Bridging the Divide: Yoga, Body Image, Diversity & Social Justice (Fairfax)
Friday, April 26, 2019 6:30 PM
Sunday, April 28, 2019 3:30 PM
Sun & Moon Yoga – Fairfax
9998 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031
Dianne Bondy is a celebrated yoga teacher, social justice activist and leading voice of the Yoga For All movement. Her inclusive view of yoga asana and philosophy inspires and empowers thousands of followers around the world – regardless of their shape, size, ethnicity, or level of ability.
She applies over 1000 hours of training to help her students find freedom, self-expression and radical self-love in their yoga practice. She shares her message and provides millions of followers with affordable access to online yoga classes, workshops and tutorials at her virtual studio: Yogasteya.com. Dianne contributes to Yoga International, Yoga Journal, Do You Yoga, and Elephant Journal. She is featured and profiled in International media outlets: The Guardian, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, and more. She is a spokesperson for diversity in yoga and yoga for larger bodies, as seen in her work with Pennington’s, Gaiam, and the Yoga & Body Image Coalition. Her work is published in the books: Yoga and Body Image, and Yes Yoga Has Curves.
We are thrilled and honored to host her this spring.
Community Class and Dharma Talk – Friday evening
6:30p – 8:30p, $55
Come as you are, use what you have, do what you can .
This session offers an accessible, inclusive and challenging asana practice. All bodies and abilities are welcome to enjoy a customized practice that connects your breath, body, and intention on the path to self-acceptance. The practice will be followed by an interactive dialogue on how we use yoga, self-care and self-study to become more conscious and empowered. Please bring a pen, paper and your curiosity.
Yoga and Body Image – Saturday early afternoon
12:30p – 3:00p, $65
How do we make peace with our bodies by using the yoga teachings, meditation and self-reflection as tools to change our internal dialogue. It’s time to change the narrative to self-acceptance and inquiry. How do we invite all bodies on the mat? This session will include a gentle, reflective asana practice with a focus on letting go of the things that keep us small.
Creating Accessible Yoga Spaces: Asana Playground – Saturday late afternoon
3:30p – 6:00p, $65
In yoga, Lila is the play of universe. As children we learn by playing as adults we often learn by doing. In this workshop, we explore playing with asana and doing joyful movements. We will explore how asana works in our bodies. We learn our customize poses for any ability. For students, you will learn how to customize your practice to fit your body. As teachers, how to create inclusive and customized classes for all bodies. This session will challenge your ideas around asana and teach you how to create an accessible yoga inclusive space. We will explore innovative warm-ups and sequencing, inclusive ways to incorporate props. Variations on Standing Poses. Seated, twists and supine poses. Transitions. Accessible Vinyasas. Balancing Yoga at the Wall
Yoga, Consciousness, and Social Justice – Sunday early afternoon
12:30p – 3:30p, $80
Bring your questions, your ideas and your asana and let’s flow freely as we share in this inspiring practice.
Namaste: The light me bows to the light in you. To me, this means finding true empathy. I see the same humanity in you as I see in me. We are connected by the same source of light The meaning of Namaste invites us to investigate how we show up in the world. Using the teachings of yoga, we will explore the conceptions of Social justice as they align with the spiritual teachings. How do we use our yoga to create justice, equity, equality, empathy and conscious connections? How do we use our yoga to truly unite? This workshop combines joyful movement (yoga asana), breathing and meditation, and self-study, as well as engaging interactive lecture and dialogue on how we move forward with real purpose in the world.
$250 for the full weekend