Are you ready for the Yoga and Body Image Confluence and Workshop series coming to Miami Life Center this summer, in conjunction with Omstars – The Yoga Network? This full weekend immersion will bring together inspiring yoga leaders so we can talk about the role that Body Image plays in the world of yoga. We will gather together in an effort to work around this idea that the human body needs to look a certain way through workshops that focus on self-care, making peace with your body, and more.
This is a weekend event that promises to be both inspiring and thought provoking, and it’s not something you’ll want to miss. Join us at Miami Life Center June 7th through the 9th, along with Kino MacGregor, Celisa Flores, Melanie Klein, Jennifer Kreatsoulas, Melanie Williams, and Suzannah Neufeld.
We’re so excited to be kicking the weekend off Friday, June 7th at 5PM EST with a workshop called Empowered Self-Care, taught by the amazing Celisa Flores. Dr. Flores will focus on wellness by connecting the history and relevance of mind-body approaches in our own self-care. Learning that activism begins with ourselves is a powerful lesson that is all too often omitted or dismissed. While many activists are often aware of the benefits of self-care practices, and even advocate on behalf of others, there is frequently a disconnect between learning and personal practice. This workshop will leave you with a deeper understanding of the history of mindfulness, yoga, and other mind-body techniques to enhance wellness, as well as a modern scientific understanding of these practices. Through discussion & practice, you will walk away with accessible strategies for practicing mindfulness, meditation, and yoga in experiential and traditional learning styles.
Following that, we’ll have a Yoga & Writing Workshop for Renewing Appreciation for Your Body. This class runs from 10AM to 1PM on Saturday, June 8th, and our guides for this dynamic course will be Melanie Klein, plus Jennifer Kreatsoulas. This is a very special yoga and writing workshop designed to help you experience what’s possible when you take time out to breathe, move, and express yourself in empowering and affirming ways. You don’t need to be a “yogi” or a “writer” to experience the magic that happens when we get quiet enough to listen to the words, phrases, and narratives that move your mind and lead you to a greater respect for and appreciation of your body. No yoga or writing experience needed.
On Saturday, you’ll also have the opportunity to Join Melanie Williams for a workshop called I Want More: The Yoga of Desire, Pleasure and Agency. Many of us, particularly those in marginalized bodies, have experienced the demonization of our desires. It’s hard to avoid internalizing these messages, but doing so often limits our sense of choice. How can we free up more options, including those options we’d ultimately find most pleasurable? What tools does yoga have to offer us in our quest for agency?
This workshop provides a forum to explore desire in a community setting, incorporating group discussion, creative expression through artful storytelling, and ample opportunities to connect to your body and desires through adaptive movement practices that are suitable for all bodies and abilities. No prior yoga experience is required. Class beings at 2PM.
The full panel discussion with all of our hosts begins at 6PM on Saturday Evening. This will be an opportunity for everyone to join the conversation, ask questions, and get a new perspective on the concept of body image and its role in the world of yoga.
The grand finale will be all about Making Peace with Your Body through Yoga via a workshop taught by Suzannah Neufeld on Sunday from 9AM to 1PM. This 3-hour workshop is designed for those who find themselves battling with how they look, feel, eat, move, and live in their bodies. The workshop will include gentle yoga, breathwork, guided meditation, discussion, and writing exercises designed to support a peace-making process within our bodies. All levels of yoga experience welcome.
As you can see, this is going to be a weekend full of self-rediscovery, self-love, self-acceptance, and so much more. We highly encourage all those who are interested to attend. Click here to reserve your tickets now.
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