Capoeira Angola is an African-Brazilian art form with its roots in Bantu traditons, which were carried to Brazil by enslaved africans. The development of Capoeira into a "dance-fight" burgeoned in Brazil, out of the struggle for liberation by Africans, indigenous Brazilians and other marginalized peoples during the Portuguese colonization. Today, Capoeira Angola continues to be a social tool for resistance and empowerment, through the teaching of community building, social equality, and diaspora studies. The fundamental African traditions and philosophies contained within the teachings of Capoeira Angola, and even more specifically, within the roda, or circle, where Capoeira is played, can build self-esteem and self-awareness of both the mind and body. Through the dynamics of the roda, individuals can discover and maximize their potentials, using them to construct a foundation built upon patience, endurance and elegance.
Yoga’s focus on strength training and flexibility is an incredible benefit to your body. The postures are meant to strengthen your body from the inside out, so you don’t just look good, you feel good, too. Each of the yoga poses is built to reinforce the muscles around the spine, the very center of your body, which is the core from which everything else operates. When the core is working properly, posture is improved, thus alleviating back, shoulder, and neck pain.
The digestive system gets back on track when the stretching in yoga is coupled with a healthy, organic diet, which can relieve constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and acid reflux.
Our long-term goal is to support and foster the well being of our seniors. Mosaic provides programs and services geared toward promoting the health and wellness of our community’s seniors (60+).
Senior participants at Mosaic programs have a chance to experience an array of activities that are aimed towards their well being as a whole.
We focus on: physical activities -yoga, strength training, Chi Gong, community walk-a-ton., stretching. The benefits of such activities can improve or prevent health problems, weight issues and functional mobility.
Cognitive Activities - creative games, music, gardening are brain boosters that bring joy to the participant as well as improve their memory.
Intergenerational programs - Seniors and youth at Mosaic have a chance to collaborate, exchage ideas and have fun together giving them an opportunity to bridge the generational gap.
Arts Collective is an after school program with an array of activities that include Capoeira, Yoga, Qi Gong, Music, Painting, Gardening, and many other art forms as well. Through the Arts Collective children participate, and are exposed to a variety of activities that promote a healthy mind and body.
Through Mosaic’s daily Art Collective workshops, youth collaborate with local teaching artists and educators who donate their time and guidance to nurture the youth’s creativity and talents.”
Helping our youth through Art Collective programs may be one of the most important steps we can take as a non profit in our community. Art is a valuable tool for discovering, exploring and interpreting reality. By investing in children through Art Collective programs, we are not only exposing the students to the benefits of the arts, we are also helping children succeed in all school subjects and in life.