Join us for a discussion and Q&A with longtime Adeline Yoga Student Kelsey Blackwell about her just-released book, Decolonizing the Body: Healing, Body-Centered Practices for Women of Color to Reclaim Confidence, Dignity and Self Worth.
Kelsey reminds us that, “the body is a source of wisdom. Yet, the society we live in demands we distance ourselves from this knowledge. Structured by white supremacy, capitalism, patriarchy, and other harmful systems, we’ve been taught that logic is more valuable than feeling; that we all must quiet aspects of our bodies to get ahead – to survive. When we connect to and follow the wisdom of the body, we’re engaging in a radical act. Never has this wisdom been more needed than now. For all oppressed peoples to claim our space, worth and dignity, to demand that we thrive too stares in the face of systems entrenched in oppression and violence. Creating the more liberated society we long for begins by examining and consciously choosing to embody what we truly value.”
The Q&A will be a conversation between Kelsey and Ana Frenes, an Adeline Yoga teacher. You can learn more about Ana and her impressions of the book here.
Join us for this event to explore:
If you would like Kelsey to sign your book, please bring a copy. And, copies of the book will be available. Kelsey will be happy to sign your book.
This is a free event.
Want to read it before the event? Purchase it here or with your local bookseller.
Learn more about the book from Ana Frenes, a teacher at Adeline Yoga: see a review of the book here.
This will be an in-person event, without zoom options. If you are not able to attend in person, you can study the material by reading the book. Purchase it here or with your local bookseller. Kelsey has many resources you can utilize, and you can invite her to do a book reading near you. Check out the details on her website.
Kelsey Blackwell, MS, is a cultural somatics practitioner and author dedicated to supporting women of color to trust and follow the guidance of the body so we may powerfully radiate our worth, dignity and wisdom in a world which sorely needs this brilliance. As a facilitator, coach and speaker she has brought abolitionist embodied practices to such diverse groups as riders on Bay Area Rapid Transit trains to students at Stanford University to the offices of LinkedIn.
She works 1:1 with clients as well as leads the 8-week group program, Decolonizing the Body. In addition to being impactful, Kelsey believes working towards personal and collective liberation must also bring joy. She lives in San Francisco, CA.
Powerful practices to help you slow down, listen to your body, and heal
Written by a woman of color for women of color, Decolonizing the Body offers somatic practices to help you recognize and unhook from the embodied impacts of systemic oppression. Reconnect with your authentic self by learning to trust and follow the profound wisdom of your own body.
By slowing down, cultivating rituals, standing in your boundaries and centering joy, you’re put back in touch with the possibility of freedom—as well as those aspects of yourself that you may have cast aside in an effort to survive. To decolonize the body is to remember your wholeness, and to come home again.
Let this book be your guide on this crucial journey.