Yoga for Social Activism: How to be Warrior for Change Through Service, Self-Study, and Community

  • Menla Retreat & Spa Menla Retreat & Spa
  • 375 Panterkill Road PO Box 70 Phoenicia, NY 12464 United States
  • Feb 28 - Mar 1, 2020 (3 days)

About This Event

As the yoga and globalization continue to expand, how do we shift our practice into one of service, activism, and global change? By taking a deeper look into how to use the tool of yoga or “union” into a holistic life-style that encourages tangible compassion, mindful action, and social outreach, we are able to create a world in which we are both supported and supportive.

When yoga is taken out of the studio and into the world that the greatest shift in consciousness occurs because we have the opportunity to realize and see through first-hand experience for ourselves that we are, in fact, all one. Winning the lottery of life by not having to second guess where our next meal will come from or where we will be sleeping, makes it our global responsibility to stand up and give voice to those we are unable to.

This weekend you are invited to explore Seva (service), Self-Study, Social Activism, Self-Care, and Sangha (community) to embark on a journey with founder of Souljourn Yoga, Jordan Ashley to experience what it means to be a warrior of change in 2020 by discovering causes that resonate with hearts and putting mindful action behind it.

Bio:  While embracing New York City’s fast-paced and driven yoga culture, Jordan Ashley recognized a need for service-based yoga; a need for experiences which give perspective to the self through selflessness. Feeling extremely blessed to not only be given the opportunity for education, but to have a voice in society, she felt it was imperative to raise both awareness and funds for girls all over the planet who are denied such essential human rights. She launched Souljourn Yoga in 2016, a US 501(c)3 non-profit inspired by seva, the Sanskrit word and yogic principle of selfless service. Souljourn Yoga creates opportunities to explore, practice, and educate through yoga both on and off of the mat by offering a spectrum of workshops, teacher immersions, and global retreats to continue to promote female empowerment and education in communities where equal opportunities aren't always readily available.

Jordan has been featured in Forbes, Women’s Health, Yoga Journal, Marie Claire UK, and is a Tedx Speaker whose life mission is to take the practice out of the studio and around the world to support women’s empowerment.

Schedule

Friday, February 28th

3 - 8pm Check-in

4 - 5:45pm Class for early arrivals (Tentative)

6 - 7pm Dinner

7:30 - 9:30pm Evening Yoga Practice + Opening Circle where we set the mood for this incredible weekend by delving into the concept of Seva (service) and how it pertains to ourselves and the world at-large.

Saturday, February 29th

7 - 8am Rise and shine with an invigorating yoga practice to uplift and inspire the beautiful day ahead!

8 - 9am Breakfast

9:30 - 11:45am We will focus this morning on Self-Study (Svādhyāya) by taking a deeper look at ourselves, personal history, and how that connects and correlates with our inner and outer circles.

12 - 1pm Lunch

1 - 4pm Free time for Spa treatments, hiking, etc

4 - 5:45pm This afternoon we are going to delve into what it means to use yoga for social activism. By looking at what causes resonate with our hearts and make us want to step out of our comfort zones and be a beacon of social change, we will begin to identify how to begin to engage with our yoga practice into a lifestyle of giving and gratitude.

6 - 7pm Dinner

7:30 - 9:30pm Self-Care will be the focus for this evening’s session. We will discuss how vital it is to replenish ourselves and take time to restore so that we can be of better service to our world. We will have an opportunity to nourish our outer beauty by playing with face masks and scrubs and will close the evening with a sound bath.

Sunday, March 1st

7 - 8am Our last practice of the weekend will be sure to open up your hearts as we flow with intention and gratitude.

7 - 11am Check-out of Rooms

8 - 9am Breakfast

9:30 - 11:30am Our last session will focus on Community (Sangha) as we discuss different ways to positively engage with different causes and populations to ensure that our energy and motivation is coming from a place of authenticity and kindness. Learn how to support and be supportive within your personal life and local/global community.

12 - 1pm Lunch & Departure

* Please Note That Schedule is Subject to Change

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