Accessible Yoga Association

 

Monthly Programs

 

Workshops |  Asana Classes  |  Community Forums

Eligible for CEUs through Yoga Alliance & IAYT.
Replays will be made available for those who cannot attend live. Captions available.

Organized around a monthly theme, our monthly programs offer professional education for making yoga accessible to under-resourced and underserved communities as well as addressing other obstacles to accessibility. Our programs include a monthly Workshop, Asana Class, and Community Forum. We also offer podcasts, newsletters, social media posts, and blog posts related to our monthly themes. 

Learn

The Workshop focuses on detailed educational information. Come prepared to learn an overview of the theme and learn practical application skills for working with the community or area of focus. 

Practice

The Asana Class offers a sample class with safe and effective practices for the community or area we are focusing on. 

Networking

The Community Forum offers an opportunity for education and professional networking in the area we are focused on. This includes a discussion of best practices, educational referrals, and networking with other yoga professionals. 

April 2022: Yoga for Supporting People with Sexual Trauma

This month, our Accessible Yoga Association monthly programming focuses on yoga for sexual trauma. Featuring presenters whose work and expertise center healing, empowerment, and trauma-informed teaching, each offering aims to deepen collective understanding of the personal and cultural impacts of sexual trauma, the ways they intersect with systems of systemic oppression, and the holistic tools yoga can offer to individuals and communities in recovery.

Asana Class

Trauma Informed Yoga: Accessing our Embodied Self through Asana & Somatic Inquiry
Asana Class with Oyámie Kali Ma'at

Thursday, April 14th, 2022

3pm-4pm PST (Los Angeles)
6pm-7pm EST (New York)
(Replay available for registrants)

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Join Somatic Healer, Sensual Embodiment Coach, Spiritual Yoga Teacher, and Dance and Movement Artist, Oyámie Kali Ma’at, for this workshop-style and educational trauma-informed asana class. Oyámie will explore invitational language as a gateway to safely access the embodied self through the practice of asana and somatic inquiry. The focus of the class will be creating a supportive space to introduce interoception, building skills for resourcing to support the nervous system, and establishing a sense of overall empowerment. Practice will be accessible, primarily seated, with options for practicing in a chair or on a mat, and time will be reserved for further discussion on cuing best practices and for participant questions.

Recommended props: an armless chair or props to support a seated position on the floor, a blanket, plus any additional props that are supportive for you in an asana practice such as a bolster or yoga blocks.

Tiered pricing to reflect your financial situation.
Discounted Bundle available to attend all three events (Workshop, Class, and Community Forum) 

April 2022 
Asana Class
Community Rate
$10

Register

April 2022
Asana Class
Sustainer Rate
$20

Register

April 2022
Asana Class
Supporter Rate
$30

Register

April Bundle:
Asana Class + Workshop

+ Community Forum
$20–$50

Register
Apply for a Scholarship
Ambassadors attend FREE (get details)

Workshop

Trauma-Informed Yoga for Survivors of Sexual Assault: How to Facilitate a Compassionate Space for Healing Workshop with Zahabiyah Yamasaki

Thursday April 21st, 2022

11am-11:50am Pacific (Los Angeles)
2pm-2:50pm Eastern (New York)
(Replay available for registrants)

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Memories of sexually violent experiences can be intrusive, which can create challenges for survivors. These memories can also make it difficult for survivors who are looking to establish connection in their lives and learn how to trust again.

The entire experience of practicing yoga can help survivors find union between seemingly disconnected and challenging aspects of the self, allowing participants to slowly build the pieces into an integrated whole.

These novel and uncertain times can be especially challenging for survivors of sexual trauma. Trauma can leave the body feeling dis-regulated and unsafe. Trauma-Informed yoga can help survivors gently tend to embodied trauma imprints and bring them to the surface. And with greater awareness, time, and patience, survivors often feel empowered with new tools to name and address their symptoms and survival responses and identify ways to work through them. This can ultimately lead to a space where survivors can expand their capacity for neuroplasticity and take powerful steps towards post-traumatic growth.

