FEBRUARY 2017

Sat 2/4 Yoga with Wee-Ones Saturday Workshop with Laura Grant

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Sat 2/4 Brown Sugar: Yoga for Folks of Color with Calia Marshall & Shawna Wakefield

4:30 – 6:30 PM $20 – $45 Sliding Scale – no one turned away for lack of funds Pre-Register

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Mon 2/6 Monday Night Sangha: Meditation & Mindfulness Studies

Chakra Meditation Series with Alyssa Mancini, 7 Consecutive Weeks Feb 6 – Mar 20

8:15  – 9:30 PM Suggested Donation $20

This is a weekly class organized thematically around Buddhist & Yogic philosophy & mythology. Each guided class offers techniques and wisdom for practice on and off the cushion. Group discussion is largely generated by participants, and community building is an important aspect of any “Sangha” (Pali & Sanskrit word for community). Meditation practices are incorporated into every session. This is an on-going class, feel free to drop-in or stay for series which change monthly. No prior knowledge is necessary. All are welcome.

February 2017:
This seven-week course will focus on specific chakras and their associations each week. During the class, we will discuss how the energy of each chakra expresses itself within our lives. We will practice bringing awareness to the body to assess which chakras are out of balance and discuss ways to bring back alignment. At the end of the class, we will partake in a meditation that focuses on the energy of the chakra discussed for that day.


image (3)Alyssa received her undergraduate degree in psychology and biology from the University of Rochester and her Masters of Science Education from PACE University. She became a certified holistic health coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and received her 200 hour Registered Yoga Instructor certification from Keshava Radha Yoga in 2013. The following year she pursued her Yoga for 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR) certification and began teaching yoga in drug and alcohol rehabilitation hospitals. Alyssa started taking yoga classes to help deal with the stress of being a NYC high school science teacher. The practice helped her to slow down, breath, and become more present and connected to herself and others. She currently is studying spiritual herbalism at Sacred Vibes Apothecary and teaching biology at Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School.

 

Sat 2/11 2nd Saturday Community Acupuncture & Day of Healing with Geleni Fontaine

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Sat 2/18 The Heart of Meditation with Elizabeth Gonzalez

2 – 4 PM $20 – $45 Sliding Scale  Pre-Register

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I invite you to join me in entering the heart of meditation and fully stepping into the practice with practical tools and and a steady foundation in the aspects that create an optimal environment to meet yourself exactly where you are.

We will explore the questions that support our understanding of the practice of meditation, for example: what is meditation? Why should we practice? When and where is it best to meditate and how does one meditate?

Whether you are a beginner or long time meditator, You will benefit greatly from exploring 4 easy and practical pillars that make up the fundamentals of meditation. In this two hour workshop we will explore each aspect of meditation in detail: BODY, BREATH, MIND AND SELF.

You will practice how to prepare the body for meditation, followed by our exploration of the breath, guidelines on how to approach the state of the mind and how to access the core of your being through meditation.

 


 

Sat 2/18 Inversions Lab: Refining the Practice of going Upside-Down

A workshop on Adho Mukha Vrksasana, Salamba Sarvangasana & Salamba Sirsasana with Alicia Allison

4:30 – 6:30 PM Please note: space is limited to 13 participants $30 – $60 Sliding Scale  Pre-Register

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Inversion practice is at the heart of Hatha Yoga. Of shoulderstand, B.K.S. Iyengar said “Sarvangasana is one of the greatest boons conferred on humanity by our ancient sages.” Inversions are rejuvenating and invigorating; they strengthen our spine and heart, promote clarity of mind, balance our hormones and bring out the playful child in each of us. These are poses that require dedication, self-trust and a willingness to face our fears. Often in fast-paced yoga classes, we do not have enough time or space to dig into these challenging poses. In this hands-on workshop, Alicia Allison will present the benefits of regular practice of handstand, headstand and shoulderstand and will guide you through the precise and safe alignment of each pose. You will work with various props based on the principals of Iyengar Yoga.  Modifications and refinements will be provided for intermediate through advanced practitioners; restorative and L-shaped versions will also be presented so that all practitioners can learn how to modify each pose for their unique body.  All students will have space at a wall and a bolster for support in restorative work.

