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Bending Towards Justice Training


Bending Towards Justice Training: An examination of power, privilege, and oppression.

As yoga teachers, we are asked and expected to hold a lot-- the hearts, souls
and bodies of anyone who walks through our doors-- and we are often not
equipped to skillfully acknowledge, hold, and heal the dynamics of difference that
are inevitably present in the room. In this training, we will plunge deeply into an
exploration of who we are individually, how our identities inform our experiences
and teaching, how we may unconsciously participate in dynamics of oppression,
and how we can consciously show up in practices of alliance within the yoga
classroom.

Using yogic philosophies, self-reflection, social justice frameworks, and activities,
we will deeply explore what it takes to truly hold spaces for people with diverse
identities, backgrounds, and bodies to feel welcomed in the practice of yoga. We
will examine our own identities and biases, consider skillful language and action,
and learn more about language and actions which may be harmful to different
communities that we may not have been exposed to before. This is a moment to
dig deep, sharpen our awareness, and broaden our hearts, for the benefit of all
students who may walk through the doors to our classrooms, who deserve to be
held well.

This training is for anyone who wants more tools, for anyone who has
messed up or hurt someone, for anyone who feels unseen, dismissed, or injured
in the yoga classroom, and for everyone who wants to explore practices and
tools for welcoming and holding space for the whole diversity of humanity that
may come through our doors by creating more inclusive, welcoming, and justice oriented
yoga spaces for all-- truly moving towards and committing to teaching
yoga for justice.