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Skill in Action:
From Practice to Action

with Michelle C. Johnson

October 24 & 25, 2020
at the Chevy Chase Village Hall

Reserve your space now with early bird pricing!

Skill in Action: From Practice to Action is a two-day workshop designed to explore patterns of oppression, power, and privilege, and to respond to current cultural challenges through practices of self-study, contemplation and collective action. This workshop challenges yoga teachers and practitioners to consider how their transformation on the mat can change how they are in the world. It also equips teachers with skills and insights to actively create
welcoming and equitable yoga spaces.

While this workshop is specially tailored for yoga teachers, other healers and social change agents are welcome. You only need a basic knowledge of yoga to follow the practices and benefit from them.

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About the workshop

It can be difficult to remain centered amidst the chaos of a culture that continues to divide and conquer. Many are wondering how to respond to increasingly oppressive policies, political divisions and the current cultural upheaval. While we have questions about how to respond, I believe we must respond with steadfastness and courageous hearts to the urgent concerns of this time. Contemplative practices—including meditation and yoga—allow us to work with sensation, toxic thought patterns, cultural conditioning, and anxiety through mindfulness and thoughtful care.

Through dharma talk, meditation, asana, and discussion, we will explore:

  • Identity and social location
  • How we are uniquely positioned to make change
  • Accountability and responsibility
  • How to truly integrate the principles of yoga into our daily lives in order to be stewards of justice

Over the course of this two-day workshop, you can expect to gain knowledge and skills that will help you connect your practice on the mat to change that is possible off of the mat. This kind of learning and experience has the capacity to change how we work, live and build community across lines of difference.

About Michelle C. Johnson

Michelle C. Johnson, author of Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World, is an author, yoga teacher, social justice activist, licensed clinical social worker and Dismantling Racism trainer. She has been teaching anti-racism trainings for more than 20 years and yoga for more than a decade. In the past few years she has been asked share her message at yoga studios and teacher trainings around the country and through outlets such as LululemonPranamaya and TedX.

Michelle approaches her life and work from a place of empowerment, embodiment and integration. With a deep understanding of trauma and the impact that it has on the mind, body, spirit and heart, much of her work focuses on helping people better understand how power and privilege operate in their life. She explores how privilege, power and oppression affects the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and energy body.

Schedule

Sat, Oct 24 - 9:00am - 3:30pm* 

Sun, Oct 25 - 9:00am - 3:30pm* 

* Both Saturday and Sunday sessions will include a one-hour lunch break.

Fees and Registration

Workshop Fees

Early Bird Fee (by Oct 1): $225

Registration Fee (after Oct 1): $250

Register now.


Scholarships

Partial scholarships are available.

Apply for scholarship support.

 

Refund Policies

If you need to cancel your registration, please do so at least one week before the training, and your registration fee will be refunded minus a 20% administrative fee.

Sorry, no refunds will be given for cancellations made within less than one week of the training.

Location

All program sessions will be held at the Chevy Chase Village Hall, which is located at 5906 Connecticut Ave NW, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 — less than half a mile from Circle Yoga. There are sandwich shops and restaurants within a half mile walk of the Village Hall. 

What to Bring

Since this workshop will take place off-site, each student should bring a yoga mat, a blanket (more, if needed for comfort), two blocks, and a strap.