With the natural environment of the garden, along with music for movement, join us for a mediation journey with exercises to use our bodies and breath to connect, ground and receive divine guidance to tune into the present.
In this afternoon meditation journey you will be guided through a movement and stillness meditation with tools and plants to support you to align with the magic of the present. A practice in presence allows us to move forward, supports the release of stuck emotions of the past or future and will allow for more space to dream up infinite possibilities beyond limiting beliefs and fears. We will use our senses, observation, deep listening, movement, breath, sound and stillness to ground, connect and release to create more space for balance and harmony.
This workshop series will be taking place at the El Sereno Community Garden. The wheelchair accessible entrance is located at:
What participants can expect: this is for all bodies, movement is improvisational and at your own pace. No experience with meditation or dance is necessary to attend this workshop. All are welcome. You are welcome to bring a yoga mat or blanket for sitting.
COVID safety and guidelines: out of concern for community safety we will be requiring masks at all of our in-person outdoor programs.
Accessibility note: All entrances are wheelchair accessible. At this time there is no ADA toilet but the garden is working to install one.
Joy Angela Anderson (Alegria) is a curator, movement/yoga/meditation facilitator and artist/educator from East L.A. She integrates dance, yoga, somatics and plant medicines as a healing, creative, meditative and regenerative practice for mental health and wellness.
As a Chicana, native of East L.A., Chicanx art and culture informed her social and political consciousness. Her background in arts, culture, performance and activism lead her to receive a BA in “World Arts and Cultures” from UCLA School of Arts and Architecture and a Master’s degree in “Art/Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere” from USC Roski School of Fine Arts in 2011. After a career as a museum-gallery educator and public programs coordinator, working at several Los Angeles Contemporary art museums and artist/activist-run spaces, Joy’s devotion to healing arts and dance for mental health, lead her to work independently as a curator, dance/movement facilitator, yoga teacher, raw vegan artisan-chef and entrepreneur.
It was especially through Yoga Teacher Training and dance performances with Critical Mass Dance Company, WXPT and HomeLA, that Joy recognized and remembered the value of movement and meditation as transformative healing practices. Along this journey, Joy has offered classes at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Human Resources Gallery, People’s Yoga, The Boyle Heights Conservatory, The Healing Center of Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Plummer Park Senior programs, Indigo Yoga, Self Help Graphics and Pieter Performance Space. She is currently working on her DIYPhd through the School for the Ecocene.
Joy is grateful for the opportunity to offer healing arts practices in collaboration to co-create sacred and supportive space and as a practice towards de-colonization in mental health through connections to the divine wisdom of ancestral, indigenous and nature based healing.