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CE Workshop | I Don't See Color...

November 5, 2020, 12pm ET


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.

The subject of this workshop will be "Colorism in and Beyond Yoga." Colorism is defined as the discriminatory treatment of individuals falling within the same ‘racial’ group on the basis of skin color. It is also the result of white supremacy, systemic racism, and a broad misunderstanding and appropriation of Black culture. Colorism within yoga continues to create barriers of access for BIPOCs. The intention of this workshop is to educate listeners and viewers on the harmful effects of colorism; and by doing so, begin to create expansive conversations, bringing attention to the variety of people, voices, experiences, and expressions of Blackness within the culture and subculture of yoga. With good intention, we will explore all variations of what it means to be Black in yoga.


About the Presenters

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.

Rebekah “Bex” Borucki, founder of BEXLIFE® and the BLISSED IN® wellness movement, is a mother of five, meditation guide, birth doula, mentor for creative healers, and author of books for big and little readers. She has taught meditation as a profound act of self-care that can be executed effortlessly and effectively to hundreds of thousands of individuals online and in live workshops for more than a decade. Rebekah’s mission is to make mental-health support and stress-management tools accessible to all. Rebekah is published by Hay House, the Quarto Publishing Group, and her own imprint, Wheat Penny Press, which she founded in 2019.Most recently, she launched the WPP Little Readers Big Change Initiative, Inc., a publicly funded 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit, which provides free books, mental wellness tools, and writing workshops for students in grades PreK-8, public libraries, and community organizations.

Sensei Raven A. Ekundayo, CLC is a Mental Health Professional, Master Wellness Practitioner, published author, pournalist and artreprenuer who has spent his life living his purpose of seeking to heal others mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. He’s the Founder and CEO of Ravolution Multimedia, LLC; a multimedia company that promotes positive images of POCs. Under the umbrella of his company is his wellness brand, The Love Movement, where he teaches yoga, reiki, meditation and life coaching. He’s the creator of The Healing Space brand, which features wellness events and The Healing Space Podcast which airs on all major podcast platforms and YouTube. He believes the world community can #RiseHigher if we focus on seeing and hearing each other and not talking at one another—looking beyond ourselves and respecting and loving others more. Through Love, all things are possible.


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