"Namaste—the light in me sees the light in you."
Join Dianne Bondy for lecture and practice to explore the intersection of yoga, body image, race, discrimination, and perceptions of yoga in the media. What is diversity in yoga and who gets to define it? Why are some bodies deemed more valuable than others? What is racism, and how is it different from prejudice? How do we invite others to the practice? We'll take a deep dive into our belief systems and how they affect our teaching, practice, and the lives of others.
Focusing on accessibility and adaptability, Dianne will share strategies to shift the paradigm and combat the “yoga body” narrative to engage underserved communities. You will learn techniques to adapt asana to different body types and practical methods to create space for all bodies to feel safe and flourish. We'll discuss the power of language, consent on the mat, methods of teaching in non-traditional spaces, and accessible class planning and execution. Leave with actionable tools to help you take your yoga off the mat and into your larger community.
Please plan to have the following props for practice: 2 blocks, a strap, a blanket, and a pillow and/or bolster.
A recording of the workshop will be shared with registrants for a limited time.
Dianne Bondy, E-RYT 500, YACEP, is a social justice activist, author, accessible yoga teacher, and the leader of the Yoga for All movement. Her inclusive approach to yoga empowers anyone to practice, regardless of their shape, size, ethnicity, or level of ability. Dianne is revolutionizing yoga by educating yoga instructors around the world on how to make their classes welcoming for all kinds of practitioners. Her commitment to increasing diversity in yoga has been recognized in her work with Pennington’s, Gaiam, and the Yoga & Body Image Coalition, as well as in speaking engagements at Princeton, Duke, University of Buffalo and UC Berkeley on Yoga, Race, and Diversity. Her writing is published in Yoga and Body Image Volume 1, Yoga Renegades, and Yes Yoga Has Curves. Dianne is the author of the internationally bestselling book Yoga for Everyone, co-author of Yoga Where You Are (to be released in December 2020), and a frequent contributor to Yoga International, DoYou, Yoga Girl, and Omstars. She has been featured in publications such as The Guardian, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Mashable, and People.
Find Dianne online at diannebondyyoga.com, yogaforalltraining.com, and yogaforeveryone.tv.