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Organization to hold first yoga and social justice event in Lafayette

Posted at 5:07 PM, Dec 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-03 20:41:58-05

A social justice yoga event is coming to Lafayette for Saturday, December 8, 2018, focusing on the practice of mind and body connection through engagements of social justice principles.

The Yoga4SocialJustice event is being held at Goodwolf Power Yoga on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 pm. The organization was created by Valin S. Jordan a social justice educator and current Assistant Professor of Diversity Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Participants will be led through 60-minute power yoga flow, followed by a 75-minute social justice discussion including engaging in self-inquiry and partner work to begin “working on shifting their perceptions, notions and ideologies that are often connected to social injustices.”

In an informational on the event, Dr. Jordan says she finds that yoga helps her to enhance what is necessary for social justice movements – a commitment to connecting to identity narratives such as class, family, gender, race, religion, race, etc. This is a commitment to unlearn fixed perceptions that limit our connections to others and challenging the status quo.

The theme of Saturday’s yoga and social justice event is Introduction to Social Justice – Disrupt to Transform

Prices for the event are as follows:

Students: $15/session or $75 for all six sessions
Members: $25/session or $125 for all six sessions
Non-members: $35/session or $175 for all six
Space is limited. 30 attendees maximum.

Those interested can sign up for sessions at these two sites. or

The goal is to use the teachings during one’s yoga practice as a way to move the personal needle for understanding the various arms of social justice.

Other dates are scheduled starting next year:

  • January 26, 2019 9:00-11:30 a.m.
    Xenophobia and Social Justice – Wake
    Up, Understand, Love
  • February 9, 2019 9:00-11:30 a.m.
    Gender and Social Justice – Throw
    Away What You “Know”
  • March 9, 2019 9:00-11:30 a.m.
    Sexuality and Social Justice – Get
    Comfortable with Not Knowing
  • March 30, 2019 9:00-11:30 a.m.
    Race and Social Justice – Give it Up to
    Get Empty
  • April 13, 2019 9:00-11:30 a.m.
    What’s my Role in Social Justice
    Movements? – Be a Yes