Join the Awbury Wellness team for Outdoor Classes
Location: the Cope House Tented Patio. Please park at 6060 Ardleigh and walk into the arboretum to the Cope House.
Please bring your own mat, water bottle, and mask. Social distancing of 6 feet apart will be observed and masks must be worn unless you are on your mat. Restrooms are not available at this time. Thank you for participating in keeping everyone healthy by following these guidelines.
FEE: Donations encouraged- please support these fabulous teachers!
No registration required.
All levels welcome!
For updates on cancellations due to weather and other engagement related to the series, visit our Wellness Facebook group.
SCHEDULE for November 2nd – November 30th:
12:00 – 1:00 PM: FULL BODIED: Yoga in Bigger Bodies with Jessica
This class, is open to all but focuses on providing a guided practice that is accessible to bigger bodies. Join Jess as she guides a gentle, grounding practice that will help you see why yoga truly is for everybody.
Jessica Rodriguez Becker lives in Germantown with her family. She’s been a Philly resident since 1999 but was born and raised in NYC and is of Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Indigena/Latinx descent. Her parents were born in Puerto Rico (the island originally called Borinquen) and she feels most at home near the equator. She is a mother, host, sister, wife, lover, aunt, connector, listener, daughter, helper, and friend. She’s a writer, specifically in love with poetry and poetic prose, a Spanish teacher, a lover of art and music and a woman committed to local and household activism. She’s a student and a big fan of books. She loves her blackness, her Caribbean-ness, her womanhood, her sisterhood, and her mother-heart. She loves her friendship and her advocacy. Jessica was led to a yoga practice and in turn remembered a deep love for herself and her body. She loves to be part of the liberating journey that practicing yoga inspires in others, especially those who have been excluded and invisibilized in modern capitalist structures. She is committed to bringing healing mindfulness and embodiment work to folks who identify as fat, disabled, queer, black and brown and she is always on a journey of decolonizing both her practice and her mind.
10:00 – 11:30 AM: Themed Forest Bathing
As an African American woman with Native American ancestry, Krista Nelson views the current patriarchal system of greed and separation as the root of what hampers our ability to be the fullest expression of ourselves. Participants in these themed forest bathing sessions will harness the power of nature to cope with fear, stress, anger, sadness and the powerlessness many of us contend with at this time, as well as celebrate the natural strength and beauty that is within us. Krista’s mission is to help as many people as possible cultivate an intimate relationship with nature, and ultimately this is how she honors her lineage and provides for her progeny.
This month’s Forest Bathing theme is Purpose as participants consider the power in voting, advocacy, social justice, and prioritizing self-care while connecting to nature.
Krista Nelson Bio: “I was 17 the night my father died. Nothing prepared me for the shock. There I was, in the dark having a conversation with the wind. I thought, like my father’s death, this conversation with the wind was a one-time-thing. But alas, here I am, today talking with the wind, water, fire, earth, and space. Thank goodness. I would be lost without their love and support. Now I show others how to cultivate a relationship with nature elements. I live in the Wissahickon Valley Park, Philadelphia, PA. This land of old growth forests is also the home of my Lenape ancestors and where I raised 5 children. After a marketing career with The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News I wrote several books on personal transformation and continue to provide coaching.”
8:00 – 9:00 AM: Energetic Yoga with Megan
November 4th ONLY
An all-levels yoga class that links breath and movement to leave you both grounded and refreshed as we transition into the evening.
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Chair Yoga Class with Megan
November 4th ONLY
Chair Yoga is an adapted form of yoga that makes yoga accessible to everyone. Chair Yoga allows the client to modify their yoga practice based on mobility, health, and current ability level. Chair Yoga offers a practice that includes seated poses on the chair and standing poses using the chair for balance and support.
Yoga classes are a great place to take it slower, and still experience all the benefits of yoga. Classes focus on releasing tension, connecting with the breath and helping students gain strength and flexibility. Yoga uses classical hatha postures with slight variations to accommodate all levels of yoga students.
Megan Do Nascimento is a breast cancer survivor and yoga instructor known for her outgoing personality and inclusive teaching style. She has taught in the Philadelphia prisons, the school district, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and various fitness centers in the area. She routinely donates her time and skills to those without easy access to yoga, most recently traveling to Matamoros, Mexico, to teach classes to refugees seeking asylum in the United States.
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Afro-House with Antoinette
Afro-House is a fusion class mixed with Traditional West African and House Dance movement vocabulary. This class is a mixed level class designed to increase cardio, strengthen abdominal muscles while moving your body to a funky beat. Sneakers/ tennis shoes must be worn in this class.
Antoinette M. Coward-Gilmore is the Founder, CEO & Artistic Director of Danse4Nia, a contemporary modern dance company/ performing arts organization based in Germantown. Antoinette is a graduate from University of the Arts & New York University receiving both BFA & MA in Dance Education & Performance. As an Equity Artist, professionally Antoinette performed with Freedom Repertory Theater, LEJA Dance Theater, Philadanco II, Founding Member of Eleone Dance Theater, Forces of Nature Dance Theater, Rod Rodgers Dance Company and countless others.
Working in both concert dance & musical theater, Antoinette is a board-certified NYC dance educator, adjunct professor of Dance at Drexel University and has a long resume of teaching, training, choreographing and consulting with numerous arts institutions, theaters and schools. Antoinette is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and sits on many grant panels and arts committees.