• Alison Rollman

Water Element & Freedom

Updated: Jun 13, 2020

Dear community,

I'm wishing you inner freedom this week amidst continued social distancing

and mutual aid.

After a few weeks of expanded offerings, I'm paring down my online classes to allow for greater simplicity and reduced decision fatigue. Yes, Zoom is exhausting and many of us are spending even more time in digital realms than we did before as we crave more connection and information. I hope this change will support you as it will me.

Classes are now exclusively on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. (See you in just a few hours for my Saturday class!)

As for me, I'm back in Brooklyn from my stay in New Jersey and craving freedom in all of the ways. Not the type of freedom that is armed white people protesting for haircuts - hell no. But the type of freedom that is a world structured on deep caring and commitment to each other. The type of freedom that is the ocean corroding border walls. The type of freedom that movements for justice have been envisioning and fighting for for centuries.

My prayer for us all this coming week is that we can feel into a deeper type of freedom that comes from within.

Supporting me in my personal pursuit of freedom has been remembering and

meditating on the qualities of water: plain and simple yet so fundamental and life-giving. Water has so many qualities echoed inside of us: Cleansing. Fluid. Powerful. Adaptive.

Here's music I love to listen to to invoke water, and as a special love note for you all, an excerpt from a gorgeous poem from Alexis Pauline Gumbs is at the bottom of this email.

I hope my offerings can support you in feeling into our kinship with water. And I hope that together we can refresh our bodies, minds and spirits as part of our pursuit of a deep, resonant, and equitable freedom.

See you in class soon.

With care,


"now that you know that you are a planet, touch your continents, observe your shorelines. tend to the holes you burnt into your atmosphere. breathe. and since you are mostly ocean, honour your saline capacity and cry, or sweat, or spit if you have to. let your own depth astonish you. feel the heat of your core."

excerpt of The Hermit by Alexis Pauline Gumbs