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Saturday, June 15 • 9:00am - 10:30am
The Story of the Body: Oppression, Yoga, and Theatre LIMITED

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Program Description: Explore the history of your body through community connection, gentle yoga, and theatre practices. Experiment with ways to listen, communicate with, and express its story.  

Abstract: For folks experiencing systemic oppression and other forms of trauma, the effects are not theoretical and abstract. They are specifically felt and held in the physical body. Theatre and yoga are active, physical and tangible ways to recognize, respond to, and heal the deep effects of trauma and oppression. Through healing, we hope to find agency and liberation as individuals and communities. Through facilitating, we hope to offer healing practices while actively dismantling toxic power dynamics and the systems of oppression we have been conditioned into.

We begin with a check in, welcoming all voices into the room. We connect as a community through eye contact and shared human emotions. Having created a vulnerable and supportive container to work in, we move into a simple yoga practice that matches movement and breath. We introduce “interoception,” or the sensing of what is happening inside the body. Once we recognize these experiences on a cellular level, we are able to choose how to interact with them. These trauma sensitive yoga techniques will focus on choice making and presence.

Finally, “The Story of the Body” is an exercise in connecting to different parts of the physical body and expressing the stories they reveal to us through movement. The practice involves somatic mediation, written reflection, and creation of statues and movement pieces which embody what we’ve observed. It moves the practice from an internal and felt experience, to a private written experience, to a sharable and expressive experience.

We will address specific ways to make spaces more trauma sensitive (i.e. invitational language, how to encourage agency in a student/teacher relationship.) 

Challenging Questions
1. How do you see oppression being linked to the physical body?
2. How can we honor the cultural integrity of yoga, while also meeting the varied needs of specific populations (i.e. those in substance use treatment facilities, queer and trans spaces, etc.)
3. As leaders, how can we recognize and dismantle oppressive power dynamics we may be perpetuating?

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Sasha Sigel

I use yoga and theatre, sometimes together and sometimes separately, to offer pathways towards liberation. Theatre for political and social change is my focus as an actor and facilitator, and I teach yoga through a lens of trauma sensitivity. My training is from the University of... Read More →

Saturday June 15, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Great Plains 006a/b (Lower Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA