Past Events

Embodied Anti-Oppression Practice

Sunday, 11/20 from 12:30-2:45
Durham Yoga Company, 502 Rigsbee in downtown Durham.
By Donation.

This is an awful time. Many of us are still reeling, still cycling through trauma and grief responses. This is absolutely understandable and totally appropriate – get what you need in this time!

Many of us also need spaces that help us accept the truth of what is right now, and help us practice interrupting the kinds of oppression and violence that are increasing in this era. We need practices which help us understand our own fear responses, for understanding how to gauge safety vs comfort, and for increasing our capacity for engagement.

In order to challenge the white supremacist ideology that we have a right to be comfortable and an obligation to be polite, we must examine how that lives in our bodies and shows up in our relationships – towards the end of developing skills and tools which can increase our capacity to engage in a variety of situations – from interrupting “casual” incidences of oppressive language to more aggressive forms of discrimination, antagonism, and violence.

This workshop offers:
-Space to be together in community
-A trauma-informed analysis of this moment
-Anti-oppression praxis opportunities

In this space we will:
-Offer a short analysis about how we got to where we are (political/social context)
-Introduce basic model of trauma, rooted in an anti-oppression analysis, and help folks contextualize their individual and collective responses to this moment, as well as helping folks assess what they need in this time to recover and get/stay involved
-Offer grounding techniques rooted in embodiment, yoga, and somatic practices
-Engage in roll-playing to help us understand where and how we are challenged by the spaces we’re in, and how we can move beyond comfort to take risks and engage in the ways we are being called to right now to stand up and protect/defend each other
-Encourage folks to understand what bold and courageous action looks like for each of us right now, and figure out ways to support that going forward.

Open to all. No movement/yoga experience needed. By Donation. Proceeds will go to support local People of Color-led racial and economic work, and to Triangle SURJ, which has a Resource Steward Team, a mixed-class team making decisions about how to manage the resources that flow in to and out of TSURJ in accordance with values and relationships of accountability. Details of the disbursement of proceeds will be published on this event page following the event. A small portion will go to the lead trainer to support her livelihood.

Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for movement.

Background:
Host and Lead Trainer Patty Adams organizes locally with Triangle SURJ, a multiracial coalition to bring white folks into the struggle for racial justice. She is also an experienced yoga teacher, psychotherapist, facilitator and anti-oppression trainer. She is offering this workshop in the spirit of taking bold action and encouraging others to do the same. More about Patty at Liberation Healing Arts.
Co-host and Co-trainer Kristen Cox also organizes with Triangle SURJ and has years of experience in embodied practice including dance and other forms of conscious embodiment and cultural organizing work.


The response to our first yoga + social justice retreat was so powerful and so positive…we’re bringing it back!  To build on the power of collective connection, this time it will be in two parts, plus an optional meet-up in between.

Radical Listening, Radical Love:
Trauma-Informed Yoga + Social Justice
November 11-13, 2016
Follow-Up Day: January 22, 2017

Plus optional meet-up on December 17, 2016.

With Patty Adams and Michelle Johnson (bios below)

patty and michelle

Michelle and Patty

Are you ready to explore radical ways of loving, organizing and being social change agents?

In this multi-part workshop we will focus on the lessons from yoga to create sustainable, accountable, trauma-informed social action and change in the world.  The unique format includes an introductory weekend plus a daylong follow-up, along with an optional meet-up midway in between.  This multi-stage process allows us to continue to build community, to reflect on the lessons learned, and to support the ongoing integration of the material on the embodied, interpersonal, collective and societal levels.

Through yoga, meditation, journaling, storytelling and group discussion you will:

  • Understand the role of embodied practice in social justice work.
  • Understand the principles of trauma stewardship and trauma-informed therapy.
  • Deepen your understanding of radical self-care.
  • Explore themes of suffering and liberation, our own and others.
“I was present, embodied, curious. I’ve never breathed so intentionally and so often in a workshop! Because of these pauses, your invitations, I felt grounded, the information became integrated, and I gained an awareness of how I hold my experiences. During the workshop, you gave us resources to seek out and you yourselves were resources, easily sharing what you knew, who you learned from, how to develop my own sense of discovery. “
– Morgan B, participant

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The group who gathered in April for Radical Listening, Radical Love.

This workshop is for everyone interested in exploring the intersections of trauma stewardship, yoga, and social justice. We hope that it draws a diverse group of people, as it is not exclusively for yoga teachers or therapists.
Further, no yoga experience is required, though some familiarity with physical yoga (asana) is beneficial.

