Power Within: Using Your Voice For Equity and Justice in the Yoga World

Finding your voice and speaking up for what you believe in can be scary, confusing & difficult. This workshop is designed to help you get a deeper understanding of many of the social justice issues effecting the yoga world, figure out what the yogis had to say on these subjects and find your unique way of using your voice and actions for impactful change. This immersion will also bring in physical practices to you release and work through emotions and sensations.

For this immersion, we will explore:

  • Accessible Yoga
  • Yoga Sutras
  • Belonging: Creating inclusive and affirming yoga communities
  • Allyship
  • Proximity to Power
  • Privilege
  • Appropriation
  • Yoga Land Myths
  • Bhagavad Gita
  • Ayurveda

Movement Based Classes:

  • Sacred Rest: Deep stretch, Restorative & Meditation
  • Alchemy of the Breath: Workshop includes elements of: Yogic Breath work, QiGong, Tai-Chi, Pranayama, Tantra Yoga and meditation. The workshop also includes a short lecture on what foods and routines will help support and accelerate this transformation.
  • Accessible Yoga Practice

Location: 

This is a zoom workshop. Join us live where you can ask questions, get to know the community, get help with your practice and catch a vibe. Busy? No problem.  You will have 3 months access to the program via Shanna Small’s course platform.

Price: $350

Schedule:

Intro to the 25 Hr/Accessible Yoga Practice Shanna Small Sept 10 10AM-12PM EST
From Inaction to Action: Yoga Sutra Version Shanna Small Sept 10 1PM-3PM EST
Belonging Shanna Small Sept 11 1-3PM EST
From Allyship to Solidarity: understanding proximity to power and social change Rebby Kern Sept 13 5-7PM EST
Sacred Rest Shanna Small Sept 17 10AM-12PM EST
Appropriation & Debunking Yogaland Myths Kaya Mindlin Sept 17 1-3 PM EST
From Inaction to Action: Gita Version Shanna Small Sept 18 10AM-12PM EST
What’s Next: Performative Allyship vs Action Shanna Small Sept 18 1-3PM EST
Self Care Through Ayurveda Victoria Martinez Sept 19 11AM-1PM EST
Alchemy of the Breath Victoria Martinez Sept 20 11AM-1PM EST

CEUS: 20 Yoga Alliance CEU’s

Staff:

Primary Teacher: Shanna Small

Shanna Small is a writer and Yoga teacher who speaks to the intersectionality of Yoga and social justice.  She has practiced Ashtanga Yoga and studied the Yoga Sutras since 2001. She has studied in Ashtanga in Mysore with Sharath Jois. Shanna studied Sanskrit, the Yoga Sutras and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika with Laksmish in Mysore, India. She does Vedic studies, including the Gita, w/ Kaya Mindlin.

Shanna’s finds joy in making the Ashtanga practice accessible for all.  She studied with Amber Karnes and Dianne Bondy and is Yoga For All certified. She is a regular contributor for Yoga International, OmStars and the Ashtanga Dispatch.    She teaches diversity and inclusivity, Yoga Sutras as well as accessibility trainings and workshops. She is a founding member of Yoga For Recovery Foundation, a non-profit that helps those recovering from addiction, trauma and systemic oppression.  Shanna is also certified in the Trauma Conscious Yoga Method by Nityada Gessel.

Guest Teacher: Kaya Mindlin

Sought-after Yoga Educator, Kaya Mindlin has been teaching yoga for 21 years, teaching teachers for 12 years. Dedicated students, seekers and teachers from around the world resonate with her technical acumen, mothering bhava and ability to thread transformational teaching and gentle practice together in a meaningful and personal way.

With thousands of hours of tutelage with masters in the Yoga tradition and the explicit blessing of her teachers to teach others, Kaya integrates the full-spectrum of the Vedic tradition in her work. This includes Supreme Release Yoga,Vedanta, Tantra, Storytelling, Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology, Vastu {Vedic Design} and Sanskrit. She offers teachings and practices that reveal the body and life itself as a vehicle for spiritual awakening.

