Class Descriptions and Teachers
* January 1-May 31, 2014
All classes are held at JITB, 47 Portland Street, 2nd floor, Portland, ME. Parking available across the street in lot. Yoga mats & props are available. All classes are by donation.
10-11:15am Yoga for the Queer Body with Amy Raina
This class will offer a vinyasa spiritual practice for anyone who has felt like they don’t fit in a mainstream yoga class. This class embraces all gender expressions, sexualities, body sizes, ages, and abilities. We will work with breath, movement, strength, and relaxation in a non-judgmental yoga space. Modifications and assists will be given if the individual wants them. Bring fun stretchy clothes, a sweat-band, and a sense of humor.
7-8:30pm Reclaiming our Roots Community Herbalism with Cathleen Miller & Angel Putney
For centuries we have been using plants for shelter, nourishment through food, healing, and in spiritual practice to remind us of our connection to all of life. The tradition of community herbalism is based in the idea that plants are as common as people and that the knowledge and use of plant medicine should be equally accessible and available to all. This way of practicing herbalism is meant to empower communities through sharing not only knowledge of the many uses and preparations of herbal medicine, but to also promote social justice through resource sharing. Where there is plenty, may no one go without is our philosophy about medicine. Throughout these workshops we will spark and feed your love of plants and the wonder that they can inspire through their many gifts. In our class sessions, we will discuss herbs that grow in our area, how they can be used in our daily lives, how to identify plants in the wild and harvest them through the seasons in an ethical way. We will also discuss medicine making and preparations for acute and chronic conditions, herbal first aid, physical assessment skills, body systems and energetics, and Ayurvedic philosophies and diagnostic techniques. We will offer hands-on experiential learning as well as information sharing.
7-8:15pm Yoga for Gay Men with Derek Theriault
This is an ALL LEVELS active & accessible Vinyasa yoga class. Connecting breath and movement, we will flow through Sun Salutations, Balancing Postures, Hip Openers and Back Bends. Modifications will be offered and are encouraged. Come prepared to deepen awareness and find inspiration through movement and perspiration!
Thursday Special Guest series. May 1st-June 12th, 7-8:30 pm.
SEX(ED) for masculine identified people.
TransBiGayQueer friendly space. Class for folks 18+
Class cost by donation. All sessions will include participatory presentations and group dialogue.
May 1 THE DANCE of SEXUALITY and GENDER EXPRESSION
Who we are and whom we attract are interrelated. Come explore your own gender aptitude and the codes of expression that entice others to your energy.
May 8 POWER-WITH, not POLICING
What is it to feel included? How do we create welcome, diverse community spaces? What activities do we participate in to bond and bridge with others? These questions and more will guide our evening.
May 15 COMMUNICATION AS A KEY
How do we holistically activate our mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual selves? Connecting communication as a way to create sex positive experiences and community.
May 22 ANATOMICALLY YOURS: AN INTRODUCTION
From brain to genitals, come explore the pleasure-based terrain of our bodies. Join us tonight for an erotic mapping activity!
May 29 ANATOMICALLY YOURS: A DEEPER LOOK
A deeper look at pleasure-based anatomy, including where the prostate is and how to find it.
June 5 SENSUALITY OF OUR SENSES pt 1
A guided adventure of sight, sound, taste, and smell through sensation stations.
June 12 SENSUALITY OF OUR SENSES pt 2:TOUCH
Learn and feel a myriad of ways to stimulate the biggest sex organ...your skin! We will cover tips and techniques for fingers and tongues, as well as communication games.
Kelly Arbor is a change artist who has been educating on sex and gender for over fifteen years. With an M.A.
in Whole Systems Design and five years of work with Babeland New York and Seattle, Kelly facilitates space
that emphasizes communication, exploration, and fun! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on
the workshop sessions.
9-10:15am Rockstar Yoga for the Masses with Danielle Madore
An exploratory adventure in vinyasa style yoga, peppered with odd bits of goofy folk wisdom. Since music motivates me and makes me feel good, class will be centered around a diverse and fun playlist.