The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) seeks to foster well-being and connection in our community by offering programs where participants can experience traditions of all kinds. Please join us on Tuesdays at lunchtime for Mindfulness @ ICA, guided by experienced meditation teachers from the Richmond community. Mindfulness meditation is a way of giving “kind attention” to our experience in the here and now.
The guided meditation with discussion following, is offered on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 12–1 pm in the ICA Auditorium. Doors open at 11:45 am. All participants can check in at our Welcome Desk.
Mindfulness @ ICA is sponsored by the Institute of Contemporary Art and the College Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute (COBE), both at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Brinson Leigh Kresge is an Adjunct Professor at Richmond’s Virginia Commonwealth University, a senior Mysore teacher at Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, a certified Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Consultant, and an artist. She is dedicated to her daily Ashtanga and meditation practices as well as her continuing studies as a trained death doula.
Leigh began physical/mental training in dance at age four with the Richmond Ballet, and later graduated Magna Cum Laude with degrees in both Dance and Choreography and English from VCU. Fascinated with the confluence of Eastern philosophy, Western psychology, and the psychosomatic experience of our existence, Leigh has dedicated most of her adult life to exploring these realms. With profound gratitude she recognizes those teachers who continue to impact her life expression: Rolf and Marci Naujokat, Sharath Jois, David Frawley, Alaknanada Puri (Gangotri), and Pat Buxton.
Ashley Williams, is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) with 10 years of work experience within the field of education, mental health and juvenile justice in Central Virginia. Ashley completed her undergraduate education at the University of Virginia and completed a Master of Science in Yoga Therapy at Maryland University of Integrative Health.
Ashley is the founder and owner of bareSOUL Yoga & Wellness studio located in Richmond. bareSOUL offers daily studio yoga classes, private individual and group classes, educational workshops and yoga therapy sessions. She is the lead professor on the Yoga and Mindfulness: Skills for On and Off the Mat at VCU, which is a one-credit course for students to learn and apply self regulation and stress management. Ashley serves on the Board of Directors of Project Yoga Richmond and plays a vital role in making yoga and mindfulness accessible throughout the area.