Dope Moments 2019 December 29 2018

Hey Community! 

Since starting up our Dope Moments programming here at Poseurs, we have learned so much about what it means to be a yogi in this western world and how greatly our behaviors and intentions matter. Not only is it great to practice yoga with a group of people who also work for more social change, but for me, and I feel like for many others in our community, it has helped to evolve what yoga means, and what having a yoga practice means. Yoga is rooted in Ahimsa, non-harming. We can practice this first on our mat, noticing where we harm ourselves by not being present to our authenticity, by being totally disconnected from our hearts when moving, by learning kindness and compassion toward our physical body, confidence and courage and creativity in our embodiment. Strength. Patience. Grace. Not demanding and forcing ourselves into postures/attitudes. Ahimsa means that when we notice injustice, violence, fear, hatred, greed-  we work ACTIVELY toward equity. Balance. Samasthiti. 

We did a lot of good in 2018 in our Dope Moments classes. We raised almost $3,000.00 for various amazing organizations that do so much work - most of it volunteer work, to work toward ahimsa. They may not call it that, but that is what it is. And that is yoga in action. Where the well being of all is what matters, and every action you get to take toward that is a sacred action of yoga. 

Starting this year our charities will rotate quarterly, the first one being Pike Market Food Bank and not only will our weekly class raise money to help support their work, but we, YES WE POSEURS, will be going onsite to their facilities once a month and offer our time by volunteering. This is a GREAT way to really get to know the people behind the mission, to learn, to get a different perspective, to be with community and meet new people, to offer your practice off the mat by helping- by showing up in a new way. These volunteer dates will be on our calendar, and also posted with the quarterly blog, and in the zine. Please sign up and lets spend some time together as community! 

We are so so so so so stoked for Dope Moments 2019. Can you tell? Aren't you? We are so grateful to all the teachers that continue to donate their time and energy into this program. We are so grateful to all of you that come and practice with us and for these amazing organizations. This is what's up. Let's make magic. 

Sign up to volunteer with us at poseurs777@gmail.com or the sign up sheet in class!!! We are hoping for 10 volunteers at each one. More are welcome! 

 

Wednesday, January 23rd, 3pm - 6:15pm: Come help serve groceries to our downtown neighbors! After a quick orientation, volunteers will stock shelves, sort through donations, distribute food and help pack healthy delivery bags for our homebound clients. Please wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes. We will have a place to store personal belongings if needed.
Friday, February 15th, 4pm - 6pm: Spring Cleaning! At the end of a long week, Pike Market Food Bank could use a little love. We will be sweeping, mopping, sorting through deliveries, cleaning the coolers, wiping tables, reorganizing shelves, doing light maintenance and more!  Please wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes. We will have a place to store personal belongings if needed.
Saturday, March 23rd: 3pm - 5pm: No-cook bag packing. PMFB offers prepared bags of food that don't need to be cooked for our unhoused clients. We will be assembling bags of foods such as pouched tuna, granola bars, crackers, and water bottles for PMFB to have on hand for homeless clients. By having these prepared in advance, our unhoused clients know they will always be able to get food they can use whenever they need it.  Please wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes. We will have a place to store personal belongings if needed.