Workshop: "Building Leadership and Equity in Yoga" with J. Cole Thomas and Jennifer Alvarez

Sunday, September 19, 2021 9:00am to 12:00pm

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The Center for Religion and Spirituality invites you to this online Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change workshop with The Tree Yoga Cooperative cofounders J. Cole Thomas and Jennifer Alvarez.

This workshop explores building and sustaining a thriving and socially-conscious yoga center dedicated to the development of a diverse yoga community. Using examples of such organizations in south central Los Angeles, participants will focus on how to develop leadership within the community of practice, as well as constructing alternative and equitable financial models for successful, socially-conscious yoga centers.

To Attend
Registration is open online (click Buy Tickets button). This is a virtual workshop. On the Friday before the workshop, registered participants will receive an invitation to connect via live videoconference using Zoom. Read here on how to connect.

In the event the workshop is canceled, participants will be notified by Wednesday, the week of the workshop. Registration fees are refunded only if the workshop is canceled; no refund for partial attendance or no-show. For further information, please email the Center at

A Note on Time Zone: The date and hours listed for this program are under Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is 8 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT -8:00).

About the Speakers
Jonié Cole Thomas II is an author, philosopher, historian and computer engineer. During a successful career building computer networks and systems for companies like Abbott, Disney, Healthcare Partners and more J began to research history, civilization, ancient philosophy and religions. His research lead him to the practice of Yoga and he wrote his 1st book on Self Responsibility called Sea of Circles. Today J works to spread the philosophy of Mindfulness, Self Responsibility and Social Justice.

Jennifer Alvarez received her Master of Public Health, in the Urban Health Disparities program at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. She is a health equity advocate with an extended experience in community organizing and program development. In 2016, she undertook the role as Operations Director of The Tree South LA (the former nonprofit organization). As a certified yoga instructor, she has dedicated her energy to share the healing modality of yoga and mindfulness with system-impacted youth of color, Spanish speaking communities, and beginners to the practice. 

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