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Radical Dharma: How To Use Our Mindfulness Practices To Change Ourselves and The World

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Monday 5/23/2022 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 6/6/2022 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 6/13/2022 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 6/27/2022 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

$100.00 Standard Rate - Radical Dharma
$80.00 Reduced Rate - Radical Dharma
$120.00 Pay It Forward - Radical Dharma

In an effort to reduce financial barriers, we are offering Sliding Scale Pricing on select Circle Yoga programs. The Reduced Rate is for those experiencing financial hardship, the Standard Rate is our usual fee that covers costs including teacher pay, and the Pay It Forward Rate helps cover fellow students who need to pay less. If you need to pay less than the Reduced Rate, partial scholarships are also available.

In this class we will read together and contemplate the teachings found in the book Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation by Rev. angel Kyoto williams (Sensei), Lama Rod Owens, and Jasmine Syedullah.

We will use the readings from the book, guided meditations, and small and large group conversations to learn and practice new ways to transform and heal ourselves and our world.

"What is required is a new Dharma, a radical Dharma that deconstructs rather than amplifies the systems of suffering, that starves rather than fertilizes the soil of the conditions that the deep roots of societal suffering grow in. A new Dharma is one that insists we investigate not only the unsatisfactoriness of our own minds but also prepares us for the discomfort of confronting the obscurations of the society we are individual expressions of." (Radical Dharma, page xxiii)

This series includes 5 one-hour virtual classes, and it is limited to 20 students. Sessions will not be recorded.

Annie Mahon

Annie is the founder of Budding Yogis (2003) which became Circle Yoga, and she is the co-founder of DC Community Yoga / DC Yoga Week, Yoga on the National Mall, and the Opening Heart Mindfulness Community. Annie has been active in much of the grassroots community yoga and mindfulness activities in the Washington DC Area. She has been a student of yoga and mindfulness since the 1990's and a teacher since 2001. She is also a writer and published her second book, Things I Did When I Was Hangry: Navigating a Peaceful Relationship with Food with Parallax Press in 2015. Read Annie's mindfulness blog at Join Annie's email list for tips on how to be present and at ease in your daily life.

Annie holds masters degrees in both Computer Science, from the University of Michigan, and Religious Studies from Howard University. She was ordained by her mindfulness teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, in 2009 with the ordination name True Blue Lake, and became a licensed massage therapist in 2011.

Annie's first yoga teacher training was with Suzie Hurley at Willow Street Yoga Center in 2004, and Annie was one of the country's first certified Children's Yoga teachers. She is a certified Focusing professional and has studied and practiced Nonviolent Communication (NVC), witchcraft, trauma-informed clinical practice, and many other modalities.

In 2010, Annie created The Pink House Foundation, giving grants to social justice organizing for frontline communities. Annie transformed the Circle Yoga LLC into a worker-owned cooperative in 2014 because she is a strong supporter of cooperative economics and democratic governance. She is especially interested in how to redistribute land, wealth and power.