An Embodied Protest is an integration of all aspects of the self. It is a total uninhibited acknowledgement of every part of our being, even the big and heavy emotions we sometimes carry. When these emotions get stuck in our systems, they can take the form of physical pain, limiting beliefs about ourselves and the world, or ways of being that no longer serve us. Therefore, we must move to get unstuck. In this space, we allow shame and guilt and anger to be reformed and renewed. By using voice, movement, and intention to make major shifts, we have the opportunity to be wildly and unabashedly human. An Embodied Protest is permission to exist in ways you never thought acceptable. This is a call to action in which we explore ourselves as shaped by personal, societal, cultural, political, and the myriad of other contexts we live within. Our minds cannot be separated from our bodies, our ancestries, our communities, and our many identities. Personal healing is collective healing.
Join me for an evening of compassion, power, and breakthrough. Beginning with Osho’s Dynamic Meditation, we will kick, scream, shout, jump, laugh, and let go of everything that keeps us stuck or blocked. After this surge of energy, we will circle up for dialogue about anger, catharsis, release, and personal power. By sharing the wisdom, experiences, and insight that exist among us, we experience mutuality, find our own meaning of wellness, and diversify our healing tools. Finally, we will integrate the learning by utilizing embodiment techniques to remain present and enlivened. Together, we can develop new ways of understanding what it means to heal, thrive, and stay wild.
Jazmine Russell is a mental health advocate and trauma survivor dedicated to radical wellness. After obtaining a degree in Applied Psychology from NYU Steinhardt, she began working as a home-based crisis counselor in New York City. Currently, she works as a peer specialist for Parachute NYC, providing support to individuals and groups by utilizing the Open Dialogue Approach, Intentional Peer Support, Need-Adapted Treatment, and Trauma-Informed care. In addition, Jazmine has been mentored in intuitive development, holistic medicine, and embodiment techniques for the last 7 years, practicing deep emotional processing in her own life while supporting others in their integration process. She has also studied various movement and meditation practices at Osho Ashram in India. Jazmine dedicates her time to holistic and self-determined care, mutual aid and community building practices, education, activism, and finding new ways to shed light on social justice issues and transformative models of care. She has been invited to present her work at The Ultra Laboratory, Bluestockings, NYU, and Mayday Space to name a few, and has recently co-founded an institute with like-minded clinicians, peers, and mental health workers to explore the links between personal and societal transformation.