ASCENDtials Launches Its First Online Yoga Retreat Through a Partnership With Onyeka Tefari and Nikki Bose

Join us for our 1st Online Ancient African-based Yoga retreat! Support ASCENDtials’ mission to recognize and preserve culture rooted in truth that we might secure Equality! PRESS RELEASE  UPDATED: AUG 7, 2021

SAN DIEGO, August 7, 2021 (Newswire.com) – ASCENDtials today announced a new partnership with Onyeka Tefari, at Onyeka Tefari.com, and Nikki Bose, a yoga instructor at reUnify Yoga, for a new partnership and service launch. This partnership is to promote ASCENDtials 1st Online Divine Femininity Yoga Retreat, Aug. 20, 2021, starting at 12:30 p.m. PST, and is intended to give participants exposure to African Kemetic Yoga, a spiritual way of life known in Ancient Africa, before being adapted in Asia. This is important to recognize and preserve this culture, so that we may be grounded in truth, respect, and protect the contributions of Black bodies to culture. Join us for this online Yoga Event!

This fundraiser is to support ASCENDtials in its mission to bring awareness of oppressive structures in place, in its effort to dismantle them by building higher-level problem-solving skills, to address and create systems for good based on the science of science by applying KOS to grow, sustain, balance and to secure Equality for all.

https://tinyurl.com/divinefemininityyoga

“Knowledge is like a garden. If it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.” -African proverb

An invention or creation is just like an offspring; it comes from its creator and therefore has its creator’s Nature and likeness. “Therefore, a person, place or thing has the nature and likeness of whoever created it, regardless of whether that information is actually detrimental to the survival and well-being of those receiving it.” – African Creation Energy 

“Seeking truth will bring about Equality and protect the survival of humanity, which is at risk” – M. Marzette ASCENDtials founder

The benefits of this new partnership include:

  • Community collaboration with two instructors for our 1st Online yoga retreat to share the importance of Knowing Thyself.
  • Brings widespread attention and awareness to Knowing Thyself and its benefits in the fight for equality.
  • Engages more people in the social transformative/justice movement.
  • Promotes understanding of KOS-Melanin-ology™ as a humanizing experience for all.

About ASCENDtials:

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization specializing in Critical Consciousness by providing thoughtful holistic educative tools, resources, and training programs that prepare, are preventative, instill, and reinforce a deeper appreciation for self and community, a oneness that builds capacity and environmental care.

About Onyeka Tefari, of Onyekatefari.com:

Onyeka is a holistic healer who uses massage therapy, yoga, and aromatherapy to help clients heal all aspects of life. Knowing that everything is connected, we must embrace the journey to health and healing as an ongoing process.

About Nikki Bose, of reUnify Yoga:

A Chicago native who fell in love with the power of the Ocean 10 years ago and has been surfer-chic-living in San Diego ever since. Formerly a molecular biologist, she’s now a trained Yoga instructor and has been teaching yoga since 2012. 


ASCENDtials Partners With James Crawford on Advancing Knowledge of Self in Black Education

He will be our inaugural speaker for the KOS-Melanin-ology™ lunch sessions

PRESS RELEASE  UPDATED: JUL 29, 2021 12:48 EDT

SAN DIEGO, July 29, 2021 (Newswire.com) – ASCENDtials today announced a new collaboration with James Crawford, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Education Studies department at UCSD. This collaboration will be for ASCENDtials inaugural KOS-Melanin-ology™ lunch sessions launch, August 19, 2021, and will be an interactive discussion about the importance of advancing knowledge of self in Black education. 

Two quotes that come to mind when thinking about the struggle Blacks face in a dialectical system of White/Black and/or Oppressor/Oppressed, is that it doesn’t allow for a complete, free, human experience and is limiting and dehumanizing. Though we live amongst functions that operate in this way, it would be unwise to base a structural system this way, in which humans create and experience in such a limiting way. So, it is necessary to learn to Know Thyself and Melanin.

Remember that “As Above, So Below”- African Proverb. What nature shows us is clearly how we must operate.

And should we choose to deny what nature shows, we aren’t truly ourselves, but we are an approximation. And “An Approximation is a lesser form of Equality” – African Creation Energy.

“It’s time to activate melanin in our educational system, so that true problem-solving is known, and that we place a real emphasis on thinking critically about Equality and structures in place that impede this progress, as an approximation will not do.” – Mika Marzette

The benefits of this new partnership include:

  • New collaboration with our inaugural speaker for our lunch sessions.
  • Brings widespread attention and awareness to Melanin and its benefits in the fight for equality. 
  • Makes problem-solving a priority for those with the highest concentrations of melanin.
  • Way of thinking pulls from an ancient African “way of life” based on science that embraces freedom, creativity, balance, and helps sustain growth.
  • Engages more people in the social transformative/justice movement.
  • Builds critical consciousness around Knowledge of Self.
  • Promotes understanding of KOS-Melanin-ology and its purpose of a humanizing experience for all.

About ASCENDtials: a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization specializing in Critical Consciousness, by providing thoughtful holistic educative tools, resources, and training programs that prepare, are preventative, instill, and reinforce a deeper appreciation for self and community, a oneness that builds capacity, and environmental care.

About James Crawford: James Crawford is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Education Studies department at UCSD. He has extensive experience in education consulting and capacity-building to center the voices and academic supports for Students of Color. Currently, James is the Graduate Researcher for the UCSD Black Studies Project, a principal member of the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association, and also serves on the Black Academic Excellence Initiative Advisory Committee. He is a published scholar with research interests including Black critical theory, critical media analysis, and culturally responsive pedagogies and curricula to help transform education systems and outcomes.

Source: ASCENDtials