When: May 26, 2021 at 6:00pm - 7:30pm
As we step into the second year of the pandemic, and a time of transformative change internally and externally, we may be experiencing grief in our mind, body, and spirit. Join us on May 26 for a gentle yoga and mindfulness practice around grief. We will learn techniques and practices for holding, releasing, and moving through grief with our body and through breathing exercises.
This practice is very gentle and will include subtle movements of our bodies. This is perfect for those of us new to yoga and those of us who have yoga as a part of our daily practice alike. RSVP at youthco.org, or contact facilitator Bill with the information provided below.
**ABOUT THE FACILITATOR**
Malina is a nehiyaw-ahpihtawikosisān iskwew (Cree Métis woman) who weaves together the worlds of Indigenous wisdom and yogic knowledge. Raised on the prairies and well-travelled through her young adult years, she found her own healing path through Yoga and the Drum. Both paths have been the gold to mend and fill in the cracks to her own questions and traumas.
She is a strong voice for decolonizing wellness while teaching others how to use traditional, Indigenous, and yogic ways of life as a remedy for imbalances in mental health and for healing from trauma.
Today she leads in-person and online yoga classes, retreats, and trainings all over turtle island. She has spent the last 15 years working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth, as well as people of all ages and from all walks of life to guide them to the reclamation of their own culture, identity, body and healing through a trauma-informed lens.
Her teaching style is a mix of sincerity peppered with humour, tenderness and gentle honesty. She is committed to connecting students with the traditional teachings of the practice, having fun, becoming curious and listening to the intelligence of the body. In her classes you can expect precise and poignant language, an emphasis on learning from the breath and allowing the body/mind to be cleaned, strengthened and refreshed by the practice.
“I believe that weaving the Indigenous and yogic teachings together amplifies the effects of both paths. This helps the student to expand their understanding of medicine, energy and self in relation to others and the earth. If these two paths have taught me anything, it is that life is too short to take so seriously and if you are looking for healing, make sure the roots are deep and the medicine is sweet.”
Mycelium is space for queer & trans youth 16-29 across what is currently known as BC, where we gather to center healing, pleasure, and justice in our lives as we envision and create a world liberated from HIV & Hep C stigma.
We are committed to reducing stigma related to HIV & Hep C and to building communities where we feel safe talking about the highs and lows of sex, drugs, relationships and all the things that bring us pleasure.
While this event is taking place online, our facilitator Malina will be joining us from their home where they are living, learning and unlearning on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations in what is colonially referred to as Vancouver.
Mycelium events take place on traditional, unceded territories of various First Nations in what is now colonially referred to as ‘British Columbia’. We hold this fact in our hearts and actions throughout our work at Mycelium. Our team is committed to an ongoing process of learning what it means to do work on this land in a way that brings us closer to Indigenous Sovereignty.
Mycelium offers online and in person programs organized by coordinators based on the traditional, unceded territories of the
səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil Waututh)
S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō)
We invite you to find out what territory you will be joining this event from by visiting https://www.whose.land/en/.
This event is FREE and open to youth ages 16-30 years old.
The event will be held over Zoom, an online video meeting platform. Participants will need access to a device with a screen, sound, mic and internet capabilities like a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop to participate.
As this is a very gentle yoga practice, there will be options for those of us with mobility and physical access needs.
The event will be facilitated by Malina Dawn and a YouthCO peer facilitator. If your needs to access this event are not mentioned above, please contact Bill at: [email protected] or 604-445-5678 for more information.