Black Infinity: Black Wisdom and Decolonizing the Divine
This series of workshops explores yogic philosophy while integrating lessons and wisdom from a Black woman’s process of decolonizing her mind. Chasity Jones Selenga, studying the intersection of spirituality and racism believes that yoga has the potential to address and heal the invisible influence of colonialism still present in our country and racial dynamics.
Sunday April 11th 4-6pmPST "The Underbelly of Colonialism"
Reorienting ourselves to the realities of colonialism and the origin of the concept of race and racism. We will identify carry over effects/samskaras that still influence us and address them in the following weeks using the Patanjali’s 8 Limbed Path of
Sunday April 25th 4-6pmPST
"8 Limbed Path of Yoga as a vehicle to address and heal samkaras (yamas)"
The Yamas or restraints of the 8 Limbed Path will be paired with a Black woman’s
perspective while also teaching and giving participants the space to explore these
concepts through to the perspectives of the identities important to them.
June 27th "8 Limbed Path of Yoga pt. 2 (niyamas)"
Using the Niyamas, we will explore how a Black woman interacts with herself
through her process of decolonization while empowering participants to engage the niyamas in their own process of decolonization.
July 11 "Decolonizing Sexuality and Relationships- Ancient Egyptian Tantric Yoga"
Exploring sacred sexuality through Ancient Egyptian Tantric Yoga, we use it to
decolonize our relationship to the erotic or sexual energy, transforming our
relationships with ourselves, lovers, and the divine.
Teacher Bio: Chasity is a new mom with a beautiful baby girl named Lola and is in the graduate degree program at Boston University School of Theology in their Master of Divinity program. Originally from Louisiana, she has a long interest in Black women’s health and began a yoga program in Seattle, plus has done something similar in Boston too. She became a Krista Colleague while a
Community Organizer at Faith Action Network in Seattle and in Global Ministries in the United Methodist Church, and is considering ordination. While in Seattle, Chasity began practicing yoga as a form of self care during her own process of liberation and eventually became a yoga teachers when she graduated from the inaugural class of Practice School of Magic. She has recently launched Fourth Wave Revolution in an attempt to educate as well as decolonize!
The concept of race and racism is a direct result of colonization. Therefore, if we approach anti-racism work through a lens of decolonization, we are better equipped to dismantle white supremacy. For the last five years, she has done this through various ways: sermons, adult Sunday schools, workshops, individual and collective consulting, yoga and mindfulness, support groups, and more! It was her hope to one day give birth to a movement that would transform the way we engage in anti-oppression and anti-racism work while maintaining and in some cases self-recovery.
All are welcome!!! Please reach out with any questions. PWYC $20-$50 no one turned away for lack of funds. All proceeds go directly to Fourth Wave Revolution.
This "POSEURS" workshop is an offering coming to you from Veronica Dye and Greta Rose. Have you ever had an emotional release during half pigeon? Or really felt the subtle layers of self in childs pose? These longer holds were our and many people's first glimpse into yin. We want this class to satiate that sparked curiosity and further you on your Yin exploration.
This workshop will introduce you to Yin Yoga and its benefits for the body and mind. We’ll touch on what makes it different from “yang” yoga, have a deeper discussion into the style, how it evolved, how to practice it safely and how the use of props & support can enhance your practice. Yin Yoga is accessible to all bodies, including those with a history of physical injury and chronic pain.
Join us in furthering your relationship with your asana practice with an introduction to Yin.
Yin Curious: A beginners introduction to yin yoga
Sunday, April 18th, 2021 4:00-6:00p PT
Pre-register here www.gretaheller.com/yinworkshop
Veronica (she/her) is a licensed massage therapist and yoga teacher through PSOM. Her interests are in anatomy, movement, and designing yoga classes for those who live with physical injury or chronic pain as a healing modality that is accessible, interesting, and a compliment to daily life.
Reach out with any questions to email@example.com, veronicadyeLMT@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Greta (she/they) teaches yoga with Poseurs and is an overnight host at KEXP. Find out more by visiting her new website! www.gretaheller.com ...which is also where you can register for the workshop:)
Physics for yogis!
An exploration of the Universe in three parts!
What is meant by something being three dimensional? Or one dimensional? Or four? Can we perceive different dimensions from within the constraints of the world we live in? This workshop is for anyone interested in the edges, continuities, and infinities that exist within, around, and outside of themselves. Come prepared for some asana, some hands on activities and brief lecture, and a wind down yoga nidra to integrate what you've learned.
If possible please have paper, scissors, a marker and tape for a hands on exploration of dimensions. Any reused scrap paper or newspaper will work great.
Pre-registration required! Email email@example.com to reserve your spot!
I’m so excited to offer this workshop and share my love for physics and yoga! I started studying physics as a practical hands on tool growing up on a farm, I’ll never forget the day my Dad showed me how to use the handle of a rake to get leverage on a frozen turnstile. From early experiences like this I was inspired to study math and physics in college, developing special interests in astronomy and planetary science.
