LGBT+ Inclusion for Yoga Teachers
Date: Thu 28 Jan
Time: 1-4pm GMT (UK)
Use discount code HALF PRICE if you identify as LGBT+
As yoga teachers we want everyone to feel safe and supported in our classes, yet many LGBT+ people feel excluded, ignored, and uncomfortable in mainstream yoga classes. Or, we leave a part of ourselves at the door when joining a class. If yoga is "the journey of the self, through the self, to the self" then we can only really experience yoga when we can bring our full selves into the practice. In this 3 hour workshop, Gabi will share her experience and expertise as an LGBT+ activist and yoga teacher and how yoga teachers can create a safer space for LGBT+ people in their classes. This workshop will be taught through a body positive lens.
At the end of this workshop you will:
- Feel more confident supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Pansexual, Transgender, Non-Binary, Intersex, Asexual, Queer and Questioning students in your classes
- Understand the context of LGBT+ experiences in the UK
- Be able to identify potential triggers for LGBT+ people in your classes
- Know how to signpost your class as welcoming for the LGBT+ community
- Understand how to be an ally for LGBT+ people within your classes, studios, and community
Space and time will also be given for discussion and Q+A
This workshop is aimed at all yoga teachers who want their classes to be comfortable for LGBT+ people. We are offering a 50% discount for yoga teachers who personally identify as LGBT+.
Would you like responses like this from LGBT+ students attending your classes?
“ I say that as a zoom attendee; the safe environment she has created pervades the boundary of the screen. Small things like introductions and checking pronouns, immediately set the scene as an inclusive space. ... I really believe in the importance of queering space. I like that we can occupy a space together, without any consciousness needing to be invested into considerations about gender, or normalised expectations for our bodies. ... a sense of familiarity and comfort and I feel welcomed and accepted ..and I don’t feel self-conscious. I can relax knowing that we will focus on what are bodies are capable of and enjoy that experience for what it is.”
About the facilitator: Gabi Markham she/her
Gabi has been practicing yoga since childhood and teaching for over 6 years. With a background in Musical Theatre, Gabi has run her "Voice and the Yoga Teacher" workshop for yoga teachers all around the world (through the power of zoom!).
Since coming out as bisexual aged 18, Gabi has been an active LGBT+ activist and educator; leading LGBT+ trainings in schools, youth movements, for perinatal professionals, and for civil servants. In 2018 Gabi co-founded Laviot (www.laviot.org), a social and supportive community for LGBT+ Jewish women and non-binary people.
Gabi is passionate about finding equity and justice through yoga and making as many yoga classes as possible safer spaces for LGBT+ people. Yoga should be a space free from assumptions, micro aggressions, and discrimination. Gabi has trained in Trans Affirming Yoga with Alle (instagram.com/transyogateacher) and LGBT+ competency for birth workers and medical professionals with AJ Silver (instagram.com/thequeerbirthclub)