Brown Sugar 5th Year Anniversary! Yoga Class & Party with Calia Marshall & Cremosa


Event Details


Brown Sugar’s founder, Calia Marshall, will lead class this month.

We will move, breathe, circle, dialogue, and share chocolate.

We expect class to sell out, so reserve your spot!  

This practice falls on the new moon in Taurus.  Astrologer, Chani Nicholas says, “In order to break out of the habits and patterns that keep us going around in circles, we’ve looked to any crack that might possibly become a gateway for our freedom…stability depends on our ability to adapt and re-create as needed. Creative fertility feeds on ingenuity.”  Come get unstuck from the negative patterns you have so practiced (samskaras) and use your creativity to create a new pathway.  We’ll explore our relationship to our bodies (which are often exotified, shamed, or ignored) and to the ways we show up for ourselves and in the world.  Walk away with some tools to support your personal growth.  Feel free to bring a journal (paper will be provided as well).  All experience levels, sizes, abilities, gender identities, and ages* are welcome – and celebrated!

Pre-Register for Yoga Class $20-45 sliding scale.  No one turned away for lack of funds.

Chocolates from our sponsor, Fine & Raw and MAST Brothers, will be served!
* Please note that we are not able to provide childcare at this time. While children are not prohibited from attending, the content of these classes will be geared toward adults and teens. If your child attends the class with you, there is a lobby where you can go together if they need a break from the practice space.

Our 5 year anniversary party, from 6:30 – 9:00 PM, is for POC, black folks, indigenous folks, and our white allies.  Come enjoy and bring a friend!

Party includes:

  • Delicious food from Cafe Madeline & Ayurvedic Plate
  • A dance party DJed by Cremosa
  • A raffle including a private yoga/Reiki session with Calia, infused honeys by Lion’s Tooth Project, handcrafted glass earrings, chocolates, and more!
  • Reflections on the past 5 years and a visioning for where we/you want to take Brown Sugar
Calia Marshall is a yoga instructor (E-RYT 200, RYT 500), musician, dancer, choreographer, doula, Reiki practitioner and educator. She has been teaching movement and healing practices to children and adults for 19 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 deepened her yoga study through working with Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, Suzanne Sterling, Cathy Calderon, Johnathan FitzGordon, Alison West and Kevin & Erin Maile O’Keefe (Circus Yoga). In 2014 she founded Brown Sugar: Yoga for Folks of Color, a yoga and mindfulness practice and community in Brooklyn. Her mantra music band, Kirtan Soul Revival, has been traveling around the country leading call and response devotional singing and singing & social justice workshops since 2011. Calia finds constant inspiration from the magic that occurs when communities join together to practice yoga, to dance, to sing, and to play. Her passion is to use these forms to create healing spaces from a social justice lens. In sharing her yoga practice, Calia strives to honor the roots of yoga, while making it relevant for the people she is sharing it with. She is so grateful to all of her teachers and is honored to share her curiosity, fascination, love of movement and music, and magic-making with her community.
Cremosa is Simona Duque, a Brooklyn-based queer Colombian femme, DJ, Sacred Vibes Apothecary herbalism apprentice, community gardener, kombucha brewer, & accessories maker. One of her greatest pleasures is building community both on & off the dance floor — centered around expression, cultural connection & plant wisdom.
Andre Ignacio Dimapilis is a Filipinx-American culture-bearing performing artist, peaceful warrior and educator. Andre has been sharing spirit and spreading love through the Yidaki (didgeridoo) since 2007. Andre is intentional about sharing the Yidaki’s cultural origins of the Aboriginal people and transparent about his purposes to use it for meditation and setting intentions.
BROWN SUGAR is a yoga and mindfulness practice for people of color, as well as a community in NYC. We offer nurturing, flowing yoga classes to help people of color connect deeply to ourselves and others, learn tools for reducing stress and trauma, and build resilience and joy.  Brown Sugar is taught by compassionate and experienced teachers, who are committed to holding space for people of color to move, breath and circle together in mindful yogic practices. The magic of this class is created by the energy of each person who enters this sacred space.  Each class begins and ends in a circle where everyone is invited to share and reflect. We always work with an intentional theme – and never close without enjoying some delicious chocolate together!
We intend to provide a healing and empowering affinity space for people of color, recognizing that often when black, brown and indigenous people show up to yoga in the US we may be the only one, or one of just a few – or we may not show up at all.  Brown Sugar is a space for people of color, because the racism that exists in our society also shows up in yoga spaces, and can be yet another source of stress and (re) traumatization. We aim to provide a warm, nurturing yoga class and community that centers on people of color.
*Please note that we are not able to provide childcare at this time. While children are not prohibited from attending, the content of these classes will be geared toward adults and teens. If your child attends the class with you, there is a lobby where you can go together if they need a break from the practice space.
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