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Community Conversation | “How Can the Yoga Community Heal Its Divisions in the Wake of 2020?”

April 16, 2021, 4pm ET

About This Event

2020 was a tumultuous year for many, including the yoga community. Deep divisions, conspiracy theories, misinformation, and using the guise of yoga to justify violence has left many wondering how we got here. In this conversation, leading yoga teachers Amy Ippoliti, Hari-kirtana das, and yogic activist Reggie Hubbard discuss the foundations of yoga and how we can begin to heal this divide and move forward with truth, integrity, and compassion.

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About the Presenters

Reggie Hubbard (RYT 500) is the Founder/Chief Serving Officer of Active Peace Yoga, whose mission is to serve all communities, all practice levels, and lifestyles by helping people nurture foundational habits of self-care, rather than viewing wellness as an afterthought. Reggie has authored a thesis entitled, "Yoga and Spiritual Activism: Serving Humanity from a Sense of Devotion and Love" and has been a featured speaker on racial justice and civic engagement for the Hanuman Academy, Yoga Alliance, Upaya Zen Center and various other platforms. In addition to his yoga teaching practice, Reggie has held many senior strategic and logistical roles across a variety of fields, ranging from global marketing, digital and community organizing, government relations, international education to Presidential campaigning. He currently serves as a leading progressive political strategist, regularly interacting with elected officials on Capitol Hill and managing relationships, impact and communications among the broader progressive movement. Reggie's dharma sits at the intersection of bringing more peace and balance to activists AND to guiding the wellness community toward being more engaged, concerned citizens. He is open to collaborate with anyone on teacher trainings on issues of social justice and inclusion as well as speaking to communities to facilitate these challenging, important conversations.

Hari-kirtana das is a yoga teacher, spiritual guide, and the author of In Search of the Highest Truth: Adventures in Yoga Philosophy. He's been practicing devotional and other yogic disciplines for almost 50 years. In addition to a lifetime of practice, Hari-kirtana has an 800-hour yoga teacher certification from the Jivamukti Yoga School and has been teaching yoga and meditation classes for the past 12 years. He's on the faculty of numerous Yoga Teacher Training programs, leads his own Advanced Yoga Teacher Training program, and is a frequent contributor to forums and magazines about the enduring relevance of yoga’s ancient wisdom to life in the modern world. Learn more about Hari by visiting his website.

Amy Ippoliti is a teacher on the online platform, Glo.com and is a pioneer of advanced yoga education. She is a Co-Founder of 90 Monkeys, an online school that has enhanced the skills of yoga teachers and studios in 65+ countries. She is also the co-author of The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga, a text that is now required in yoga teacher trainings around the world. Amy is known for bringing yoga to modern-day life in a genuine way through her intelligent sequencing, clear instruction, and engaging sense of humor. She shares her passion for yoga, health, and earth conservation in her writings for Yoga Journal, Organic Life, Prevention, Origin, and Elephant Journal. She has appeared on the covers of Yoga Journal, Boulder Lifestyle, and Fit Yoga Magazine and has been featured in Self Magazine, New York Magazine, Allure (Korea), and Newsweek and on the front page of Yahoo.com. Learn more at amyippoliti.com.


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