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Fat Justice & Anti-Fatness in Yoga Practice
Zoom - online conference
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with Jay Botsford and Valerie Hesslink

Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 5:30-7:30pm Central/6:30-8:30pm Eastern

This workshop introduces Fat Justice as a framework to help us unravel our internalized ideas about "good" bodies, "healthy" bodies, and how bodies "should" look and be. So many of us have absorbed such ideas from the dominant culture, yet they can undermine not only our own practice, but also our trust with students and our ability to create an environment that welcomes and celebrates all bodies.

Although the fat acceptance movement and body positivity efforts have grown immensely over the last few decades, anti-fatness is often ignored as a system of oppression, with fat people shamed and punished for existing at all, in both explicit and implicit ways. This can be particularly concentrated in spaces that focus on embodiment, movement, and/or fitness.

Recent research around COVID confirms that the way we are taught to think about fatness, rather than fatness itself, is really, really bad for our health. But these messages about fatness and health are not easy to unlearn. This is the perfect moment to explore how fat justice can support your practice and teaching.

Maybe being home 24/7 is reconnecting you with your own body in ways that feel challenging, or you're just sick of the constant barrage of memes, stories, helpful hints, and weight-focused advice. Whatever the reason, we welcome you to learn and practice with us.

Through a lively combination of short presentations, discussions, self-reflection, and collaborative problem-solving, participants will:

- Gain understanding of the moral, medical, social, and liberation models of fatness
- Examine their own internalized beliefs about size and health, including how these relate to race, gender, class, disability and more
- Consider how these beliefs impact them and how they have impacted others, especially in yoga practice and teaching
- Evaluate what they believe is possible/impossible in moving towards an accessible world and liberation for all bodies

*This session will be recorded and available to all those who register, whether or not you are able to attend the live session.*

Accessibility notes:
To access this workshop you will need a stable internet connection and a device with a camera and microphone. If you're not used to this kind of online environment, don't worry - we'll help you figure it out!

We aim to keep the sessions accessible to the widest possible range of people. For example, almost all lecture content and all activity instructions will be presented both verbally and in writing, and all visual content will be described. Machine-generated simultaneous captions will be available. If you have any other access needs that we haven't covered here, please contact us so we can figure it out together.

The sliding-scale registration fee operates on the "honor system," to keep the workshop accessible to people with a range of means. We trust you to select the price category that's fair for you.

About the trainers:

Jay Botsford is an educator and activist who has been working on LGBTQ+ and health justice issues since 2002, providing training/consulting services, supporting youth to make change in their communities, and organizing for justice and liberation. Working on equity issues in higher education since 2016 at UW Madison, Jay previously spent more than 15 years working in social service nonprofit organizations. Ze has also been a sexuality educator for 16 years and co-hosts the Queer Sex Ed podcast. Jay is passionate about community care/mutual aid, building accomplices (not just allies), and centering health, healing, and pleasure in justice work.

Valerie Hesslink is a yoga instructor committed to helping others who are in bigger bodies, old bodies, stiff bodies, or just bodies that get ignored by the yoga world to make yoga work for them. Valerie is zealous and seeks to learn more every day about different breath work practices, anatomy, and body movement. Valerie offers all teachings from a deeply nurturing and compassionate space with the aim to empower.

This training is cosponsored by Think Again Training & Consulting (www.thinkagaintraining.com) and Yoga Accessible For All (https://yafayoga.org/)
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Zoom - online conference

Timezone: America/New_York
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The Zoom link and password will be emailed to you. Please make sure to provide a valid email address and do not unsubscribe from event updates. This enables us to get the info to you while minimizing the risk of interruptions from "zoom bombers."


Online / Streaming / Virtual

Kid Friendly: Yes!


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