Introducing myself as a yoga teacher, artist and community organizer (on top of my long last name) can be quite a mouthful. However, in reality my work is indeed multidimensional. I am committed to and embrace this approach because it brings a richness to my life and projects. What connects my work is a drive to create safe spaces. Through both teaching yoga and working with organizations striving for social change, I am focused on developing supportive environments to facilitate growth. My creative practice, both working with clients and producing my own contemporary art, is also about cultivating safe spaces for pushing boundaries and inquiry into new ideas.
Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe is Co-founder and Director of Groundation Grenada and Co-founder/Managing Instructor at Spice Harmony Yoga. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Studio Art from Smith College where she was awarded a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellowship and worked in the education department at the Smith College Museum of Art. Malaika holds a Masters of Arts with Distinction in Cultural Studies from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, her research focused on cultural memory and the Grenada Revolution & U.S. 'Intervasion'. Malaika's photographs, short films and mixed media installations have been exhibited internationally and regionally. Recent shows include: Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (2014), the Jamaica Biennial (2015) and her first solo exhibition May Nothing Stay Hidden opened in New Local Space (NLS), Kingston, Jamaica, in January 2015. Most recently Malaika was commissioned by the Pure Grenada Music Festival to create an art installation for their inaugural year. Her mixed media piece made out of bamboo and plastic waste is called Disposable Permanence.