The Open Yoga (OY) Project was founded by Jordana Rubenstein-Edberg, health educator and certified 500 hour yoga teacher. The project is en exploration of creating presence in our everyday lives via movement meditation.
A few quick facts:
-Jordana graduated (2017) from Bard College in New York with a double degree in Human Rights and Theater/Performance.
--Jordana is a 500 hour certified yoga instructor (with certifications in aerial yoga, pre-natal yoga, yoga nidra and restorative yoga). Additionally, she has taken trainings in Transcendental Meditation and Mindfulness based Stress Relief.
-She received the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship (2017-18) which supported her on a year long solo journey of independent study. While abroad, she explored how communities use art practices to create a sense of stability within situations of war, poverty, environmental instability, and other situations of change.
-Upon returning to the U.S, she has continued to work with these concepts with a range of organizations: At the Refugee Youth Summer Academy with Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP), Enact, a non-profit drama therapy organization in NYC, Voice Theater NY, and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS). She currently teaches middle school students in the South Bronx about healthy relationships with STEPS to End Family Violence, a domestic violence prevention organization in NYC.
Why The Open Yoga Project?
How do the stories we are told about ourselves and our world inhibit or expand us? Using playful, collaborative movement practices, we explore the process of deconstructing/rewriting our personal stories to create mindfulness and communication. From this personal level of transformation, we can begin moving towards a more just, egalitarian world.
Authors, Theories, and other knick knacks that The OY Project often draw from:
The Body Keeps the Score by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
All things by Adrienne Maree Brown, John Kabat Zinn, Brené Brown and Roxanne Gay.
The theory and practice of Theater of the Oppressed (Augosto Boal)
Education for Socially Engaged Art by Pablo Helguera
"In the Red and Brown Water" by Terrelle Alvin McCraney
The drawings of M.C. Escher
The poems of Mahmoud Darwish
The Practical Aesthetics technique taught at the Atlantic Theater NYC