Yoga and Inclusivity
A Panel Discussion at Adeline Yoga
Sunday January 22 6:30 – 8:30 pm
What has yoga got to do with social change? How can yoga teachers and studios promote social justice and behave in solidarity with communities whose voices are inadequately heard and represented? The need for ongoing work is apparent now as much as ever. We invite yoga students, teachers, and neighbors to a panel discussion intended to open lines of communication about this important topic.
Free event, open to all
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Vivian Chávez is an Associate Professor at San Francisco State University and a student at Adeline Yoga. She has an eclectic background in violence prevention, expressive arts, and community organizing. Her courses infuse a global dimension to Health Education focused on solutions, resiliency and common values. A storyteller by nature, she has developed a teaching approach to heal the mind/body divide characteristic of higher education and collaborated with community based organizations to disseminate their work. She co-edited Primary Prevention: Strategies in Community Wellbeing, co-authored Drop That Knowledge: Youth Radio Stories, and translated Media Advocacy into Spanish for culturally appropriate and community accessible terminology. Her latest project, Cultural Humility: People, Principles & Practices is a film that mixes poetry with music, interviews, archival footage, and images of nature to describe what cultural humility is and why it’s needed to create a broader more inclusive view of the world. Find out more on her website.
Jacqueline Shea Murphy is an Associate Professor at UC Riverside and a student at Adeline Yoga. Jacqueline teaches courses in critical dance studies in UCR’s Dance department. She is author of “The People Have Never Stopped Dancing”: Native American Modern Dance Histories (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), awarded the 2008 de la Torre Bueno Prize® for outstanding book of the year in Dance Studies by the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS), co-editor of the collection Bodies of the Text: Dance as Theory, Literature as Dance (Rutgers University Press, 1995), and has published in journals including Biography, Discourses in Dance, American Literary History, Theatre Research International, Interventions, and several anthologies. She was the 2009 recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to Aotearoa New Zealand, and is writing a new book about ways that contemporary Indigenous choreographers in the U.S., Canada, and Aotearoa are inhabiting Indigenous epistemologies and thereby reframing colonizing institutions in their dancing and dance making. Professor Shea Murphy coordinates annual “Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside” events that have been bringing Indigenous dance artists, and discussion around contemporary Indigenous dance, to the UCR campus regularly since 2004.
Sara M Acevedo is a neurodivergent, mestiza, activist scholar, educator and disability justice advocate born and raised in Colombia, South America — and a student at Adeline Yoga.
Sara is Diversity and Disability Advocacy Fellow for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Sara also serves as Adjunct Faculty in the School of Undergraduate Studies and is a doctoral candidate in the Anthropology and Social Change Program.
Her current research explores activism as history making to better understand and to disrupt the rhythms of capitalist modernity as they impinge on our right to produce spaces of inherent value by and for disabled people. More specifically, Sara focuses on the politics of self-direction and self-governance across neurodivergent grassroots communities servicing neurodivergent transitioning youth in the Bay Area.
Sara utilizes activist ethnographic methods to amplify the voices and lived experiences of groups marked oppressively by race, gender expression, disability, class, sexual orientation, religious practice, and political affiliation. Her work invites a re-figuration of disability as a political and cultural experience as opposed to a clinical diagnosis.