CE Workshop | Meeting Your 'Small Self': Protective Strategies as You Enter the Global Stage

April 7, 2020, 2pm ET

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About This Workshop

In addition to the health, financial, and logistical challenges resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, many yoga teachers are now going online for the first time in a significant way and being thrust into "competition" on a global stage. While we've worked to create connections, trust, establish our identity, and value teachers in our own local communities, opening the doors to the entire online world of yoga can lead to comparison with others. This inevitably kicks up our insecurities—what we are calling our "small self." Using the gunas as a framework, this workshop will illustrate how the "small self" typically shows up in one of two ways—the rajasic performative self, or the tamasic withdrawing self. Both reactions are attempts at protection, and may be less helpful now. Explore how to acknowledge these samskaras and befriend your strategies so you can make more effective choices as needed in this new age.

About the Presenters

Kerry Maiorca (E-RYT 500) is passionate about supporting practitioners in figuring out what their time on their yoga mat has to do with living a more conscious and joyful everyday life. Specializing in Gentle & Restorative Yoga, Kerry is the founder of Bloom Yoga Studio, voted "Best Yoga Studio" in Chicago eight times in its 15 years of operation. Now living in Boulder, CO, she continues in her role as owner of Bloom with the help of her incredible team of teachers and staff. Kerry is honored to serve as chair of the board for Yoga Alliance.

Francine Kelley (RYT 500, LCPC, SEP) became a somatic psychotherapist after teaching yoga for many years and realized the value of yoga as a mental health practice for her clients and for herself. After training in various somatic and trauma-informed approaches, she co-founded the Chicago Body Mind Wellness Studio, a group practice that offers somatic and yoga-informed psychotherapy for trauma survivors. She is passionate about promoting a holistic and body-inclusive approach to mental health and wellbeing that encourages curiosity and compassion for the human experience.

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