GaneshSpace is a community organization dedicated to creating an equitable world where personal action leads to collective liberation through mindfulness education. By recognizing that every person experiences marginalization and privilege differently, we offer a diverse range of classes, support spaces and resources to help navigate issues around race, gender, sexuality and the body.JOIN THE MOVEMENT
Kim Thai (she/her) founded GaneshSpace in 2018 with the intention of creating a community where we could unite around our commonalities and celebrate our differences. As a queer Asian woman, she found the strong desire to connect with other people who have experienced marginalization because of simply who they were.
- Intersectionality allows us to see ourselves in others
- The most marginalized need to be seen and heard
- A compassionate and loving community is essential for feeling safe
- A dedicated mindfulness practice is essential for healing
- And constant action is necessary for the liberation of all
OUR INTENTIONS ARE TO:
- Embrace our differences and intersectionality with compassion and curiosity.
- Create healing spaces that reduce harm by centering lived experiences and seeing our positionality in the world.
- Amplify marginalized voices and issues to correct an imbalance in the dominant culture.
- Align our personal practice with collective action to transform our sense of belonging and the worlds we live in.
OUR FOUNDING TEAM
GaneshSpace was founded by a team of mindfulness teachers who felt displaced and disempowered within the wellness industry — and the world. Founded in India, raised on Lenape land (NYC) and now breathing online, this passion project grew into a community. We started GaneshSpace because we saw the need to create spaces where people could explore their sense of belonging and wholeness within themselves and the world.
The GaneshSpace network spans across the country with teachers coming from many backgrounds — Black, API, Latinx, white, straight, queer, fat, skinny, she, he, they. It's with this diverse insight that we have developed a wide range of mindfulness programs that explore the intersections within ourselves and the world.
Our intention is simple: To help people see that personal and collective change can start with your breath.
Kim Thai (she/her) is an Emmy-award-winning producer; writer, social justice advocate and mindfulness teacher. She founded GaneshSpace because she was seeking a community where she could be her most authentic self in her healing journey. As a queer Asian woman and a proud kid of Vietnamese refugees, she shares Buddhist teachings to help people find the freedom and power that lives within themselves. She has personally experienced how our breath can change the way we see and show up in the world and believes deeply that equity is possible and can be achieved if we start reflecting and taking action now.
Linda Lopes is a yoga, meditation, and Reiki practitioner based in Brooklyn, New York serving youth and adults. She discovered her mat a decade ago through a mentor, who she always refers to as the catalyst for change in her life. While in search of happiness, joy, and love; she soon realized that what she and most of us long for can be found within. As a Founding Teacher at GaneshSpace, she actively creates and holds spaces for BIPOC to come together and heal. She strongly believes that it is in power of brave, authentic, trusting, and loving communities that we can create change in the world. .
Tisha Samuels (she/her) is a Founding Teacher of GaneshSpace. She is a a yoga and ayurveda student and teacher in Pittsburgh, PA (originally Iroquios, Lenape and Shawnee land). She strives to create space for students to learn and use mindfulness tools to bring them back to their highest and truest selves and to discover how that affects and connects them with the world around them. Becoming a part of GaneshSpace was a necessity, not a decision. With so much hatred and misunderstanding built within the systems that we live, it is a priority to Tisha to be part of the movement towards collective change. It is true dharma to participate in an organization that is centered around mindful action.
Felipe Gonzalez (he/him) is a certified 500 ERYT, Katonah Yoga® teacher, and Founding Teacher at GaneshSpace. Based in Santa Monica, California (Tongva land) he has spent the last six years learning, unlearning, and exploring the intersections of yoga, mindfulness, and social justice. His mission is to rewrite the narrative around wellness and healing. He believes that Yoga is a practice of activism. By allowing oneself to engage in practices and techniques of self awareness, self regulation, and self care, it awakens the desire to make the world a better place than you found it.
Kristina Lopez (she/they) is an artist, death doula, and meditation teacher. Her practice is informed by an intersectional lens dedicated to collective liberation. She intertwines Buddhist philosophy with contemporary theories of anti-racism, anti-capitalism, and sex positivity. She is a second generation Caribbean American born and raised on Lenape land in NYC. As the community manager of GaneshSpace, she believes that mindfulness and activism are both necessary in our search for freedom.
We believe in the power of the collective, that navigating how to dismantle and rebuild together is the only way forward. These are the folks who have been and are a part of our tribe in some way. If you’re interested in being more involved, join our AMPLIFY program.EXPLORE AMPLIFY
The better we understand how identities and power work together from one context to another, the less likely our movements for change are to fracture."— Kimberle Williams Crenshaw
OUR PROCESS HELPS YOU PROCESS.
We’ve created a special process within every program that uses different mindfulness practices to create a cycle of healing. We believe the only way to create compassionate action is to start with yourself, and to start with your breath.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Finding safe spaces as a genderfluid, pansexual, Black, 1/2 1st gen kid has always been a challenge for me. This is one of the few places where I am confident my humanity will never be questioned. In this space, I know that my identities that are marginalized elsewhere are accepted and embraced. I pray that one day people who share my identities will feel safe everywhere they go, but until then I am so grateful to have access to a healing space where I can relax and detangle myself from internalized stigma, open my heart, and recover from the stress of systemic oppression.
What is there not to love about GaneshSpace? Kim and many others have built a beautiful space that is absolutely a joy to be a part of - both as a community member and collaborator. Their community-first, inclusive space gracefully honors ancestral wellness practices, and their community outreach and events offer essential education and liberation for the greater collective. Go check them out - you will be delightfully pleased.
I turned to GaneshSpace after the murder of George Floyd. I had this urge to learn to educate myself and that was the beginning for me. And it made me start thinking and I've had new ideas and thinking about in terms of white supremacy and white privilege that I was not before. Like, I'm really thinking about it. I always thought about it — in terms of the extreme — but now, I've been thinking about it just in every day life and how it manifests.
I feel more aware of certain things. GaneshSpace has helped me articulate things, to feel more informed. What's most unique are the diverse range of voices — other spaces tend to have just one focus but all of the GaneshSpace events provide different viewpoints and bring different communities together — and not just like-minded people. So that people can hear what others' lived experiences are and so you can get out of your little bubble. It's wonderful to see. It's a great service.
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