Making Yoga accessible to LGBTQIA+ people - Teaching without Assumptions: Being Inclusive and Welcoming with Language

You may not realise it but you probably have LGBTQIA+ people in your classes and workshops. Some LGBTQIA+ people will be obvious, maybe they have "come out" to you, others maybe feel unable to because they feel they do not need to or maybe they are unsure of the return of support.

Daniel Groom Yoga

This 90-minute session will offer you a snap shot of the LGBTQIA+ community, during the session you will be asked to question how as a Yoga Professional you approach working with LGBTQIA+ people and how collectively we have the opportunity to provide spaces which are welcoming and considered for those who feel marginalised by society.

This open discussion will involve short practices, information sharing and break out rooms for conversations about how we can offer considered space for the LGBTQIA+ community. Also points of reference of people who specialise in Yoga for queer, pre & post-natal, trans/non binary people.

Daniel Groom (he/him/they/them) is a yoga teacher and C-IAYT and CNHC registered yoga therapist. He set up Anahata Yoga Centre in Leigh on Sea, Essex - which is a community focused Yoga and Well-being space.

Since 2000 he has studied Yoga Therapy, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with leading experts and has had first-hand experience of the supportive nature of these practices. Daniel’s mindful approach is caring, authentic and inclusive.

He has great passion in sharing his knowledge with students and believes whole heartedly the compassion developed through Yoga can help people and society to transform.

He also offers support mentoring new and established Yoga Teachers and is a Supervisor on the Yoga Campus Yoga Therapy Diploma. Daniel is dedicated to continuing his studies with mentor Lisa Kaley Isley.

Daniel founded the Southend LGBT+ Yoga and Wellbeing Group in association with Southend-on-Sea Pride which offers a monthly get together for LGBTQIA+ people and is active in the promotion of LGBTQIA+ rights in the UK.