Details

Location: Sfeer Studio, rural Chapel Hill, NC
Dates: Friday November 11th -Sunday November 13th

Friday 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm, potluck lunch
Sunday 10:00am – 3:00pm, lunch provided

Follow-up day: Sunday January 22nd, 10-3pm

Optional Meet-up: Saturday, December 17th
10:30 – 12pm Free yoga class with Patty at Durham Yoga Company
12:300-1:15 Potluck meet-up and community-building at the studio

In order to build a strong container for the work, we expect all participants to commit in good-faith to attending all days/all sessions, including the whole November weekend and the January follow-up day.  [December meet-up day is optional but encouraged.]  We are not offering partial enrollment or drop-in options.  Additionally, we will be capping enrollment at around 14-16 people.

“It was wonderful to spend time with a diverse group of caring people who came together to restore, learn, expand awareness and understanding, and share authentic connection.  The space that we all created together felt important, relevant, and much needed.”

-Sarah W, participant

Tuition: $250-375 Sliding Scale
Includes 18 total contact hours, plus two meals and a free drop-in yoga class

Fellowship stipends available to support the participation of People of Color, queer/LGBTQIA+ folks, and poor + working class folks.  Payment plans and work-study positions available  – email Patty directly for information.

CEU’s available for yoga teachers upon request.

Inquiries:

Michelle Johnson (919) 260-2145, skillandaction@gmail.com
Patty Adams (919) 627-4159, liberationhealingarts@gmail.com

Registration Information

To register, follow this three step process:

  1. Complete the online registration form available here. We have heard it loads slowly with Safari; we suggest Firefox or Chrome.)
  2. You will hear back in 24-48 hours with instructions for how to make a $25-50 deposit to hold your spot, payable via Paypal or Square.  Until you receive an email from us, and we receive your deposit, your spot is not guaranteed.*
  3. Final payment will be due November 4th, except for those who arrange payment plans.

*While we will waive the deposit for folks receiving Fellowships or Work-study positions, we do ask folks to be respectful and responsible with registration – series inquiries only!

Biographical Information

Patty Adams

photo credit @aleksb1

photo credit @aleksb1

Patty Adams has been studying yoga for 13 years and teaching for more than ten, much of that time dedicated to the study of Anusara Yoga under certified teacher BJ Galván and formerly certified teacher Paul Sobin. She came to yoga and healing arts work after many years in social movement spaces, realizing that the hard work of struggling for justice, equity, and liberation takes a toll on all those who are committed to carrying it out. Since moving to Durham six ago, Patty has explored the intersection of social movement and healing arts work in many ways, primarily through her commitment to donation-based yoga and sliding scale bodywork, especially with those on the front lines of social movement/social service work as well as members of the Queer/LGBTQIA+ communities.

Patty is an E-RYT 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher, and is pursuing her 500hr certification as well.  Her dynamic teaching style and fun-loving personality help her students find the fullest expression of themselves and their hearts even as they laugh, build community, and transcend their own expectations of themselves. She is founder/teacher of Yoga for Queers and Misfits, a donation-based yoga space for queer, trans, gender nonconforming, big-bodied, hairy-bodied, counter-cultural, and otherwise ‘othered’ folks.

all of us nc

All of Us NC mobilization to defeat anti-family Amendment One in 2011

Patty received her Masters in Social Work from NC State in May 2016, and is a provisionally-licensed clinical social worker.  As a social worker, Patty serves members of the queer and trans communities and immigrant communities, and strives to provide accessible and competent care in a community mental health setting.  Explore the rest of this site to learn more about Patty.

Michelle Johnson

https://michellecjohnsonyoga.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/twistgracious.jpg?w=200&h=300

with African Yoga Project in Kenya

Michelle Johnson is a 500hr Registered Yoga Teacher and teaches yoga in and around Carrboro/Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Yoga has transformed her life and she feels honored to be able to share her love of yoga with the community. Michelle is passionate about individual and collective transformation. She believes that moving in the body through the practice of yoga, becoming still in the mind through the practice of meditation, and learning to control the breath through pranayama, leads to transformation physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.  Most often, Michelle teaches a flow style class, linking the breath with the movement, in addition to being certified to teach flow/vinyasa yoga, Michelle has received certification to teach Yin Yoga, Yoga to Manage Your Mood and as well as studied various mindfulness and meditation techniques.  Michelle received her 200hr certification in Power Yoga from Franklin Street Yoga in Chapel Hill and went on to study with Stephanie Keach of Asheville Yoga Center to complete her 500hr teacher certification.  She has studied with Baron Baptiste, Michael Johnson, Tara Brach, Faith Hunter and Shala Worsley.  She has had the pleasure of teaching with Sage Rountree, M.C. Yogi, Carrington Jackson, Dani Leah Strauss and many others.  Michelle is an ambassador for the Africa Yoga Project and has traveled to Kenya four times to volunteer with the project.

