Race, Ethnicity & Yoga - November

As yoga students, teachers, and practitioners, many of us will have come face to face with racism and racist incidents within the wellness and yoga industry. However, how many of us really understand how to act positively when racism occurs, and be actively anti-racist? Do we have the skill and ability to listen when it may be uncomfortable, and adapt our own behaviour where necessary? Would we know how to bring up the subject of race and trauma with yoga students or yoga therapy clients? Join James Chapman in his upcoming workshop for the opportunity to explore these questions and more.

Race, ethnicity, Yoga

Racism affects every sphere of our society, and has wide implications for the health and wellbeing of those who directly suffer it and also their descendants.

People who suffer from racial discrimination are more susceptible to a wide range of mental & physical health conditions, and so as yoga teachers & therapists we should be aware of why this is, and how we can help.

Before we can do this, we need to be fully able to recognise when we ourselves are holding unconscious bias because of someone’s race or ethnicity. This includes having the competence to act on it to make positive change, not only within ourselves, but for the wider community.

This workshop is led by James Chapman, a yoga therapist, yoga teacher and massage therapist with over 16 years experience. He has a special interest in mental health and addiction, is a trained Mental Heath England First Aid Instructor and works with some of the leading charities and rehab clinics in this field. James is also on the faculty of the Yogacampus Yoga Therapy Diploma where he teaches about race, ethnicity and yoga.

Workshop Aims

  • To increase awareness of and sensitivity to ethnic and cultural diversity in a modern yoga setting and the wider world.
  • To explore how our unconscious and conscious beliefs may directly affect people’s experiences.
  • To explore common racial stereotypes and understand the importance of the current flawed language we use around race, how one person’s accepted terminology may offend someone else of similar ethnicity.
  • To understand the causes and implications on race based stress and trauma disorder (RBSTD) and what makes it different from PTSD.
  • To discuss some facts on race and ethnicity and how they impact on access to healthcare and prevalence of physical and mental health conditions.
  • To examine microagressions, white fragility and privilege.
  • To examine and understand the different types of racism (interpersonal, institutional and cultural) and their wider implications on health and wellbeing.

Workshop Structure

This is in interactive workshop including lecture, practice and discussion.

What Will I Learn?

  • How to identify and understand our own privileges.
  • How to to identify and admit our own bias.
  • The use of appropriate language when discussing race & racism.
  • How to bring up the subject of race and trauma with yoga students or yoga therapy clients.
  • The skill of being able to listen when it may be uncomfortable and adapt our own behaviour where necessary.
  • How as a teacher to adapt yoga practice where ethnic and race based stress and trauma might be present.
  • To be able to act when racism occurs and be actively anti-racist.

Eligibility

This course is open to all.

Hours

Four hours live online.

Concessions

There are four concessionary places available on this course at 50% of the full price, for students in financial need, who are able to demonstrate how they will use the training for the good of their community. The deadline for applications is 4 September 2021.

We particularly welcome applications from the BAME community. Please email alex@yogacampus.com with a brief explanation of your eligibility for a concessionary place to be considered.

Certification

On completion of this workshop you will receive a Yogacampus certificate of attendance as evidence of CPD hours.

Meet the Teacher

James Chapman is a yoga therapist, yoga teacher and massage therapist with over 16 years experience. He has a special interest in mental health and addiction and works with some of the leading charities and rehab clinics in this field. He also teaches a weekly restorative yoga for mental health class for the NHS.

James is on the faculty of the Yogacampus Yoga Therapy Diploma where he teaches about race, ethnicity and yoga. As well as a busy private practice, James also has a long association with Triyoga where he teaches yoga for stress and vinyasa flow. He also has a successful yoga therapy and massage clinic there.

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