Roots Rising (45 min)

Leg Strengthening Sequence

In this asana session, we focus our attention on our lower body, the roots of our physical being. With strong, stable legs as our foundation, we can step, run, lunge, and leap anywhere we choose… physically, mentally, and even emotionally. Perceiving ourselves capable, we feel ourselves confident. In so practicing, we are engaging the sacred strengthening postures, among others, of Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge), Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II), Utkatasana (Chair Pose), Malasana (Garland Pose), and to lengthen the legs we’ve strengthened, Pascimottanasana (Seated Forward Fold) before enjoying a sweet, always already earned Savasana (Corpse Pose). With strong roots planted, we can rise to our highest of heights. Aṣé!

This is a Level 3 class.


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Shani (“Dr. OM”) Ojukwu Mantenso (Clarksville, TN)
Shani (“Dr. OM”) Ojukwu Mantenso (Clarksville, TN)

Shani (“Dr. OM”) Ojukwu Mantenso is the Principal Movement Specialist with Hadiya Movement Systems, a private virtual movement studio. A gymnast, dancer, and Ph.D. in Performance Studies, Shani is also a yoga teacher-healer trained and certified in trauma-sensitive MindBody Centering Yoga. Along with other movement forms like Pilates, barre/basic ballet, functional calisthenics, and tumbling fundamentals she offers through HMS, Shani is privileged to provide spirit-based and trauma-informed asana as an adjunctive therapy and mode of somatic centering, cultivation, and joy. Herself on a healing journey from depression, domestic abuse, complex PTSD, and global white supremacy/racial capitalism, Shani is a proud and self-proclaimed “wounded healer.” Through her intentional observance of the eight limbs of yoga, Shani Ojukwu Mantenso has dedicated her personal and professional life to creating the optimal conditions of possibility for freedom for herself and others—mind, body, and spirit.