Workshop: "Yoga and Body Image: Understanding the Body’s Relationship to Privilege and Oppression in Yoga Culture" with Kimberly Dark

The Center for Religion and Spirituality invites you to this Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change workshop of with author Kimberly Dark.

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.

To Attend
Registration is open online (click Buy Tickets button). 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 call the Center for Religion and Spirituality at 310-338-2799 or e-mail

Getting Here
Foley Annex is located on the main campus, off of Ignatian Circle (view map below). Underground parking is available in the adjacent Life Science Building. Parking is free on weekends (please do not feed the meter).

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.

Sunday, March 22 at 9:00am to 12:00pm

Foley Annex, 160
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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