Needles & Nidra: Illumination & Insight with Rachel Casiano, LAc & Emily J. Kramer

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Join yoga teacher Emily J. Kramer and acupuncturist Rachel Casiano for this workshop focused on illumination & insight. Specifically, we’ll work with the energy of the third eye, the element of light and cultivating peaceful sleep. Come rest in the glow of candlelight!

Participants will receive mini acupuncture treatments and practice guided meditation/visualization while lying in supported savasana (face up). A variety of supine positions with props will be offered including mats, blankets, and anti-gravity chairs. If you’d like to reserve a chair, please let us know in advance as there are a limited number available.

Nidra is the relaxed state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. Acupuncture is the practice of harmonizing mind/body/spirit through the use of find needles. These healing modalities, practiced together, have gentle and transformative power. Join us in creating this space!


$35, but no one turned away for lack of funds.

Originally from Western Maryland, Rachel Casiano is a DiaspoRican acupuncturist living in South Brooklyn. Before her training in acupuncture, she worked as a health educator and patient navigator in HIV services at a community health clinic and did outreach on a mobile testing van. Primarily serving queer and trans sex workers and transient people, this experience solidified her view that centering the health needs of the most marginalized people means better care for everyone.

She learned about acupuncture while volunteering with syringe exchange programs in upper Manhattan and the Bronx and seeing how acupuncture was used for detox, PTSD, and stress. The history of radical/collective uses of acupuncture, harm reduction philosophy, and her witness to the opioid epidemic in her hometown inspired her to pursue learning acupuncture. All these influences continue to guide her practice. She received her Master of Science in Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture, and is continuing her studies of classical Chinese herbal medicine.

Rachel enjoys visiting bookstores and libraries, talking to birds, making zines, and doing prisoner support work in her spare time.

Emily J. Kramer is a yoga teacher and collective member at Third Root, where the crossroads of her work as a movement professional, social justice activist and spiritual seeker joyfully meet.

Emily leads a breath-centered yoga practice that gently challenges us to stay present as we work in and through our comfort zones. She offers mindful, organic movement that is both meditative and vigorous. She invites us to pay attention to subtleties of our sensation and alignment in order to create space internally, making way for healing and discovery. In her classes, she encourages students always to honor their own bodies and beings, while valuing the community aspect of the space. She weaves strategic sequencing and thoughtful thematic focus that bridge movement on the mat and practice beyond it.

Emily’s training emphasizes anatomical precision and structural alignment along with compassionate observation and adjustment. She has specialized training in anatomy, backcare, anxiety/depression, addiction, trauma-sensitivity, and yoga for young people.  She studies with Alison West at Yoga Union where she earned her 300-hour Certification in 2014. She studied with Off the Mat, Into the World, Street Yoga, Bent on Learning, Leslie Kaminoff / the Breathing Project, Jyll Hubbard-Salk, Elena Brower, 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.

In 2009, she 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 has also facilitated movement and outdoor education programming with young people ages 6 – 15 since 2006. She has collaborated with Girls for Gender Equity and the Center for Anti-violence Education, and has taught through Bent on Learning, Safe Horizon, Kripalu, Columbia and Cornell Universities. Emily holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Studies which she received in 2005 from Eugene Lang College at the New School University in Manhattan.


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