The Ohm Well is excited to partner with Arts New Orleans and the Downtown Development District of New Orleans to bring a Spring Wellness to Duncan Plaza. All classes are free and open to the public. Duncan Plaza is the large open space between City Hall and the Main Library. Classes are held near the Loyola Street side of the Park.
Check out the schedule for the classes the Ohm Well is offering for this series below:
Mondays 12:30 to 1 pm – Lunch Flow
Join The Ohm Well every Monday at Duncan Plaza to kickstart your week. Participants will be led through a 30-minute lunch flow with a focus on breath and alignment. This class is beginner friendly, accessible to all levels, and designed to wake up the body and restore the mind.
Wednesdays 5:15 – 6:15 pm – Club Yoga
An hour long all-levels class. A gentle cool down to relax the muscles follows and class ends in restorative meditation.
Thursdays 7:30 – 8am – Morning Meditation
Participants will be led through guided breathing and meditation exercises to start their day.
Club Yoga and Lunch Flow classes are led by Ohm Well Director Valerie McMillan. Here’s more info about her:
Valerie first experienced yoga in 2007, while living in Chicago and undergoing a complete lifestyle change. She lost over 70lbs and transitioned from a meat based to a plant based diet. In 2011, she developed a full -time yoga practice after completing her first 30-day challenge.
At the time, Valerie noticed she was often the only women of color in the classes she was taking and was determined to help the culture of yoga evolve in New Orleans. In late 2013, Valerie immersed herself in a 200-hour power yoga training with Free to Be Power Yoga. Valerie launched the Ohm Well in early 2015, which is a yoga and wellness company designed to help clients heal themselves from the inside out.
The Ohm Well promotes body positivity and caters to every skill and every age. Specializations include: power and restorative yoga, yoga for beginners, senior fitness and workplace wellness. As a former Senior City Planner with the City of New Orleans, Valerie launched the first ever workplace wellness yoga program for City employees, in conjunction with the Chief Administrative Office and the New Orleans Health Department. After 5 years of service as a civil servant, Valerie parted ways with the City in order to promote health and wellness through the Ohm Well’s classes and workshops full time. Black and Brown Bodies in Motion (BBM) is the Ohm Well’s first signature weekly class, which features curvy-body friendly yoga and meditation. It arose out of a desire to address the invisibility of yogis of color in traditional yoga studios and classes. BBM is the first and only yoga class in New Orleans designed for and open only to self-identified people of color. BBM celebrated its 2nd year anniversary in June of 2017 and the class was featured in the Gambit weekly. In addition to teaching yoga, Valerie is also a new mom and is currently balancing her new journey of being a mother with growing and establishing a permanent location for The Ohm Well.
Meditation classes will be led by Ohm Well instructors Victoria and Ellenie. Here’s more info about them:
I have been enough lucky to have been surrounded by yoga and meditation my whole life. Growing up with my aunt, a yoga therapist and meditation teacher, and my older sister, an Ayurvedic practitioner and Reiki healer, I was drawn to yoga and holistic healing from an early age.
When I moved to New Orleans at the age of 18, I began learning Reiki with Valerie McMillan of the Ohm Well. My journey to Reiki has been a transformative experience;
Reiki allows me to ground myself in compassion, and find power in my sensitivity. I have been training and apprenticing with Valerie since 2015; and I am incredibly grateful for all I have learned from her.
Last summer, I had to opportunity to study in India, where I had the opportunity to expand my reverence for the incredible history of yogic philosophy and practice. In Dharamshala, I began to learn the teachings of Dzogchen. After I graduate from university this Spring, I hope to begin yoga instructor training, and expand my practice further.
Victoria will lead the meditation sessions February 22nd, March 1st and March 8th
Educator, Poet, Full Circle Doula, Asc3nding Herbalist, Reiki Practitioner, Food Literacy Educator, Artist and Designer- Ellenie Marie Cruz uses her given and learned talents to promote the art of ancestral practices to heal self, family and community. Motivated by social justice, she has shifted from being a high school English teacher to a free agent and entrepreneur promoting radical change through holistic wellness, self-care and community building. Ellenie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary English Education and had a strong focus on her research of Spoken Word as a Method of Social Change and Education. Now she serves and impacts her community by providing a pop-up apothecary, herbal consultations and classes focused on using natural practices for self-care and wellness. She is the sole Organizer of the NOLA Herb Gathering, has most recently published her first poetry book Saturn Return I: Glimpses of the past, and is expanding her visual project, “Portal, P****, Pilon” to a visual exhibition and interactive workshop to address sexual trauma experienced by women
Ellenie will lead the meditation classes on March 15th, 22th and 29th.
Check out the full series schedule below