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Foundational Concepts in Social Justice: Online Course

with Hala Khouri, Teo Drake, and Tessa Hicks-Peterson

Tues/Thurs April 10 - 26, 2018
(6 sessions: April 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 & 26)
4:15-5:45pm PT / 7:15-8:45pm ET

It’s not enough to be compassionate, you must act. —Dalai Lama

As yogis we often talk about how we are all connected. We strive, through our practice, to break apart the illusion of separation so that we can feel that we are all One. At the same time, our world is wracked with profound unrest and struggle. How can we rectify these two truths—the centrality of interconnection to our practice and our yoga community and the fact that we live in a culture that so clearly does not uphold this value? And what is the role of yoga practice and yoga community in a journey to help create a better world?

We created this course as a response to hearing again and again from people who want to make a difference but don’t know where to begin; people who are interested in social justice but overwhelmed by the magnitude of inequality and oppression in the world. It’s a perfectly human response in the face of overwhelming injustice to feel frozen and unsure what to do. This course will provide the grounding and connection to take your practice to the next level and find your place in larger movements for social change.

Topics include:

  • Off the Mat’s philosophy of how yoga and social justice are linked
  • Introduction to prejudice, oppression, power, and privilege
  • Identity and positionality: mindfulness around the role of the self within activism
  • Compassion practice as central to sustaining heartbreak and sitting in discomfort
  • Engaging in social justice: how to approach meaningful activism
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no one will be turned away due to funds, please inquire about a reduced rate if the lowest tier is unaffordable. For discounts, email training@offthematintotheworld.org.