Join our next benefit class on Friday, December 5th at 7 p.m.
Mats and towels will be free. Suggested donation is $20. All proceeds will go directly to Liberation Prison Yoga. This is a silent class to music so get ready to party!
Refreshments are provided afterwards in our beautiful new space and instructor Saya Ishii Velazquez will be selling and signing her new book, Yoga Baby.
507 Flatbush Avenue, 2nd Floor. B, Q, S train to Prospect Park or B41 to Lincoln Rd.
What does Liberation Prison Yoga do?
- Serves jails and prisons in New York City and State bringing trauma sensitive yoga and empowerment programs to incarcerated women, men and youth (16+), and trains yoga instructors to work inside the prison system.
- Has 19 weekly programs in three NYC jails and two NY state prisons.
- Works with 22 volunteer yoga instructors, many with backgrounds in social work and psychology, who use the trauma-sensitive approach while sharing their yoga style. Each class is comprised of hatha yoga and meditation. Some programs also include discussion, free-flow writing or other healing modalities.
Read more about BYPS instructor Saya Ishii Velazquez, mother of Santigo (6 yrs) and Sakura (3 yrs) as she shares about birthing her latest project: Yoga Baby
What was your experience with yoga during pregnancy?
I practiced and taught yoga through out both pregnancies and got my prenatal yoga certification and Doula certification when I was pregnant with Santiago seven years ago. Practicing yoga meant the world to me during pregnancy. Yoga helped me be more aware of the changes happening internally and externally while pregnant. Yoga helped me to feel strong and confident during labor and in giving birth. Practicing yoga gave me the courage to give birth to both my children at home.
Tell us about Yoga Baby.
Yoga Baby is my first book. The story just came to me one day while reading to my little ones. The book is about my son, Santiago. The story is told in Santiago’s voice and it is about how he used to do yoga in my belly, how he practices yoga by himself now and how yoga makes him feel.
I contacted my friend and illustrator, John DeVore, right away after writing my story to collaborate. John was excited about the story and the idea and the rest is history. We took many twists and turns until we had the right marriage of content and pictures to best express this story and we are so happy with the outcome.
What advice can you give new mothers?
My advice to new mothers is: life is practice. Just like yoga, we get better at it the more we do it. Don’t sweat the little stuff especially when it comes to raising little ones. Enjoy the process! It goes fast!
BYPS is hosting a book signing for Yoga Baby on Friday, December 5th, at our newest studio space: Prospect Park – Lefferts. The book signing kicks off at 6 p.m. and continues during our First Friday community class. Snacks will be provided by BYPS student Emily Hannon and her very own Brooklyn Porridge Co. Saya will have 200 copies of her book for sale on site.
Bringing yoga to recovering addicts residing in and out of rehab and detox facilities.
Join us as we launch our First Fridays Community Class Series on November 7th at 7 p.m. at our newest studio home in Prospect Park-Lefferts. We are delighted to begin this donation-based class series by giving all proceeds from this class to One Posture at a Time (OPAAT). We first learned about this organization from fellow BYPS teacher, Frank King. We hope you will feel as inspired as we do to support this group’s work and get on your mat for the cause! Read below for more information about what OPAAT is, who they serve, and how they came to be in the first place.
COMMUNITY CLASS LOGISTICS
- What: Donation-based class (Suggested donation: $20)
- Free: mats & towels + Pure Action T-Shirts for first 30 donations of $20 or more
- Time: 7 p.m. (Please get there by 6:45 to set up your mat and towel)
- Place: 507 Flatbush Avenue
- Questions: Call 718.399.3369 or email email@example.com
WHAT OPAAT IS
One Posture at a Time is a Hatha Yoga practice specifically designed to restore the addicted person to an improved state of health, wholeness and well-being.
OPAAT’s vision is to bring Yoga to all recovering addicts residing in and out of long term state regulated drug and alcohol detoxes and to research and document the medical benefits received so that we can change policy at the state and government level for EVERY addict in treatment to have access to yoga.
HOW OPAAT WORKS
Our 60 minute guided moving meditation uses Bikram’s proven series of ancient healing yoga postures (asanas) to not only ease the pain of chemical detox but to reduce the emotional, mental, and spiritual harm caused by the toxic lifestyle of addiction. By expressing each posture, one at a time, the negative blocks of shame and ‘dis-ease’ – the issues in the tissues – that have lodged deep in the body from years of harmful living are removed, so that the innate sense of self-respect, self-love, and self-control which exists deep down inside every human being, can be restored and fully realized.
