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Sat, Sep 23, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Resilience for Changemakers: A restorative social justice mini-retreat featured class / Special Event
with Kate Werning
150.00 minutes
$36.00
** $25 - $60 Sliding Scale - apply your rate upon arrival ** The future of our country and our world is at a tipping point. To transform the systems of extraction, exploitation, and violence that are destroying our planet and further harming the most marginalized communities, we need all hands on deck. But we gotta still be here in order to make lasting change. Our own resilience is foundational to our strategy. As service providers, activists, caretakers, organizers, healers, and active community members, our psyches, spirits, and bodies must be cared for every step of the way - not sidelined until “after the work is done." Whether you’re new to social change, service, or healing work or have been at it for decades, we need you to be supported and in balance, so your nervous system can down-regulate from automatic stress response and create the space that is neurologically and biologically needed for creativity, stamina, and resilience. Any of this sound familiar? - Suppressing underlying anxiety, fear, rage, or grief through working harder, taking constant action, or only centering others' needs - Shame that turning off the news or social media, taking time off, or resting makes you complacent, privileged, or disengaged - Martyring your physical health, relationships, or personal goals for the sake of your work - The process of working for social justice is not feeling very liberatory and loving along the way, and is even complicit in replicating systems of oppression in some ways The good news: We can work for change in a way that doesn't turn the evils of extraction, exploitation, and dehumanization in upon ourselves and each other. You are invited to breathe, to inhabit your body, to imagine, and to be connected to a community of supportive peers in your changemaking work who see and care about you beyond the roles you play and the work you do. What we’ll do together: - Share simple healing practices you can take with you: meditation, embodied practice, song, essential oils, & more - Learn how systems of oppression are showing up in our our bodies, and what trauma and stress have to do with it - Explore practices we need to interrupt oppression from passing through us into the work and cultivate more resilience - Create a space of mutual care to be honest about our emotional realities and not have to perform hope, rep our current projects or campaigns, or hold the needs of others All of the practices are completely accessible - no specific physical ability, supplies, experience, or exercise clothes needed! Best of all, we build a community of support with changemakers who share our commitment to liberation & wellbeing along the way. Who this is for: This workshop sits at the intersection of social change, peer support, and internal transformation. It serves a diverse group of organizers, healers, wellness practitioners, and newer activists ready to dive into the work of inner and outer change. As a facilitator I have anti-oppression and trauma-informed mindfulness and organizing training, and the workshop space strives to be inclusive and supportive of all gender expressions, sexual orientations, dis/abilities, racial identities, class backgrounds, and learning styles. Absolutely no previous experience with yoga, meditation, somatics, or anything of the sort is needed - come as you are!
About the teacher
I have strong appreciation for the need for healing spaces to share who we are and grow in community. All bodies, backgrounds, and levels are warmly welcomed to my classes, and I am trained in creating inclusive spaces attuned to welcoming differences in age, race, gender, sexual orientation, body size, and dis/ability. I am always learning more about how to do this more fully and welcome feedback, dialogue, and learning together. I offer instruction in English or Spanish. My practice is a mindful and detailed Hatha, embracing aliveness of movement while holding postures long enough to explore subtleties and feel full expression. 18 years of ballet training inform my attention to alignment. Having grown up every summer on Lake Michigan, I love to practice outside and embrace nature, and weave reflective themes into the practice, especially those related to community and collective care. katewerning.com

Saturday, September 23 at 2:00 pm
$36.00
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Sat, Sep 23, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
STYLING SESSION FOR CURLY GIRLS Special Event
with Nanyamka Francique
120.00 minutes
$32.00
This workshop goes over in detail the truth about hair as it is living tissue that grows, it explains theimportance of hair care and its effects on our emotional state. This workshop also gives scientific fact/insight on hair as it is an outer extension of our nervous system and adds spiritual value to our lives. Product knowledge will also to be shared in this workshop shedding light on hair care products lines that add detergents, alcohol and other harmful chemicals in their products that harm our spiritual 'antennas'. The second half/highlight of this work shop will be the quick and easy to do styles, to help eliminate the anxiety around styling curly hair for events and or everyday cool stylish looks. Participants will be picked out of the class of attendees. As some may or may not know curly hair is not restricted to only back people or people of color, therefore this workshop welcomes all women with curly hair. There will also be available, home made 100% natural hair care products available to purchase and try out. This workshop goes in line with Third Root's mission and vision, due to the fact that it focuses on the holistic and spiritual value of our hair. Healing the misconceptions we currently carry about our hair, how important our is and changing each individuals perspective on their hair to a positive and care giving one. Healthy hair is good hair just the same as a healthy mind body and spirit is good living.
About the teacher
Nanyamka started styling her own hair and that of close family members as early as her pre teens. She continued on to friends, and friends of friends as she got older. Nanyamka decided to pursue getting certified in her craft at the age of 21. During her time at Empire Beauty School, she grew a deeper appreciate for the knowledge/insight given about the science of hair. While in school she had the opportunity to work with model John Mark for Nu Mode magazine as well platform artist Tywan Williams, which gave her the fuel she needed to keep going. Nanyamka graduated Empire Beauty school in Oct of 2013 after completing her 1000 hours, with certification in advanced hair cutting. Nanyamka received her license in February of 2016, she has been styling and caring for hair professionally for over 1 year. She has had opportunities to work with businesses ranging from Body&Soul Hair Studio, to Nickelodeon , Bhoomki, as well Moonsuit a fashion brand based out of Russia. Her accumulated experience and love for hair drove her to want share and educate others to have a better understanding of hair and the importance of hair care.

