communities in her community on an ongoing basis

DATE: JUNE 14

LOCATION: Grace House, Silver Spring, Maryland

Mirabella MooreWeathers

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Community Yoga Class

FEARLESS FLOW

Sat. July 9, 2022

11:30 AM -12:30 PM

Upstairs

This dynamic class will make you work up a little sweat, as we focus on aligning the first four chakras (Root, Sacral, Solar, and Heart). Flowing through Warrior sequences and chest openers, this class is the perfect opportunity to dig a little deeper and release your inner strength. You will increase your flexibility, deepen the mind, body, breath connection and leave feeling energized, confident, and inspired!

Sankofa Seva Project

One Kind Word

 

Did you know that maintaining even a second of brief eye contact with someone increases a sense of inclusion and belonging? And further, engaging in conversation with someone increases feelings of satisfaction and overall well-being? Inspired by the message of saucha, Mirabella seeks to inspire these feelings in her community and remind people that it costs nothing to engage in a kind moment with a stranger.

MISSION: To motivate people to drop their guard, put away their phone for a moment, and say hi to a stranger. To start a ripple effect of friendliness in which people are encouraged to engage with their community.

GOAL: To talk to as many people in her community who are open to receiving a “kind word” in the form of affirmations and positive thoughts. Mirabella hopes to encourage feelings of kindness and warmth, and break down a sense of isolation by reminding people we are all neighbors on this earth.

DATE: JUNE 17, JUNE 25 & JULY 4

LOCATION: Columbia, Laurel, Rockville

Traci Griggs

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Community Yoga Class

STRETCH & STRENGTHEN: A FEEL GOOD HATHA FLOW

Sat. July 9, 2022

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Downstairs

Designed with all levels in mind, this balanced practice combines strengthening and stretching asanas for any aspiring or experienced yogi seeking that slow burn right into deep relaxation. Breathe and flow with us in a supportive environment with modifications offered as needed.

Sankofa Seva Project

Seeds of Love: Sharing the Gift of Yoga Practice for Healing

Practicing the jewel of ahimsa, Traci's Sankofa Seva project seeks to address the mental health impact of violence and serious health challenges (specifically Breast Cancer) in Black communities.

MISSION: To inspire acts of kindness and highlight the importance of community by stepping outside of our individual lives to compassionately support the needs of others.

GOAL: To introduce and share the healing benefits of yoga by providing free, accessible and culturally competent classes to underserved Black youth living with mental health disorders as well as Black women living with Breast Cancer.

DATE: JUNE 25 & JULY 16

LOCATION: Private location in Fairfax, Virginia and Washington, DC

Rahmon Habeeb

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Community Yoga Class

YOGA FOR THE PEOPLE

Sat. July 9, 2022

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Upstairs

Come find your authentic yoga flow in this all-levels Vinyasa practice. In this class, you will be encouraged to move how YOU move in moments of full expression and freedom. Release the mind, tap into the body, find calm, and a little sweat along the way.

Sankofa Seva Project

Project Acceptance

 

Through the lens of ahimsa and satya Rahmon's Sankofa Seva project addresses the safety and acceptance of POC LGBTQ+ Homeless youth in New York City.

MISSION: Through yogic philosophy and asana, create a safe space for discussion. Exploring how we can move from rejection or tolerance to acceptance of our LGBTQ+ youth.

GOAL: Classes offered in the month of June, all proceeds donated to the Ali Forney Center: LGBT Youth Shelter and Services

DATE: JUNE 6 & JUNE 26

LOCATION: New York City

LaShaunna Lipscomb

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Community Yoga Class

EMPRESS ENERGY FLOW

Sat. July 09, 2022

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Downstairs

Regardless of gender, empress energy represents a desire to grow, flourish and love ourselves unconditionally. This is a gentle flow with bursts of power designed to support, ignite, and grow your inner Empress.

Sankofa Seva Project

Conquering Co-Parenting 101: How Not to Raise a Pawn

 

Using all five Yamas—ahimsa, satya, asteya, brahmacharya, and aparighara—to create and develop cohesive co-parenting relationships.

MISSION: To increase each individual’s understanding of importance of peaceful co-parenting while demonstrating how violence, dishonesty, stealing, excess, and possessiveness show up and ultimately destroy the co-parenting relationship.

GOAL: To create a safe space in which co-parents are offered information that will change their perspective of co-parenting while offering tools to create and maintain a peaceful and cohesive co-parenting relationship.

DATE: JUNE 18, 2022

LOCATION: 1120 N. Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21201

Nikki Lawrence

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Community Yoga Class

RESTORE FLOW & SOUND BATH MEDITATION

Sat. July 9, 2022

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Upstairs

Treat yourself to some restoration through movement. This class is designed for those who want to get a deep stretch and build some strength. Enjoy a sound healing session at the end to deepen the relaxation. This class is open to all levels.

Sankofa Seva Project

Speaking Love Over My Body: Project Ahimsa

 

Nikki's Seva project explores ahimsa and how it relates to the way her community speaks about their bodies.

MISSION: To cultivate a space for participants to get honest with their relationships with their bodies, release what no longer serves them, and begin extending their bodies more grace.

GOAL: Create affirmation decks for participants to use on their body compassion and love journeys.

DATE: JUNE 18, 2022

LOCATION: LAUREL, MD

Paetin Hawkins

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Community Yoga Class

YOGA FOR DISCOVERY

Sat. July 9, 2022

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Downstairs

Are you new to yoga and don't know where to start? Join Paetin for a fun and beginner-friendly class as you discover the benefits and joy of a practice both on and off the mat.

Sankofa Seva Project

Beyond Skin Deep

 

Paetin’s seva project explores the practice of ahimsa in BIPOC communities.

MISSION: To encourage thought-provoking conversation and challenge ideas and practices steeped in colorism.

GOAL: To create an ongoing dialogue and discussion about the spaces of Black, Brown, and Mixed bodies whilst learning to offer support for each other and minimize erasure.

DATE: JUNE 21, 2022

LOCATION: COLLEGE PARK, MD