Brenda Lin, from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, is a certified yoga instructor. She conducts yoga sessions in unconventional spaces (warehouses, wood shops, residential rooftops, etc.) to challenge the popular idea that we should restrict particular body movement to designated areas.
The Ecotone Apprentice Readiness Training brought a new awareness of the usefulness and necessity in applying her body awareness in a construction environment and sharing that knowledge with her community. Moving forward, the self-assurance that Brenda received from the program has motivated her to bridge the gap between corporate companies and the local communities they serve to create opportunities for expression and connection. Today, Brenda continues to develop the ARC 40 Stretch and Flex warm-up sessions for recruits to the Ecotone Program.
From Brenda :
“Ecotone has provided amazing services and opportunities for the Red Hook community as well as all throughout NYC. Being a part of the summer and fall training program has been amazing. The intention behind each Saturday session is set with professionalism and integrity, embodying qualities that help us build character while learning carpentry and ways to improve the community. Being able to incorporate safety and responsibility each Saturday with stretching and a few yoga poses before putting our protective gear on and going into the carpentry lesson for the day definitely sets you up for success as it prepares your body mentally and physically all while practicing accountability for your workspace. The environment is encouraging and the team is always ready to uplift you and help when needed. I’m grateful that coming out of this program I’ve not only harnessed the confidence to use tools but I’ve also made my own. This carpentry training experience is tough and full of hard work all throughout the 10 straight weeks but by the end of it, it truly leaves you feeling so fulfilled and capable.”
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