This is workshop is for students that are working at an Advanced Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Level. (You do not need to be able to stand on your head to attend this workshop, however we recommend you have a practice for at least 6 months prior to attending).

This class is contraindicated for those with hypertension, glaucoma, detachment of the retina, severe nearsightedness, cervical spondylitis and cervical spine herniations.  Inversions are contraindicated during menstruation. While some inversions are safe to practice when pregnant, this workshop is not ideal for prenatal students.

 


 

Sat 2/25 On the Road to Parenthood with Jeff Levin, LMSW

2:00 – 3:30 PM FREE

logoAre you on the road to parenthood with questions about how to get there? Whether you are thinking about alternative insemination, foster care, adoption, or surrogacy, this conversation will provide insight into the various paths to parenthood. Some of the topics covered will be: · Coming out as an intended parent? What reactions will you get? · What are some of the obstacles to starting your journey to parenthood? · Who will be your support system during this process, and what will you need from them? · What path to parenthood is right for me? Center Families staff will help you understand more about ways to build your family, and provide an opportunity to share your own thoughts as well as hear from others.

Jeff Levin, LMSW, is a Family Planning and Health Coordinator at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in Manhattan. Jeff received his master’s degree from Columbia University School of Social Work in 2012. His work currently focuses providing family building services for intended LGBT parents, including support groups, resources and referrals, free legal consultations, and relationship counseling and coaching for LGBT couples and individuals. Prior to getting his degree, he worked for fifteen years in the New York advertising business, first in media planning and then in training and development. As a master’s student, Jeff worked as a social work intern at the LGBT Community Center and at Jewish Home Lifecare. In 2012, he published a case study in Columbia’s Social Work Review called “No Sure Cure For Elder Self-Neglect.”


 

Sat 2/25 #RESIST Fundraiser Yoga & Dance Party 

3:30 – 6:30 PM By Donation

Join the Third Root community for a special fundraising. There will be:

·         meditation

·         inclusive and upbeat yoga practice

·         family friendly dance party

·         snacks

Engage in healing practices that support our individual and collective sustained vitality while cultivating connections between neighbors, friends, family, and allies!

A portion of the proceeds from this by-donation event will benefit Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM). This member-led organization, based in Queens, builds the power of South Asian low wage immigrant workers, youth, and families in New York City to win economic and educational justice, and civil and immigrant rights. DRUM has been active in developing the Hate Free Kensington Movement.

As an added bonus, we’ll be celebrating the birthday of our dear administrator Nicolette Dixon, who is tirelessly devoted to this community. First a yoga student, then TR volunteer, now yoga teacher and administrator, her presence is ever welcoming and compassionate. She is an incredible asset, and an agent of growth toward our vision. Let’s hold her and each other up in loving community!

All are welcome to join in this rejuvenating shindig that promises to lift
hearts and raise fun/ds!

 

MARCH 2017

Sat 3/4 Yoga with Wee-Ones Saturday Workshop with Laura Grant

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Sat 3/4 Yoga & Mindfulness for Pain & Injury with Laura Grant

4:30 – 6:15 PM $20 – $45 Sliding Scale  Pre-Register

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This workshop is for anyone with acute or chronic pain, or those who wish to be in themselves with kindness when pain arises. Laura will share her own explorations into yoga, meditation, and mind-body practices as a way to support and facilitate students’ own healing processes.She believes healing begins from a foundation of self-trust and self-compassion.Often, those of us with chronic pain cannot find a place in traditional yoga classes.Teachers work hard to fix our pain, or to get us to fix it ourselves, or they preach messages of universal bliss that don’t resonate with our pain, which can leave us with the sense that “something is wrong with me”.This workshop seeks to create a safe space for us to cultivate trust in our own knowing, treat our wounds with patience, and affirm our wholeness in the midst of our struggling.Laura will offer gentle asana (yoga postures) with props and adaptations for any body, and we’ll explore a variety of mindfulness practices, from simple breath relaxation to metta (lovingkindness) meditation. We’ll also experiment with movement derived from Pilates, Alexander technique, and Body Mind Centering/Infant Developmental Movement practices. This workshop is deeply aligned with Third Root’s vision of a world where “we all belong, we are all healing, and we are all welcome in our wholeness”. Note: the practices explored in these workshops can also be useful for engaging painful emotions.