michelle meditation

Meditation Presence at Moral Monday Action

Michelle’s dedication to teach and live yoga comes from the belief that our collective liberation and suffering are intertwined.  Michelle wants to encourage people to move back into the body in a safe and authentic way and to not only create space for themselves through the breath and practice of yoga but to also understand how they can live their yoga.  The transformation that she encourages is expansive and moves beyond the four corners of the mat or the circular shape of a cushion.   In addition to teaching yoga, Michelle is a clinical social worker and has been in private practice in Chapel Hill and Carrboro since 2001.  In her private practice she works with people who have been disembodied by trauma and oppression.  We live in a world that is both full of love and liberation and continual suffering. Michelle believes that we must explore and understand our relationships to power and privilege and liberation and suffering so that we can better understand our response to the toxicity in the culture.  Literally, we must change the air that we are breathing in and understand that the practice of yoga and the practice of the breath leading the movement are radical acts.   In all of Michelle’s work whether it be as a yoga teacher, student, leader, elected official or therapist she leads from the heart.

Go here for more: Michelle Johnson Yoga and Michelle Johnson Therapy.

Anti-Racist Yoga Convergence – Carrboro

baldwinWhat is the relationship between your practice and the suffering of the world? 


The tools of yoga are designed to foment liberation, resilience, and connection; we can skillfully use them or we can sorely abuse them.  Our practice is either essentially selfless or it is utterly senseless. It either serves everyone or it serves no one.

We have to choose.  We get to choose.  
Which choice will we make? 
Which side are we on?

Anti-Racist Yoga Convergence

With Michelle Johnson and Patty Adams
Friday, 9/30, 6-9pm
Carrboro Yoga Company, Carrboro, NC
All-levels, everyone welcome.

Complete details here.

patty and mira

Eat + Play + Love

Sunday, 8/28 at Durham Yoga.

12:30-2:30, followed by an optional Veggie-friendly potluck from 2:30-3:30.

Sign up now.
$25 / $20 Earlybird – book by 8/22.

Show up for a joy-filled afternoon of asana (postural) expansion, with the help of yoga assists. Yoga assists, when skillfully applied, offer the practitioner an experience of deeper stability and greater freedom. We’ll explore these hands-on enhancements together, with clear guidance, supporting one another as we playfully challenge our limits.

Patty Adams and Mira Shani will co-teach this workshop, which will include 90 minutes of partner-enhanced asana, followed by 30 minutes of deeply therapeutic restorative work. After class, join us for a veggie-friendly, community potluck, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Anti-racist yoga convergence, Sunday July 24th, 1-3pm. Go here for more.

Love Your Body Happy Hour Yoga

Friday, April 29th – 5:15pm

Celebrate Spring with a FREE, outdoor yoga class with me. Duke Chapel Quad.
All-levels – of course!
Bring your own mat if you’ve got it – I’ll have some too!
See Facebook Event here.

Yoga Happy Hour

Remember I’m on sabbatical for May and June so this is one of your last chances for yoga with me until July!

updated RLRL quarterRadical Listening, Radical Love: Trauma-Informed Yoga + Social Justice
April 22-24, 2016

With Patty Adams and Michelle Johnson (bios below)

Are you ready to explore radical ways of loving, organizing and being social change agents?

In this weekend workshop we will focus on the lessons from yoga to create sustainable, accountable, trauma-informed social action and change in the world.

Through yoga, meditation, journaling, storytelling and group discussion you will:

  • Understand the role of embodied practice in social justice work.
  • Understand the principles of trauma stewardship and trauma informed therapy.
  • Deepen your understanding of radical self-care.
  • Explore themes of suffering and liberation, our own and others.

This workshop is for everyone interested in exploring the intersections of trauma stewardship, yoga, and social justice. We hope that it draws a diverse group of people, as it is not exclusively for yoga teachers or therapists. Further, no yoga experience is required, though some familiarity with yoga may be beneficial.

Location: Sfeer, 200 Britton Drive, Chapel Hill, NC
Dates: Friday April 22nd-Sunday April 24th

Friday 6:00-9:00pm
Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am-3:00pm

In order to build a strong container for the work, we expect all participants to commit in good-faith to attending all days/all sessions. We are not offering partial enrollment or drop-in options.  Additionally, we will be capping enrollment at around 14-16 people.

Tuition: Between $200-$350, which includes 14 contact hours plus two lunches.

One work-study position available (email Patty directly for information).
Payment plans available.

  • To reserve a space we require a $25-$50 deposit.
    • If you need to cancel and do so by April 8th, we will refund your payment minus a $10 service fee.
    • If you need to cancel after April 8th, we will refund your payment minus the deposit you paid.
  • Full payment is due a week before the workshop, by April 15th at 5:00pm.
    • If you need to request a payment plan you may do so in the registration form.
  • We accept credit cards, checks or Paypal.
  • If for some reason you need to cancel, please let us know by Friday April 15th, so that we can offer your space to another person.