My yoga practice similarly started young but I've left and returned many times over the decades. About 5 years ago I returned through the unexpected vector of a corporate yoga class, which transitioned to a home practice primarily following the books of Richard Freeman. Despite longing for community I felt out of place in most studios until finally in 2019 I found Poseurs! Social justice and individual liberation in the service of collective liberation were front and center, it was more than I’d dared to hoped for. I continued my yoga education with the Practice School of Magic “Dark Side” yin and yoga nidra training in pre-COVID 2020 and you’ll find me at many Poseurs classes each week.
For this workshop in particular I’m excited to explore space, the not-emptiness of it, how space itself can be conceived of not only as the substance separating stellar bodies, but as the connective tissue surrounding them. I see yoga and physics as being so fun and so complementary because they are both sciences that grow with our curiosity. They both acknowledge that what we perceive will continue to be clouded by our tools of perception and therefore we must continue to examine both what we observe and how we are observing it, over and over again, in a conversation that brings us ever closer to what is.
Listen up! :)
Dope Moments has ran weekly on Thursdays in support of social change for four amazing years now! We are so excited to continue to grow and nurture this program and starting this new year we will be offering a weekly sit in support the cause.
" Listen up! " has been born out of the desire to practice the active integration feeling and connecting to the felt sense body during the act listening as a key component in progressive social movements. Our intentions for this offering is
-To support/build community centering the intersection of social justice and embodiment/magic.
-To individually and collectively grow our resilience, discernment and our ability to tolerate the discomfort that comes when confronting injustice and harm.
-To learn to listen with our whole Self. To feel the sense of listening in our body as a way to shift the collective way of being and relating to one another.
- To nurture a community/culture that takes listening and feeling that listening seriously as the foundation of a transformational movement.
Class will be structured with a 5 minute welcome and intention agreement, a 10-15 minute read of a piece of work from a social justice educator/artist/healer/radical/etc. followed by a 20 minute mindfulness inspired mediation focused on awareness of the body and breath. At the end of the sit participants will be offered to do a 2 minute share of their experience in regards to the group meditation and what they noticed in their practice (this share is totally optional and not required).
This offering has no charge, any financial donations are asked to go directly to
You can donate directly on their websites.
See you there!
Hey community! We are soooooo stoked to be offering a weekly aerobics class for you on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00pm! This is exactly what you want it to be, fun, stupid, a great full body work out and a mixtape full of jams that are set to get you moving! Dressing the part is encouraged but not required.
This is meant to be low impact with out a lot of fuss. A clear, small space for you to hop around in is needed, and two small hand weights (5lbs or less) or two cans of beans for some arm exercises. Wear supportive and comfortable footwear. FUN is the name of the game.
PWYC Community realness $10-$25 no one turned away for lack of funds. xoxoxoo
New class alert! Can't wait to make this a weekly part of my practice. See you there!
SPINAL TAP(AS) TUESDAYS
Yoga for your minds and spines!
Class Description: From your spinal column, to everything that runs out of it, this class will challenge the notions of a typical yoga class. Sun salutations & postures will always be provided, but we will hone in on the muscles that support these postures for access to a safe practice. With breathwork (for sympathetic nervous system toning), and a focus on preparatory exercises (ab & spine strengthening, as well as pelvis stabilization) the aim will be to guide you towards postural awareness and prepare your body to breathe better, your nervous system to flex more, all with a goal to help you embody stability and practice yoga in your daily life.
The class provided will include cues for standing postures, but Milda can accommodate any differences in body type and ability. Working with a chair and other props is always a great way to find more creativity in your practice.
Hey Community! Our fellow Poseur and PSOM grad David put together this super cool and fun offering for our community! Check it out! Learn a little bit about David and what he has cooked up for us this fall! Back to school y'all! Lets get it!
Each workshop is PWYC $20 - $50
PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED alchemybydavid.com
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Let's get Psychic AF. Each month in the Poseurs community, David will lead a 2 hour psychic development workshop on the (third sunday) of the month. From strengthening our psychic senses to learning how to read on the vibration of a name, each workshop is intended to bring you into greater union with your psychic self. The psychic arts have many layers that take time to learn and develop -- within community and on your own, so each workshop will allow time for individual exploration as well as one-on-one practice with other Poseurs.
Although each month will have its own focus, workshops will gradually build off of the prior month's exploration and may reference techniques and material previously reviewed. If you're interested in later workshop, it's recommended checking them all out as a series. Wondering about commiting to several workshops ahead of time? Each month will cap out at 16 Poseurs so pre-registering is available with a sliding scale option of $20-$50 per workshop. See you there!
W O R K S H O P S
Psychic senses & the psychic circulatory system
This workshop will review & explore the 4 "Clairs" of psychic sensing. As a foundation for future workshops, we will identify our dominant psychic senses and learn how to strengthen others. Through discussion and meditation, we will also review and work with the energetic body through a psychic lens. Workshop will consist of theory, group meditation, a led practice, and one-on-one practice.