No yoga experience necessary.


POSTPONED Holistic Healing in Flatbush: a Devised Theater Workshop with Nicolette Dixon 


 

Sat 3/11 2nd Saturday Community Acupuncture with Geleni Fontaine

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Sat 3/11 Brown Sugar: Yoga for Folks of Color & Rhythm Therapy with Calia Marshall & Jeanine T. Abraham

6 – 8:30pm  $20 – $45 Sliding Scale. Pre-Register No one turned away for lack of funds. Taza Chocolates will be served!

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Join Calia Marshall of Brown Sugar and guest teacher, Jeanine T. Abraham, for an evening of yoga, theater and dance for all levels of experience.

Brown Sugar is a healing space where people of color can move, breathe and circle together with an exploration of mindfulness and practice together in a diverse community. Brown Sugar is a body-positive, queer friendly space where each class begins and ends in a circle where there’s an opportunity to share and reflect upon one’s experiences. As the class moves through the yoga postures with awareness, healthy alignment, and a focus on the breath, there’s an invitation to attune to one’s individual and collective wisdom.

Rhythm Therapy, by Jeanine T. Abraham, is a movement based immersive theater experience geared to dance diversity,  embody empowerment, release stress and practice radical joy.  Jeanine T. Abraham is an actor, writer and producer member SAG-AFTRA and AEA. She spent 8 years working in the NYC yoga and conscious dance communities as a dance instructor, health coach and vegan chef.


 

Sat 3/18 Fourth Trimester Nourishment: Healing postpartum foods, plants & practices for the whole family with Alicia Allison  

2:00 – 4:00 PM This workshop/circle is offered at a sliding scale rate of $20-45  Pre-Register A portion of proceeds from this workshop will be donated to Brooklyn’s Ancient Song Doula.

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The early postpartum period is a time like no other time in life; it is magical, messy, miraculous and full of emotional highs and lows.  Being a new parent is at times utterly exhausting and at other times fully blissful.  During this special moment in life, the newborn baby, the person who gave birth and the entire family goes through a tremendous transition (including beloved pets!). Nourishing warm foods and beverages that support healing and lactation, a calm environment and the right kind of support are essential for postpartum healing.

Often in our modern day with busy schedules and the intensity of labor looming, we spend a great deal of time preparing for birth but give little thought to the demanding weeks that will follow.  It is key to remember that during “The Fourth Trimester” the journey of birth is still unfolding; both newborns and newly born (or expanding) families are vulnerable and sensitive, in need of continuous care, emotional soothing and practical support.

Drawing on wisdom provided by Ayurveda and other traditions of postpartum care from around the world, Alicia Allison will present a workshop on postpartum nourishment for the whole family.  She will discuss specific healing foods, the energetics of the postpartum period and practices that will help new parents stay grounded and strong as they enter this new “season of life.”

Open to all people who are pregnant or postpartum, babies welcome.

A portion of proceeds from this workshop will be donated to Brooklyn’s Ancient Song Doula. Founded in 2008 to offer doula care to women of color and low income families who otherwise would not be able to afford Doula Care, Ancient Song Doula now also provides doula trainings, midwifery care, well woman services, health workshops and advocacy through community engagement and campaigns to address the lack of resources available to communities of color.   Please read more about Ancient Song’s work or donate directly to their cause, by visiting www.ancientsongdoulaservices.com

About Alicia Allison

Alicia Allison, Third Root’s Prenatal Yoga Teacher, is committed to empowering all people through the transformative experiences of pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood.  She is a DONA International trained birth and postpartum doula, a postpartum chef and an herbalist in the western tradition. You can learn more about her work at www.cloverandtimothy.com.


 

Sat 3/18 Yoga Ethics: Yamas & Niyamas of the Yoga Sutras with Emily J. Kramer

4:15 – 6:15 PM $20 – $45 Sliding Scale  Pre-Register

emilyGround your physical practice with an exploration of yogic ethical precepts as laid out in the Yoga Sutras. In this summative workshop following 10 weeks of embodied practice, we’ll cover the first & second limb of Astanga yoga, the “eight-limbed” path, as told by ancient sage Sri Patañjali (we will also briefly review all limbs for contextual grounding). The Yamas & Niyamas form yoga’s foundational principles: the Yamas (social practices – non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, energetic moderation, non-grasping), and the Niyamas (personal observances – cleanliness, contentment, discipline, self-study, devotion). Discussion will include a review of all 8 limbs for contextual grounding, as well as brief history of Sri Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras, and an overview of several commentaries on this text. This workshop encompasses self-inquiry & social justice; while it is study based, the session will include a brief asana practice & meditation.

