Where Do We Go From Here? Compassionate Next Steps for Yogis Committed to Embodying Change

Develop action steps to embody your highest values in becoming an agent of compassionate change and a creator of community that centers love and social justice.

Oct 2, 2020

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Crystal McCreary

Virtual -- Zoom link will be provided.

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Where Do We Go From Here? Compassionate Next Steps for Yogis Committed to Embodying Change with Crystal McCreary

About the Event


The destabilizing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the activism happening worldwide to eradicate systemic oppression reveal the deep fissures and cracks in our society and demonstrate our struggle to embody our highest values. Our collective sense of shock, anger, and grief, as destabilizing as it is, presents yoga practitioners with a powerful role to play as we engage our capacity to be like “connecting glue” that holds the tension and discomfort of our reality skillfully, heart-fully, and truthfully.
Yoga means “union,” integration, wholeness, balance, and connection. Yet, social injustice fragments us as individuals and erodes the systems in which we exist. This workshop peels back a few more layers of some of the topics from June’s Yoga as Technology for Freedom workshop, (though that workshop is NOT a prerequisite for this one).
Participants will walk away with clear action steps to support the embodying of our highest values so that becoming agents of compassionate change and creators of communities that center love and social justice become possible. Wear comfortable clothes, as some gentle asana and mindfulness practice will be explored via Zoom.
Some of what we will cover:
– Co-generate community agreements
– Define mindfulness as both a tradition of experiential practice and a means to embody compassion with self and others
– Explore 2-5 minute experiential mindfulness practices as tools to cultivate compassion
– Understand the role of embodiment and social justice as the central tenets of Hatha yoga’s 8 Limbs of practice
– Distinguish two keys modes of compassionate engagement: “doing” vs. ”being”
– Explore accessible action steps that support the embodiment of yoga with oneself, others and the environment
A Zoom link will be sent out 1-hour before the workshop start time.
About Crystal:

Crystal McCreary is a Lead Yoga, Mindfulness and Health Educator & Teacher Trainer with 13+ years of experience in instructing yoga and mindfulness to people of all ages. She is Coach & Mentor with a passion for implementing comprehensive wellness programs within schools and organizations to foster compassionate and equitable communities and sustainable work environments. Crystal’s expertise is derived from a lifetime of harnessing powerful embodied, contemplative tools necessary to navigate the unique challenges of living as a Black girl and now woman in an inequitable world. She facilitates trainings for many organizations that aim to support the social and emotional wellbeing of youth and adults including New York Department of Education, CUNY-Hunter Public Health Department, Mindful Schools, and she currently works full-time on the Health Education Team at The Dalton School in New York. Crystal graduated from Stanford University with a BA in African and African American studies, completed The American Conservatory Theater’s Master of Fine Arts program in Acting, and is registered with Yoga Alliance as a 500-ERYT and RCYT.