Walking with Whiteness: An Anti-Racism Workshop for White-Bodied Yogis
with Trish DeRocher & Emily Garrett
White-body supremacy is an uncomfortable and undeniable part of our cultural inheritance in the United States at this time. The political unrest surrounding continued police brutality and the devastating effects of the pandemic on low-income BIPOC communities this past year have only amplified this reality. But what exactly is "whiteness"? What exactly do people mean by "structural racism"? And what can white-bodied people do in tangible, daily ways to not perpetuate these inequities?
This 3-hour introductory body-based workshop is intended for white-bodied people who are ready to confront the ways in which whiteness unconsciously informs our thoughts, words, and actions in our relationships and communities.
We will hold compassionate space for white-bodied yogis who are ready to explore some of the internalized fear, shame, and discomfort that can accompany conversations about racial trauma and white-body privilege.
The workshop will engage the body, mind, and spirit by beginning with intentional pranayama (breathwork) and mindfulness exercises to center us in our bodies so that we can approach this work from a centered, grounded state.
We will then move into lecture and Q&A time to introduce participants to some of the terminology and concepts used to discuss structural racism, while offering space to ask uncomfortable questions.
Participants will be guided into their bodies to somatically explore their embodied fear reactions to discussions of racial trauma, with optional journaling prompts. We will close our time together with nourishing yoga asana to reset the nervous system. Participants will receive suggested readings and self-study exercises to work with beyond the workshop.
All proceeds will support Candace Taylor's Conscious Homestead, a BIPOC Urban Farm & Wholeness Retreat.
Trish DeRocher holds a Ph.D. in Feminist Studies with a focus in Transnational Feminist Thought from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and taught social issues in the college setting for 15 years prior to leaving academia in 2019. In this lifetime, Trish identifies as a white, queer, non-binary, anti-racist educator, and spiritual activist. Trish is also a 200-hour Bhakti yoga instructor, Inner Alignment Coach, Certified Biofield Tuner, Reiki II Practitioner, and Ayurvedic Educator. Trish is owner of Transformative Consciousness Coaching and Consulting, author of Transnational Testimonios: The Politics of Collective Knowledge Production, and host of the podcast Heart.Change.Consciousness: Inspired Activism as a Spiritual Path on Transformation Talk Radio.
Emily Garrett is a seeker, teacher, practitioner, yoga teacher trainer, business owner, mother, wife, friend, neighbor, and community member. She advocates for healing and presence through teaching yoga classes, mentoring humans, parenting children, and engaging in open hearted, courageous conversation. Body wisdom and quest for knowledge are, and always have been, the two main drives in her life.