Unveiling & envisioning:

                                                                                                                       

"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.

Today I am wise, so I am changing myself." - Rumi


 10am – 4.00 pm GMT

Price £120

 Yoga Torquay, The Studio Park Lane, Torquay, TQ1 2AU

                                                               8 spaces available- all welcome                                                                  

Genuine change begins with the will to see into ourselves. We listen deeply, unveiling through an intimate process of embodied inquiry, non defensive awareness and fearless expression. From seeds of self understanding to fruits of transformation. Over this weekend, we will build a collective brave space to dive deeply within.


Day 1. Unveiling 

Instead of looking for what is wrong or fixing problems, lets understand the barriers within ourselves that guard against change; the "shoulds", the blocks and any socialised scripts/ biases that are carried down as ancestral burdens. This is self revealing. On this day, we focus on resourcing our bodies (sattvic embodiment) to understand and see ourselves clearly.

Day 2. Envisioning

To become unstuck, we can give ourselves space to get curious about the changes we wish to manifest. We can creatively spiral, shift, plunge and make small nudges at becoming different.  On this day we focus on aligning to inner truths, cultivating radical compassion and authentically expressing ourselves. We envision and play (rasa- sentiment of feeling) as the bridge to manifest action.   

These workshops are highly experiential and responsive to the needs of participants in the group. 
I facilitate within an embodied, relational way supporting connection to head (thinking), heart (feeling) and belly (knowing). Through out the weekend we will engage creatively and joyfully with body mapping, dialogue, self-touch, meditation, visualisation, breath- heart work,  and movement


Decolonising yoga?

Yoga philosophies have never intrinsically dealt with social justice harms and processes. They described overarching psycho-spiritual ethics that guide people to live in this world (but not of this world). Historically in India, visionaries and activists have always criticised religious influencers, evolving yoga practices and shifting attitudes to push back against hierarchies and hypocrisy. Yoga has been co-opted by elites or God's middle men, the same happens today. In todays yoga world we see horrific commodification, white washing and ethno-nationalist weaponization of yoga

So do we decolonise yoga per se? Not really, rather we decolonise ourselves and the social and cultural structures of the yoga industrial complex. 

There is no standard way to decolonise, it depends on you.

Do you understand how historically produced inequalities continue to shape our society and how they impacts us at a personal and professional level?  Do you know about the inter-fluidity of yogic traditions, that religion and yoga are not one and the same thing? 

Are you incorporating the psycho-spiritual philosophy of yoga in your teaching?

Can you see how Whiteness- the exotification, commodification and hoarding of yoga has devalued and stripped yoga practices of their deeper value?

Do you see how yoga has been distorted to signify a way to achieve a fit, toned body, modeled by the rich, celebrities, White middle class and able movers ?

How do you counteract this? 

The way to approach justice issues and respond to them depends on becoming educated about the colonial violence of the past and its continuation today: the appropriation, loot, plunder, epistemicide, dispossession and gender violence. Look into the work of Black feminists, liberation psychologists and radical thinkers who critically reveal the corruption and injustice of the past that influences our time. 

Then do the inner work to understand your story and part in this picture. Reversing the continuation of any harm, starts with facing ourselves. 


Previous feedback from earlier courses.

"What struck me most was the way you shared your knowledge, experience and insight in such a heartfelt and caring way. While some of the material was familiar to me, the way you presented it and encouraged us to engage with it was a whole new approach - and a very welcome one at that. All too often I've found at least, academically, experientially, the history and philosophy of the practice is approached in a heavily cerebral way but you helped me to dive into the core of what and how we are human, how we can be with ourselves and for each other. It felt like a process of recovery, remembering and reverence, for the practice of yoga as much as for me. “ Aliya Mughal, Freelance Writer, Communications Specialist, Yoga Facilitator in Bristol.

"Sophia is an authentic facilitator who really shows her own vulnerability allowing everyone to go just as deep into their own journeys and emotions. She approached such complex questions with a personal approach that really touched our experience. I feel more human and more hopeful." Natalie, Care Giver

"Thanks very much for the course which I found very enjoyable and interesting. I liked the way you facilitated it and made us all feel we could talk openly and with respect and consideration."- feedback from Amanda Stone Nash, psychotherapist based in Wales.

"I dipped my feet in the waters of a subject that I have never been taught before or had very little knowledge about. I now feel that I can start to take my new awareness into my current work as a full time yoga teacher and I have a clearer understanding of my own vulnerabilities and power. The online space was both safe and welcoming and I looked forward to the group every week. I really felt like I learnt something valuable." - from Jo, Yoga teacher based in Wales.




 

Past workshops


The Heart of Resilience

Sunday 25th of November 2018

Three pools permaculture farm, Abergavenny, Wales.

Privilege: How much space do I take?

February 2019 at 10:00–17:00, Cardiff

'Race, Inclusion and Embodied Reflexivity'

A workshop at the 2018 congress of The European Association for Body Psychotherapy,  Berlin,  8th of September 2018

'Deep Listening: Hearing the Body's Voice'

 Me too Silence no more: a day long series of workshops for BAME Women in London 29th April 2018

“Everybody tells a story”
A somatic, trauma informed approach to storytelling for therapeutic work. Workshop at George Ewart Evans centre for storytelling’s symposium. 7th April 2018.
 
“Traumatic stress and the embodiment of micro-aggressions”
Requested workshop for a group of counsellors in Cardiff November, 2017.
 
“Menstrual inclusivity”
Requested workshop for a group of psychotherapists, yoga teachers and psychologists, East London, September 2015.
                                                                                                                      

 

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