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Dis-arming Our Language: A Night of Meditation, Poetry and Discussion with Niema Lightseed

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 7:30 pm to 9:15 pm

Using our words with deep awareness and intention can transform our world.

Our reality is made of sound, woven from the words we use to describe it. Language is a tool that has the power to enslave or liberate us, depending on how we wield it. 

This workshop is an exploration of the power of words and the potential they have to perpetuate or shift internalized oppression, and an experiment in building a language of healing and interconnectedness through meditation, writing exercises and discussion to unpack colonization, separation, and slavery and explore what we may create together on the other side.

This space will strive for safety and inclusion as we explore potentially intense themes such as racism & supremacy, privilege, sexism, commodification, and intergenerational trauma, in an atmosphere designed to provoke understanding and inspire healing.

Disarming Our Language is for all of us striving to transform internalized and collective oppression, of all backgrounds.

Niema Lightseed is a Licensed Massage Therapist. Yoga Teacher. Medicinal Poet. Priestess of the New Paradigm. 

My life and my offerings are a blend of ancient traditions and modern explorations, medicine distilled from an irrepressible inquiry into the marrow of life. I enjoyed yoga with my dad when I was a child, occasionally practicing together to old videos borrowed from the library. And I have always adored the beauty and power of words. The draw to learn and tell stories was strong, and theatre was my first great passion. I pursued it by attending Roosevelt University (BFA Theatre Performance 2002). Yoga found me there, part of our movement training included asana work and deep breathing, which catalyzed a transformation within my mind, body and spirit. I felt called to share this amazing practice with the world.

I have had many teachers along the path. I received my Hatha Yoga training and certification from the Temple of Kriya Yoga in the Summer of 2004. I have studied with teachers in many styles of yoga, including Hatha, Anusara, Forrest, Iyengar, Astanga, Yin, and Restorative. I was opened even more to the brilliance and beauty within the practice by studying with acclaimed Shadow Yoga and Ayurveda teacher, Scott Blossom. Practicing Shadow Yoga deepened my understanding of the flow of energy within and natural rhythms of the body, which deeply informs my perspective as a bodyworker, yogini, and teacher.

In 2017 I attended East West College of the Healing Arts, to funnel my love for the body into a new career that would use my accumulated skill while enabling me to increase my understanding and learn more techniques to facilitate healing. It has become my passion and my joy, and as a Licensed Massage Therapist I love allowing these hands to awaken and inspire positive transformation in the muscles of the people who invite me to touch them. Thus far I have studied and integrate into sessions Deep Tissue massage, Neuromuscular Therapy (Trigger Point Release), Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (Muscle Energy Techniques), myofascial massage, and rudimentary structural work and Craniosacral Therapy.  I incorporate all that I have learned about anatomy and kinesiology, holding space, the fascial network and energetic architecture of the physical and subtle bodies, energywork, and witnessing and allowing transformation of trauma responses into my sessions.

In addition to Yogic, Tantric, Buddhist, and Taoist philosophy, I am eternally inspired by the work of Joseph Campbell, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, and other mythologists. I am moved by Walt Whitman, and feel the pulse of Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi flowing through my veins and my pen.

As a full-bodied woman of color I  navigate the myriad subtle oppressions of racism, sizeism, and patriarchy in many ways, and work with poverty consciousness and food addiction. These experiences have given me a lot of compassion, and tools to help others navigate the shadow realms of body image, addiction, victimization, and power dynamics, with the help of multi-faceted practices.

I maintain a deep connection to spirit in my daily life, striving to live each moment as a grateful prayer. I practice Qigong, Reiki energy healing, meditation, improvisational singing and painting, Goddess and Nature rituals, and ecstatic and social partner dance to sustain my joy and peace. I work for social change by teaching about the power of words and interrupting white supremacy in our minds and our communities. I explore my perennial love of food by studying nutrition, preparing living foods feasts, and playing in gardens. I work with the teacher plant cacao as a way of helping all of us remember who we truly are.

As an Usui Reiki Master, Medicinal Poet, Mythic Yoga Teacher, and Cacao Priestess I strive to empower others to find their own healing potential, creative spark, shadow integration, equitable living, unstoppable joy, and authentic experience of the world, helping more and more of us become real.

I have published two collection of poems ~ Cosmonautica: Graphic Love Songs to God, about the quest for the Beloved as a spiritual path, and Cosmonautica: Broken-Open Heart Songs, about the journey of transformation through the darkness to find wholeness. I have co-created an online poetry writing class. I have worked as a freelance writer, editor, and ghostwriter, crafting articles and e-books about yoga, nutrition, mindfulness, and wellness, and helped other poets and writers birth their books into the world through a writing and editing process. I have danced at Sunrise in the desert and prayed by the side of magical lakes, I have tended fire all night in prayers for peace and I have felt the tender ache of heartbreak that keeps one awake, I have chanted the names of God in the studios of the city and sung to the majestic trees in the temple of the forest.

We are blessed to live in such an amazing time. I pray that we grow into a global family, that we transmute the ravages of colonization and late-stage capitalism into a truly balanced society, that we open to a unified state of collective consciousness, and that we learn to play inside these bodies and with each other with grace and harmony.

RSVP below, drop-in welcome. Sliding scale $5 - $20.