If yoga is for everybody, have you ever wondered why so many yoga studios are racially and economically homogenous? Have you wanted to be part of the change, but unsure where to start?

Let’s talk about it.

Racism in the Yoga Community: Tips to Healing Ourselves, Our Studios and Our World

Two-part workshop with Dr. Monea T. Abdul-Majeed. September 21-22, 2-4 pm. Register here. Sliding scale – please enter your desired payment amount in the “Quantity” line at check out. Suggested donation: $15-30/session, but pay what you want.

Dr. Monea has asked participants to please take a minute to fill out her preliminary survey. All responses are confidential.

Want more info? Check out this wonderful podcast where Monea discusses her background and how she became involved in racial justice.

 

About the Workshop

Join Racial Justice Speaker/Trainer and Yoga Teacher, Dr. Monea T. Abdul-Majeed, for a 2-part workshop that includes awareness, discussion, meditation, and journal writing.

Part 1

On Saturday we’ll define implicit racial bias and identify how it shows up in yoga communities, and we’ll take a look at spiritual by-passing and micro-aggressions, and how these affect us as yogis. The conversation will be one that is rooted in honesty and sharing, allowing time for self-reflection. Most importantly, we will discuss what you can do to eliminate racism.

Part 2

On Sunday we will take a deeper dive into soul-utions for yoga studios and beyond. Through discussion, sharing and small-group exercises, we’ll dig into implicit bias and then apply it to scenarios outside the yoga studio walls as well as within. The day will also provide resources to help you along on your anti-racism journey.

 

Dates and Details

Saturday September 21 and Sunday September 22, 2-4 pm each day.

Registration is open to all – no yoga experience is needed.

Cost: We’re asking for a donation for this workshop to cover costs. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Kingman Boys and Girls Club of Washington, DC, which can make a big difference in a young person’s life.

Suggested Donation: $15-$30/day. No-one will be turned away for lack of funds! Register here.

About Dr. Monea

Dr. Monea Abdul-Majeed is a Racial Justice Speaker, Traine, and Certified Yoga Teacher based in York, PA. She serves as Racial Justice Coordinator at YWCA York, where she is responsible for leading the organization and York community to racial equality through training, community events, and involvement with York school districts.

Dr. Monea has over 15 years of experience in organizational leadership, statistical analysis, training, project management, and professorship. She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology and politics from Washington and Lee University in 2004. In 2010, she earned her doctoral degree in Sociology and Political Science from Howard University, where her concentration was Social Inequality (Race, Gender, and Ethnicity) and Urban Sociology. Her dissertation title was, “A Historical Materialist Analysis of the Shifts in African American Family Formation, 1960-2008.”  

She was a federal government employee at the U.S. Census Bureau from 2001-2016. During her tenure there, she worked in many different area including Ancestry and Ethnicity, Workforce Development, Job Rotation, Organizational Climate, Poverty and Health Insurance Estimates, and Risk Management. She earned her Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau. While at the Census Bureau, Dr. Monea earned the Bronze Award, which is the highest award given, for her work on the Small Area Health Insurance Estimates and Small Area Poverty Estimates data collections. She also served as the Project Manager for the organizations first organizational climate survey. 

She has been a professor at Montgomery Community College in Maryland, Trinity Washington University, and HACC. Dr. Monea has taught Introduction to Sociology, The Family, Urban Sociology, Research Methodology, and Work and Society, and Research Writing. 

Dr. Monea is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher. She is currently pursuing her 500 hour certification in the Vinyasa style of yoga. She has been a dedicated student of yoga for 16 years and uses her knowledge of mindfulness to inform her racial justice work. A D.C. Native, she currently lives in York, PA with her husband, Musa Abdul-Majeed, and their three children, Lailah (5), Zainah (3), and Amir (1).