About This Workshop
This digital series is intended to open our minds and hearts to the experiences of those who often go unseen, pre-judged, or misunderstood. To not see color is to not see the differences and complexities of the human experience. Through this new series of digital events, Yoga Alliance invites our worldwide community into a space for listening, learning and conversation.
When someone says, “I don’t see color,” the intent may be one of non-harming, but the message received can have the effect of bypassing someone else’s trauma or lived experience because it does not look like your own. We are here to share and converse, with the hope that you - the listener - will take these experiences and the information provided for self-reflection. Because life, without empathy, is cruelty.
About the Presenter Show
Quentin Vennie is a celebrated wellness expert, motivational speaker, and author of the bestselling memoir, Strong In The Broken Places. His work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Entrepreneur, Fox News, MindBodyGreen, and others. Quentin has been recognized as one of Black Enterprise magazine’s 100 Modern Men of Distinction and by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for his contribution in raising awareness for mental health and suicide prevention, as well as appearing as the wellness keynote speaker for Colin Kaepernick’s “Know My Rights” Camp. Quentin works with youth in under-resourced communities, helping them understand their traumas and turn them into triumphs, and spearheads initiatives that make yoga and mindfulness accessible among communities and populations that don’t ordinarily have access to them.
Ross Szabo is a social innovator who pioneered the Youth Mental Health movement. He is the Wellness Director and founding faculty member at Geffen Academy at UCLA. Ross is also an award-winning speaker, author, and the CEO of Human Power Project, a company that designs mental health curriculum. At the age of 16, Ross turned a diagnosis of bipolar disorder paired with anger control problems into an opportunity to educate others, and his natural ability to make mental health approachable for large groups of people has led to countless media appearances.
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