Community Building

Lotus Bloom Yoga is collaborating with announcing this online educational experience through the Yoga Experience sister studio in Flagstaff, Arizona.  

Mindful Social Justice: Staying Connected Amidst the Overwhelm: July 31-Aug. 1: ONLINE

A Weekend Workshop with Holistic Resistance w/ Aaron Johnson and Jennie Pearl

Hosted by Yoga Oasis and The Yoga Experience

Join us for an intimate weekend of deepening in human connection and building resiliency together. With an emphasis on personal relationship, this weekend will give you an opportunity to explore how our thoughts about race and racism affect our individual selves and communities. Using small-group work and active listening exercises, as well as supportive yoga practices, participants will gain confidence embracing the unknown, unfamiliar, and difficult issues in our lives such as racism, systemic oppression, and what gets in the way of unlearning what’s been handed down to us.

These sessions Aim to:

  • Build relationships and closeness in community around important questions such as:
    • What breaks your heart about our current world?
    • What gets in the way of showing up for racial justice?
    • What is difficult for you in looking at your own racism?
  • Cultivate the wisdom in the room, and carry it into our communities.
  • Shed a light on how people of color’s stories have had to survive white supremacy culture to just simply “be”.
  • Utilize yoga as a centering tool.

Who is This Workshop For?

This workshop is for anyone who is interested in the intersection of yoga and social justice.NO PRIOR YOGA EXPERIENCE NEEDED. It is for folks who have little to no exposure to yoga and meditation, and also folks who are deep in connection to their yoga practice. Aaron and Jennie are committed to making all sessions accessible, trauma-informed, and effective for all levels of students.

This workshop is geared towards white-identified and white-skinned people. AND, all racial identities are welcome. People of color are at the center of our care in spaces where white people are working on undoing their racism. This is one of the many ways we model how to resist holistically. Aaron and Jennie invite every person of color to have a one-on-one conversation with them prior to the workshop to make sure they are being thought about the entire time they are present in our workshops.

Beginners to yoga and meditation strongly encouraged to attend!

Friday, July 31st (6:00-8:00pm) What Gets in the Way of Dismantling Racism?

This session explores the barriers within us and around us that keep us from showing up for racial justice. White people are often times afraid to show up “where they are” in fear of causing unnecessary pain to POC. We aim to disrupt the assumption that as a white person you can reach for people of color and not cause any harm. Harm has already been caused and harm will continue to happen. There is a skillful way that we want to invite white people into this work. Instead of shrinking back into white privilege, we invite folks to do the important work of staying connected to the process. We embrace not just self-care, but community care.

Saturday, August 1st (1-3pm) Session 2: Sitting With Discomfort: Unraveling Racism and Oppressive systems as Healing Work

In order to move our material around racism, we must be able to sit with where it entered into our hearts and minds. This session blends “seated practice” with a deep inquiry around unraveling the unconscious patterning within us. We will build resilience as we undo the oppressive systems from the inside out. The work of unraveling racism is not just challenging work…when we start from where we really are, healing becomes more possible.

Sunday, August 2nd (1-3pm) Session 3: Staying Creative While Taking on “The Impossible”

We have found the tool of creativity is often frozen when taking on big challenges like racism. This session challenges us to lean on our creativity when holding the stories of people of color (people of the global majority). We are not the first ones who are being called to be creative in this work. Our ancestors have taken on systems of oppression for generations through music, human connection, and a belief that racism must fall. These systems must be dismantled by empowering our communities to be creative in the middle of the impossibility of it all.