Somos Yoga – Mini Series at Palabras

We are excited to announce our first event of the new year.

We will be hosting a mini yoga series at Palabras Bilingual Bookstore in Phoenix, AZ.

Wed. Feb. 26  |  Wed. Mar. 25

REGISTER:

DETAILS:

The class will be an gentle All Levels Hatha Yoga Class.

COST: $5 Cash/ Card at the Event

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move in.
  • Please bring your own yoga mat and water bottle.
  • Please bring 1-2 towels (to use as a prop) (optional).

**We have a limited supply of yoga blocks available.**

A Culture of Understanding

What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.  – Cool Hand Luke

Communication is complex. We receive information from words, tone, inflection, pacing and silence of another. Communication can get tricky when we speak to someone who has a different gender, culture, socio economic status, religion and political affiliation than our own, specifically if we do not consider their cultural identity or identities.

The video below talks about how language shapes how we think. The wisdom in the video can be a foundation not only for our understanding in how people communicate to us, but it can also inform how we receive someone else words and get a glimpse into their world view.

In this day and age it has become pretty common for people to go straight into judgment and assumptions versus listening intently with an open heart. Often times, people avoid or unfriend people who have values that are different from their own.

Avoidance is not the path towards connection, growth or understanding. It just allows the disconnection to continue and grow until there may be an inevitable challenge.

HeartSpace Circle creates a space for people of diverse backgrounds to come together to share stories from their lives. We know people have some level of fear to be seen and heard in the public and know it is also a deep longing for everyone.

Communication is key when it comes to building relationships, community, connection, trust teams and a culture of understanding, we simply need to be willing to try or try again,

Why is connecting to others a challenge at times?

We are wired to connect and live in community. While society continues to grow and change as the result of technology, that basic need of human connection is still present.

With our busy lives, it is often easier to connect via email, text or social media. No computer screen or cell phone can replace this basic need to engage and interact with another person face to face and in realtime.

This TED video titled “Why We’re Bad at Reading People We Just Met,” got us to think about HeartSpace and our mission.

The video states that “[p]eople are bad at reading people they just met.” To us, people simply communicate in the ways they have been socialized or taught. For many, that might have meant, to speak only when you are spoken to, to keep conversations to a (safe) surface level, hide a truth or your truth or maybe even suppress your emotions.

If people suppress their truth or emotions continually, there will be a disconnect with how someone connects and communicates with others.

When we do not give ourselves space to be honest with ourselves and know who we are and what we are feeling, it can be very challenging to understand someone else.

The video suggests that people “bring compassion and an open mind to [their] interactions with others.” We agree with this suggestions and it’s what drives HeartSpace Circle.

We were created to build authentic community. We seek to bridge the gap between disconnection and isolation toward connection and community / team building.

We do this through a practice called Council, which is an age-old cross cultural practice that focuses on intent listening and authentic communication which results in authentic connection, trust, empathy and respect.

If you are interested in one of our future events, please join our mailing list or email us at heartspacecircle@gmail.com

Heartspace Presents – Community Yoga

I am home. During my travels, I could’t help but notice that the theme of Community emerged everywhere I went. Community was created in a Girls Writing Workshop I co-led, which expanded as each presenter came into the space and then the larger public attended the closing celebration and reading.

Next, while on vacation the theme of community emerged again. Learning about the founders of Hershey and Heinz and their concern for the overall wellbeing of their factory workers. Then I saw a Mr. Rogers exhibit and went to Randyland. It’s an Art Museum, that is more of an art installation that is evolving since the artist continues to add on to it. The intention of this particular site is to be happy and allow happiness to emerge. Come together in community and be accepting of everyone.

All of this was poetic as HeartSpace was created to build community in ways that many people long for and need. As we continue to step out in the the community to build safe spaces for people to come together a new idea emerged.

Around 2008-2009, I was interested in yoga and very intimidated by it. I had a lot of uncertainties, I didn’t know what type of yoga class to take, the poses looked intimidating, I was afraid I would hurt myself and I had many questions and assumptions about it.

It wasn’t until 2013, when I pursued a work-life balance, that I started practicing yoga. My first class was a gentle yoga class and it was a great place for me to start. Yoga is one of my passions and asana (physical poses), breath work and meditation (which are all aspects of yoga) changed my life.

As a certified yoga teacher, I feel drawn to create a safe space for people to practice yoga. I am excited to announce Somos Yoga (We Are Yoga) space for everybody and body-type to practice yoga.

If you are curious about yoga, new to yoga or experienced, you are all welcome here.

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August Happenings

We are currently in Texas co-leading a writing workshop for Latinx girls. Our founder has been co-leading this space since 2016. She enjoys giving back to youth spaces since youth spaces helped nurture her areas of interest and growth.

Our next public Council will be in the Fall during the month of October. Please check our website or sign up for our mailing list.