It can be difficult to remain centered amidst the oppressive policies and current political and cultural divisions that split us apart individually and collectively. This workshop focuses on contemplative practices, including meditation and yoga, which allow us to work with sensations, toxic thought patterns, cultural conditioning, overwhelm, and anxiety through mindfulness and thoughtful care. Participants will deepen tools for self-care, psychotherapeutic work, and collective action through a deeper understanding of the relationship between yoga and creating change.
Michelle Cassandra Johnson, LCSW, E-RYT 500 is an activist, race equity trainer, author, yogi, healer and social change influencer. She has an understanding of how trauma impacts the mind, body, spirit and heart. Her awareness of the world through her experience as a black woman allows her to know first hand how privilege and power operate. She understands the toll that oppression can take on individuals and the collective physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Whether in an anti-oppression training, yoga space, individual or group intuitive healing session, healing and wholeness are at the center of how she approaches all of her work. Michelle has spent many years on the front lines of justice movements craving a space for healing through ritual, ceremony and sacred practice. A yoga teacher for over ten years, she has sat in many spiritual spaces and yoga communities whom lacked an awareness of justice and activism. She is interested in spiritual spaces that center activism and social change spaces that center spiritual practice. In 2013, Michelle created Skill in Action, a training program, focused on the intersection of social justice and yoga. Michelle is the author of Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World. Michelle inspires change that allows people to stand in their humanity and wholeness.Learning Objectives:
At the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to
1. Name and describe at least 2 ways that contemplative practices are relevant for social justice work.
2. Practice at least 1 mindfulness technique that applies to their personal, professional, and advocacy practices.
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