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Yoga & Queer Identity
The intention of this workshop is to provide a safe space for queer self-inquiry and contemplation of the complete yoga practice, exploring the eight limbs through a queer lens. It is meant to be an LGBTQ+ only space, and all who self-identify as such are welcome. The ultimate aim is to leave participants with a solid foothold into yoga philosophy and practice that resonates and jives with their queer identity.
The workshop opens with centering and a brief, grounding meditation, incorporating use of pranayama, mudra, and/or restorative pose work as appropriate. The group will then spend time in discussion, looking at the eight limbs of yoga (particularly the yamas and niyamas, yoga’s ethical precepts) through a queer lens. We will follow the discussion with another brief meditation for integration and an hour-long, all-levels asana practice that is designed to support the queer physical and energetic bodies through chakral and anatomical alignment and breath-based flow. We’ll close with savasana and a final guided meditation.
Yoga & Body Image (Four-Week Series)
In this four-week class series, students will take a deep dive into the relationship between yoga, the body, and the self. Each week we’ll discuss a component of this relationship, ranging from media representations and public perception of the “yoga body,” to tenants of yoga philosophy, such as non-violence and impermanence, that can change the way we relate to our own bodies for the better.
We’ll follow each discussion by embodying these concepts through breath, movement, and meditation practices that are adaptable for all bodies and levels of practice. Everyone is welcome. Those who have never practiced yoga before because they weren’t sure their body would be welcomed are especially encouraged to attend.
Sundays, 5 – 7 p.m. | February 3rd, 10th, 24th & March 3rd | Numi Yoga
4513 College Ave., College Park, MD
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