Is Yoga Welcoming to Indigenous People?
Thursday, April 15 2021, 6 pm to 7:30 pm, By Donation
Live via Zoom
Yoga – an ancient Indigenous practice from South Asia – has much in common with Indigenous spiritual practices in North America. You might expect that First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people would be fairly comfortable in the yoga community. In fact, North American expressions of yoga can seem very unwelcoming to Indigenous people. On April 15, a Yoga Outreach Out Loud conversation with Avis O’Brien and Jennifer-Lee Koble, moderated by Chastity Davis, will explore some of the barriers to yoga for Indigenous people.
“The issue isn’t that Indigenous folks need special adaptations,” says Jessica Barudin, Traditional Wellness Specialist at First Nations Health Authority (FNHA). “It is shifting the societal dynamics and the way yoga is currently modelled and offered in dominant culture.”
Avis O’Brien (Nalaga) is a Kwakwaka’wakw and Haida artist. She is a weaver, teacher, designer, and cultural empowerment facilitator. She is also a guest facilitator in several Yoga Outreach trainings.
Jennifer-Lee Koble is a Metis and Cree counsellor and social worker, who specializes in supporting Indigenous healing through life transitions and intergenerational trauma.
Panel moderator, Chastity Davis is a “builder of bridges” between Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups, coaching many BC businesses toward better relationships with First Nations. She is a member of the Tla’amin Nation on BC’s Sunshine Coast.
Come prepared to shake up your perspective.
There will be time for respectful audience questions. Viewpoints and questions from Indigenous attendees will be given priority.
All proceeds from this event will go towards supporting further development of the First Nations Women’s Yoga Project a partnership between Yoga Outreach & Cedar + Gold.