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Juneteenth Commemoration
Acknowledging & Honoring OUR Freedom

This class is pay-what-you-can. Advance registration is required. Space is limited. 

Project Yoga Richmond in partnership with Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is offering space, place, and time for healing inter-generational harm.

Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of chattel slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, tens of thousands of enslaved Africans in Texas were emancipated, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by Lincoln.

Bring your mat and open heart for this special Saturday Salutations – We will acknowledge the land, honor the Ancestors, and celebrate the self-determination of Black people, through a yoga experience created to transform historical harms.

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Saturday, June 19, 2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am
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As Richmonders, we know our city has a long, layered history of racism and trauma. Each of us will arrive at this space with our own experiences, joys, and hardships. Let’s connect with our ancestral past, investigate our feelings, and process what arises in the context of yoga, dance, and meditation.


  • Location is the Terrace Lawn near the Rose Garden.
  • PYR Board Member Dr. Ram Bhagat offers an oral history of Juneteenth and how it connects us all.
  • Stretch the body and mind with yoga lead by Dr. Ram Bhagat.
  • Raise your vibrations with drumming and dancing.
  • Integrate what we’ve experienced through meditation.
  • Close with a sharing circle.

We welcome people of all racial backgrounds to practice together and contemplate how they show up in the community in this beautifully cultivated green space.

The Garden’s mask policy is that fully vaccinated guests do not have to wear a mask indoors or outdoors. Those who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask indoors at all times and outdoors when 6-foot social distancing is not possible.

Yogis may arrive as early as 8:30 a.m. to set up their mats.

Space is limited. Register now — navigate to June 19th and click on the date!

Rain date: June 20, 9 a.m.