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.
February 7: Soulful Yoga Flow with Malka Lew
Come with your intentions and prayers and get ready to activate them in community as we support one another as we chant, move our bodies and dive deep into mediation. Malka’s yoga classes are devotional and soulful. Get ready to sweat and then be in the stillness of mediation. The purpose of the active yoga is to purify ourselves and then the purpose of meditation is to bring us in touch with all of nature, the earth and eachother and to listen and hear the voice of our souls. We will end class with Pranayama, breathing techniques to calm down our nervous systems. Get ready to leave class feeling refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated.
Malka is a Medicine Woman, Reiki Master, Yoga Teacher, Massage Therapist and Sound Healer. With a Master’s degree in Somatic Psychology, Malka seeks to integrate her healing practices with body awareness and psychological knowledge. Malka’s biggest joy is to hold space for other’s to heal and blossom into their life purposes. Her healing practices help people to experience their deep connection to nature and to one another. Having travelled the world and studying with various indigenous elders from multiple spiritual backgrounds, Malka has become a bridge and weaver as she understands that the wisdom of the ages is what our world currently needs to come back into right relationship with the earth and eachother. Malka is a Ritualist and believes in the power of prayer and ritual to create sacred spaces where we can remember the wisdom of our higher selves and the wisdom of our ancestors.
Throughout time, non-western indigenous healing practices maintain that Balance and Harmony are key to health and wellness. When we are in alignment with our mind, body, soul and the land that sustains us, 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.
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, transform, heal, and to create. In this series, we create choreographies of stillness with practices of presence.
My intention is to offer movement and meditation practices to support and sustain our spirits and mental health, individually and collectively. The Movements of breath, body and stillness will help bring balance and alignment with the divine. The practices offered will assist to uplift, be a supportive space for expansion, community, mental health, magic and joy.
In times when it may seem like the future is uncertain, the present is infinite! We’ll breathe life into the present and give shape to our intentions as we amplify infinite potentials through meditation and somatic healing practices. All are always welcome.
*Movement of Stillness is devoted to offering meditation and Healing arts practices from a position of de-colonization. We honor the lineage of healing modalities rooted in African and/indigenous cultures by acknowledgement of the ancestral roots of the practices offered.
In gratitude, Joy Angela
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.