Detroit Community Yoga is proud to collaborate once again with the North Cass Community Union (NCCU) and Dally in the Alley to bring Yoga for the People to the 2022 free music festival in Midtown Detroit in the historic Cass Corridor.
This year, Yaktown Yoga's Elizabeth Crenshaw is returning to co-teach, and we have added another talented yoga teacher to our team: Chelsea Hensbergen of Earth & Ether Art and Deep Roots Healing Haven.
Yoga for the People will be an all-levels, all ages yoga class. The soundtrack for our class will be the music of Dally in the Alley! We will be at the Community Stage on 2nd Avenue between Forest and Hancock in Midtown Detroit. (about one block from Warren and WSU).
What to bring: a yoga mat, bottle of water, sun protection. $$$ for parking and vendor goodies. Also: bring an open mind because Yoga for the People will be on the street with passersby, and all the activity of a bustling music festival! It's unique and unlike any other yoga class you've ever been to. There is no better way to practice yoga than in this class, to truly focus on your breath, your body, and your gaze. Yoga tristhana happens anywhere you allow it!
Please sign our waiver prior to the start of class: https://forms.gle/ZdfUSxkwL9PZM9yH7
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Concert of Colors Yoga is an all-levels, Hatha yoga class that is accessible to all ages. Yoga teachers Elizabeth Crenshaw (Yaktown Yoga) and Cindy Spires (Detroit Community Yoga) will guide participants through the yoga poses and sequences. Mystery Bliss will perform live, creating an aethereal musical backdrop to the movements. The 70-minute class will end in a guided meditation. Participants should bring water, a yoga mat or towel/blanket, and sun protection since the class will be outside. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver. Some yoga mats will be available for use, but yoga mats and backpacks should not be brought inside the DIA, so please plan accordingly. You can receive updates by following Yaktown Yoga and Detroit Community Yoga on Facebook. Follow the Facebook Event (here) in order to get all of the event details, including updates!
Concert of Colors Yoga is part of the FREE Concert of Colors Diversity Music Festival, and the full 9-day schedule (July 16-24) is here: https://www.concertofcolors.com/line-up
Where: Detroit Institute of Arts, OUTSIDE on the North Lawn (5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI)
When: Sunday, July 24, 2022, 11am-12:10pm. FREE!!!!!
Note about Parking: Please plan accordingly in order to park at meters on the street or in lots nearby for a fee.
While there are currently no COVID-19 restrictions for this class because it is outside, we acknowledge that changes may occur as a result of CDC and MDHHS updates. Please respect others’ desire for physical distance and mask wearing. COVID restrictions DO apply inside the DIA, so please plan accordingly. If you have been experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please follow the CDC and MDHHS recommendations for isolation, quarantine, and testing, and we ask that you please do not attend Concert of Colors Yoga.
Photo by Gary Malerba of the 2019 Concert of Colors Yoga class inside the DIA.
The photos above were taken at Concert of Colors 2019 at the DIA in Rivera Court. The collaboration between Cindy Spires of Detroit Community Yoga, musicians Salar Ansari and Rafael Leafar (a 2020 Kresge Artist), and the Detroit Women's Chorus, were curated by Concert of Colors event programmer, Kathryn Grabowski (of Arab American National Museum). Featured in the center photo is also Luis Resto, Detroit music producer.
All photos copyright 2019 Gary Malerba.
Sky Deck Yoga photo copyright Gary Malerba
Detroit Community Yoga was founded in 2014 by Cindy Spires as a way to bring yoga to Detroiters in unique ways. Cindy has hosted weekly classes in gyms, in unique spaces like the Fisher Building, Whole Foods Midtown, at the NW Detroit Farmer's Market, in Detroit Recreation Center locations, and for small private groups in places like Piquette Square (Housing for formerly homeless veterans) and the Neighborhood Service Organization.
Cindy has also organized and hosted special event classes such as free yoga at the MIU Men's Health Foundation Men's Health Event (2014-2016), free yoga for First Responders for Fitness, and the free program, Bikes and Yoga, to name a few. Through Bikes and Yoga, Cindy and co-organizer Amber Prystupa offered over 60 free, weekly summertime gatherings on Belle Isle from 2014-2016. Bikes and Yoga started as the brain child of Detroit bike legend, Mars Noumena, with Cindy as collaborator. In 2014, we started with 12 people and ended with weekly turnouts of up to 160 people as the 2016 season closed. Bikes and Yoga brought together yoga teachers & students from around Detroit and Metro Detroit, and was a true offering of yoga for the people!
As Detroit Community Yoga, Cindy has curated special event yoga classes such as Sky Deck Flow at the Detroit Opera House. Cindy has also offered yoga at free music festivals in Detroit: Concert of Colors (2017-2019), Dally in the Alley (2014-2018), and Charivari Detroit (2016).
Cindy has organized and implemented yoga fundraisers for Enough Said Detroit/Michigan Women's Foundation, Haven of Oakland County, and We the People of Detroit, to name a few.
A supporter of grassroots yoga, and its potential in non-studio settings, Cindy always seeks new and interesting ways to offer, or partner with others for, free or low-cost yoga and yoga for a compassion-centered cause.
Cindy's goals, through Detroit Community Yoga, are to break through the studio barrier not only in terms of cost but also in terms of general accessibility. Most of what she has offered has been either free or well below the standard fee for a weekly or special event yoga class.
Yoga is not an elitist practice; it's for the people. That's why the anarchy symbol is in the Detroit Community Yoga logo--to remind us all that yoga doesn't have to be a name brand; it doesn't have to be for a certain type of person; and its existing barriers should be shattered through inclusion and true community outreach efforts.
Teaching yoga since 2011, Cindy's instruction style is alignment-based and progressive, meaning students will learn the poses and build upon them in logical sequences. Private or small-group closed sessions are available for clients by contacting Cindy below.
The photos in the Gallery above are by Detroit Community Yoga's valued, Detroit event & lifestyle photographers:
(DCY logo design by Erin Demaray, 2014)
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