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sliding scale $10-$20
(no one turned away for lack of funds)
-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 more easily access the mat if desired.
-- non-fluorescent lighting
Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP) Fitness Studio is located in the Ed Roberts Campus, which is just above Ashby BART Station.
about the class:
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.
Event's LocationBay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP)
3075 Adeline St, Ste 200 Berkeley 94703, United States