The world is collectively experiencing a great deal of stress and tension from the spread of COVID19 and the challenge of socially distancing. The lives of teachers have been altered drastically as many are shifting the communal act of teaching and learning to distance education. While the world is in crisis, educators have had push forward in an attempt to remain in service to their students.
In this career, burnout has always been a concern. The issue of taking work home is extinct. There is no longer a boundary between school life and home life. As you work to care for your students at this time, it is imperative that you also extend care to yourself. These black meditators and yoga instructors are here to help you find a moment to yourself to breathe.
Tai Velasquez leads 15-20 minute community meditations on Facebook Live. Join in Tuesdays at 10:00AM PST or find previous sessions on her Facebook news feed.
Tai is also the Director of Community Engagement for Space Between, a group focus on bringing yoga, breathing and mindfulness to students, educators, and families. Join Space Between on Saturday, May 9th for the Virtual Mindful Educator Retreat for Educators of Color. The retreat will cover self-care and professional development for people of color working with youth. Registration and more information can be found HERE.
Thrive Yoga Love love offers movement and mindfulness for adults and children. Classes are announced on their Facebook page, and are facilitated through Zoom.
Liberate is the only meditation app by and for the Black & African Diaspora. Download the app for free through your app store. Currently featured is a 15 minute meditation for “Gratitude During Rona”. Join Liberate on Tuesdays and Fridays for weekly live gatherings on Zoom at 12:00PM EST. More information about live events can be found HERE.
Yoga Green Book is a subscription based video library featuring black yoga instructors. Sign up to begin a 30 day free trial. Continued subscriptions are $19/month. Videos can be filtered by level of difficulty, duration, and instructor.
Jasmine Rashae offers her Soulful Flow yoga class through zoom. Select a date on Eventbrite to sign up. Classes are donation based.
If buying fitness gear is your form of self care, head on over to Culture Fit Clothing. The black owned company offers tops, leggings, and yoga mats with West African inspired prints.