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-No Scent Campus. (This is a Fragrance-Free class. Please come unscented to protect those of us with environmental/chemical sensitivities what.) Soap in the bathroom is fragrance free.
— There is not an ASL interpreter for the class. It may be possible to get an interpreter with prior request.
— Yoga mats, blocks, bolsters, blankets, straps, foam rollers provided. Chairs available. Raised platform for persons in wheelchairs to m...ore easily access the mat if desired.
— non-fluorescent lighting
Please knock on the front door to get in. The security guard will let you into the building.
Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP) Fitness Studio is in the Ed Roberts Campus, which is directly above Ashby BART Station.
About the class:
Every Thursday from 7:30PM to 8:30PM in the BORP Fitness Studio.
Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to set up your area.
$10-$20 Sliding Scale
Access-centered yoga means that all bodies, minds, and variations of poses are valued without hierarchy. With deep gratitude to the ancestors of this practice, we incorporate the connection between breath and movement to heal historical, generational, and individual trauma and the ways in which trauma gets stored in the body (especially as chronic pain). Each class will offer gentle movement with safe alignment, connection to the elements, and mindful awareness of our “felt-sense” throughout a sequence.
Many variations for movements will be provided and space offered to create variations if the ones given do not work for your body or mind. Some variations that will be offered: safe poses for folks with hypermobility, seated/standing/lying down options, possibilities for arm and leg placement if there is pain or limitation, options to invite different emotional experiences or sensations if a sequence or pose is triggering, detailed verbal descriptions if one is not able to see a physical demonstration.
Each class will begin with a brief check-in to communicate our gender pronouns, access needs, and multicultural/anti-racist communication agreements.
About the Teacher:
Jess Dene Schlesinger is a white/Jewish queer disabled femme teacher, healer, and social justice activist. She began practicing yoga 16 years ago in an attempt to manage the physical and emotional pain resulting from various disabilities and traumas. She found, however, that most yoga classes she attended were not accessible for her needs. Jess continued to practice yoga on her own and explored various spiritual, psychological, and physical tools for healing personal and sociological trauma. She created Access-Centered Movement by combining trauma informed language, Disability Justice (a movement started by disabled queer people of color), and her lived experience as a sick and disabled queer. Jess is deeply grateful to the ancestors of these spiritual traditions.