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Skill in Action Weekend Intensive

  • Villager Yoga 3150 Overton Road Birmingham, AL 35223 United States (map)

Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Practice of Yoga to Create a Just World

Villager Yoga, Birmingham, AL

February 2nd and 3rd 9:00am-4:00pm

Are you wondering how to stay grounded and centered and respond to the current political and cultural context? Contemplative practices such as yoga and meditation can serve as points of refuge when we feel lost, hopeless and uncertain. Skill in Action, a practice that bridges yoga and justice, will lead you through a transformative two-day workshop focused on contemplative practice, justice and healing. Skill in Action provides experiential embodied activities to wade through emotions, learn our history and challenge the urge to remain complacent. If you are a yogi, healer, or social change agent this workshop is designed for you.

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 all-levels yoga workshop will include a dharma talk, meditation, asana, and discussion. You will have an hour-long lunch break on Saturday and Sunday.

Sample Agenda:

9:00am Gathering and Centering
9:30am Dharma Talk
10:00 Principles of Justice, Yamas and Niyamas
11:00 Asana Practice
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Analysis about how power moves, power analysis
2:00 Application
3:00 Discussion and Closing

Led by: Michelle Johnson

Investment: $175 limited early-bird

$200 regular

$225 fund-a-friend (if you can afford this option, it will allow more to attend without financial burden)