Welcome to the online home for our 3-part webinar series titled, Unpacking Culture, Identity, & Bias: On the Mat and Off.
The first session will focus on culture, identity & bias from a personal perspective. Session 2 will take the concepts that we explore in session 1 and apply them to yoga philosophy. For the third session, we will explore a visioning exercise and collectively brainstorm action items for how both as Iyengar Yoga practitioners and as an Iyengar Yoga association we can do better with respect to diversity and inclusion.
The purpose of these sessions is to gather in community and explore what makes each one of us who we are within the diverse society in which we live. We hope to consciously explore the elements of our own identity (race, class, gender, ability etc.) in an effort to shed light on internal biases and develop new respect and appreciation for the experience of others. During these sessions, we plan to share with you ideas, resources and participatory exercises that have been particularly helpful to us.
We were inspired to engage IYAC/ACYI members in dialogue around these issues in large part as a response to the racial uprising that happened in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder in the USA. In Canada we are not immune to racial biases and racially motivated hate crimes and there is much to be gained from revealing the systemic nature of culture, identity, and bias.
We hope that you will join us. These conversations can be challenging, unfamiliar, and sometimes sensitive but they are also almost always insightful.
Patricia Fernandes & Stephanie Tencer
Certified Iyengar Yoga teachers
WEBINAR #1: Sun. Feb. 28th, 2021
Culture, Identity, & Bias: a Personal Perspective
WEBINAR #2: Sun. April 11th, 2021
Culture, Identity, Bias, & Yoga Philosophy
WEBINAR #3: Sat. June 12th, 2021 at 2:30 ET / 11:30 PT
Culture, Identity, & Bias: Vision & Action