About This Workshop
This three-part series discusses how to make yoga classes more LGBTQ+ and body positive inclusive by integrating modern social movements and ancient history. Topics explored include, the (mis)representation of LGBTQ+ persons in yoga and society, how this contributes to harm, and the need for greater representation in yoga and community spaces. Stories of LGBTQ+ historical and mythological figures are shared, as well as lessons for the future. Take a critical look at the body positive movement and leave with tools to make yoga safer for LGBTQ+ folx. Part 2 explores stories of LGBTQ+ historical and mythological figures and learn the lessons they provide for the future.
Body Positive Representation in Yoga (PDF)
Closed Captions (PDF)
About the Presenter Show
Pooja Virani is a Pain-Free Movement Specialist and Social Justice Consultant on a mission to spread joy, foster equality, and help people reach their highest potential. She is certified in Kripalu Yoga and Meditation, Kids’ Yoga, and Acroyoga. She has practiced yoga for over 15 years and taught over the word, most recently in Bali, Indonesia. Pooja specializes in Rehabilitative Yoga for Injury Prevention and Pain Relief, LGBTQ+ and BIPOC Yoga, and Social Justice Education for Yoga Teachers, Community Leaders, and Businesses. Previously, she worked as a Nonprofit Management Consultant and International Development Specialist. Pooja believes in "yoga for everyone" and aims to make yoga accessible and inclusive to all people, regardless of your race, age, gender, sexuality, previous experience, or ability.
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