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Kim Jordan (she/her) sees her yoga on the mat as a grounding, foundational practice for yoga as social justice advocacy off the mat. She believes that a daily yoga practice integrating embodied mindfulness and self-inquiry can connect the wisdom of the body, intelligence of the mind, and kindness of the heart toward skillful growth, healing, community care, and living truthfully through life - in all its privileges and injustices - toward collective liberation. Kim has been practicing yoga since 1998 and received her Yoga Alliance 200-hour teacher certification in 2017 from Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Therapeutic Yoga. She has trained with the Prison Yoga Project and Liberation Prison Yoga in trauma-informed teaching for incarcerated populations.
While Kim has not taught asana in studios or correctional facilities since 2018, she felt honored to be a mentor for the LYR 2023 YTT program and a faculty member for the 2023 Teacher Enhancement Program as a re-orientation toward yoga teaching, where she facilitated discussions about yoga and consent culture, bodily autonomy, boundaries, and yoga as a resource toward restorative and transformative justice. Yoga is not necessarily an escape from, but a practice of, learning how to show up for ourselves and each other through ease and struggle.
Kim’s daily paid labor is as Director of the SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program at Pride Center of Vermont and an adjunct faculty member in the St. Michael's College Department of Sociology & Anthropology (where she created their popular Restorative Approaches to Intimate Partner Violence course). She has worked with the Burlington Community Justice Center as a restorative justice practitioner, the DIVAS Program at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility as a domestic and sexual violence advocate, Steps to End Domestic Violence as a Legal Advocate, and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts as a theatre teaching artist. Kim holds an M.A. in Applied Theatre from Skidmore College and focused her graduate work on participatory theatre for bullying prevention.
An advocate for civic engagement and being the change she wants to see in the world, she serves on the boards of directors for the ACLU of Vermont and ACLU National, for the Women’s Justice and Freedom Initiative (WJFI), and is a founding advisory board member of the Mend Collaborative, a California-based project that increases access to high-quality restorative justice processes for individuals and communities impacted by violence and harm.
Kim lives in Winooski with her brilliant wife, Sarah, and their two rascally cats. For joy and challenge, she participates in playwriting workshops and readings, attempts 30-day yoga challenges, dances in the kitchen with her wife whenever possible, enjoys backyard campfires, camps in Vermont State Parks, discovers summer canoe adventures, and joyfully naps without apology.
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