Men’s Yoga Fiya Class Kicks Off this Week!

Men’s Yoga Fiya class will awaken your inner fire! Men’s Yoga Fiya (Fire) is aimed for men new to yoga and its many benefits. Listen to old school hip hop music while learning to calm the mind and breathe. Men’s Yoga Fiya is graciously offered by The Zen Dragonfly starting this Wednesday, January 31st: 6pm-7pm. Join us every other week until April 25th for Men’s Yoga Fiya.

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Healing Circle Explores Relationships and More this Season

It’s a new year for The Healing Circle. Join us this season as we explore how to be well. Topics include focusing one’s energies on relationships and regaining personal power, creating scared spaces, and letting go of ideas that no longer serve us. The Healing Circle is a space for women of color grow an abundant tool-kit for practicing self-care. Advance your practice of self-love and growth in a growing community of supportive women. Come learn with us as we do the continued work of living our best lives.

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A Letter from Executive Director, Antonio Butts

Jeff knew he wanted to work with his hands. He came from a family of builders. He couldn’t see his dream or realize his vision because he was isolated, unemployed, and nearly homeless. In the Lindsay Heights community, a common barrier for men seeking long-term employment is a lack of social support. When Jeff joined the Men’s Wellness Group at Walnut Way, it was his first step towards becoming well. Through the course of two years, Jeff engaged in programs at Walnut Way that focus on supporting community members through the building blocks of Wellness, Work, and Wealth.

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Angela’s Story: Widening the Circle of Wealth

Angela Smith has a deep commitment to wellness – physical, emotional, and spiritual that stems from a journey towards being her better self. Looking for alternative ways to ease her back pain, Angela  found an alternative health clinic that made a wellness plan. It included a prescription of herbs from a Chinese Medicine doctor, massage therapy, reiki and acupuncture. She was really excited with the results and the new methods she learned to strengthen her body and reduce pain.

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Jeff’s Story: A Springboard of Wellness

Jeff didn’t know a knock on his door in the fall of 2014 would be a “game changer” as he calls it. He was down on his luck, depressed, staying at a family member’s home that was almost condemned. Unemployed and still recovering emotionally from a recent stint in jail, life was bleak. But then two men from Walnut Way – Terron Edwards and Maanaan Sabir – knocked on his door, introduced themselves, and invited him to the next Men’s Wellness Peer Group.

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Yoga for Men! On select Wednesdays

The Zen Dragonfly has graciously offered discounted yoga for men this season! This men’s only beginner class will introduce you to yoga and it’s many benefits. Listen to old school hip hop music while learning to calm the mind and breathe. Wednesdays: November 1st, 15th, and 29th from 6pm to 7pm on the 2nd floor Yoga Studio at Walnut Way. COST: $2.

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Men’s Wellness – Umbuntu

There is an African Philosophy called Umbuntu that means “I am because we are… a person is a person through other people”. The philosophy of Umbuntu has intrigued me since I learned about it. I have gradually embraced the principles of collectivism, personal responsibility, modeling and community since earlier in my adulthood, but I never heard these principles summarized in such a beautiful concise way! These principles have always been at the heart of my work with men, boys and community and I attempt to create spaces where these ideas are able to have a home.

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