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[Live Streamed] Practicing Justice in Yoga: Foundations with RW Alves

Aug 20, 2020

| $180 – $220

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Exploring Inclusion, Equity, Power, Trauma, Consent, and Appropriation in Our Practice and Teaching.

This five-week series provides an opportunity to reflect on who we are and how we show up in the world, and how we might show up more in alignment with our own best hopes for ourselves, our communities, and the world. We’ll explore how systems of privilege and oppression show up in our practice, teaching, and communities; what inclusion, equity, and justice could look like in yoga; how equity, power, and social justice relate to trauma-informed yoga; and how we can move towards practicing justice within our yoga practice and teaching.

Whether you’re a yoga teacher, teacher in training, or yoga student, you’ll come away from this training with new awareness and tools to be able to:
Reflect on and identify your own positionality and biases in a framework of systemic power
Analyze systemic power and privilege as it relates to the practice and teaching of yoga, and creation of yogic spaces in the US
Teach or practice trauma-informed yoga in ways that acknowledge and take into account the traumas of social injustice and oppression
Apply inquiries about power and consent to yoga teaching, spaces, and practice
Engage more skillfully with conversations around cultural appropriation
Identify opportunities for you to act and advocate for justice and equity within your own yoga community and teaching

Using yogic philosophy, self-reflection, social justice frameworks, and experiential activities, we will deeply explore what justice, equity, and inclusion can look like in our yoga practice and teaching. We will come away with tools and inquiries to guide us in our continuing work towards creating truly inclusive spaces for people with diverse identities, backgrounds, and bodies to feel welcomed in the practice and communities of yoga.

Join us to explore yoga, practice, and teaching, as practices of justice.

Note: Foundations is the first of two five-week series on the topics of justice, equity, and inclusion in yoga.

Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 pm
August 20 – September 17, 2020

Hours: 10.0

$180 early bird through Aug 15
$220 full price Aug 16 and after

This teacher training is open to anyone, is eligible for Continuing Education Credits through Yoga Alliance, and is part of our 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training program. If you are taking this workshop toward your advanced teaching certification, please register for the 300-hour program in advance.

*Important information about online, live streamed events:
You must pre-register at least 60 minutes in advance of the start date/time of the series.
Registered participants will be emailed a Zoom link and password ~45 minutes prior to the event start.
Ensure that your email on file with us is current, so that you can receive the link!

Please plan carefully: Refunds of 90% are granted up to 5 days prior to the workshop start; after which, no refunds are given.


About the instructor: RW Alves

RW AlvesRW Alves (she/they) is a yoga teacher trainer, certified yoga therapist, social justice educator, and Somatic Experiencing practitioner who works at the intersections of social justice and trauma-informed yoga. Her teaching focuses on justice in yoga, inclusive languaging and teaching, trauma-informed yoga, nervous system resilience, accessible asana, body positivity, social justice, equity, privilege, and spiritual practice.

She is Faculty with Off the Mat, Into the World and the Yoga Service Conference, teaches Trauma-Informed Yoga with a social justice lens through Collective Resilience (collectiveresilienceyoga.com) and is a founding member of and trainer for Bending Towards Justice (bendingtowardsjustice.org), which provides anti-oppression, inclusion, equity, and social justice trainings for yoga teachers and practitioners around the country. She is a contributor to the forthcoming book Best Practices in Yoga for Addiction and Recovery.

RW is passionate about exploring and unearthing the connections and interweavings between social injustice and trauma, and social justice and resilience, and believes deeply in the power of practice to ground, sustain, and inspire us in our important and world-changing work. She is honored to hold space for people to explore deeply how to show up for justice and equity in their practice and teaching. Learn more at rwalves.com.


Aug 20, 2020
$180 – $220
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Seattle Yoga Arts
(206) 440.3191
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