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.
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 with 12 people and ended with weekly turnouts of up to 160 people. 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)
Detroit, Michigan, United States