CE Workshop | Professional Essentials for BIPOC—Cooperatives, Non-Profits, and Studios

December 15, 2020

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About This Event

This powerful series takes place Tuesdays in December 2020. This week’s discussion focuses on the business of yoga and how it affects communities of color. Learn about various studio culture experiences and how studios, nonprofits, and cooperatives can benefit BIPOC.

About the Presenters

Natasha Chaoua is the founder and owner of Dubwise Yoga Denver, LLC, and a graduate and Member-Owner of Satya Yoga Cooperative, Colorado’s first 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program for Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and the nations first BIPOC member-owned yoga cooperative. Natasha is a certified Hatha and Accessible Yoga teacher and an Accessible Yoga Ambassador and Supporting Organization leading in-person and online offerings BIPOC. Her current partnerships are with Satya Yoga Cooperative, Spirit of the Sun, SHYFT at Mile High, and Lululemon Highlands Square.

The COLLECTIVE STL is the only donation-based yoga and wellness studio in the state of Missouri. This donation-based model is built on the belief that people will “pay what they can-when they can.” We believe that individuals donate money to our studio because the issue of Black health and wellness is integral to their everyday life, and it is something from which we all draw a “collective benefit.”

Black Boys OM started as an idea during an all-male meditation workshop in Atlanta, Georgia. That idea slowly evolved into creating a network of black male wellness practitioners, which grew locally and then by word of mouth. Many of the Black male yoga instructors joining were already doing work in their own communities. This wellness network grew into a grassroots movement. Today, the network encompasses 200 yogis in 90 locations nationally and internationally, including London, Jamaica, Grenada, Bermuda, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Canada, and Australia. During 2019, the grassroots movement began its transition into a non-profit with the expressed purpose of taking the efforts of many of our yogis and harnessing their ollective effort to impact local communities, with a specific focus of serving the wellness practice of Black Boys and Black Men in churches, schools, correctional facilities, community centers, and yoga studios.

Satya Yoga Cooperative’s vision is to be a healing force by and for POC, using yoga as a tool for both personal liberation and social transformation.

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