Springboard Studio People of Color Meditation Group

Submitted by Pierce Salguero on Sun, 02/11/2018 - 00:35
530 Carpenter Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19119

40.04688, -75.195082

Geographic Origin(s) of Institution
Date Last Visited
Main Cultural/Linguistic/Ethnic Affiliation(s) of Members or Participants
African American
Major Sectarian Affiliation(s)
Local Setting, Neighborhood, Demographics

The meditation group attracts people of color from all age ranges, mostly younger adults. The majority of its attendees are women. Sessions usually have about seven to eleven people in attendance.

Connections with Healing

Each session consists of three parts: yoga, meditation, and discussion. The interviewees reported that the practice of yoga helps the body prepare for meditation. By improving the body’s flexibility, practitioners can remain more comfortable during meditation. Through integrating mindfulness into the yoga practice, one can cultivate a deeper awareness of the body, thus making the practitioner feel more relaxed and potentially overcome stress-related ailments. 

The center also offers qigong practices, and the Dharma talk we heard when we visited placed emphasis on qi, a Chinese concept of energy within the body. Interviewees reported that qigong also helps practitioners go deeper into meditation. When the flow of qi in the body is blocked, the obstruction manifests as the symptoms of a disease. Through the practice of qigong, the practitioner clears the blockages and allows the energy of qi to flow again in its natural rhythm, thus promoting health.

Springboard Studio also offers cancer support meditation sessions.