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BHM concludes with trap yoga

By Paige Murray
On March 5, 2017

     

To celebrate the end of Black History month, UNC junior Autumn Johnson, the cultural activities coordinator for the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center, put together a trap yoga session Monday night at Harrison Hall. 

    The yoga class was taught by Aurora trap yoga instructor, Lesley Pace. Trap yoga is not a commonly known form of yoga. It consists of doing yoga while listening to trap music, a combination of hip-hop, dance music and dub, creating an upbeat atmosphere. 

    Though some instructors may teach variations of trap yoga, Pace only knows of one other type. 

    “I started in August of 2016, it was really an attempt to be more inclusive in yoga classes and to really tap into communities that probably wouldn’t try yoga normally. So with the change in music and kind of energy or atmosphere in the classroom, it creates more inclusiveness and more of a fun environment,” Pace said. 

    Pace kept the mood light-hearted and comfortable for everyone attending. There was no judgment, no stress and no biases. A place for students to become in-tune with themselves and drown out the world. Between 15 and 20 students attended the class. It consisted of mostly women, with exception of one man. 

    Pace kicked off the class with poses that allowed the body to be at rest, establishing a full mental and physical awareness. Due to the stress of school, Pace chose to have the session fully focused on balance. Working from the upper body down, Pace incorporated smaller dance moves into the various yoga poses; some students followed her lead when they mastered the pose as well. 

    “I have come to see that there is always a bigger picture,” Pace said. “That’s what I try to show in my yoga classes.”

At one point in the session, Pace invited the class to introduce themselves and share something that they either love about themselves or about being black.

At the end of every session, Pace says “namaste” which means, in a nutshell, having respect for one another.

Pace currently has a studio in both Downtown Denver and Aurora where she teaches trap yoga among other dance classes.

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