Yoga and Racial Justice: An Antiracism Immersion
Sunday July 12, 10 am to 6 pm
Sliding scale: Give a little $140 / Just right there $108 / Get a boost $84
(contact us for scholarship opportunities)
For far too long, “racism” has been the elephant in the room. It’s been covered, downplayed, spiritually bypassed, or ignored.
Now is the time to lift the veil, confront racism and work together to dismantle it. There’s no better place to do the messy digging of antiracism than a yoga studio.
This workshop is for you if you….
- Are tired of basic racism 101 trainings that merely touch the surface of antiracism and leave you feeling guiltier or more traumatized than you did before attending…
- Are mad at yourself for laughing at racist jokes, clenching your purse when a man of color approaches you, or mad because you want to be the change but have no clue how to be a part of the solution…
- Are baffled by or defensive when you hear terms like white fragility, white privilege, or white supremacy but don’t want to ask questions for fear of “sounding racist”…
- Are tired of being treated like you’re invisible when you enter predominantly white spaces or being highly visible as the only person of color in the room who is cornered into answering all of the race questions…
- Are well-intentioned and ready to use your voice, your yoga practice, and your heart to make our country more welcoming to all but have no idea how to get started…
- Are afraid any conversation about race, racism, or antiracism…
This workshop is NOT for you if you…
- Believe that racism doesn’t exist in America…
- Enjoy arguments about racism over learning how to have courageous conversations about it…
- Despise deep opportunities for personal growth and development…
- Never think about racism and would prefer to stay that way…
Black Yogis. Brown Yogis. White Yogis. All Yogis- This immersion is for you.
About this Training
Join Racial Justice Speaker/Trainer and Yoga Teacher Dr. Monea Abdul-Majeed for a day-long immersion into the inner world of antiracism. Using what she calls the 3 R’s of Antiracism–reflection, resilience, and relationships–Dr. Monea will guide you along a journey of history, healing, and solutions for racism in yoga communities and beyond.
The first half of the day grounds the discussion by presenting the context for antiracism, including a historical overview of racism in the United States and yoga philosophy. Next, you will uncover how racism shows up in your life by examining your implicit racial bias.
The second half of the day will take a deeper dive into antiracism by exploring how yoga can help you heal from racial trauma, how to be an ally, and provide soul-lutions to racism for yoga studios and beyond. This immersion includes icebreakers, discussion, yoga, meditation, and journal writing.
In this day-long immersion, you will:
- Develop shared language around antiracism.
- Learn how to have healthy conversations about race.
- Discuss racism in a safe, non-judgemental space.
- Confront implicit racial bias and how it determines our thoughts and interactions.
- Understand systemic racism in the United States and how it shows up in yoga communities.
- Examine the link between yoga philosophy and antiracism.
- Receive tangible tips and resources on how to be an antiracist ally.
- Explore how yoga can heal racial trauma.
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).