Third Root continues to grow, partner with more organizations, and bring in more people from the neighborhood around Cortelyou Road! In recent weeks, we have partnered with the Center for Anti-Violence Education, Casa Atabex Ache, and local health providers in our Community Health Workshops, and have many more exciting collaborations on the horizon. Skip to the bottom for more workshops!
In this update:
- Third Root Grand Opening Celebration November 2, 2008
- Election Day Special
- Community Health Forum at Third Root
- Yoga Without Limits and New Yoga Schedule Start November 3!
- First Community Health Scholarship Provided
- Community Health Workshops at Third Root
Third Root Grand Opening November 2
This coming Sunday, on November 2, just before we all go to the polls to cast our votes for new possibilities, Third Root invites you to gather with community to access our services and learn more about us. The celebration will entail a slideshow documenting the birth of Third Root with clips from StoryCorps, music by Dance Alisa Dance (www.myspace.com/dancealisadance) and Mark Lee, candied apples and brown rice bars provided by Anne Ries (local baker extraordinaire), and the story of Third Root!
- Schedule for the Day:
- Free and Open Yoga, taught by Romina: 12-1pm
- Free Community Acupuncture: 1-3pm
- Free and Open Yoga, taught by Jacoby: 3.30-4.30pm
- Celebration: Starts at 5pm!
Election Day Special
This presidential election is going to go down in history for sure! We know that it’s not just the actual vote that you cast, but also all of the intention, hope, and faith that you put forth, so come together at Third Root with community to mark this special day and take good care of yourself at the same time!
- Community Acupuncture from 11am-3pm
Election Day Yoga Classes:
- Morning Flow 9-10.30am
- Afternoon Flow 3.30-5pm
- Yoga Without Limits 5-6.30pm
- Intermediate Yoga 6.30-8pm
- Meditation and Pranayam (free) 8-8.30pm
- Vinyasa 8.30-9.30pm
Community Health Forum at Third Root November 8 at 1pm!
For the past five months, Third Root has been uniting with various community groups to at Community Health Forums, usually hosted by the organization, during which we present Third Root, and then ask participants what else we could do to reflect their needs, make the Center more accessible to them, or appeal to their community.
On November 8, we will host our own Community Health Forum at Third Root, and we are asking YOU who have attended classes, been given treatments, supported us financially, given our staff trainings, and connected with us in a myriad of other ways, to attend. We want to hear from you! What ideas, hopes, and inspirations do you have to share with us to make us reflect the community even more?
New Yoga Schedule and Yoga Without Limits
We have been open for over two months now, and are learning what kind of yoga classes the community needs. In fact, we asked our yoga students for input on what kinds of classes and what times would most appeal, and have expanded and adapted our schedule accordingly. Please note that beginning on November 3, this coming Monday, our schedule will have more beginner classes, more intermediate classes, a few later class times. Check our website or stop in at Third Root for the new schedule.
We are also pleased to announce that when we opened, someone in the community, now one of our students, asked for a specific class for people with differing physical abilities and bodies. Well, two months later, we are providing this new class called Yoga Without Limits on Tuesdays at 5pm. This is a Hatha Yoga for individuals who feel that a beginner class would not fit their specialized physical needs. Conducted primarily from a seated position in a chair and using props and posture modification this class will focus on stretching and strengthening muscles, increasing breath capacity and coordination, and ultimately calming the mind for improved daily life. To our knowledge, this is the first such class in New York City!
Community Health Scholarships
Third Root is pleased to announce that we have granted our first Community Health Scholarship! Although we offer a sliding scale fee structure, we also know that some people still may not be able to access our services. We have created our Community Health Scholarship fund as a way for people with the means to do so to provide direct healthcare to people who cannot afford it. To donate to this fund, apply for a scholarship, or learn more about it, go to www.thirdroot.org/commhealthscholarships.html.
Upcoming Community Health Workshops at Third Root!
- Nov 1, 1pm
Acrobatics and Group Movements for All: LAVA
LAVA classes are based in the physical training of the acrobat, the social training of the activist, and the creative training of the artist. The workshop will include handstands and movement activities designed to allow participants to build strength and flexibility while having fun and feeling good. It will also include group activities that will promote communication, connection, and sensitivity. These can include theater games, human pyramids, and choreographic experiments. LAVA members are trained in Chinese acrobatics, modern dance, capoeira, yoga, martial arts and social dancing. This workshop promises to be physically challenging while also enjoyable, in an environment that is sensitive to the social needs of diverse groups of people.
LAVA is a Brooklyn-based non-profit arts organization whose mission is to create original performances using dance and acrobatics in ways that are empowering, inspiring, and inclusive. The company also teaches their unique blend of acrobatics and dance to kids and adults at their studio in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
Nov 1, 6pm
Sugar Blues: Julian Cortez
This workshop concerns the dangers of refined sugar on the physical, emotional, and spiritual self. Julian Cortez is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He is a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
November 15, 1pm
Big Person Little Person Yoga: Romina and Jacoby, Third Root Yoga Teachers
$10 for each adult
Parents, caregivers, and friends, bring your tots to Third Root, giving them a chance to play and toddle as Romina and Jacoby lead you through a series of asanas, songs, and movements to stretch and strengthen you AND engage and entertain your child! This class is specifically for parents and toddlers, so children under age 5 are welcome to attend. We will be developing a Children's Yoga class, so keep checking in with us about that. Please bring 2-3 toys to share!
Jacoby Ballard has been doing social movement organizing for 10 years, teaching yoga for 8 years, and practicing herbal medicine for 4 years, and the three disciplines are absolutely intertwined and interconnected for him. Jacoby has been teaching yoga in non-profit offices, art galleries, and homeless shelters and working with clients to create their own wellbeing through herbs and nutrition before creating the dream of Third Root.
November 15, 3pm
Naturally Healthy Infants: Karen Rose, local herbalist
Spend your afternoon learning how to keep your infants healthy with herbal medicine and common sense prevention. You will leave knowing how to make an herbal oil to cure and prevent a diaper rash, learn how to soothe a colicky infant and more, all — Naturally!!
Karen Rose is a mother of three and a certified herbalist in Western Medicine. Karen is charismatic with a passion for teaching herbal medicine. Karen has been teaching herbal medicine since 2003. She combines challenging study with humor and a grand sense of adventure.
November 22, 1pm
Naturally Healthy Children: Karen Rose, local herbalist
Spend your afternoon learning how to keep your children healthy with common sense prevention and herbal medicine. You will leave knowing how to address four of the top ten childhood ailments — Naturally!!
(See Bio Above)
Thank you all for your hope and belief in community holistic healthcare, and I hope to see you Sunday!
Third Root Community Health Center
Yoga Teacher, Herbalist, Health Educator
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