Rooftop Yoga for People of Color

Date & Time

149 days ago


Navy Yard


Join Brown Sugar: Yoga for Folks of Color for this special rooftop yoga class at the Brooklyn Grange Farm!

Tapping into Our Roots In this special rooftop practice we will tap into the energy of our roots.  As brown, black, and indigenous people, our ancestral wisdom has traditionally been deeply connected to the earth, to water, and to plants.  Yet we live in a city where many of our communities have a lack of access to healthy food and green spaces.  In preparation for the fall, a time when plants send their energy into their roots, we will ground into our ancestral knowledge and into the roots of our own being.  Through yoga postures, breathwork, community discussion, song, and personal intention-setting, we will nourish our roots on one of the largest rooftop farms in the world (and the largest in NYC). 

Brown Sugar is a yoga and mindfulness practice for people of color, as well as a community in NYC.  We offer nurturing, flowing yoga classes to help people of color connect deeply to ourselves and others, learn tools for reducing stress and trauma, and build resilience and joy. The magic of this class is created by the energy of each person who enters this sacred space.  Each class begins and ends in a circle where everyone is invited to share and reflect. 

We intend to provide a healing and empowering affinity space for people of color, recognizing that often when black, brown and indigenous people show up to yoga in the US we may be the only one, or one of just a few – or we may not show up at all.  Brown Sugar is a space for people of color, because the racism that exists in our society also shows up in yoga spaces, and can be yet another source of stress and (re) traumatization. We aim to provide a warm, nurturing yoga class and community that centers on people of color.   This is a body-positive, queer friendly space. All experience levels, sizes, abilities, gender identities, and ages are welcome – and celebrated! As always, chocolates from our sponsors, Fine & Raw and MAST Brothers, and fresh-pressed juice from Drink Fresh Juice, will be served!

CLASS IS LIMITED TO 25 PEOPLE, SO PURCHASE YOUR TICKET NOW! No one turned away for lack of funds.  If $20 is cost prohibitive for you, email us at so we can work out an exchange that does work. One week before the event you will be sent exact driving and walking directions, as well as a Navy Yard Visitor Pass.  Please leave 10-15 mins to make your way through the Navy Yard.  The space will open right at 6:30 and class will begin shortly after. CLASS WILL TAKE PLACE RAIN OR SHINE, AS OUR PRACTICE SPACE IS COVERED.  What to Bring:Yoga matLight blanket or towelRefillable water bottle Calia Marshall is a yoga instructor (E-RYT 200, RYT 500), musician, dancer, choreographer, doula, Reiki practitioner and educator. She has been teaching movement and healing practices to children and adults for 19 years. Calia received her 200 hour yoga teaching certification from Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in 2002 and her 300 hour advanced certification through Ritam Healing Arts with Saul David Raye in 2015. She has deepened her yoga study through working with Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, Suzanne Sterling, Cathy Calderon, Johnathan FitzGordon, Alison West and Kevin & Erin Maile O’Keefe (Circus Yoga). In 2014 she founded Brown Sugar: Yoga for Folks of Color, a yoga and mindfulness practice and community in Brooklyn. Her mantra music band, Kirtan Soul Revival, has been traveling around the country leading call and response devotional singing and singing & social justice workshops since 2011. Calia finds constant inspiration from the magic that occurs when communities join together to practice yoga, to dance, to sing, and to play. Her passion is to use these forms to create healing spaces from a social justice lens. In sharing her yoga practice, Calia strives to honor the roots of yoga, while making it relevant for the people she is sharing it with. She is so grateful to all of her teachers and is honored to share her curiosity, fascination, love of movement and music, and magic-making with her community. Brooklyn Grange is the leading rooftop farming and intensive green roofing business in the US. We operate the world’s largest rooftop soil farms, located on three roofs in New York City, and grow over 80,000 lbs of organically-cultivated produce per year.

tags: mindfulness, yoga, poc