About this talk
At a time when so many around the world are grappling with the fallout of COVID-19 — from job loss, to social isolation, to grief and mourning — it is both timely and critical to expand access to yoga and ensure all people have an opportunity to benefit from the practice. This is particularly true for individuals of diverse minority backgrounds, whose lives and communities have been hit hardest by the pandemic. However, despite yoga’s potential for benefits, many individuals of diverse backgrounds do not feel welcome in traditional yoga spaces. In this presentation, Dr. Jennifer Webb, a researcher and clinical health psychologist at the University of North Carolina, will discuss her research on the factors that promote (and hinder!) yoga space that feel welcoming for all, ,, especially those of diverse identities. Discover how these findings can inform your teaching and practice and deepen your understanding of health inequalities exacerbated by COVID-19. However, individuals of diverse social identities may find themselves excluded from the opportunity to engage with the practice of yoga. In light of this challenge, this presentation will provide the audience with a window into exploring the multiple evidence-based factors that both hinder and promote realizing a yoga for all.