Third Root is proud to host this city-wide affinity group program led by a rotating roster of Yoga Teachers of Color.
Why: Brown Sugar: Yoga for Folks of Color (BSY) offers a healing space for people of color, recognizing that often when black, brown and indigenous people show up to yoga in New York City we may be the only one, or one of just a few – or we may not show up at all. BSY 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.
Our intention: BSY offers a nurturing community space to practice breath, movement and support so you leave feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and more connected to yourself and the BSY community. Self-care is key. We want to help people of color to recognize our gifts, through safely and bravely opening our hearts, investigating what we have to offer ourselves and others as we ground, move, heal and offer the best of ourselves in this tumultuous time.
Who we are: BSY is taught collaboratively 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. This is a body-positive, queer friendly space. All experience levels, sizes, abilities, gender identities, and ages are welcome – and celebrated!
What we do: BSY is a monthly offering of flowing yoga classes to help people of color take care of our stress and trauma, practice connecting to ourselves and others, and own our resilience and joy. Each class begins and ends in a circle where everyone is invited to share and reflect upon one’s experiences around a chosen theme. Past themes have included compassion for self and others, practice as our resistance, equanimity, inviting in joy, and using our gifts to heal ourselves and our communities. The class encourages the community to move through 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. Special classes have included immersive theater and dance, and live music. At the end of each class we have a closing circle which enjoying some delicious chocolate!eathe 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.
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