How do we turn towards the difficult questions and challenging issues of our times? What does yoga tell us about how to show up in the world and our communities? How can our yoga practice support us in compassion, self-inquiry, and action? And how can we support community and justice through our practice?

In this workshop, we invite yoga practitioners of all levels, colors, and orientations to engage with questions of justice and inclusion from a foundation of love, compassion, and spiritual practice. Together we will create a brave and compassion-building space to examine and deepen our understanding and awareness of our own identities, experiences, backgrounds and biases. Come willing to journal, discuss, breathe, meditate, and move together. Using the framework of yoga as a spiritual practice, particularly the first two limbs of Patanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga—the yamas and the niyamas—we will begin to explore issues of inclusion, bias, and identity within our communities and our practices.

Participants will come away from the workshop with a deeper understanding of the yamas and niyamas as applied to modern day social issues, such as racism, sexism, heterosexism, and ableism, among others, as well as a more nuanced understanding of how issues of identity and privilege may express themselves in our practice and in our lives. Let’s come together to connect and grapple with these issues, gain tools to engage in difficult conversations, and to envision what inclusion and justice can look like in our spiritual practice and our communities.

RW Alves – is a yoga teacher and certified yoga therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Level II Reiki practitioner. She has specialized training in Thai yoga, yin yoga, trauma-informed yoga, body positivity facilitation, and iRest Yoga Nidra. RW brings her extensive training in yoga, somatics, mindfulness, and bodywork as tools for social justice, community building, and personal and community transformation. She believes that connecting with, exploring, and having fun in our bodies is an integral part of healing that enables us to do the important work we want and are meant to do in the world.

Genevieve Hicks – has been dabbling in yoga since 2002 and began practicing all 8 limbs of yoga in earnest when she took the Samarya Yoga Teacher Training in spring of 2012. Her style of teaching yoga can best be described as functional and fluid shape making. By inviting present moment attention to what feels good in your particular body she aims to hold space for students to weave mindfulness and movement together. In addition to yoga she has been practicing physical therapy for over 20 years and has taught yoga anatomy, introduction to meditation, and yoga for people of color, plus workshops on various yoga and Buddhist related topics. When she is not working as a physical therapist or teaching yoga, she may be found practicing with her Buddhist community (in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition) or in the great outdoors – rock climbing, backpacking, hiking.

Both facilitators have taught similar, well-received workshops in both Buddhist and yoga settings. Both facilitators are also faculty on the Samarya Yoga Teacher Training, where they have taught on diversity, social justice, and inclusion to yoga teachers-in-training for the past five years.

PHINNEY RIDGE, with Genevieve Hicks and RW Alves

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 12:00 – 4:00PM

Cost: This workshop will be offered at three rate options to support meaningful access at different economic levels. If you are able to INVEST in this social justice work and support our efforts to make this workshop and others accessible, please consider the INVESTING rate. If you need financial support to ACCESS this workshop, purchase at the ACCESSING rate, otherwise SUSTAINING is the market value rate that takes into account the speaker cost and 8 Limbs expenses.

Investing Rate: $80

Sustaining Rate: $60

Accessing Rate: $40


Cancellation Policy:  Refunds of 90% up to five days prior to workshop. No refunds allowable after that time.