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Through the intersection of lecture, yoga, and mindfulness, Elisha Fernandes Simpson will provide a brief overview that highlights our history, tracing the past into the present to introduce the concept of white privilege.
This topic is difficult, current, reactive, and vital, and not just restricted to “bad people.” During the time of COVID-19, police brutality, structural racism and inequality, the invitation is to unpack and continuously question how we place ourselves in the world each moment. Be open to reckon with one’s own internalized identity and emotional structures, and continue to reference and move through it.
The presentation will be 60 minutes and will have a Q&A. The lecture will be followed by a yoga practice to cultivate courage and being in service of the heart. When we have the fortitude to lean into the work, we allow ourselves to become aware what is holding us back in becoming connected and alive.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~DISCLAIMER: This lecture will be discussing sensitive topics, and may be potentially triggering, as we all have our own histories and things may come up during the discussion and thereafter. Participants in this discussion are encouraged to listen to what comes up in their bodies. If activated, allow yourself a break. The workshop will be recorded and available to participants for a limited time following the workshop. Do not feel you will have to stay throughout the session. If you need to, please reach out to a licensed mental health professional. This presentation is not any replacement for a one on one with a licensed mental health professional.
Elisha Fernandes Simpson, MSW, ERYT, RCYT, YACEP, is passionate about creating a safe, inviting space for practicing yoga. She has been teaching since 2006 and practices compassion-in-action both on and off the yoga mat. Her work with practitioners of all ages cultivates strength to breakthrough restrictive habits and to discover the reservoir of creativity, empathy, and trust that exists within each of us.
Elisha is a social worker, Executive Director and founder of CYP (Crossover Yoga Project) a nonprofit organization whose mission has empowered over 4,300 vulnerable teen girls through the I Believe in Me curriculum. CYP’s intersectional approach utilizes trauma-informed yoga, mindfulness and creative art expressions to build self-awareness, self-respect, and resilience. CYP meets trauma survivors where they are at: Westchester County Department of Corrections, residential treatment centers, group homes, shelters, after school programs, facilities for pregnant teens and teen mothers, juvenile detention facilities and community programs.