Yoga and Social Change (live online)
If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. – Aboriginal Activists Group, Queensland
This inspiring online workshop is for all yoga teachers, yoga students, and anyone interested in learning about how we can make a real and lasting impact on the world around us by choosing to live in the spirit of compassion, inclusion and equality. In this engaging and thought provoking workshop, Molly Lannon Kenny will present the challenge of accepting our desires to help and serve, and then of letting them go, in favor of the greater desire for deep human connection, or kinship.
She will present a case for committed and courageous self-inquiry, the power of unrelenting svadhyaya, as the most basic foundation for true healing – of self and others. She will outline her own journey, from “pathology centered” clinician, working in the conventional medical setting of one of the country’s largest HMO’s, to a “divinity centered” yoga teacher and therapist, working within multiple community based programs and founding her own wellness center based on the principles and practices of yoga.
In the words of Leo Tolstoy, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” Not so, says Molly. In fact, Molly has led a community of individuals, over five thousand strong, to work together to fulfill a common directive of “Healing our communities through yoga,” with a mission of “fostering individual transformation as a means to radical social change.”
Based on more than a decade of experience with numerous thriving community programs for the most underserved and marginalized communities – from programs for the severely mentally ill, to homeless youth programs to programs for those at end of life – Molly will share her passionate belief that moving from “service” to “kinship,” from “other” to “brother” is by far the most healing gift we can offer to ourselves and to the people we wish to support through yoga. Find out how Molly has successfully brought yoga and healing to such a wide variety of organizations and populations, why she doesn’t believe in “special poses for special people,” and how we can shift our yoga programs from “teaching” to “sharing,” by identifying our own hidden biases and letting go of personal agendas.
By the end of this inspired workshop, participants will have a deeper understanding of the differences between standing up, standing for and standing with, and how to create and sustain community programs based on the power of partnership. They will have a new lens through which to see the inherent challenges for these programs– both within the system and within ourselves – and what each of us, as individuals, can do to change our own prejudices and presumptions, and see our commitment to social justice as a necessary part of our commitment to yoga.
All levels of experience welcomed and encouraged. This course is required for students wishing to complete their 200 hour designation with Yoga Alliance with the Samarya Yoga Liberation Teacher Training.
Upcoming course series
Wednesdays, October 31, November 7, November 14, November 21, 10 – 11:30 CST
This workshop requires the free Zoom platform. You will be able to watch the meetings at a later date if you are not able to be present at the meetings.
A pre-recorded version of this course is also available here.