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AYA Monthly Program March 2022: Bundle (Community)

All 3 of the following Accessible Yoga Association Monthly Program events are included in this bundle.

Captioned replays available for registrants, with access for 30 days after the live events.



Creating Accessible, Affirming and  Neuro-Inclusive Yoga Spaces with Kristen Shuman

Monday March 14th, 2022

9am-10:30am PST | 12pm-1:30pm EST

In this 90-minute workshop, Kristen Shuman will share from both their personal and professional experiences as an Autistic yoga teacher and psychotherapist, offering participants an opportunity to learn how to make their yoga classes more accessible and affirming for neurodiverse practitioners, including those on the Autism spectrum. They will share important considerations related to vocabulary, diverse sensory needs, appropriate support for emotional regulation, the specific impacts ableism, the potential psychological and physical benefits of yoga for neurodiverse people, and other considerations the Westernized yoga model typically doesn’t take into account.

Incorporating lecture, a short, accessible Yin practice, and time for reflection and questions, this workshop aims to present opportunities for interactivity and engagement, while also reserving the option for participants to simply listen and/or remain off camera if that is their preference.

Recommended props: any props that will help you feel supported for a short, accessible, Yin-style asana practice, plus a journal or preferred device for recording notes and personal reflections.



Embracing & Embodying our Neuro-Differences with Shawnee Thornton Hardy

Thursday March 24th, 2022

1pm-2pm PST | 4pm-5pm EST

The emphasis of this class will be tuning in to our body, mind and nervous system states. The practice will support with building more proprioceptive and interoceptive awareness, easing anxiety, grounding, stability and honoring our own beautifully unique and intuitive ways of moving through the world. Specific strategies will be integrated in the class to create an inclusive and supportive experience for neurodivergent practitioners.

Shawnee will lead a 50 minute class with time for Q&A.

Recommended props: 2 blankets, 1 block, 1 eye pillow



Wednesday March 30th, 2022

3pm-5pm PST | 6pm-8pm EST

Join experienced, neurodiverse teachers Noha Arafa, Jess Nabb, Sherene Cauley, and host M Camellia for our March 2022 Accessible Yoga Community Forum on Neurodiversity and Yoga. Panelists will offer a deep exploration into the vastness of neurological biodiversity and patterning. Discussion topics will range from the depths of cultural conditioning and ways that systems of oppression and other traumas impact the brain, to non-neurotypical thought and processing frameworks, and what we can all learn from neurodiverse people about awareness, the senses, emotions, and community care. The panel will also offer best practices for language and accessible teaching, ways of combating ableism both internally and externally, and other practical knowledge aimed at cultivating greater inter-community understanding and more affirming spaces for neurodiverse practitioners.

The panel discussion will last 90 minutes, including some time for audience questions. Participants are invited to stick around after the panel concludes for a 30-minute social mixer and networking session, with the option to share their own experiences and meet other community members who are working at the intersection of neurodiversity and yoga.

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