HOW OPAAT STARTED
OPAAT directly arose from Founder, Jeanne Heaton’s real-life experience of addiction and her path to healing. Her journey to Bikram Yoga began with a deep realization that if she were to save her life she would need to change it, entirely. An actress and musician, she arrived in NYC in search of fame and fortune but instead found drugs and alcohol. Penniless and homeless, she checked herself into a long-term residential rehab facility to finally detox all drugs, but when she re-entered the world the physical damage her body absorbed was taking its toll and that’s when her friend bought her a 30-day Bikram Yoga introductory package.
The moment Jeanne entered the hot room, she knew Bikram Yoga was the missing ingredient to her recovery. Jeanne is the proud recipient of Bikram’s 2010 Teacher Training Scholarship. and is dedicated to teaching all people that ,”no matter how bad you think it might be, it is never too late to start from the scratch once again”… One Posture at a Time.
You can read more about Jeanne’s story on the NY Times here.
Emily Hannon shares her own story in her own words about her yoga practice–both on the mat and at Brooklyn Porridge.
WHY BIKRAM YOGA?
I moved to Brooklyn and started practicing Bikram regularly about seven years ago. I’ll admit it: I’m addicted. Before making the move to Brooklyn, I lived in the Caribbean for a decade, running my own restaurant. Moving back to the States was difficult; I literally felt like a fish out of water. Going to Bikram every day became my anchor. For 90 minutes I forgot about everything else and focused on my body. Yoga connected me to myself, I suppose.
One of the most powerful tools that I’ve gained from my practice is finding comfort in discomfort. 90 minutes of struggle and strength in the hot room builds an inner fortitude to handle challenges with calmness outside of the studio. I’ve also gained a deep understanding that sometimes you have to fall to move forward and grow. Yoga has deepened my capacity to handle challenges with an inner knowing that every obstacle is leading me in the direction toward my highest good, and that nothing is thrown at me that I don’t have the strength to handle. I keep practicing because it feels good and keeps me strong — both inside and out. I never get bored. The room is a microcosm of life outside of the studio. We are all warriors; we all have good days and bad, and we’re all connected. Bikram does more for me than I’m even aware of. Thank you, yoga family!
Porridge is the ultimate comfort food. With roots that span the globe, people of every culture and ethnicity have some connection to it. From Congee in Asia and Grits in the deep South, to Kasha in Eastern Europe and Oats in Scotland, porridge is universal, versatile, nourishing and sustaining. Porridge feels like home.
Having been immersed in the food world for over a decade with a dedicated Bikram practice for the past seven years, I’ve always had a passion for both cooking and nutrition, and wanted to dedicate my career to helping people get healthy. After graduating from the Natural Gourmet Institute to train in health-supportive cooking techniques, I teamed up with my business partner and friend, Karyn Seltzer, to bring porridge to Brooklyn (and eventually the WORLD!). We offer delicious and innovative comfort food that everyone can eat — regardless of dietary restrictions. Our menu is 100% gluten-free, and all of our porridge bases are dairy-free, so customers are welcome to add anything they want to their porridge bowl, including: fresh fruits and vegetables, cheeses and high-quality meats, gourmet sweet and savory sauces and compotes, nuts and seeds, and a variety of artisanal granolas. We offer some really tempting signature sweet and savory combinations, or customers can design their own unique bowl. It’s a culinary adventure!
BIKRAM + PORRIDGE?
Porridge is an ideal pre- or post- work out meal, because it contains complex carbohydrates that digest slowly, giving the body energy to sustain rigorous physical activity for long periods of time. Perfect for a Bikram 90-minute session! Porridge is also low in fat and calories and high in fiber, boosting the metabolism and supporting weight loss. At Brooklyn Porridge, you can add healthful toppings to your bowl that support your individual nutritional needs.
The expert recommends:
“The Kimcheelicious” with Napa Cabbage Kimchee, Sunflower Satay, Edamame, Toasted Sesame Seeds & a Kiss of Honey Sriracha over our comforting and protein-packed Amaranth-Millet blend.
Brooklyn Porridge Co. is located at 741 Union Street in Park Slope between 5th and 6th Avenue. Stop by with your Bikram Yoga keychain (the same one you use to check into class) and get a free topping of your choice on your favorite porridge anytime.