Yoga & Social Justice Book Club

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Live Stream Yoga & Social Justice Class

Yoga Beyond the Mat: A Yoga & Social Justice Book Club

Thursday, August 4, 2022 from 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Live Stream via Zoom

Join Lena Schmidt for this FREE book club where we'll deep dive into the relationship between yoga & social justice, brainstorm action steps for positive social change, and build community in the process. Anyone and everyone is welcome to this FREE offering!
The Zoom link will be sent to you the day before the event.
August's Topic: Yoga & Healing Trauma
August 2022 Book: What Happened to You: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry
Black-owned bookstores to consider buying from:https://nonamebooks.com/Bookstores
Questions to consider, meditate on, and make notes about which will guide our discussion this session:
-How are trauma, social justice, and yoga connected?
-Has yoga inspired healing and resilience in your life?
-What makes a yoga class “trauma informed” and who does this approach benefit?(hint: everyone)
Additional material for further study:
-Article: “How Yoga Helps Heal Trauma” https://kripalu.org/resources/how-yoga-helps-heal-
trauma-qa-bessel-van-der-kolk
A message from Lena:
Looking forward to connecting with you and fellow yoga practitioners in our Yoga & Social Justice Discussion Group!
 
This is an opportunity for us to take our yoga off our mats and into our daily lives and communities. 
 
Each topic includes suggested resources and material. We suggest that you read some or all of the book, check out any of the additional resources that spark interest, take note of any reflections you have in the process, and then come to our discussion! We'll share together, brainstorm action steps for positive social change, and build community in the process.

Yoga & Social Justice Group Mission

Our mission with this project is to combine education and community discussion in order to cultivate a deeper awareness of the relationship between social justice and yoga through our thoughts, words and deeds.

Yoga Beyond the Mat: Yoga & Social Justice Book Club

Join us for this FREE book club every 8 weeks, where we'll deep dive into the relationship between yoga & social justice, brainstorm action steps for positive social change, and build community in the process.
Anyone and everyone is welcome to join this FREE offering!

Previous Topics and Material Covered

Previous Topics: 

  • 8 Limbs of Yoga & Justice
  • Yoga & Social Justice 101
  • Anti-Racism in the Wellness Space
  • Yoga & Safe Spaces for the LGBTQIA+ Community
  • Body Liberation & Sizeism
  • Disability Justice
  • Yoga and Environmental Justice
  • Yoga & Intersectionality
  • Racial Trauma and Somatic Wisdom

Books: 

  • Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma by Gail Parker
  • The Secret Power of Yoga – A Woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras by Nischala Joy Devi
  • All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Katharine K. Wilkinson, editors
  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • The Body is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor
  • My Grandmother's Hands by Resmaa Menakem

Articles: 

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