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Grand Rapids Michigan October 18th-20th Bridging The Divide: Creating Accessible and Inclusive Yoga Spaces
Conshohocken Pennsylvania October 27th Yoga Home Bridging the Divide and Yoga is For Everyone
Galapagos November 9-16th Galapagos Retreat
Negril Jamaica December 5-9th Women of Colour Wellness Retreat
Grand Rapid Michigan Flip Dog Yoga October 18th-20th Bridging The Divide: Creating Accessible and Inclusive Yoga Spaces
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Join celebrated yoga teacher and social justice activist, Dianne Bondy, for a series of workshops that seek to make yoga an inclusive practice for all shapes, sizes, and abilities. Through in-depth, open forum discussions, practical hands-on asana labs, and interactive yoga practices, you’ll learn how to deconstruct the values, norms, and perceptions that guide the current western view of yoga, beauty, and success.
Let’s finally bridge the cultural divides that keep us segregated. By the end of this series, you’ll learn how to apply the principles and practices of yoga in order to create inclusive spaces where all bodies are invited to the yoga mat. Learn how to structure accessible yoga classes using socially informed language, innovative modifications, and conscious movements, in order to broaden your teaching style so that it caters to individuals that are currently on the sidelines.
The Principles of Accessibility: Friday, 10/18 at 6 p.m.
Creating Accessible Spaces: Saturday, 10/19 at 9 a.m.
Developing Yoga classes for body positivity: Saturday, 10/19 at 1 p.m.
Using Svadhyaya to strengthen your teaching: Sunday 10/20 at 9 a.m.
Early Bird through 9/29: $55/workshop or $200/weekend
After 9/29: $60/workshop or $225/weekend
Conshohocken Pennsylvania Yoga Home October 27th Bridging the Divide: Yoga, The Body Image Connection and Social Justice
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
424 E Elm St Ste 100, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania 19428
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As a physical practice with a focus on mindful movement, yoga provides us with a unique opportunity to explore our own bodies through a loving and empathetic lens. And at the same time, participating in a consistent yoga practice can influence us in both positive and negative ways. During this workshop, we’ll explore social justice as a spiritual practice by exploring the teachings of the sutras, the eight limbs of yoga as well as current yoga culture and systems of oppression.
In our time together, we’ll look at how do we define terms like “body positivity” and consider how the message behind this movement been diluted and co-opted. We’ll take a critical look at how we are perpetuating stereotypes and systems of oppression within the yoga community and how we, as participants in yoga culture, create barriers to accessibility, inclusion and community.
Topics for discussion include but are not limited to:
– What does current yoga culture tell us about our bodies?
– Can yoga, as a social justice practice, help us change the narratives surrounding good and bad bodies?
– What are the principles of the ‘Health At Every Size’ movement?
– How do we determine which bodies are are deserving of justice and why?
– Who are the gatekeepers of yoga and why?
– How do we create a more equitable yoga practice?
– What personal responsibilities do we carry as teachers and students of this practice?
– Can we utilize the teachings of yoga to inform healthy and accessible self-care practices?
– How can the tenants of yoga help us heal our communities?
– How do we create a practice that encourages activism, peace, connection and community?
– Who leads the charge?
This workshop includes a physical practice and will be accessible to all level of practitioner.
For more than twenty years, Dianne Bondy has been leading a yoga revolution, empowering students to come to the mat as they are, educating teachers on the need for inclusivity in yoga and leading systematic change within the yoga industrial complex. She is the author of Yoga for Everyone: 50 Poses for Every Type of Body.
Conshohocken Pennsylvania Yoga Home October 27th Yoga is For Everyone: Practice and Book Signing
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
424 E Elm St Ste 100, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania 19428
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Join yoga teacher, activist and author Dianne Bondy for an accessible exploration of the yoga practice and her new book, Yoga is for Everyone: 50 Types of Poses for Every Body.
Yoga Practice will explore “prop asana” by using props and our ingenuity to create an accessible, inclusive, challenging and strength building asana practice. All bodies, at all levels of ability, are welcome to enjoy this customized practice that connects breath, body, and intentions on the path to self-acceptance.
As you move through this practice, you are encouraged to explore the ways in which you relate to your own body while on the mat.
What does your self-talk sound like?
Do you share the same empathy and environment of acceptance in your inner world, as you seek to share within your world at large?
Is it time to flip the some old narratives you’ve been perpetuating, especially in relation to your body and your personal power?
In our time together, we will also discuss the origins and purpose behind Dianne’s new book, Yoga For Everyone, as well as additional questions like:
Who is showing up on the mat, and why does it matter?
