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Healing Centered Yoga for Black Bodies

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Balance Yoga Studio

4338 Main Street

Vancouver, BC V5V 3P9

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Land Acknowledgement:

Acknowledging that this event will be taking place on the unceded ancestral lands of the swx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.


What is Black yoga?

Living in a racialized body isn't easy. In a world where being Black means you will face ongoing sources of trauma such as systemic oppression, racial marginalization, erasure, and even violence, or death, it can be difficult to connect with one’s spirit and stay grounded in one’s body. While hatha yoga practice aims at bringing union to the body and spirit, practicing it in the same space as people who look like your oppressors can make it challenging to relax and be present.

Using an intersectional and healing-centered framework, this yoga series aims to co-create a safe space for Black folks to practice building communion with their bodies and spirit. Participants will have an opportunity to learn and develop mindfulness practices, and build community to heal with over a period of six weeks.

Who is Black yoga for?

These classes are designed for Black folks, and Black-mixed folks only.

In order to keep this a healing space for Black folks, this workshop is not open to non-Black folks. If you are unsure if this space is the right space for you, please ask yourself if your presence might cause harm, or distress to those looking for healing in this space. If the answer is yes, please do not register for this event. Non-Black participants who register for this event will be asked to leave the space, and no refunds will be given, funds instead will be donated to Hogan's Alley Society. Non-Black allies are welcome to make a donation below to support the continuation of this work.

Cost

Classes are by donation. Suggested donation is $10, but no one will be ever turned away for lack of funds. If you are unable to make a donation, simple email Kendra at hello[at]kendracoupland.com and she will register you directly for the class(es) of your choice.

Accessibility Information

  • The studio is located on the second floor of a building that has stair access only.
  • Two gender-neutral washrooms are available outside of the studio. They are not chair accessible.
  • Mats, bolsters and blocks are available to borrow at no cost.
  • Scents may have been worn by previous users of the space. We ask that participants avoid wearing scents.
  • The studio is located on Main Street; there are frequent buses in this area. There is paid street parking nearby.

What to Bring

  • An open mind and loving heart
  • A water bottle
  • A shawl, light blanket or sweater, as the space we're in can sometimes be a little chilly.

Other Information

Doors open at 5:30PM, Class starts at 5:45PM

If you tend to run on CPT please note:
This event is an afterhours event, and doors will be locked promply at 5:45PM to keep the building secure, once the class begins all phones will be turned off. If you arrive after this time you will not be able to gain access to the building, no refunds will be provided for late arrivals.


About the Teacher:

Kendra Coupland (she/her) is a sādhaka, meditation coach and multi-disciplinary artist living and working on unceded Coast Salish territory; specifically the traditional lands of the Swx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ílwətaʔɬ, Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, and Kʷikʷəƛ̓əm / Stó:lō people.

After studying and practicing yoga for 7 years, in 2017 Kendra was officially initiated into the yogic tradition by Swami Vidyanand while studying yoga in Kuilapalayam, India. Kendra is certified and registered with Yoga Alliance International as a 500HR RYT, and T.I.M.E. Meditation Teacher. Kendra teaches Integral Yoga, which combines hatha yoga āsana, prā
āyāma, meditation, and bhakti yoga practices into a single cohesive practice. Her teachings branch off from the lineage of enlightened teacher Sri Aurobindo & The Mother, and are steeped in the rich traditions of non-duality, Shaktism, and Kashmir Shaivism.

As a Black, queer, female-identified meditation teacher, Kendra approaches her yogic practice through a forward-facing, intersectional framework. She is committed to empowering individuals who live in marginalized communities to explore identity, deepen self-awareness, move towards / through the healing process, and co-create a brighter, more inclusive future for all.

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