Practice for Collective Liberation

Interested in community practices?
We now offer cohort-style group practices:

Email practice@sundewstudio.com for details

This ancient South Asian practice is deep, rich, complex, expansive, and lifelong.

We acknowledge, study, and practice yoga that arose from South Asian indigenous people seeking collective liberation often dwelling at the outskirts. Our practice today derives from those black and brown folx living now, generous enough to teach and share their deeply rooted lineages.

Yoga can be poses, but it can also be the "seat of attention" and presence. We intentionally create space for breathwork, song, prayer, movement, silence, and meditation.

The practice is not always comfortable, especially when it includes confronting the oppressions in which we all swim. The practice can also create ease and space within oneself that facilitates navigation of the complicated now.

Yoga practiced in community seeks to unite - self with self, self with others, self with purpose, self with higher power. We examine hierarchies, socio-cultural binaries, othering, and colonialism's continual harm in order to nurture connection and liberation for all.

It is perfectly good to practice at home alone; we also invite you to practice in community.

This heart-centered practice occurs in an honest space that welcomes all bodies, genders, races, religions as well as those who eschew such definitions.

Yoga is well-known to trigger us. We work to make the space whole and nurturing so that if (when) that happens, you are held with dignity and strength.

We are all worthy. We are all whole. We are all enough. We are all practitioners.

As the brilliant Naomi King shared recently, "I promise to disappoint you. I promise to be disappointed by you." When that inevitably happens, let us call one another in so that we can return to right relationship. Let us understand in body, mind, and spirit what right relationship is.

None of us is free until we are all free.

This is tiny, rural yoga practiced in an old schoolhouse that stands on colonized Wabanaki land. The practices honor yoga's South Asian roots as introduced through Carla Stangenberg of Jaya Yoga through the writings of Tirumalai Krishnamcharya and BKS Iyengar, and now Sri Adi Shankaracharya via Shankarji via Susanna Barkataki. Holly Zadra's first guru was her mama who taught her the priceless value of daily practice (abhyāsa) alongside how to care for plants and to consult with the ancients when we inevitably become confused.

Registered yoga teacher who operates the space bumbling at times through her privilege as a descendent of Slavic-Bohemian-Irish immigrant settlers, Holly's also a mom of four incredible boys, writer, community activist, and partner in love. She facilitates community classes as a side-gig while also always learning how yoga can help dismantle the shackles we impose on ourselves and others.

Holly is currently studying with South Asian, non-binary, big-bodied, trans, queer, and wheel-chair riding yoga practitioners organized through the phenomenal Susanna Barkataki's Embody Yoga's Roots 300-hr YTT.

Holly's yoga practice, study of emergent strategy, and even much of her formal education inform her current writing project that intersects labor, copper, and the inherited trauma of exploitation.

Schedule

As we fill classes & grow this first year, we will add more options for both classes & teachers. Tell your friends!

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Memberships & Pricing

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Intro 3 Class Pass

Good Value

$30

One-time payment

This Introductory 3-Class Pass is for new practitioners who want to get a feel for the studio before plunging in with a membership or a session pass.

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Intro Membership

Great Value

$75

Per month for 12 Months

If you are a first-time Sundew Member, you can enjoy the benefits of full membership (see below) for one year + get a free Manduka yoga mat ($82 value).

Intro CSY Package

Best Value

$425

Half-year

The Community Supported Yoga Package includes a FREE yoga mat, unlimited classes for six months, discounts on extra services, & a monthly guest pass!

5 Class Pass

$55

One-time payment

10 Class Pass

$100

One-time payment

75 Min. Walk-in Yoga

$13

One-time payment

60 Min. Gentle Yoga Walk-in

$10

One-time payment

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Frequently asked questions

1

Is yoga for me?

Yoga can be for every body  — male, female, non-binary — all ethnicities, religions, races, backgrounds, and circumstances. The indigenous South Asian roots of yoga were liberatory practices initiated and eventually recorded by people who experienced personal liberation despite systems of oppression. If that appeals to you, try it out, but do so with discernment: some "yoga" can be appropriative and harmful recreating hierarchies of power and privilege. At Sundew, we teach through a lens of social justice. We lift up underrepresented voices. If you want to explore at home before trying a studio, there are many amazing South Asian teachers who do online yoga: try Rina Deshpande, Anjali Rao, Jesal Parikh, Melissa Shaw, Mx. Puja, or Susanna Barkataki.

2

I’m not flexible. Can I do yoga?

Yes. While yoga classes at Sundew do teach flexibility, strength, balance, and body awareness, there are a host of other benefits to yogic practice.

If you can breathe, you can do yoga.

The grass is always greener where it’s watered. Pay attention and you will find benefit.

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Sample of 2019 Events

OCT

25

TIBETAN BOWL SINGING MEDITATION

A deep, guided meditation said to move stagnant energies and revitalize the body set to the ancient sounds of Tibetan Bowls. Healer Nancy Durand Lanson leads. Space is limited to 12, so register today.

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NOV

23-24

HEALING COLLECTIVE TRAUMA
Led by Indigenous activist & healer Sherri Mitchell
+
restorative yoga

We have all been impacted by histories of violence: the oppressed, the oppressor, and the witness alike bear the wounds of our collective past. This 2-day workshop will take participants on an intensive journey into the Indigenous mythology and cosmology of the Wabanaki - the original natives of Dawnland - as a means of healing our collective wounds and reconnecting with our spiritual source.

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