These are just a few of the community events I will be attending this month to support my well-being. I hope that you find this list helpful. Please let me know about any additional resources to add to this post!
Free Weekly Yoga and Meditation Offerings for BIPOC by The Sanctuary in the City CLT
I signed up for the following offerings:
Soul Flow with the Ancestors Mondays at 7pm EDT • RSVP here
Breath is Key with J Miles at Saturdays 8:30am EDT • RSVP here
Free Post-Election Support on Nov. 4 with Michelle Kim of Awaken • RSVP here
A community gathering space to process, reflect, and renew our commitment to the principles of equity, inclusion, and justice.
Free Community Yoga on Sundays in November with Melissa Alexis of Cultura Fabric • Learn more and RSVP here
Hosted by the Cambridge Public Library. This yoga class will include some self reflection as part of a community (you choose how much you share). Our community conversation is an opportunity to share your own lived wisdom and your questions. Self-study, self-inquiry is one of the aspects of yogic study and we will incorporate this during our time together and what arises in the group will inform our physical yoga practice.
Yoga invites us to use all our faculties of body-mind-spirit to increase our potential and to help us understand ourselves and how to harness our full potential. During this time, yoga can help us discover greater ease, balance, and resilience within. Ultimately, yoga connects us to subtler forms of energy, drawing us closer to our own higher levels of consciousness. Come experience for yourself.
Prince Puja Community Meditation
Saturdays at 930a Pacific by donation. Sign up for Prince Puja's mailing list to receive the Zoom link.
Community Offerings by Naomi King in Eastern Daylight Time.
I bolded the 2 classes that I attend!
Sundays 7-8:15 a.m. Gentle Energizing Yoga. A gentle, morning energizer flow of movement, pranayama, mantra, mudra, and meditation practice.
Mondays 2-3:15 p.m. Seated, Centering Yoga & Meditation. Appropriate for folks using wheelchairs or chairs or seated on a mat, offering mantra, mudra, cooling and centering pranayama, meditation, yogic philosophy and some slow and gentle movement (asana). Utilizes guided meditation and journaling.
Tuesdays 7-8:15 a.m. Finding Your Flow Yoga – All Body. All of us move through the world differently. This practice is oriented toward finding your particular yoga practice for your whole self, bringing together all eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga. Sunday is a mixed class experience for folks who like to engage from a yoga mat or a chair or mixing up chair and mat (chair only, see Wednesday afternoons)
Tuesdays 2-3:15 p.m. Yin/Restorative Yoga. Mantra, mudra, cooling and centering pranayama, yin and restorative asana practice on the mat, can be modified for chair practice
Wednesdays 2-3:15 p.m. Find Your Flow Seated/Chair Yoga. All of us move through the world differently. This practice is oriented toward finding your particular yoga practice for your whole self, bringing together all eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga, specifically for chair users or folks who prefer to be seated up off the floor in their practice.
Thursdays 7-8:15 a.m. Yoga for Justice Makers. Yoga has been and always is for liberation. This practice will focus on leaning into our JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion) commitments through mantra, mudra, pranayama, pratyahara, meditation, and gentle asana. Can be practiced seated, offering a range of vigor and more movement than Monday’s class.
Fridays 10-11:15 a.m. Yoga for Balance mantra, mudra, pranayama, meditation and a gentle asana practice particularly focused on balance and core strengthening
Fridays 4-5:15 p.m. Yin/Restorative Yoga mantra, mudra, cooling and centering pranayama, yin and restorative asana practice on the mat, can be modified for chair practice
A note from Naomi:
I guide private sessions in the eight limbs of Hatha yoga and rooted in mindfulness and meditation practices from Buddhist traditions. One of the areas I focus on is separating sensation (including ones we might label as pain) from being engulfed in the sensation and cultivating our witnessing self. This work of witness consciousness and making space for feeling has been critical to my well-being as a person living with chronic, degenerative diseases with high levels of pain and as a queer person living with disability.
The Autumn Series begin the week of September 21. The way registration works is you tell me which classes you're interested in, I sign you up and then send you Zoom links and any more information about the classes (such as equipment you might find helpful). If you have particular questions, goals, or explorations, please let me know.
All classes are by heart offering, so finances should not be a barrier although they are all on-line, and I recognize that presents some barrier. 10-25% of the offering goes as gratitude offerings to support the work of restoration and healing in Desi and South Asian communities and Native/First Nations communities, which I report out to the class members once a month. Gratitude/reparations offering is one of several harm reduction practices I engage in as a non-South Asian yoga guide and teacher, wanting us to honor the traditions and decolonize the ways yoga has often been exploited and exclusionary in the West.