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Race & Body: Dissolving Whiteness in Core Expression ~ A Collaboration with Kimberly Ann Johnson
February 22 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Race & Body
Dissolving Whiteness in Core Expression
A Workshop for “White” Women
photo credit Allyssa Olaviar (unsplash)
How does primal expression change our perception and our response to ourselves, and others, specifically as it applies to race?
How do we work with our responses to being in the category of “white women”
and what does it means to be an individual within the group?
How can we learn to track individual truths and structural truths within our animal bodies?
Our wild animal bodies are capable of sensing and moving deeply and in so doing we become conscious of the insidious ways colonization is held and communicated within our flesh and bone. We may squirm and distract ourselves, but we have what it takes to dissolve these century-old impulses to cage, control, and power over ~ to reclaim our inner Wild and to foster an antiracist culture.
What “white” posturing and performative expression share in common is a compartmentalization of body splitting us from our felt-sense emotions, gut instincts, and essential vitality. This power-over response built in to the Western approach shows up in yoga, Pilates, dance, and fitness. The idealized white body becomes the standard for which all other bodies are measured. Yet this column of strength is often a “frozen” spine limiting our potential and our capacity for coherent expression.
Photo credit: Clem Onojeghuo-unsplash
By using bio-intelligent fluid movements and sound, we venture into disassociated responses, and feelings of fragility to recognize the ancestral rigidity defended within “white-posturing.” Following these primal impulses dissolves distortions while nourishing life-enhancing gestures and expressions. Through insight, journaling, and tracking we attend to our authentic self, discovering different responses than those Western Culture provide for us. Claiming agency we can participate in co-creating and re-imagining ourselves and our values in the context of race, justice, and equity.
We will attend to the questions:
When, how, and why do I control myself?
How do I move if I am not told what to do?
Kimberly Ann Johnson is the author of the The Fourth Trimester. and her soon to be release Call Of The Wild (due out in April 2021). She is a Sexological Bodyworker, Somatic Experiencing trauma resolution practitioner, birth doula, and single mom. She specializes in helping women prepare for birth, recover from birth injuries and birth trauma, and heal from sexual trauma. She is the founder of Magamama.com, an international holistic women’s health care resource for expectant and new mothers. A lifelong yoga student and teacher, Kimberly has lead workshops throughout Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, Portugal and the US on the intersection of women’s sexuality and spirituality. After living in Brazil for eight years, she currently resides in San Diego, CA and teaches Activating Your Inner Jaguar courses online.
Liz Koch is an international educator, author, mother, crone, and creator of CoreAwareness™ focusing on awareness as key for developing human potential and awakening consciousness. With 45 years experience specializing in the human core, Liz is recognized in the somatic, bodywork, and fitness professions as an authority on the core tissue called Psoas. Both nationally and internationally published, her works include The Psoas Book, Unraveling Scoliosis CD, Core Awareness; Enhancing Yoga, Pilates, Exercise & Dance, Psoas & Back Pain CD; Mother, Maiden, Crone: Our Pleasure Playlist and her most recent release (2019) Stalking Wild Psoas: Embodying Your Core Intelligence.