Anti-Colonial Yoga: morning yoga at CounterPULSE

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Erin McElroy & Carla Wojczuk
Wednesdays at 8:30-9:30 AM
Cost: By donation
BYOM (Bring your own mat)

CounterPULSE is excited to begin holding weekly donation-based Hatha yoga classes every Wednesday from 8:30-9:30am. Led by Erin McElroy (RYT) and with thematic assistance from Carla Wojczuk, classes will be multi-level, and will incorporate anti-oppression frameworks. Based on principles of non-violence, presence, and mindfulness, we’ll warm up your bodies, hearts, and minds, and all that energy that lives in between! Come join us in decolonizing yoga, one morning at a time!

Whether you’ve been part of our weekly yoga classes, or whether you’ve long been desiring to think linkages between yoga, colonial histories, and cultural appropriation, come join our monthly working group to participate in problematizing and decolonizing Western yoga. We will engage conversations about yoga’s colonial history and cultural appropriation in settler liberalism, while utilizing anti-oppression based dialogic frameworks.

Erin McElroy received their 200-hour RYT training from San Francisco’s Yoga Tree, studying with Darren Main, Darcy Lyon, Harvey Deutsch, Chrisandra Fox-Walker, and Elise Lorimer. Erin is currently being mentored by Sean Haleen while continuing their 500-hour RYT training. Erin has a MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology, and spends much of their time off the mat engaged in anti-eviction direct action and scholarship. A firm advocate for utilizing principles learned in yogic practice to invoke the work of social justice, Erin is excited to at the same time bring political radness into the yoga studio, creating spaces where difference is welcomed and where oppression is not reproduced.

Carla Wojczuk is a community-based artist and educator. Most of Carla’s present time is dedicated to participatory action research on These Walls Speak: Balmy Alley and Living Legacies of Community Mural Movement, a multi-disciplinary effective-history film and organizing project. Carla has been training and directing physical theater practices since 2006 and has a MA in Social Justice Education with foci on arts and social justice, curriculum development and facilitation, and inter-group dialogue.

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October 23, 2013
8:30 am - 9:30 am
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