Being trauma-informed is a philosophy and a systemic framework of the way we truly see people and honor their humanity. It is a lifelong commitment to learning in and doing. the work of being an ally, educating ourselves being aware of our biases, and engaging in culturally affirming practices. It is committing to and engaging in our work that at all costs; avoids re-traumatization.

This session incorporating lecture, a short practice and Q&A, will provide yoga teachers, mental health professionals, educators, administrators, activists, medical professionals, doulas, coaches, healers, or anyone who is interested in teaching from a trauma-informed lens with all of the necessary tools to create a safe trauma-informed, and culturally affirming environment for survivors of sexual violence.

Recommended props: a notebook, mat/chair, any props to assist you feel comfortable in a short guided trauma-informed asana practice 

Tiered pricing to reflect your financial situation.
Discounted Bundle available to attend all three events (Workshop, Class, and Community Forum) 

April 
Workshop

Community Rate
$10

Register

April
Workshop
Sustainer Rate
$20

Register

April
Workshop
Supporter Rate
$30

Register

April Bundle:
Asana Class + Workshop
+ Community Forum
$20-$50

Register
Apply for a Scholarship
Ambassadors attend FREE (get details)

Community Forum

Yoga for Supporting People with Sexual Trauma

Featuring Nazaahah Amin, Dr Shena Young & Dr Danielle Rousseau, hosted by Tristan Katz

Tuesday April 26th, 2022

9am-11am PST (Los Angeles)
12pm-2pm EST (New York)
(Replay available for registrants)

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*The first 90 minutes of our Community Forum will be a panel discussion and Q&A with our presenters. We'll then host a 30 minute community 'mixer' where you can stay to network and connect with fellow community members.

Join experienced trauma-informed yoga teachers Nazaahah Amin, Dr. Danielle Rousseau, and Dr. Shena Young, along with host Tristan Katz, for our April 2022 Accessible Yoga Community Forum on Yoga for Supporting People with Sexual Trauma. From the importance of universal inclusive and trauma-informed approaches in yoga, to yoga as a body-centered healing tool, to the intersections of race, religion, and sexual trauma, panelists will offer deep insights on a range of related topics. The panel will also offer their approaches to holistic healing after sexual trauma, providing resources and tools for individual and community care.

The panel discussion will last 90 minutes, including some time for audience questions. Participants are invited to stay on after the panel concludes for a 30-minute social mixer and networking session, with the opportunity to share their own experiences and meet other community members whose work centers supporting survivors of sexual trauma.

We are offering FREE registration for this event.

Register for FREE (All Welcome)
 If you'd like to make an optional donation to support the programming that the Accessible Yoga Association (which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization) offers, tiered pricing registration options are also available below.
We also offer a Discounted Bundle option to attend all three events (Workshop, Class, and Community Forum) 

April
Community Forum

Community Rate
$10

(optional donation, or register for FREE via button above)

Register

April
Community Forum

Sustainer Rate
$20

(optional donation, or register for FREE via button above)

Register

April
Community Forum
Supporter Rate
$30

(optional donation, or register for FREE via button above)

Register

April Bundle:
Asana Class 
+ Workshop
+ Community Forum
$20-$50

 

Register
Apply for a Scholarship
Ambassadors attend FREE (get details)

April 2022 Program Bundle:
Yoga for Supporting People with Sexual Trauma

Workshop + Asana Class + Community Forum

Bundle
Community Rate
$20

Register

Bundle
Sustainer Rate
$35

Register

Bundle
Supporter Rate
$50

Register

Bundle
Full / Partial
Scholarships

Apply

Equity Pricing, Ambassadors & Scholarships

We recognize that financial barriers to access are just as real as physical ones. As an organization committed to equity and promoting financial accessibility, we've created three pricing tiers for each of our scheduled community events. If you do not see a tier that reflects your financial situation, you're invited to apply for a scholarship. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Accessible Yoga Ambassadors are invited to attend all of our scheduled programming for FREE. If you would like to attend multiple Accessible Yoga Associate events in 2022, becoming an Ambassador offers you the best price. Sign up today to make your first monthly or annual sustaining contribution to Accessible Yoga (as low as $9/mo. or $108/yr.) and immediately gain access to the free registration link OR register for a single event (below).

Current Ambassadors should log in to their Ambassador dashboard to access their special registration link.

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