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Disability Justice, Fitness Culture, and Releasing Internalized Ableism in Yoga Practice
Zoom - online conference
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with Jay Botsford & Davey Shlasko

October 28, 5:30-7:30pm Central / 6:30-8:30 pm Eastern via Zoom

This workshop introduces Disability Justice as a framework to help us unravel internalized ideas about "good" bodies, "fit" bodies, and how bodies "should" be. So many of us have absorbed such ideas from the dominant culture, yet they can undermine not only our own practice but also our trust with students and our ability to create an accessible environment.

Given the massive changes of the past few months, many people are being called on to think about illness, disability and mortality in new ways. This is the perfect moment to explore how disability justice can support your practice and teaching.

Maybe in the current crisis you're noticing how interdependent you are with others. Maybe being home 24/7 is reconnecting you with your own body and mind in ways that feel challenging. Maybe the constant media focus on illness & health - often with undertones of ableism, racism, fatphobia and eugenics - is showing you how much you don't know. Whatever the reason, we welcome you to learn and practice with us.

Through a lively combination of short presentations, discussions, self-reflection, and collaborative problem-solving, participants will:

- Gain understanding of the medical, social, and liberation models of disability
- Examine their own internalized beliefs about ability, disability, health and fitness and how these relate to gender, race, class, fatness, and more
- Consider how these beliefs impact them and how they have impacted others, especially in yoga practice and teaching
- Evaluate what they believe is possible/impossible in moving towards an accessible world and liberation for all bodies

Accessibility notes:
To access this workshop you will need a stable internet connection and a device with a camera and microphone. If you're not used to this kind of online environment, don't worry - we'll help you figure it out!
We aim to keep the sessions accessible to the widest possible range of people. For example, almost all lecture content and all activity instructions will be presented both verbally and in writing, and all visual content will be described. If you need simultaneous captions for the discussions, let us know in advance and we can make it happen. If you have any other access needs that we haven't covered here, please contact us so we can figure it out together.

The sliding-scale registration fee operates on the "honor system," to keep the workshop accessible to people with a range of means. We trust you to select the price category that's fair for you.

About the trainers:

Davey Shlasko, managing consultant of Think Again Training & Consulting, is an educator, author and consultant whose passion is facilitating adult learning about, and in the context of, social justice movements. Daveys favorite consulting projects live in the overlap between individual growth and organizational transformation. In addition to managing Think Again, Davey has authored several chapters in the Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice and Readings for Diversity and Social Justice series including curricula on classism, ableism, and cissexism (transgender oppression), and also teaches as a lecturer in Gender & Womens Studies at University of Wisconsin  Madison and in social theory and trans studies at Smith College School for Social Work. Davey has an M.Ed. in Social Justice Education from UMass, Amherst, and has been writing and teaching about social justice issues since 2000.

Jay Botsford is an educator and activist who has been working on LGBTQ+ and health justice issues since 2002, providing training/consulting services, supporting youth to make change in their communities, and organizing for justice and liberation. Working on equity issues in higher education since 2016 at UW Madison, Jay previously spent more than 15 years working in social service nonprofit organizations. Ze has also been a sexuality educator for 16 years and co-hosts the Queer Sex Ed podcast. Jay is passionate about community care/mutual aid, building accomplices (not just allies), and centering health, healing, and pleasure in justice work.

This training is cosponsored by Think Again Training & Consulting (www.thinkagaintraining.com) and Yoga Accessible For All (https://yafayoga.org/)
Registration Options
Dec 02, 2020 6:30 PM
Event timezone is America/Los_Angeles

Admission Level Price Quantity
Sliding Scale Lowest ($20.00 Minimum)
Select this option if $40 is a big stretch for you. This option recommended for those with household income under $50k/yr.  
Sliding Scale Medium ($40.00 Minimum)
Select this option if you can afford to. This option recommended for those with household income between $50k-$100k/yr.  
Sliding Scale: Upper ($60.00 Minimum)
Select this option if you can afford to pay a little more than average to support this important work. This option recommended for those with household income over ~$100k/yr.  
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Zoom - online conference

Timezone: America/Los_Angeles
Online Access Information
The Zoom link and password will be emailed to you. Please make sure to provide a valid email address and do not unsubscribe from event updates. This enables us to get the info to you while minimizing the risk of interruptions from "zoom bombers."


Online / Streaming / Virtual

Kid Friendly: Yes!


Owner: Davey Shlasko
On BPT Since: Feb 17, 2018
Kit McLewee


Question: Hello! There are two different dates listed for this event. Is this training happening on October 28th or December 2nd? Thank you.
Answer: It will be on Dec 2. We decided to postpone because of election stress. I'll go make sure the dates are listed consistently. Thanks!

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