Inhale/Exhale - Capoeira with Luz Emma Cañas

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Participants will learn the basic movements of Capoeira and how to apply those movements in self defense.

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In this workshop, participants will learn of the origins of Capoeira and it's rich history of colonial resistance. Participants will learn basic movement and how to apply those movements in self defense.

Capoeira Angola is an Afro-Brazilian martial dance with origins in Central and West Africa. During the colonial era, this and other martial practices were up-rooted and transplanted to Brazil via the trans-Atlantic slave trade by the Portuguese. In Brazil, the art evolved with influences from different African tribes as well as from the indigenous culture of Brazil, and the effects of European colonialism. Capoeira Angola movements are offensive and defensive, and are primarily made up of kicks, sweeps, and escapes. The Capoeira ceremony takes place in a circle, and is accompanied by music and song indicative of African martial arts.

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Inhale/Exhale is a free program for restorative healing for activists and organizers in the progressive, left and radical movement. We all need space to reground and heal after protests from our trauma to sustain ourselves and the work. The brutality, the anxiety for our loved ones safety, the images of peaceful protesters being brutalized by the state is traumatic. Let's honor our bodies and the movement by taking a moment to heal. Join Luz Emma Cañas Madrigal, a Afro-Latinx Queer healer from Cleveland, as they teach us about Capoeira and guide us through movement.

Check out www.luzemma.com for more info on our amazing healer!

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Luz Emma Cañas Madrigal is a warrior, a healer and a storyteller. She is Afro-Latinx and queer. She graduated with highest honors from the Chicano Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was a Graduate Fellow in the Department of World Arts and Cultures, U.C.L.A., while attaining her Master's Degree in Dance Movement Therapy. She was certified by the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) in Kundalini Yoga and has studied Sufi Healing in the Shadhiliyya Sufi Path for over sixteen years. She has led workshops on healing the mind-body interface at Columbia University, Harlem Hospital, and American Airlines and has worked with a wide variety of clientele ranging from pre-verbal children to recording artists. Luz is giving continuity to the Capoeira passed down to her by her deceased master and husband, Jorge Luiz de Souza Jesus, through Capoeira Muçurumim. The first Capoeira group to be founded, and directed, by a woman in the United States. In January 2021, Luz's three Sufi poetry books will be re-released in one collection, From him to Him, through Maximalist Press. Her forthcoming memoir, Martial Love, is also slated for release during the Summer in celebration of her 50th birthday.

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