All classes are now held on Zoom!

Class Series

In this virtual class series for BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) only, we will ground down with Yin and meditation, and move with the breaths in slow flow yoga.  We will draw up love, wisdom and strength from our ancestors. By the end of this series we will be recharged to continue on as the living ancestors, as we educate our youth and fight for social justice.

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Drop-In Yoga

Yoga for BIPOC – A Weekly Offering

A slow flow yoga class for BIPOC Black Indigenous People of Color only, of all levels of experience and all abilities. Whether you have a regular practice or are beginning to develop your practice, in this class we will slow down, connect with our breath, feel ourselves in movement and ground down through meditation and breathwork.

Participants are encouraged to use props in their access, folded blanket(s), yoga blocks or other items of similar size, like hardback books, a chair, a strap or scarf.

This drop-in class will be offered on Sundays from 12:00-1:00pm. This is a live virtual class held via Zoom. The meeting link will be sent in your registration confirmation email.

This class is being offered at Pay-What-You-Can $5-$20 per person, per class. The full value of the class is $20 per person. Sign-up here. 

Please note: Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance

About the instructor: Ayanna Hall is a yoga and meditation teacher, healer, ruckus maker, and Therapeutic Youth Counselor. Ayanna’s journey with yoga has taught her how to love herself and her body. It has taught her how to unapologetically take up as much space as she chooses, and show all the way up. She teaches slow flow and Yin yoga, and received her Body Positive Yoga teacher certification in 2020, completing this journey in the middle of a pandemic. Her yoga and meditation practice continues to be inspired by the work of Amber Karnes, Michelle Cassandra Johnson, Dianne Bondy, Kelley Palmer, Ruth King, and a host of others.

In Ayanna’s class, you can expect to feel honored and welcomed just as you are. You will feel empowered, victorious, centered, and grounded. Ayanna is passionate about life, mental and emotional wellbeing, caring and holding space for others, and sharing the powerful benefits of this practice both with people of color, and those in larger bodies. Ayanna lives in Central Virginia with her son, Blake Kristopher, and daughter, Bailey Starr close by. Practicing and teaching the messages of self-care, social justice, and human rights on and off the yoga mat, you can find her on Facebook at Yanz Hall or Meditation and Yoga for People of Color.

Body Positive Yoga for BIWOC – A Weekly Offering

This yin yoga class offers a safer space for all woman of color: black, indigenous, cis and trans women of color. This is a class for all levels of experience and all bodies. In this class we will practice loving and appreciating our bodies, giving ourselves permission to show up and move in a way that feels good.

Students are welcome to use any props they have available (blankets, pillows, blocks or books, a chair, strap or long scarf)

This drop-in class will be offered on Fridays from 6:00-7:00pm. This is a live virtual class held via Zoom. The meeting link will be sent in your registration confirmation email.

This class is being offered at Pay-What-You-Can $5-$20 per person, per class. The full value of the class is $20 per person. Sign-up here.

Please note: Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance

About the instructor: Ayanna Hall is a yoga and meditation teacher, healer, ruckus maker, and Therapeutic Youth Counselor. Ayanna’s journey with yoga has taught her how to love herself and her body. It has taught her how to unapologetically take up as much space as she chooses, and show all the way up. She teaches slow flow and Yin yoga, and received her Body Positive Yoga teacher certification in 2020, completing this journey in the middle of a pandemic. Her yoga and meditation practice continues to be inspired by the work of Amber Karnes, Michelle Cassandra Johnson, Dianne Bondy, Kelley Palmer, Ruth King, and a host of others.

In Ayanna’s class, you can expect to feel honored and welcomed just as you are. You will feel empowered, victorious, centered, and grounded. Ayanna is passionate about life, mental and emotional wellbeing, caring and holding space for others, and sharing the powerful benefits of this practice both with people of color, and those in larger bodies. Ayanna lives in Central Virginia with her son, Blake Kristopher, and daughter, Bailey Starr close by. Practicing and teaching the messages of self-care, social justice, and human rights on and off the yoga mat, you can find her on Facebook at Yanz Hall or Meditation and Yoga for People of Color

Monthly Yoga Offerings

Yoga for People of Color –  A Monthly Offering

A monthly offering where people of color can gather and practice yoga in a safe and nurturing setting. Each class will include postures accessible to all levels as well as time for exploring ways to use breath and meditation for wellbeing. Participants are invited to stay after class to connect with others, share yoga resources and build community. Each class is offered on a donation basis; no one will be turned away for inability to pay. No pre-registration is necessary.

This class is offered byThe Women’s Initiative  and Common Ground Healing Arts, and led by a team of teachers of color organized by Eboni Bugg, LCSW, RYT.

eboni-buggAbout Eboni Bugg:
Eboni completed her Hatha Yoga Teacher training at Opal Yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia and has additional certifications in Prenatal Yoga and Lifeforce Yoga for Depression & Anxiety. Eboni’s mission is to make yoga fully accessible to all regardless of background or ability.  She is passionate about the physical and emotional benefits of mindful movement and creates opportunities for students to use their bodies to heal, grow, and transform.  In addition to teaching yoga, Eboni is a trauma-focused therapist and serves as the Senior Manager for Diversity, Inclusion, & Global Outreach at the Mind & Life Institute.

 

Meditation

Every 1st, 2nd & 4th Sunday  ~   2:00pm – 3:30pm via Zoom

A SAFE SPACE FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR TO PAUSE AND DRAW ON OUR COLLECTIVE WISDOM FOR DEEP HEALING.

MEDITATION FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR FAMILY FRIENDLY | BEGINNERS WELCOME

Regular meditation promotes greater balance, ease, and peace of mind. It can be helpful during moments of stress, when you feel the need to reboot, find stillness and to breathe. Mindfulness is about being fully present in the moment and the breath can be an anchor to the here and now.

Every Sunday except the third Sunday of the month.  Each class is offered on a donation basis; no one will be turned away for inability to pay. No pre-registration is necessary. Late participants will NOT be admitted after 2:15pm.

Led by Benita Mayo, Doreen Bonnet, Ayanna Hall and Mack McLellan Jr.

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