Grasp at the Root:Uprooting White Supremacy from Healing Spaces

Relationship is the foundation of our practice. To build mutually beneficial healing spaces, trust must be cultivated in our communities. Created and led by Black queer facilitators, this 3-day training is designed to cultivate empathy as the ground from which we can collectively rise towards equity. Ending cycles of harm on a personal, collective, and systemic level requires us all to release the ties that we have to white supremacy, capitalism and hetero-patriarchy.

Through the science of yoga, evidence-based somatic practice, sociopolitical education, energetic healing and more, we commit to unlearning the perceptions that lie at the root of our most harmful actions. In this work we ask: How do you uphold white-supremacy in your daily life? How do you respond to situations of injustice? Who do you prioritize? What steps can you take to make spaces of healing more accessible?

These questions are deeply personal, as a way to uncover internalized political and social systems that keep us alienated from one another. Together we aim to upend these systems to create a better world for us all. Our work centers the experiences of Black and Indigenous people, people of color, disabled, queer and trans people.

This training is intended for:
Yoga instructors, practitioners, & studio owners
Therapists, social workers, & trauma healing practitioners
Movement teachers (dance, fitness, self-defense)
Healthcare practitioners & clinicians
Intentional communities seeking shared language
Activists

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There will be a variety of offerings in this training, including:
SocioPolitical education
Exploration of social justice’s roots in yoga philosophy
Accessibility and nonviolent communication practices
Intuitive energy healing
Building of energetic boundaries
Somatic tools for grounding & self-awareness
Tools for self-care and community-care

Schedule (all sessions delivered via Zoom EDT):
Friday | Feb 5 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday | Feb. 6 | 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sunday | Feb. 7 | 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Kay is a trauma-conscious yoga instructor, somatic practitioner, and community health educator with an approach rooted in community, accessibility, rest, and empowerment.Using an evidence-based, integrative, and anti-oppressive lens, they work with people navigating chronic pain and trauma towards the cultivation of restfulness & safety within their bodies and the spaces they inhabit.

Their journey to become a yoga practitioner began at the age of 16, and they have since amassed over 2000 hours of training in therapeutic yoga instruction, somatic psychology, andmyofascial manual therapy. Their lived experience with intersecting marginalized identities, as well as the intuitive and ancestral wisdom they embody are also valuable knowledge systems that inform their work.

Kay honors through lived experience the ways in which Western yoga spaces are often inaccessible to many. Their offerings center and represent the experiences of the most marginalized - including Black and Indigenous peoples, the queer community, people with disabilities, larger bodied people, people of diverse faith, and survivors of abuse/complex trauma.

It is their mission to make the eight-limbed path of yoga more accessible to all, curate consent-forward spaces and deconstruct the hierarchies that prevent access to healing practices.

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Day (they/them) is a natural clairvoyant and trained intuitive healer, who facilitates a fusion of healing energy work with psychic communication in one single session. Their passion for social justice helps them center their healing work within the QT/BIPOC (queer, trans, black, indigenous, people of color) community and their allies. Day’s healing work is specialized around a number of themes, including: ancestor and spirit guide communication, healing relationships and soul contracts, life and career guidance, updating karmic agreements and Akashic Records keeping, and clairvoyantly healing the energetic/auric, emotional, and physical bodies of a diverse range of clients. They have called the East Bay home for 18 years now.

Raised in the very diverse town of Maplewood, New Jersey, Victoria has always had a connection to spirituality, movement, and social justice. She has completed yoga teacher trainings with Amazing Yoga in Costa Rica, at the Kripalu Yoga Center, and with Zuna Yoga in Bali-and spent 4 years teaching yoga in Los Angeles before moving to upstate New York. Her classes are a mix of exploration, acceptance, and rigor. Connecting breath and body, her goal is to facilitate each student in finding the root of her or his own practice, getting what they need from every class. Centered in love, class becomes a practice of kindness and gratitude for the body and soul. Empowering others and guiding students back to the truth of their practice is her full time job. By centering pleasure, rest, and rigorous self-study, Victoria believes that yoga can be a potent tool to dismantling harmful internalized social structures that keep us from true union. Her classes are intended to create a warm and inclusive atmosphere for all people, while using the strength and power of her lineage as inspiration. She plans on making Yoga her lifelong work

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Europa Grace (they/them) is a mixed-race black, queer, non-binary trans person, currently living in San Francisco (Ramayatush Ohlone, Yelamu Territory), originally from Albany, NY. Since 2012, they have been a teacher of the healing practice of yoga and meditation - which, to Europa is not just a physical practice but an opportunity to breathe oneself into existence, a journey to retrieve the soul. They are an E-RYT 500 teacher trainer at Yoga Garden as a part of 200 and 300 hour training.

After working as a Holistic Wellness Coach at a mental health recovery center, Europa started facilitating social justice and yoga workshops during a year-long internship at the Kripalu Center in 2014, and went on to manage and teach in 200hr teacher training. What better place to unpack our most deeply ingrained beliefs than within a philosophy that centers self-inquiry and compassion?

As Yoga Garden’s Cultural Competency Consultant, they work closely with students, teachers and management to dismantle oppression collectively within the organization. Europa is also a spoken word poet, cellist, movement and installation artist. Europa insists on transforming the impact of systemic and personal trauma in order to generate long lasting change through alternative education, experimental performance and collective care.