In these gatherings, we will focus on a meaningful topic through discussion, readings, and meditation. We will turn inward to observe thoughts and feelings, and together consider how meditation practice can lay the groundwork for skillful action. The themes of privilege and justice will underpin and inform all of our conversations.

Organized and hosted by Barbara and Melanie, with monthly guest speakers.

  • Saturday, December 7: Remembering with Aimee Cox & Lauren Benson

Homework: This is Kindling:Writings on the Body by Aurora Levins Morales

  • Saturday, November 9: Joy with Barbara & Melanie
  • Saturday, December 7: Remembering with Aimee Cox & Lauren Benson
  • Saturday, January 11: Identity with Ashley
  • Saturday, February 8: Civility with Aimee Cox, Barbara & Melanie
  • Saturday, March 7: Compassion with Sherry
  • Saturday, April 4: Anger with Maria Rubinate & Aimee Cox
  • Saturday, May 2: Power: Glenda Carpio, Barbara, & Melanie


Yoga has given Aimee Cox new life, and it is her intention to share this vitality and peace from a place of sincerity and deep devotion. Aimee is a former professional modern dancer who performed and traveled internationally with Ailey II. Currently, she is a professor of Anthropology and African American Studies at Yale University.  Both a dancer’s and an anthropologist’s sensibility inform how she approaches holding space as she aims to bring everything she loves to her classes – the joy of fluid and expansive movement; the gift of breathing and moving in community; respect for our glorious diversity; and the lightness that comes from allowing play and humor to support rather than distract from the practice. She received her 200 hr training from Yogamaya New York and her 300 hr training from the Tantric Alchemy Institute. She is also a certified STOTT Pilates trainer in advanced mat work. Her classes are often described as rhythmic and buoyant, and her teaching is rooted in a commitment to experimenting with the abundant possibilities within our material bodies to move from soul and be guided by spirit. 


Lauren Kelly Benson is a 500-hour Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher. Additionally, she is a singer/songwriter, facilitator, teaching artist, and founder of Aditi Flow and Creative Wellness. Bringing yoga, equity work, meditation, and music education to Black and Brown youth and schools, Black mothers, activists, and artists, Aditi Flow is designed to expand access to the healing modalities that Lauren loves.

**This series was inspired by “Inwards” .