2-Step Registration process:

  1. Complete the registration form, available here (loads slowly on Safari – we suggest Firefox or Chrome): http://goo.gl/forms/cdqpU7tUNX
  2. Make your deposit.
    • We will send you details for how to make your deposit, per your preferences indicated in the registration form.
    • Your registration is not guaranteed until we receive your deposit.

Inquiries:

Michelle Johnson (919) 260-2145, skillandaction@gmail.com
Patty Adams (919) 627-4159, liberationhealingarts@gmail.com

Biographical Information

Patty Adams

photo credit @aleksb1

photo credit @aleksb1

Patty Adams has been studying yoga for 13 years and teaching for more than ten, much of that time dedicated to the study of Anusara Yoga under certified teacher BJ Galván and formerly certified teacher Paul Sobin. She came to yoga and healing arts work after many years in social movement spaces, realizing that the hard work of struggling for justice, equity, and liberation takes a toll on all those who are committed to carrying it out. Since moving to Durham six ago, Patty has explored the intersection of social movement and healing arts work in many ways, primarily through her commitment to donation-based yoga and sliding scale bodywork, especially with those on the front lines of social movement/social service work as well as members of the Queer/LGBTQIA communities.

Patty is a 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher, and is pursuing her 500hr certification as well.  Her dynamic teaching style and fun-loving personality help her students find the fullest expression of themselves and their hearts even as they laugh, build community, and transcend their own expectations of themselves. She is founder/teacher of Yoga for Queers and Misfits, a donation-based yoga space for queer, trans, gender nonconforming, big-bodied, hairy-bodied, counter-cultural, and otherwise ‘othered’ folks.

all of us nc

All of Us NC mobilization to defeat anti-family Amendment One in 2011

Patty will receive her Masters in Social Work from NC State in May 2016, and will pursue licensure in clinical social work.  As a clinical social work intern, Patty has served members of the queer and trans communities and immigrant communities, and provided accessible and competent care in a community mental health setting.

Michelle Johnson

https://michellecjohnsonyoga.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/twistgracious.jpg?w=200&h=300

with African Yoga Project in Kenya

Michelle Johnson is a 500hr Registered Yoga Teacher and teaches yoga in and around Carrboro/Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Yoga has transformed her life and she feels honored to be able to share her love of yoga with the community. Michelle is passionate about individual and collective transformation. She believes that moving in the body through the practice of yoga, becoming still in the mind through the practice of meditation, and learning to control the breath through pranayama, leads to transformation physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.  Most often, Michelle teaches a flow style class, linking the breath with the movement, in addition to being certified to teach flow/vinyasa yoga, Michelle has received certification to teach Yin Yoga, Yoga to Manage Your Mood and as well as studied various mindfulness and meditation techniques.  Michelle received her 200hr certification in Power Yoga from Franklin Street Yoga in Chapel Hill and went on to study with Stephanie Keach of Asheville Yoga Center to complete her 500hr teacher certification.  She has studied with Baron Baptiste, Michael Johnson, Tara Brach, Faith Hunter and Shala Worsley.  She has had the pleasure of teaching with Sage Rountree, M.C. Yogi, Carrington Jackson, Dani Leah Strauss and many others.  Michelle is an ambassador for the Africa Yoga Project and has traveled to Kenya four times to volunteer with the project.

michelle meditation

Meditation Presence at Moral Monday Action

Michelle’s dedication to teach and live yoga comes from the belief that our collective liberation and suffering are intertwined.  Michelle wants to encourage people to move back into the body in a safe and authentic way and to not only create space for themselves through the breath and practice of yoga but to also understand how they can live their yoga.  The transformation that she encourages is expansive and moves beyond the four corners of the mat or the circular shape of a cushion.   In addition to teaching yoga, Michelle is a clinical social worker and has been in private practice in Chapel Hill and Carrboro since 2001.  In her private practice she works with people who have been disembodied by trauma and oppression.  We live in a world that is both full of love and liberation and continual suffering. Michelle believes that we must explore and understand our relationships to power and privilege and liberation and suffering so that we can better understand our response to the toxicity in the culture.  Literally, we must change the air that we are breathing in and understand that the practice of yoga and the practice of the breath leading the movement are radical acts.   In all of Michelle’s work whether it be as a yoga teacher, student, leader, elected official or therapist she leads from the heart.

Go here for more: Michelle Johnson Yoga and Michelle Johnson Therapy.

The Potent Path:
A Journey through the Chakra System

FInal chakras quarter sheet

Sunday, March 13th from 1-3:30pm
Durham Yoga Company – Click here to register

The Chakra System is a powerful tool for self-healing and transformation which maps the relationship between the physical body and the subtle (energetic) body.  Explore rights, identities, stages of development, and more in this in-depth review of the chakras in a workshop setting. Go to my yoga site for more…

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