Yoga in Action: Conscious Purpose, Power and Practice

Workshop with Calia Marshall, Shawna Wakefield, & Emily J. Kramer

Saturday October 1st, 2016

2-7 PM

$50 – $125 Sliding scale PRE-REGISTER HERE

This workshop is designed to develop and sustain your unique contribution to a more compassionate and just society using yogic philosophy and social justice concepts.  We’ll practice meditation, asana, and chanting focused on power and transformation, love and compassion. Written reflection and group work will guide you to refine and articulate your vision, name limiting beliefs that may get in the way, and reflect on them thru the lens of power, privilege and purpose. You’ll leave with tools for home practice and an enhanced awareness of what it means to live on purpose.
This workshop includes a 90 minute, open level yoga asana practice. Bring something to write with and a snack. There will be a 15 minute break.
This program is developed in partnership with Off the Mat, into the World, a national organization that bridges mindfulness and activism under the leadership of Seane Corn, Hala Khouri & Suzanna Sterling.

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Yoga in Action: 8-week series with Calia Marshall, Shawna Wakefield, & Emily J. Kramer

Returns Winter / Spring 2017


Register $300 – $500 Sliding Scale Pre-Register at $400 (call to apply your sliding scale rate).

Why Yoga in Action?

When we only practice yoga on our mats, the practice can be limiting. We may perfect our asanas, strive to do more advanced postures, deepen our ability to steady and quiet our minds in meditation, and heal our bodies significantly. But we may not always realize the potential of how the practice can strengthen us on multiple levels – personal, interpersonal, in our engagements with community or our activism for social change.

The Program

In this 8-week series, Calia Marshall, Emily Kramer and Shawna Wakefield will intend to create a safe and supportive space to enable yogis and activists to connect to your purpose, develop new relationships and explore how you can better collaborate for lasting change in a more conscious, sustainable, and joyful way.

The curriculum is designed for people who practice yoga, and are interested in its philosophy, techniques and how these can be more readily applied to our daily lives, but you do not need to be an ‘advanced’ yogi or an expert activist to participate. You only need to be curious and willing to practice healing and connection with others. Each week will take us to another aspect of yoga in action: grounding, self-inquiry, finding your passion, experiencing interconnection, creative activism, collaboration and sustainability. Each session will include a combination of group discussion, yoga, meditation, individual and group reflection.

Attendance required at all scheduled programming (24.5 hrs), plus homework & additional commitments:

  • Self-Practice Commitment for duration of YIA
  • Required Readings & Worksheets
  • Weekly Check-in with Assigned YIA Buddy
  • Suggested Weekly yoga class at TR with Calia / Emily (Shawna co-teacher)
  • Suggested Readings

Calia Orange SmileCalia Marshall is a yoga instructor (E-RYT 200, RYT 500), birth doula, musician, dancer, choreographer, Reiki practitioner and educator.  She has been teaching movement and healing practices to children and adults for over 15 years.  Calia received her 200 hour yoga teaching certification from Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in 2002 and her 300 hour advanced certification through Ritam Healing Arts with Saul David Raye in 2015.  She has done advanced yoga study with Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, and Suzanne Sterling (of Off the Mat, Into the World), Cathy Calderon, Jonathan FitzGordon, Alison West and Kevin & Erin Maile O’Keefe (Circus Yoga).   In 2014 she founded Brown Sugar: Yoga for Folks of Color, a monthly class dedicated to bringing healing and a greater sense of community to yoga practitioners of color.  Since 2011 Calia’s mantra music band, Kirtan Soul Revival, has been traveling around the country leading call and response devotional singing.  Calia finds constant inspiration from the magic that occurs when communities join together to practice yoga, to dance, to sing, and to play.  Her goal is use these explorations of body, breath, mind, and voice to support individuals and communities in being more just, more empowered, and more loving.

1dc8c0b3-4b74-4693-b7bd-836a8af98fa0Shawna Wakefield has dedicated most of the last 17 years to promoting gender and economic justice in international development. She was Oxfam International’s Gender Justice Lead, heading organizational strategy on women’s rights for seven years. She lived and worked in Cambodia from 2004-2006, as Oxfam’s East Asia Gender Advisor, and in Afghanistan from 2002-2005, as a Research Coordinator for the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit. It was during her time in Cambodia that she began to build a personal yoga practice, to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and insomnia. Since then, the practices of yoga asana, and more recently meditation, have been increasingly critical to her path. In 2014 Shawna completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training with Kevin Courtney and Nikki Villella of Kula Yoga Project through the Wanderlust TT program. She has since completed two Trauma Sensitive Yoga teacher trainings, and continues her studies in Nikki Costello’s Mentor Practice, with Off the Mat, and the Interdependence Project’s Secular Buddhist Studies Program. She currently teaches Rising Yoga Teacher classes at Third Root, Blossoming Yoga Teacher classes at Shambhala Yoga and Dance Center and volunteers with Exhale to Inhale. Shawna teaches a mindful, alignment-based vinyasa class with a focus on helping students identify their own mental and physical sensations, including pain, strength, resilience, compassion, joy, and the ever-fluctuating relationship between them.  In addition to consulting with the United Nations, donors and NGOs, Shawna is passionate about experimenting with ways to integrate her work for social justice, her political and spiritual practices and commitment to collective well-being, and her role as a mother of two.

emilyEmily J. Kramer is currently a co-owner of Third Root Community Health Center, a cooperative in Brooklyn, where the crossroads of her work as a movement professional, social justice activist and spiritual seeker joyfully meet. She is a yoga teacher with specialization in anatomy, backcare, anxiety/depression, addiction, trauma-sensitivity, and yoga for young people. She earned her 300-hour Certification in 2014 with Alison West at Yoga Union. She studied with Off the Mat, Into the World, Street Yoga, Bent on Learning, Leslie Kaminoff / the Breathing Project, Jyll Hubbard-Salk, Elena Brower, Molly Lannon Kenny, Nikki Myers, Larry Yang and many inspired teachers on this path. She received her 200-hour certification from SchoolYoga Institute on location in Playa Marsella, Nicaragua in 2010. She also has a background in social justice activism and youth education. Specifically, she was a member of Immigrant Justice Solidarity Project from 2001 – 2005, and a youth educator city-wide in outdoor, classroom & gym settings from 2006 – 2013, including the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Garden Apprentice Program & Children’s Garden, the Red Hook Community Farm, & the Weeksville Heritage Center’s Green Weeksville Program, Bent on Learning & Girls for Gender Equity. In 2009, Emily created Spirit Boxing, a workshop that combines her experience as a former amateur boxer and yogini, to serve women, youth, and queer / trans community. She offers boxing lessons in both small group and private sessions, and has collaborated with Columbia University, Safe Horizon, FIERCE!, & the Center for Anti-violence Education. Emily has a BA in Cultural Studies from Eugene Lang College of New School University (2005).