White supremacy’s most effective tool is Divide and Conquer, which causes us to distance from ourselves and others, leaving us split apart both individually and collectively. Dismantling white supremacy requires turning and facing one another. Through the practice of yoga, we can experience a personal transformation that allows us to approach one another with honesty, skill and awareness.
In this workshop, we will deepen our understanding of the principles of justice and of yoga, the workings of power and privilege, oppression and identity, suffering and liberation, and loving kindness. In addition, we will discuss what we internalize from living in a white supremacist culture and how these internalizations impact us individually, as people of color, as white people, and as a collective. We will practice asana (postures), meditation, mindfulness, pranayama (breathing), chanting and mantra work as you sharpen goals and visions for your work to change the world. You will also create concrete plans to put your goals into action.
This inclusive, all-levels workshop is designed for anyone who wants to understand how to link the practices of inner and outer change- on the mat, off of the mat, and within their lives. You will leave the workshop feeling connected, alive, free, and motivated to practice seva (service) as you take your yoga into the world. Yoga teachers will gain new skills to bring to their teaching.
No yoga experience is necessary.
The workshop is from 6:00-9:00pm Friday, November 9th & 9:00am-4:00pm on Saturday, November 10th.
Michelle Johnson is a yoga teacher, social justice activist, licensed clinical social worker and Dismantling Racism trainer. She approaches her life and work from a place of empowerment, embodiment and integration. With a deep understanding of trauma and the impact that it has on the mind, body, spirit and heart, much of her work focuses on helping people better understand how power and privilege operate in their lives. Michelle specializes in trauma, eating disorders and racial identity work. In 2015, Michelle began leading Skill in Action Yoga Teacher Training, which is focused on the intersection of yoga and social justice.