No prior experience or knowledge is required.


 

Sat 3/18 Hip-Hop is What You Live with Parna Ayari & Jomo Alakoye-Simmons

6:30 – 9:30 PM

We will provide free and discounted acupuncture services and herbal consultations for the Hip Hop community and those effected by the deaths of artists and leaders in the Hip Hop community. Eastern modalities are under represented as preventative care, particularly in marginalized communities. These services are intended to help the community cope with recent events of political trauma and loss.


 

APRIL 2017

Sat 4/1 Yoga with Wee-Ones Saturday Workshop with Laura Grant

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Sat 4/1 Yoga & Mindfulness for Pain & Injury with Laura Grant

4:30 – 6:15 PM $20 – $45 Sliding Scale  Pre-Register

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This workshop is for anyone with acute or chronic pain, or those who wish to be in themselves with kindness when pain arises. Laura will share her own explorations into yoga, meditation, and mind-body practices as a way to support and facilitate students’ own healing processes.She believes healing begins from a foundation of self-trust and self-compassion.Often, those of us with chronic pain cannot find a place in traditional yoga classes.Teachers work hard to fix our pain, or to get us to fix it ourselves, or they preach messages of universal bliss that don’t resonate with our pain, which can leave us with the sense that “something is wrong with me”.This workshop seeks to create a safe space for us to cultivate trust in our own knowing, treat our wounds with patience, and affirm our wholeness in the midst of our struggling.Laura will offer gentle asana (yoga postures) with props and adaptations for any body, and we’ll explore a variety of mindfulness practices, from simple breath relaxation to metta (lovingkindness) meditation. We’ll also experiment with movement derived from Pilates, Alexander technique, and Body Mind Centering/Infant Developmental Movement practices. This workshop is deeply aligned with Third Root’s vision of a world where “we all belong, we are all healing, and we are all welcome in our wholeness”. Note: the practices explored in these workshops can also be useful for engaging painful emotions.

No yoga experience necessary.


 

Sat 4/8 2nd Saturday Community Acupuncture with Geleni Fontaine

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Sat 4/15 Spring Yoga Practice: Celebrating Balance & Transformation with Elizabeth Gonzalez

2 – 4 PM $20 – $45 Sliding Scale  Pre-Register

elizabethThe Vernal equinox marks the beginning of the spring season, when day and night are of equal lengths on both hemispheres.  Many cultures around the globe participate in festivals and fairs as a way to welcome the spring. It is a time of great transformation and potential.We are confronted with a graceful balance between opposite energies like; darkness and light, conscious and unconscious, being and doing. This invites us to integrate, unite and fully incorporate all the aspects that make up who we are so we can feel centered and balanced.

Join Elizabeth as she leads us into a balanced and uplifting open level yoga and meditation practice.We will EXPLORE what it means to feel the center of our being and allowing our thoughts, words and actions to arise from the very core of who we are.


 

Sat 4/15 You Are What You Digest: Ayurveda for a Healthy Belly with Regina

4:15 – 6:15 PM $20 – $45 Sliding Scale  Pre-Register

Regina_-Aug13_4561 (1)This workshop will use Ayurvedic philosophy plus recent findings via Western Medicine to address common digestive imbalances.This workshop will cover the varying types of digestive imbalances, how these imbalances manifest in the body and what to do to correct these problems.This workshop also cover common modern imbalances that are on the rise such as IBS, SIBO, leaky gut syndrome, food allergies and food sensitivities as well as offering many ways to alleviate symptoms through diet and lifestyle modifications.


 

Yoga in Action: Conscious Purpose, Power & Practice 8-Week Workshop with Calia Marshall, Shawna Wakefield & Emily J. Kramer

Begins Thurs 4/20 through Thurs June 8, 2017

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Sat 4/22 Third Root Spring Open House: Earth Day Celebration

2 – 6 PM FREE! Details forth coming

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