Showga is a WEEKLY EVENT on Wednesday nights. It is a yoga class with live music performed by different artists each week. The fall resident music partners are:
Josh McClain: 10/5, 11/2 and 12/7
DJ Ash Williams: 10/12 and 11/9
Russell Butler: 10/19, 11/16, and 12/21
Bells Atlas: 10/26 and 11/30
We are pleased to announce Russell Butler as our musical guest for this week!
Russell Butler is an experimental artist and DJ based in Oakland, California. Originally from Bermuda, Russell has developed a process of improvisation that draws from a rich cultural of history rooted in their island and the black, queer diaspora. For the past few years they have been making a brand of stripped down machine techno that has evolved rapidly with each successive release. Transplantation, evolution, and healing are themes in Russell’s music. They based their 2015 album, “God is Change”, on Octavia Butler’s Parable series of novels, in which these are central tenets of the philosophy that the books explore. Since its release “God is Change” has received major acclaim, with NPR naming it one of their top 10 favorite electronic albums of 2015. In 2016, Russell released Visions of the Future on Jacktone Records, which is a collection of improvised modular synthesizer sessions. A month later, Russell’s follow up to “God is Change”, “The First Step”, was released on Black Opal. “The First Step” is dedicated to the “…black, brown, trans, queer, and gay folks of Oakland” and posits that “…sometimes to resist oppression, all we must do is simply exist. That is the first step. Let us strive to walk without fear.”
More about Showga:
$15-20 sliding scale or there are packages available-
5 classes for $60 ($12/class)
10 classes for $100 ($10/class)
We have a limited number of mats available to borrow, so bring a yoga mat if you have one!
Showga is not a normal show or a normal yoga class, but promises to be a rad fusion of the 2. All levels welcome.
Showga is an event series about healing through movement and creative expression that incorporates yoga instruction, live music performances from a diverse range of artists, and a variety of additional empowering practices.
During the 60 minute event there will be live music performed while participants are guided through yoga postures and visualization exercises. Each Showga event will feature a different band or artist and there will be occasional guest instructors.
Showga is an opportunity to explore the healing dimensions of movement and music and how they interact. Both movement and music are strong and exciting tools for personal empowerment, whether we are creating, consuming, offering, experimenting, or performing.