Saturday, September 23 at 5:00 pm
$32.00
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Sat, Sep 30, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Spirit Boxing: Integrated Martial Arts & Yoga Special Event
with Emily J. Kramer
90.00 minutes
$33.00
Empower yourself with a rigorous introduction to this archetypal, performative sport. Be prepared to sweat during this balanced and challenging workout: intention setting, jump rope cardio, sun salutation warm ups, the basics of shadow boxing (stance, footwork, punch combinations, defensive stance), partner drills, upper body / core conditioning, wrist therapy, asana, breath and relaxation. No experience necessary for this all level workshop. Bring sneakers to be worn indoors. Emily trained as an amateur boxer from 2005 to 2010, and was a 2x finalist in the New York Daily News Golden Gloves. She was an assistant coach with "Discovering Your Hidden Warrior," a yoga / boxing program at Kripalu in 2008 & 2009. She offers an integrated yogic approach to classic Western boxing taught by private sessions and group workshops for youth and adults, as well as within queer communities.
About the teacher
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. She leads a breath-centered yoga practice that gently challenges students to stay present while working in and through our comfort zones. She offers mindful, organic movement that is both meditative and vigorous. She invites students to pay attention to subtleties of 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.

Saturday, September 30 at 2:30 pm
$33.00
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Sat, Sep 30, 4:15 PM - 6:15 PM
SATSANG: WITNESSING AWARENESS Special Event
with Elizabeth Gonzalez
120.00 minutes
$32.00
The witness resides in absolute stillness, forever watching the unfolding of every moment that takes place in our lives. In this workshop, we will create an optimal environment to invite the experience of this steady presence that is seeing through one’s eyes, smelling through one’s nose, listening through one’s ears, tasting through one’s mouth and touching through one’s hands. During this two-hour workshop you will participate in: -An exposition of our theme “WITNESSING AWARENESS” supported by material gathered from yoga scriptures and sages. -We will chant and meditate together while inviting this witnessing awareness into our practices and sharing subtle ways of incorporating it into our daily lives.
About the teacher
Cuando Elizabeth González se intereso por la Yoga solo conocía los beneficios físicos de la práctica, pero más tarde aprendió un poco mas acerca de los cánticos, ejercicios de respiración (pranayama), la meditación y la filosofía del yoga en general. Durante su entrenamiento de 200 horas de yoga en Laughing Lotus, ella fue inspirada por sus maestros para llevar una práctica de meditación y yoga regular. Esto marco el principio de una travesia extraordinaria al mundo interno. Despues de practicar y aprender diferentes estilos de yoga, Elizabeth probo su primera clase de Anusara yoga en Ecuador. Ella se enamoro de la filosofia afirmativa de Anusara y de los principios universales de alineamiento que crearon un nivel de profundidad y complejidad que nunca habia experimentado antes. Ella finalizo su entrenamiento de 200hr de Anusara yoga y un entrenamiento para ensenar yoga para ninos en el 2013. Ella crea secuencias que permiten que el cuerpo fluya libremente de una pose a la otra, permitiendo que la respiración se convierta en el puente entre el cuerpo y la mente, y de esta forma enfocando la practica en el aquí y el ahora. Sus clases son una positiva celebración de la vida y ella se inspira en la simplicidad de la vida y la grandeza del alma humana. Ella anima a sus estudiantes a conectarse con los ritmos naturales del cuerpo, prestando atención. y cuidado al alineamiento fisico, permitiendo que las posturas sean una expresion de la energia del corazón. Ella invita a sus estudiantes a experiementar la fuente de la verdad, la consciencia y la felicidad dentro de ellos mismos. Elizabeth Gonzalez was first drawn to Yoga for the physical benefits of the practice; soon after she learned about chanting, pranayama, meditation and the yoga philosophy as a whole. During her first 200 hour yoga training at Laughing Lotus, she was inspired by her teachers to develop her own daily meditation and yoga practices. She now develops sequences that allow the body to flow freely from one pose to the next. She aspires to create a deep connection between the movement and the breath, allowing the breath to become the bridge between the body and the thinking mind; bringing the practice of yoga to the here and now. Her classes are a joyful celebration of living and she draws her inspiration from the simplicity of life and the greatness of the human soul.

Saturday, September 30 at 4:15 pm
$32.00
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