Fall with Grace
Skillfully navigate the transition to Fall by embracing the seasonal invitation to Slow Down, Turn In, Get Grounded
Thursdays 7:45 – 9pm at Durham Yoga
September 7 – October 26
8 Week Series $108 / Drop-in $15
*Sign up for the whole series and receive two special offerings. Details below.
Restorative Yoga | Ayurveda | Seasonal Support | Trauma Healing
An 8-week series combining mellow and restorative yoga, breathwork, and the wisdom of Ayurveda to support your seasonal transition and overall health.
For many, the transition to Fall is a rough one. It can include increased insomnia, agitation, a seasonal down-turn, disrupted digestion, and overall diminished energy and quality of life. Additionally, Fall’s increase in air energy adds to that which we already have in excess in our dominant culture – overstimulation, constant shifts and changes, and overall hypermobility. Ayurveda tells us that like increase like, and the way to find health is by balancing the internal and external energies.
This series is designed with this principle in mind: an understanding that the microcosm is a reflection of the macrocosm, and if we are to stay steady and enjoy ease (i.e. prevent dis-ease), then we must continue to respond to conditions and adjust how we tend to ourselves. We must acknowledge that how we care for ourselves from season to season must also shift.
If you struggle with anxiety, restlessness, agitation, “monkey-mind,” or other common imbalances of this type, this series is for you. If you are seeking to incorporate more ritual and reflective into your life, this series is for you. If you are looking to find more balance and ease in your life, this is for you.
In order to assist in balancing the energies of Fall, this class will be a calmer and more meditative space than my other regular yoga offerings. It will include moderate yoga asana, breathing and meditation practices, as well as an exploration of the role of the psoas and its relationship to a healthy nervous system, a strong center, and an overall experience of groundedness. The psoas is the first muscle to contract in fight/flight/freeze response, and it therefore is directly linked to our trauma and threat responses. By working to progressively release, balance, and engage the psoas, you’ll find a deeper sense of well-being, centeredness, and connectedness.
Additionally, each week we will discuss a different tool or technique from Ayurveda, yoga’s “sister science,” for assisting in an easeful transition by supporting balance. These will be food and lifestyle recommendations that will foment deep nourishment, such as abhyanga (self-massage) and other restorative practices.
*You can drop in to any single class, but the greatest benefit will be obtained by committing to the whole session. In this way you will be able to progressively incorporate the tools and practices and experience optimum ease. For those who sign up for the whole series by Monday, September 4th, I will also be offering a few extras.
An Ayurveda “Fall with Grace” Kit, including
- 4 oz Banyan Botanicals Organic Unrefined Sesame oil for abhyanga (self-massage),
- 8 oz each Banyan Botanicals CCF tea and Suki’s Detox Chai tea blends to warm the body and support healthy liver function, and
- A cotton-covered eye pillow to support restoration and contemplation.
In addition, those who book the whole series will receive a free and personalized guide to managing your doshas. The dosha is your “biological humor,” the unique combination of the five elements that are present in you. Learning to understand your nature through the doshas is fundamental to embracing a lifetime of health.
- In order to take advantage of this offering, you must be willing to complete several dosha self-assessment materials which I will make available to you via email. That should take about 20-30 minutes of your time.
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras tell us, “sthira sukham asanam.” When we get steady in a good space, when we can get ourselves calibrated to ease and not dis-ease – to balance and not imbalance – then our life force will flow and we will experience the profoundness of being centered and grounded. From this state of dynamic health, everything else will flow.
See you on the mat.
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Embodied Anti-Oppression Practice
Saturday, 12/17 from 2-5pm
Durham Yoga Company, 502 Rigsbee in downtown Durham.
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This is a challenging time. Many of us are still reeling, still cycling through trauma and grief responses. This is absolutely understandable and totally appropriate – get what you need in this time!
Many of us also need spaces that help us accept the truth of what is right now, and help us practice interrupting the kinds of oppression and violence that are increasing in this era. We need practices which help us understand our own fear responses, for understanding how to gauge safety vs. comfort, and for increasing our capacity for engagement.
In order to challenge the white supremacist ideology that we have a right to be comfortable and an obligation to be polite, we must examine how that lives in our bodies and shows up in our relationships – towards the end of developing skills and tools which can increase our capacity to engage in a variety of situations – from interrupting “casual” incidences of oppressive language to more aggressive forms of discrimination, antagonism, and violence.
This workshop offers:
- Space to be together in community
- A trauma-informed analysis of this moment
- Anti-oppression praxis opportunities
In this space we will:
- Offer a short analysis about how we got to where we are (political/social context)
- Introduce basic model of trauma, rooted in an anti-oppression analysis, and help folks contextualize their individual and collective responses to this moment, as well as helping folks assess what they need in this time to recover and get/stay involved
- Offer grounding techniques rooted in embodiment, yoga, and somatic practices
- Engage in roll-playing to help us understand where and how we are challenged by the spaces we’re in, and how we can move beyond comfort to take risks and engage in the ways we are being called to right now to stand up and protect/defend each other
- Encourage folks to understand what bold and courageous action looks like for each of us right now, and figure out ways to support that going forward.
Based on feedback from the first time offering this workshop on 11/20, we’re sharing this framework as well of what the workshop isn’t and what it is (or aims to be).
What this workshop ISN’T:
- Yoga class
- Nonviolent Direct Action Training
- (Strictly speaking) A de-escalation training
- Anti-Racism 101 / Anti-Oppression 101
- Action/Strategy session
- Marshal training
- Primarily a space for discussion (though some may arise)
These things are all valid, they are just not primarily what the Embodied Anti-Oppression Practice workshop is about. If you’re interested in the above, there are will be upcoming opportunities to engage in some of these.
What this workshop IS (or aims to be):
- Community- and skill-building space
- Trauma-informed space
- Space to practice interrupting challenging words and behaviors
- Accountable to relationships across intersections
- Meant to build courage and foment action
- Prompt for deeper self-reflection, self-awareness, ongoing work
Open to all. No movement/yoga experience needed. By Donation. Proceeds will go to support local People of Color-led racial and economic work, and to Triangle SURJ, which has a Resource Steward Team, a mixed-class team making decisions about how to manage the resources that flow in to and out of TSURJ in accordance with values and relationships of accountability. Details of the disbursement of proceeds will be published on this event page following the event. A small portion will go to the lead trainer to support her livelihood.
Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for movement.
Host and Lead Trainer Patty Adams organizes locally with Triangle SURJ, a multiracial coalition to bring white folks into the struggle for racial justice. She is also an experienced yoga teacher, psychotherapist, facilitator and anti-oppression trainer. She is offering this workshop in the spirit of taking bold action and encouraging others to do the same. More about Patty at Liberation Healing Arts.
Co-host and Co-trainer Kristen Cox also organizes with Triangle SURJ and has years of experience in embodied practice including dance and other forms of conscious embodiment and cultural organizing work.