First Friday Free Fitness Dance: Girls on Fire, Friday 6-7:15 (March 6)
The first of these First Friday events was cancelled due to a snow storm. (The Black Freedom Struggle theme I prepared will be back the first weekend in June when I am pretty sure that snow will not interfere!) The last time I offered a Girls on Fire event at UMA-Bangor in the fall, it was a great success. This event will be less extravagant, but just as successful, I hope! I also offered this event in Denmark last year in celebration of International Women’s Day (also a success). We will dance to many of the same songs, as well as some new stuff. In addition to the obvious Alicia Keys’s “Girls on Fire” song, we’ll also dance to Beyoncé’s “Freedom” and Saving Jane’s “One Girl Revolution.” As always, all are welcome. Hope to see you at 6 pm, Friday, March 6 in Eastport Hall 124!
Women Warriors: Yoga for Self-Care and Social Justice, Sunday 10-3 (March 8)
In addition to my yoga classes, I love offering yoga workshops and retreats—opportunities to dig a little deeper into what we are doing on our yoga mats. Also, at these events I do not have to make sure I fit everything I want to do that day into the allotted time slot. In workshops and at retreats we can get lost in yoga for hours!
I am super-excited about this particular workshop, which brings together the quintessential yoga Warrior pose with women warriors of history and fiction, while also exploring ideas of social justice and techniques for self-care.
This workshop is divided into three parts. People are welcome to attend the whole workshop from 10-3 or to attend any of the parts:
From 10-11:45 we will work on technique and alignment for yoga’s many warrior poses and we will learn about a variety of women warriors from history and fiction, including Maxine Hong Kingston’s classic novel, Grace O’Malley (Irish Pirate Queen), Lozen (Apache Warrior), and Hervor (Viking Shieldmaiden), as well as Katniss (from the Hunger Games, duh), Zena, and Wonder Woman. We will emulate these woman warriors as we invent new versions of the warrior poses. There’s even a surprise or two in the mix.
From 12-1:15 we will have the regular yoga class as usual, with a warrior and self-care focus.
From 1:30-3:00 we will explore self-care techniques including breathing, meditation, and myofascial release (tennis ball work). Trust me, this is not enough time, but we will make it work…
Bring some snacks to share and get ready to play with yoga on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2020!