This workshop explores the intersections of personal and cultural messages and perceptions regarding “body identity” in yoga culture. Personal identities are complex and sometimes we embody conflicting messages, aims and intentions. We are each constantly negotiating the terrain between personal views and perceptions of ourselves and our bodies and the external gaze. Though yoga often prompts us to focus within, we don’t leave the burden of external judgment entirely behind when we unroll the mat. We carry cultural stories in our bodies, and the very real privileges and oppressions that formed those stories. We’ll work with experiences of body size/shape, gender, sexuality, and via their intersections with these other issues, race, class, age and ability. We’ll focus on the language of teaching, yoga, and participation, revealing our own – and cultural – assumptions and stories through body contemplation and writing. We’ll also contextualize the role of body image via an understanding of how yoga came into western culture and the pursuit of yoga as a fitness activity.
This workshop includes minimal asana practice, personal writing (sharing is optional) and small and large group discussion. There will be at least two breaks.
Online registration is open. 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.
About the Speaker
Kimberly Dark is a storyteller, speaker, and author of seven award-winning performance scripts and a number of educational programs regarding the body in culture – how appearances and identities influence our experiences in the world related to gender, race, body type/size, beauty, ability, etc. She uses humor and intimacy to prompt audiences to discover their influences and reclaim their power as social creators.
Saturday, March 17 at 1:00pm to 6:00pm
University Hall, 3324
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045