CE Workshop | Yoga and Society: Realities and Misperceptions Fueled by the Media

February 25, 2021

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About This Event

Using survey and media research, this workshop discusses yoga population demographics, including the presiding public impression and social justice implications of the skewed dominance of white women practitioners. The conversation will explore faulty impressions including the need for flexibility—or even wealth—in order to practice, as well as the need for inclusive public education and recognition that yoga can be adapted for any practitioner.

About the Presenter

Dr. Jennifer B. Webb is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Science and the Health Psychology Ph.D. Program at UNC Charlotte. She received her undergraduate degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from Harvard University. She went on to complete her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Southern California and postdoctoral fellowship training in clinical health psychology at Duke Integrative Medicine. Dr. Webb’s research program is informed by a non-dieting, weight-neutral philosophy on health promotion in culturally and body-diverse groups with a particular emphasis on enhancing the integration, dissemination, and accessibility of evidence-based mind-body approaches (e.g., yoga, self-compassion, mindful and intuitive eating, mindful self-care, etc.) to strengthen embodied self-regulation, positive body image, and wellbeing among women during the developmental transitions of young adulthood, pregnancy, and the postpartum. She also currently serves as an Associate Editor for Body Image: An International Journal of Research, an Advisory Board member of the Give Back Yoga Foundation, a Community Partner with the Yoga and Body Image Coalition, and as a Scientific Program Committee member of the Symposium on Yoga Research.

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