Cherished Life Yoga is pleased to present a unique yoga class incorporating the movements and music of Afro-Cuban folklore with the asana (poses) of Classical Yoga. If you are a yogi, this class will add rhythm and unison movement to your practice, prompting you to focus differently and bring greater awareness to the other students in the class. If you are a dancer, you will be challenged to focus more internally; it won’t be about how you look, but how the movements make you feel. If you are neither yogi nor dancer, that’s great too! You will bring a beginner’s mind to this all-levels class. Come with an open heart and no expectations. There will be people, yoga, dance, music, smiles and laughter. What you turn that into will be uniquely yours.
Attire: Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move in easily. Also, bring a large, flowy scarf that will be used for some of the movements. (Note: We will not wear the traditional large, Caribbean skirt for this class.)
Charisse has over 20 years’ experience studying, performing and teaching dances from the African Diaspora. She began studying Senegalese dance as a teenager, but found a very unique connection with Afro-Cuban Dance, particularly Orisha dance, when she began studying it in 2002 in Washington, DC. Charisse has taught and performed at locations as diverse as the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Oberlin College, the Hirshorn Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Dance Africa, Howard University, and has taught several years at the Atlanta African Dance and Drum Festival. Charisse is a graduate of Kashi Atlanta’s 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training and seeks to bring her experience and the energy of Afro-Cuban Dance and yoga together into this special series. She is excited to create this experiment with you.