Yoga As Technology For Freedom: Cultivating Brave, Compassionate, and Thriving Communities

This workshop will focus on the critical considerations necessary to make yoga the active, practical, powerful tool to become the change we all need right now.

Jun 26, 2020

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Crystal McCreary

Virtual -- Zoom link will be provided.

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Yoga As Technology For Freedom: Cultivating Brave, Compassionate, and Thriving Communities with Crystal McCreary

About the Event

$20

The destabilizing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the international uprising to end state-sanctioned racist violence and systemic racism reveal the deep fissures and cracks in our society and demonstrate our struggle to embody our highest values.
Our collective sense of being unmoored 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 skillfully and truthfully holds the tension and discomfort of our reality.
Yoga means “union,” integration, wholeness, balance, and connection. Yet racism, a social agreement that we all live, breathe, and practice (even if we do not mean to) fragments us as individuals and erodes the systems we exist inside of (healthcare, education, criminal justice, etc.)
This workshop, which does NOT include asana, will introduce participants to the critical considerations necessary to make yoga the active, practical, powerful tool to become the change we wish to see in our world right now.

Topics of discussion and experiential practice include:

Who’s in the Room? Creating Compassionate, Brave, and Inclusive Yoga Communities

What’s Happening Underneath? The Neurobiology of Stress, Anxiety and Trauma

Mindfulness: A Tool for Empathy and Honest Reflection

The Truth About Yoga: Understanding Yoga’s 8 Dimensional Elements

The Technology of Freedom: Yoga as Engaged Action Off the Yoga Mat

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.