Exploring Boundaries, Building Bridges: Connecting yoga, community, and self
How do we co-create safer more meaningful yoga and spiritual communities? Matthew Remski, keynote speaker, asks this question in his latest book “Practice and All is Coming: Abuse, Cult Dynamics, and Healing in Yoga and Beyond,” which offers a sober view into collective and intergenerational trauma. It also offers a clear pathway forward into enhanced critical thinking, student empowerment, self-and-other care, and community resilience.
To enhance this dialogue we have curated an amazing group of thoughtful and thought provoking panelists to further explore topics including compassionate boundary making and conflict resolution, self-care and all its many facets, and the concept of spiritual bypassing. Attendees will experience thoughtful challenges to predetermined ideas about what it means to live according to yogic principles of compassion and respect, while confronting harm for the benefit of communities, and individuals.
Other speakers include: June McCue, Farah Nazarali, Julie Peters, Insiya Rasiwala-Finn, Sjanie McInnis, Leslie Wilkin, Danielle Braun-Kaffman,
Liana Yip, Renee Turner, and Sarah Holmes de Castro.
Boundaries and Assertiveness: Workshop. Learning to communicate and set boundaries with kindness, compassion, and integrity. This is an experiential session with an opportunity to talk about practical applications of conflict-resolution skills.
Caring for the Self, Caring for the Other: Panel discussion with question period. Self-care is essential to healthy and kind living. It also has the potential to become an end unto itself, increasingly commodified, and separating each individual from the larger whole. This panel will offer some analysis of this phenomenon.
Spiritual Bypassing: Panel discussion with question period. Sometimes we are drawn to spiritual practices as a way to bypass our own messy emotional and developmental work. If we fall into the belief that we can transcend our experiences, we can be less accountable for our behaviour and the suffering of others. This panel will offer some discussion about how psychotherapy blends with yoga to address emotional, attachment and addiction issues in a more direct and necessary way.
Reaching Out With Yoga: Presentation. Hear our discoveries about the effects of trauma-informed yoga on women and children fleeing violence. These findings have come about through a five-year federally funded research project, and partnership between BC Society of Transition Houses and Yoga Outreach.
Trauma-informed Yoga: Physical asana practice. This trauma-informed chair yoga session celebrates the joy of practicing in community, and will allow participants to integrate some of the day’s ideas.
Keynote Speaker – Matthew Remski: How do we co-create safer, more meaningful yoga and spiritual communities? Remski asks this question in his latest book “Practice and All is Coming: Abuse, Cult Dynamics, and Healing in Yoga and Beyond.”
He will present a sober view into collective and intergenerational trauma. Beyond trauma, Remski offers a clear pathway to enhanced critical thinking, student empowerment, self-and-other care, and community resilience using PRISM, a model for addressing cycles of harm in yoga communities.