CE Workshop | Yoga Humanities and Philosophy for BIPOC

December 8, 2020

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This powerful series taking place Tuesdays in December 2020 brings awareness to yoga communities of color. This week, join Natasha and guests as they share on yoga humanities and philosophy for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People Of Color).

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.

Lakshmi Nair started Satya Yoga Immersion for People of Color, the country’s first and perhaps only yoga immersion and teacher training program exclusively for people of color in response to a deep need to create a yoga space that felt aligned with her Truth. She named it Satya because Satya means “Truth” as she wanted a reminder to stay true to what yoga means to her, and because Satya is her grandmother’s name. Today, Satya Yoga Immersion has grown into Satya Yoga Cooperative, a POC owned yoga cooperative offering yoga as a means of personal and collective liberation. Having been steeped in yoga and Ayurveda's stories and philosophy from a young age, Lakshmi formally studied yoga at Vivekananda Yoga Kendra and Kaivalyadhama Ashram in India in 2002. She also attended four years of graduate study in South Asian Studies at UC Berkeley, where she studied Sanskrit, Tamil, and contemporary South Asian literature. She has been teaching yoga in Denver since 2005, focusing primarily on gentle, prenatal, Trauma Sensitive Yoga and teacher training. In 2016, she had the opportunity to present about POC Yoga Immersion at the 3rd annual Race and Yoga Conference at Mills College in Oakland, California. She also spoke on the deeply anti-colonial dream at the heart of yoga’s journey to the West at the Center for Trauma and Resilience's Diversifying Your Practice Symposium in Denver. Find her writings in Yoga and Body Coalition’s new book Yoga Rising: 30 Empowering Stories from Yoga Renegades for Every Body.

Susanna Barkataki (E-RYT 500, C-IAYT) is an Indian yoga practitioner in the Hatha yoga tradition, and founder of Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute and runs Ignite Be Well’s yoga teacher training programs. With an Honors degree in Philosophy from UC Berkeley and a Master’s in Education from Cambridge College, Barkataki is a diversity, accessibility, inclusivity, and equity (DAIE) yoga unity educator who created the ground-breaking Honor {Don’t Appropriate} Yoga Summit.

Mirabelle D’cunha “Sivajyoti” is in an intimate relationship with yoga. She is addicted in particular to the practice of pranayama (breath expansion). Compelled to make the secret nuances of yoga vibrationally come alive for everyone, she is the founder of Sadhana Club, a bi-monthly LIVE online yoga learning and mentoring program to seed sprout and share through the full practice of yoga as a way of life. She also started the path-breaking Bhakti Yoga Summit with attendees from over 60 countries worldwide. Mirabelle has taught in New York, Mumbai, Bermuda, Bahamas, Chicago at ashrams, corporations, and yoga studios. Her teaching reaches energetic depths across distance, making learning deep, practical, and joyful. She is also the published author of three children’s books. She lives with her husband and 8-year-old daughter in the Cayman Islands.

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