Yoga in the Garden
Join BGI every select Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm for free outdoor yoga on the elevated boardwalk of the Naval Cemetery Landscape. Brought to you by Nature Sacred and Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.
May 9th & 23rd
June 13th & 27th
July 11th & 25th
August 8th & 22nd
September 12th & 26th
The class will draw from the vinyasa and hatha yoga traditions and will use breath and movement to achieve meditation and relaxation.
Classes are suitable for all experience levels and will include postures and breathing techniques that promote balance, strength, and flexibility of body and mind. Just remember these classes are BYOM (Bring your own Mat).
About S. Cecilia Zuniga:
Cecilia draws inspiration from various healing modalities and traditions to create a wellness experience that is in accordance to the energetics for a given time and season. Contingent on the style, a typical class will integrate alignment based vinyasa Yoga, Ayurveda, women’s practice’s, Chinese medicine and Reiki.
Be it a yoga class, an art project, or a way of life, Cecilia has always been inspired by ritual, the esoteric and nature. She credits her upbringing in magical and enchanting places such as New Mexico & Mexico.
In addition to being a yogini, Cecilia is a wellness content creator by day. She is completely immersed and surrounded in the wellness industry. Her background is in design, arts and technology. A classic “ENFP”, she is a people-centered creator with a focus on possibilities and a contagious enthusiasm for new ideas, people and activities.
Find out more here!
- B57 Bus to Flushing Av/Classon Av (2 min walk)
- B62 Bus to Flushing Av/Classon Av
- B48 Bus to Wallabout St/Wythe Av (5 min walk)
- G train to Flushing Ave (13 min walk)
Teletextile Sound Bath: Sonic Meditation
Join BGI select Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm for free Sound Bath Meditation on the elevated boardwalk of the Naval Cemetery Landscape.
Teletextile Sound Bath
Teletextile presents a sound bath experience led by Pamela Martinez and collaborator Alex Beckman. Be lulled into deep relaxation using the sounds of singing bowls, gong, harmonium, vocals, and other sound sources to provide you with a meditative and healing environment. Lay down and enjoy. These Sonic Meditations provide a way in for deep vibrational healing of the mind, body and spirit.
Sound Bath Benefits:The body needs time to relax and rejuvenate. Research has confirmed that even listening to certain music can effectively and rapidly elicit the relaxation response and bring about chemical, hormonal, and cellular change that actively promotes healing. When our parasympathetic nervous system is stimulated [via our vagus nerve] by soothing sounds, we are sending a message of calm and relaxation to every part of our body. So when we say that something is “music to our ears,” it’s actually so much more. It’s a massage for every organ in the body. (Silvia Nakkach, Free Your Voice)
Classes are held at the Naval Cemetery Landscape. Enter at Williamsburg St West between Kent and Flushing Avenues.
B57/B62Bus to Flushing Av/Classon Av (2 min walk)
B48 Bus to Wallabout St/Wythe Av (5 min walk)
J/M/Z Train to Marcy Ave (11 min walk)
G train to Flushing Ave (13 min walk) or Classon Ave (10 min walk)
About The Instructors
Pamela Martinez is a reiki master, educator, multi-instrumentalist and composer who creates music under the moniker Teletextile. Her “Bjork-like” sound (The Boston Globe) moves from vocal layering and “electronic wizardry” (Metronome Magazine) to “dense, stormy guitar, piano and electronics” (Time Out New York). Martinez has toured extensively in the US, Europe, the UK and Asia. As a genre-hopping performer and musician, Martinez has performed violin at Carnegie Hall with a Carnatic Indian music ensemble, sang in San Francisco’s historic Fillmore Theater and takes part in extravagant performance art happenings in New York City. Her most recent directing and performing credits include, Whisperlodge. The New York Times dubbed Whisperlodge “an unusual mix of theater and therapy” and has been featured in BuzzFeed, The Atlantic and more with acclaim. At home in Brooklyn, Martinez passes on the craft of music to her community by teaching violin, voice, piano, guitar, music theory and sound healing to all ages and levels of students privately and at community education centers including Brooklyn Music School and the Maha Rose Center for Healing.
Alex Beckmann is a lover of sound, a producer, drummer and composer. As a drummer Alex has toured with various artists around North America, the Middle East, and South Africa, and has played major festivals such as Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. As a producer he writes and performs electronic music under the name MMBLR. A fascination with sound healing and sound meditation has led Alex to study various techniques and instruments including tuning fork Biosonics with John Beaulieu and Gong Yoga with Don Conreaux. He looks forward to sharing what feels like just the beginning of his journey with sound and music.
Turnstile Tours - Urban Ecology Tour
Discover the natural world in the midst a thriving urban industrial park on this 2-hour tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard led by Turnstile Tours.
Explore New York City’s waterways, terrestrial ecosystems and urban farms. Explore the Naval Cemetery Landscape, visit the stunning 65,000-square-foot Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm, visit an oyster restoration project led by students from the New York Harbor School and explore planned and unplanned natural landscapes of the Yard, including the landscape architecture surrounding BLDG 92, identifying native and exotic plant species along the way. This tour will reveal that the natural world truly is all around us, even in the heart of the city.
For more info and to book a tour:
City Growers Urban Ecology Program
Urban Ecology is a two-workshop learning series designed to empower children in Brooklyn to see themselves as instruments of environmental change. Students learn how to create and sustain pollinator pathways through native plant restoration. Both workshops take place at the beautiful and historic Brooklyn Naval Cemetery Landscape Site, a native plant haven managed by Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.
The first Urban Ecology workshop focuses on important pollinators, the native plants that provide forage through the seasons, and invasive, non-native plants that threaten our urban ecosystem. The second workshop focuses on the honeybee colony, a non-native superorganism that supports native plants through excellent pollination skills. Hands-on, interactive learning activities increase students’ environmental literacy about ecology, native plants, and pollinators. Students weed invasive plants in the Naval Cemetery Landscape Site, and take native plant seeds back to school to propagate and transplant. Urban Ecology gives students the knowledge and tools they need to support biodiversity in Brooklyn, and to act as stewards of our urban environment.