Movement of Stillness is a class series curated by Joy Angela (aka Alegria), co-facilitated by practitioners and artists offering a diversity of healing modalities.
Throughout time, non-western indigenous healing practices maintain that notions of Balance and Harmony are key to health and wellness. When we are in alignment with our mind, body and soul, we’re able to maintain a more balanced and healthy life. Movement of Stillness is about balance. We need movement to find stillness and we need stillness to sustain our movements.
Movement of Stillness is devoted to offering meditation and Healing arts practices from a position and as a practice of de-colonization. In these classes, we honor the lineage of healing modalities rooted in African and/or Native American and indigenous cultures by acknowledging them and the origins of the healing practices offered.
The movement and meditation of dance and performance taught me to embrace the present as a space where Infinite possibilities exist. Movement and breath guides the way to stillness; it helps to shift, to transform, to heal, and to create. In this series, we create choreographies of stillness with practices of presence. By being present with movement and stillness, we are able to shift and find balance. Through movement of breath and body, we are able to heal and create change on a deep cellular level.
My intention with this series, is that, through these transformational times, our movements will help sustain our spirit and mental health, individually and collectively. The Movements of breath, body and stillness will help us maintain balance and alignment with the divine, to connect, to heal within our bodies, our minds and within our communities.
When we decide to take time to be still, to listen, to acknowledge what is there, we’re able to hear and trust our inner guidance more clearly. When we embrace the present, so much potential is activated for transformation to happen. In this series, we’ll be guided to intentionally hold and transmute energies with movement, breath and stillness so that healing vibrations radiate outward from within by simply being present! We have the potential to bring healing to ourselves, our family, communities and the collective with our practice and presence.
The practices offered in Movement of Stillness will assist individually and collectively to get through challenging times, uplift spirits, and be a supportive space for expansion, community and mental health. In times when it may seem like the future is uncertain, the present is infinite! We’ll embrace these times of uncertainty to practice presence, to process, and envision futures with our collective breath and movements of stillness. We’ll breathe life and give shape to our intentions, as we amplify infinite potentials through meditation and somatic healing practices.
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 dance performances with Critical Mass Dance Company, WXPT and HomeLA, that Joy tuned in to remembering the transformative value of movement and meditation 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.