What role does representation play in yoga culture, and in culture at large? How can we embody and employ the yoga sutras to create opportunities for accessible and inclusive asana?
Are there unique ways in which you can use your yoga practice to promote inclusivity within your community?
This physical practice will incorporate pieces of our previous discussion on body image and social justice from Dianne’s earlier workshop (9a-12pm). We will use our mindful, prop assisted practice, to integrate our new discoveries in the applications of yoga as a tool for social justice and healing. (Don’t worry – you don’t need to have attended the previous workshop to enjoy a rich discussion in this class!)
$45.00 Includes Dianne’s Book
Galapagos Islands Nov 9-16, 2019
Let’s explore how we make peace with our bodies. It’s time we let go of all that holds us back from experiencing the fullness of life. Become immersed in Dianne’s signature spirit of compassionate self-love and radical self-acceptance. And what better place with the Galapagos islands as your backdrop!? Through her guided meditation practices, expertly sequenced Yoga For All practices, and enlightened conversations, you’ll uncover insights into your deepest desires and personal strength.
What You Can Expect:
- Learn practical tools, meditations, yoga postures and intelligent modifications designed to re-connect you with your body and desires
- Let go of negative self-talk and limiting beliefs through practical techniques and daily strategies
- Re-connect with your body and mind through self-reflection
- Join like-minded soul shakers who are looking to make a difference in the world
- Discover the techniques of radical self-acceptance
Your days will be filled with wellness and maximum exploration – starting and ending the days on your yoga mat with sweeping views of Santa Cruz Island and giant tortoises beyond the yoga shala as they roam around the property. Be prepared to see everything and anything in the Galapagos with your handpicked guide accompanying you and giving you a local flavour of the beauty of the islands.
Celebrate your uniquely beautiful self, cultivate a whole new level of self-awareness, and emerge feeling more focused, centered and accepting of who you are and all you stand for.
Women of Colour Wellness Retreat December 5-9th, 2019
Join me in recharging our batteries and finding wellness. The Women of Colour Wellness Retreat is focussed on healing practices for women of colour dedicated to creating peace with your body, releasing stress and trauma associated with everyday life. Learn how to make peace with our bodies through yoga, meditation, journaling and community. The focus of the retreat is for women of colour who are looking to learn how to take care of themselves and each other.
Relax and recharge on this 5 day/4 night yoga retreat in Negril, Jamaica from December 5-9, 2019.
This retreat will endeavour to empower you in body, mind and spirit. Come and take some time to connect with your inner child as we play on the mat and on the beach in the tropical paradise that is Jamaica. Let go of all that holds you back and feel free to just be yourself unapologetically on a retreat that will help you to discover that Yoga is For All Bodies.
Accommodations will be at the Travellers Beach Hotel located on the world acclaimed 7 Mile Beach in Negril.
Choose between a
- Standard Room with One Double Bed
- Single Occupancy $1999 ($2149 after April 1)
- Double Occupancy $1699/person ($1749/person after April 1)
- Standard Room with Two Double Beds
- Double Occupancy $1899/person ($2049 after April 1)
- Quadruple Occupancy $1599/person ($1649/person after April 1)
**Early Bird Registration: receive a free therapeutic massage on the retreat when when you pay your deposit by April 1, 2019** Prices go up on April 2, 2019. All deposits are due by May 1, 2019 and are NON-REFUNDABLE. The remaining balance must be paid by November 1, 2019. Payment plans are available.
Please note NO REFUNDS IF CANCELLED WITHIN 21 DAYS OF THE RETREAT, BUT CAN BE TRANSFERRED BY THE PARTICIPANT TO SOMEONE ELSE.
Sedona Arizona Yoga Festival March 12-16th, 2020
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I’m honored to announce that I’ll be joining the INCREDIBLE faculty for Sedona Yoga Festival 2020—and I couldn’t be more excited that we’re co-creating together! From the spiritual heritage of yoga to the future of the practice as we know it, this is a unique opportunity to explore and evolve in one of the most transformative environments on the planet. I hope you’ll join me for an unforgettable 3+ days of peace, yoga practice, conversation and celebration! All levels are welcome…your evolution is virtually guaranteed.
SYF2020 is a unique opportunity to gather together in joyful pursuit of possibility, in one of the most transformative environments on the planet. Surrounded by natural beauty and swirling in intentional energy, you’ll enjoy three days of peace, practice, conversation and celebration. Craft your own evolutionary path with a customizable curriculum. From the spiritual heritage of yoga to the future of the practice as we know it, you’ll expand and explore under the guidance of our esteemed faculty—and in the embrace of your peers.
Dordogne France Retreat May 30th-June 6th, 2020
More details to come.