Based in rhythms from Africa and the diaspora, Afro-Fusion Dance is a contemporary class where students explore full body expression rooted in West African, Caribbean, and American dance traditions. All levels and interested adults and young people welcome...focus on wholeness, community, improvisation, fluidity across movement styles, and delicious self-expression. It's about the groove that has kept us steeped in cultural richness and in rituals of resistance against oppression, across space and time.
Insight Meditation (Vipassana) enhances mindfulness by increasing awareness of what is happening while it happens. Participants are guided to focus on their breathing and the senses and to begin to observe thoughts and sensations without judgement. The attempts* to develop focus and concentration are the practice and participants may experience enhanced focus, awareness, and calm.
*I often hear, "I can't meditate...my mind is too all-over-the-place." Assurance that all our minds are busy and practicing to focus our busy minds is an appropriate part of meditation.
Healing Arts Institute (HEAL): Resident Scholars Program*
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HEAI leads participants in conducting movement research as critical race inquiry within a healing justice framework. Facilitation training using ancestral technologies to investigate how the resiliencies and strengths of African diasporic traditions can be used in conjunction with mindfulness practices to heal ourselves, communities, and work spaces. Geared towards people working in varied industries with shared mission to elevate historically marginalized people. Participants gain multi-modality facilitation skills.
*For self-identified leaders in community & orgs, DEI practitioners, people working across all sectors
An open level vinyasa class offering space for students to practice breath awareness and regulation (pranayama), meditation techniques, and physical postures (asanas). Offering space for both rigor and relaxation, the class focuses on alignment to explore range of motion of joints and muscles, breathwork to enhance concentration and present moment awareness, and flowing postures to build stamina, strength, and muscle tone.
Movement + Community Conversation: Embodied Histories
The expressions of the body and the mind trickle down to how we express ourselves verbally. In the space of witnessing and compassion created by physical practice, we can find language to be direct, compassionate, and authentic in our nonverbal and verbal communication with others as together we model and experience the benefits of inclusive space.
B&W Photo Credit: Jill Goldman Photography