Psychic boundaries, auras & energetic alchemy
By engaging with our psychic senses, we will review how to create and maintain energetic boundaries as well as explore ways to transmute and alchemize energy. The goal of this workshop is to learn how to begin to clearly receive energy before working with it or shifting it. Workshop will consist of theory, a led meditation/practice, and one-on-one practice.
Clear-seeing & shadow work
Integrating with our shadow births clear-seeing and clear-knowing while maintaining a relationship with our shadow is essential for psychic-work. We will discuss theory around the shadow self, learn why it's beneficial towards psychic development, and strengthen our clairvoyance. Workshop will consist of theory, group discussion & a led yoga nidra specifically for shadow work and clear-seeing.
Psychic sensing with the auric field
This workshop provides a second opportunity to explore the information in the auric field. By revisiting some concepts from September and October, we will build upon the foundation of past workshops to further our psychic development. Out of all workshops, this month’s will have the most opportunity to practice psychic reading with partners. Workshop will consist of brief theory, group discussion, a led meditation, and one-on-one practice.
B I O
David is a psychic-medium, astrologer, and modern-day alchemist. As a new Yoga teacher through PSOM, he's excited to weave his knowledge of the psychic and energetic arts alongside Yoga. David has been reading professionally for 8 years and has learned from intuitives, psychics, and mediums such as Audra Garcia, David Stevens, Michael Mayo, and Gordan Smith. Over the last 3 years, David has been teaching the psychic arts while working with students digitally or in-person. Read more about his practice and offerings at alchemybydavid.com.
MY ANATOMY: YIN FOR YOU
For everyone! With focus on:
Sept 2nd - Running Muscles
Sept 9th - Ball & Socket Joints (hips and shoulders)
Sept 16th - Sciatica/Lower Back Pain
Sept 23rd - Upper Body/Neck Pain
Anatomy Intro: 7 minutes
Yin yoga: 63 minutes
Shavasana: has 5 minutes
My Anatomy will begin with 7 minutes of lecture and open questions about the selected anatomy focused on for the sequence. Information on common injuries and how to safely practice Yin Yoga poses for preventative injury. This class is a compliment to the yang intensity of our daily lives, with specific focus on movement and structure of the body.
This class comes to you from the East coast and the West coast. We honor the unceded ancestral lands of the Duwamish people and unceded ancestral lands of the Lepate, Canarsee and Rockaway people. The land we occupy is on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples in Seattle and Lepate peoples in Brooklyn. We honor the indegenous traditions of the ancestors and also the people still here today who carry those traditions forward.
Emails: Gr3tarose@gmail.com, veronicadyeLMT@gmail.com
Our bodies ask for ways to release tension that aren’t always accessible in a strictly guided practice. Physical expression can be an effective outlet for our harder-to-face emotions, however deep they reside in our subconscious.
Join your fellow Poseurs for Playtime: an hour long intuitive movement liberation practice, offered to help you cultivate, express, honor, and love your relationship with your body. Using physical and emotional prompts we will explore what it means to move mindfully with creativity and intuition closing out class with 10-15 minutes of stillness for integration. Playtime is for every body -- no previous movement or dance experience is required or expected.
Monthly playlists will be available to enhance creativity of your own expression, but you never have to move to a beat. The first few sessions will revolve around physical prompts that help you explore how your own body moves through space, and open possibilities for creativity in that movement. As we get to know patterns, we’ll begin to explore where our emotions live in our physical bodies and how to move through them.
A little about Chelb!
Chelb has been teaching dance to folks of all ages and abilities since 2009, and completed Practice School of Magic 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2019. Their focus is always to provide an empowering space for practitioners to find their own flow, and support each individual journey. You can get to know Chelb and ask any questions at their Instagram: @chelbawamba.
To be embodied means to be in relationship with the elements. Our bodies are made of the elements, and our world is made of the elements. In Yogic tradition the elements are called "Tattvas" and are literally the building blocks of our reality- the stuff that makes up our matrix.
Elementalism is an offering of attention and reflection on each of the four classical elements as we may experience them in the body. Creating deeper relationship to the elements is a great way to focus your yoga practice, and become a more creative participant in your experience of reality.
Each week we will spend an hour focusing on one element. Come to one or come to them all!
September 7th - AIR
September 14th - FIRE
September 21st - WATER
September 28th - EARTH
Each class will begin with a brief overview of the element and its powers, a gentle movement and asana practice, a visualization practice and a meditation. Come dressed comfortably and ready to chill. Practice can be on a carpeted surface, blanket or mat, and feel free to bring a journal, a tool that represents the element (not required) and any other blankets or props you might enjoy for the sitting practice.
Suggested donation $10- $20 no one turned away for lack of funds
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