Kaya’s committed to upholding yoga from its own viewpoint, thanks to the benefit of her studies with brilliant teachers. Her primary two lineages extend from Gurus Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati & Krishan Mantri both of whom she was lucky to study and receive blessings from directly. Additional teachers Dr. Sarita Shrestha, Dr. Vasant Lad, Hart deFouw, Rama Berch, Gitte Bechsgaard, and Swami Tattvavidananda. She lives in the Pacific Northwest of the US with her husband, Vedic Astrologer Michael Manzella and their children.

Guest Teacher: Victoria Martinez

Victoria Martinez is a dynamic leader in the Charlotte area community who values holistic healing and wellness. She is a strong advocate for social justice and offers many of her programs to the BIPOC and other underestimated communities seeking a brave space to learn and expand . Victoria is the founder and creator of Chakra Flow University, a yoga teacher training school. She infuses her deep knowledge of subtle energy bodies and Ayurveda into all of her courses, programs and offerings. Through her Chakra Flow University students can become certified to teach Yoga at the 200 & 300HR levels as well as receive 25hr continuing education credits. Victoria’s mission is to empower other teachers and students to ripple out this knowledge and wisdom into their communities effecting change on a larger and larger scale.

Guest Teacher: Rebby Kern

Rebby Kern (they/them) is a wandering spirit shining light into the lives of others. Rebby’s personal mission is to operate from connection, seeking justice and empowering voices. Rebby generates space for connection, empowerment and self-discovery through their 10 years in LGBTQ activism drawing connections to the yoga world and uplifting experiences of marginalized identities. Their experience drives their passion to include diverse identities around race, gender identity, sexual orientation, body, ability and more.

Rebby began their yoga practice in 2011 as a student, learning to find source within during their recovery journey. As a student, Rebby was curious about the ways trauma, recovery, yoga and social justice intersect together through experience and outreach.

After moving to Charlotte, NC in 2013 to work for an LGBTQ non-profit, Rebby began practicing at Yoga One, a Baptiste affiliated studio, and developed a strong community of support. Rebby works full-time as a social justice warrior supporting LGBTQ youth across the state and region through education policy, youth programming, anti-racism work and leadership development.

In 2018 an opportunity opened for Rebby to complete their first Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga One. After completing their training, they began assisting classes and soon arrived as a teacher in their first permanent class October 2018. Since then Rebby has been teaching in studios, yoga for queer youth, yoga with horses, head-start programming to introduce yoga to children and in many spaces in the city of Charlotte.

In 2019 Rebby was selected as one of the first lululemon Ambassadors for the newest Charlotte store, Atherton Mill. As a lululemon Ambassador, Rebby is able to lead in power in the Charlotte community and beyond. Rebby is the first non-binary person of color to represent lululemon in the region and continues to uplift voices of LGBTQ and BIPOC people who often don’t find themselves represented within the lululemon brand.

After completing their training, opportunities to lead social justice work within yoga spaces presented themselves and Rebby began working with Jasmine Hines and Amplify & Activate to teach yoga as a tool for self-care and social justice. This work stems from anti-racism work and challenges current practices and ethics present in yoga studios and fitness spaces. From that work stemmed Rebby’s Race, Gender & Bias workshops, facilitated for YTTs, studio staff and virtual workshops during COVID-19.

To continue their education, Rebby explored Rocket Vinyasa under their teacher Jaimis Huff, completed a Rocket Vinyasa immersion weekend then their first 50 hour certification with David C. Kyle in 2019 and the final 50 hour with Jaimis Huff in 2020.

In 2020 Rebby joined forces with SweatNET Charlotte to localize their work within yoga and fitness spaces and create a more equitable, accessible sweat experience for each person who seeks it.

Rebby also completed Yoga 12-Step Recovery Training returning to the foundation of their own practice to explore an addiction recovery model that connects yoga, neuroscience, and the practical tools of 12-step programs.