This training contains 12 hours of live content.
A 12-HOUR LIVE ONLINE TRAINING
WITH KELLEY PALMER
The murder of George Floyd during the global COVID-19 pandemic has catalyzed the largest civil rights movement in America’s history. The movement for Black lives has become front-and-center news. Widespread demonstrations, protests, and uprisings are causing our state and local governments to take a hard look at the role policing and prisons play in our society and the ways that resources are hoarded and unequally distributed among our citizens.
But let’s be real: this isn’t a new problem.
And since the dynamics of society are always replicated in our institutions, every industry from fashion to wellness is reckoning with its issues around race, equity, and social justice.
And since the dynamics of our institutions show up in our relationships, maybe you are finding yourself here, just one person, a yoga teacher, knowing you need to be part of this shift toward a more equitable world, but unsure of how to move forward.
I know I need to “do something” about racism, but I am unsure of my responsibilities and what the steps are to do better.
I don’t see color, I see people. I love everyone equally. Why does it always have to be about race?
I’m really afraid of messing up, saying the wrong thing, and getting called out.
I feel ashamed because I haven’t personally addressed racism before this point and I realize I may actively be causing harm.
If we could all just love one another, racism wouldn’t be a problem anymore.
I’m sitting with a lot of confusion about “my place in the yoga community.”
I’m not sure how to best serve my community when it comes to yoga and social justice.
I’m reluctant or afraid to have uncomfortable, difficult conversations about race.
I’m not clear what my “privilege” is or how it’s showing up in my life, so it’s hard to address it.
I want more Black and brown students in my classes (or teachers working at my studio) but I don’t know where to find them or how to make them feel comfortable in my space.
If all this sounds familiar, or if it sounds like I’m reading your mind, know that you're in the right place.
Our egos flare up (“I’m not racist!”). Our old, unhelpful patterns show up (avoidance, defensiveness).
Our socialization in this culture keeps us from seeing ourselves clearly when it comes to the difficult topic of white supremacy and our place in that system.
Our brains try to keep us safe by avoiding, getting defensive, or acting confused.
You know that saying stay in your lane? I want to acknowledge that it can seem difficult to move past all our conditioning and fears and even figure out what your lane is.
There is much work to be done to create a society where everyone is free. There is work that only you can do with your gifts, your talents, your caring heart, your smart brain, and your busy hands. Finding clarity on your lane and your work in social justice is possible.
You can shift and expand your perspective. You can step into your power and create change. You can lean fully into a more equitable future in and out of wellness spaces.
This course, Race & Equity in Yoga: Disruption As a Practice, is not simply an intellectual conversation about racism that leaves you even more confused about what to do.
It’s not a list of resources and books to read that leave you even more confused about your lane and how to stay in it.
As a participant in this course you will:
"I'd recommend Kelley Palmer's training to a friend because she speaks the truth and holds space for processing. She provides theoretical frameworks that connect to our everyday lives in ways that make action steps clear and doable. And these aren't "easy" action steps like read a book, but deep action steps like, Divest from those things that support harm. And Kelley provides the guidance to identify what that means. "
"Thank you for empowering me to change. To be a better human. For empowering me to expect more of myself and others. Thank you for sharing a truth with me that is difficult to face. I’m a better person having taken this course, but I have just scratched the surface. I have things to undo I never knew about and new ideas and perspectives to explore. It’s necessary to be aware. I think that is what your course did for me. It helped me find a new part of my awareness and I keep changing because of it. Thank you for that gift Kelley."
I’m an almost 40-year old Black woman who grew up in the American south. As such, I have been educated from a young age (both by knowledge and lived experience) about the history of white supremacy in this country.
My first yoga teacher was a Black woman who taught me privately. I invited my mother to join me and she loved practicing yoga in this intimate setting. But when we went to a yoga studio she didn't feel comfortable or welcome. I knew this feeling well.
I also had never stepped into a white-led wellness space and felt it was a space that was for me or invited me in. I began teaching yoga because I saw that it wasn’t just me and my mom. Black people didn’t feel comfortable or welcomed in wellness or yoga spaces, which were mostly set up and cultivated by white women who often didn’t see the very real barriers to belonging and liberation they had created.
The longer I teach, the more I see this: spaces that exclude or discourage Black and brown folks from practicing. And anyone with a critical eye can see that most yoga studios do not market yoga to Black people. But the truth of this practice is that yoga is for everyone.
In working with white-identified and white-presenting people, it is clear to me that talking about racism (especially self-study when it comes to this topic) is not an easy conversation. Most white folks don’t have tools to move forward with courage when it comes to this topic. This means that folks who want to make change get stuck. Rather than take action to make their yoga spaces a better place for all, folks are just left with discomfort or indifference and nothing changes.
This course is different. This is not an intellectual conversation about racism.
This is a self-study training for growth and transformation where you will:
I have seen the power of this work transform people from being stuck, scared, and guilty into being powerful advocates and warriors for change.
This course will show you the exact steps to move from a place of fear into a place of powerful clarity and action around social justice and yoga.
We will focus on building a collaborative community including:
We will focus on deepening our understanding of systems of oppression including:
We will focus on understanding our responsibility to shift culture including:
We will focus on cultivating sustainable tools to move us forward including:
A yoga teacher who wants to take your practice beyond poses and postures and use the tools of yoga to create a more just world
A studio owner who wants to go beyond a one-and-done diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative and move toward a sustainable daily practice of dismantling white supremacy with every business decision you make
A yoga practitioner who is tired of being scared and small with your practice; you’re ready to make bold moves, use your privilege for good, and live your values
Someone who already is doing anti-racist or social justice work but wants additional tools and a supportive learning community
"I'd recommend Kelley Palmer's training to a friend because Kelley is a compassionate teacher and she doesn't hold back. Every question asked, Kelley was able to identify with where the person was coming from and answer the question without tiptoeing around or over elaborating or getting off topic. Kelley shares a lot from her own experience and is educated about racism, yoga, LGBTQ, and other marginalized communities. Kelley held space on zoom amazingly. Kelley managed all the breakouts and how Kelley kept up with comments, was impressive. What a teacher! I'm grateful to have learned from Kelley."
"I had no idea what to expect from Kelley’s workshop and honestly ended up a bit blind-sided by what a course corrector and director it turned out to be in and for my life!
They say once you see it you don’t have to be it and Kelley’s methodology of inquiring into our fear, histories and patterns was so skillful in identifying and bringing to awareness the unconscious obstacles to really fleshing out and putting into concrete action the building blocks of making my known but in many ways hazy and unshaped dreams a living reality.
Kelley is such a joy of a facilitator to cultivating ones vision and growth, and the community aspect of the workshop — collectively exploring our passions and tangles — really sealed the deal of it being how I envision creation is intended... Separately but indivisibly together. I regularly call on the energy we created together to support me in whatever next kinda scary but thrilling step into the life I’m consciously cultivating for myself now more than ever thanks to her inspiration."
Kelley Palmer (she/her) is a writer, wellness advocate and community organizer committed to using the tools and philosophies of yoga to cultivate liberation, joy and peace for herself and others. Her connection to the living practice of yoga, a path of mindful wellness and self realization fuels her work, impacts her life and propels her to want to share it with others through her writing, events and guest teaching opportunities. She remains focused on making this healing practice accessible to all, connecting to communities that are normally excluded or ignored in mainstream wellness circles.
Being a mother of two liberated souls has created a point of focus that brings these tools to the way she is mothering them and also calling her to share this with all parents. Through in person and online offerings, Kelley centers her work on making these connections with authentic and sustainable tool building. Her writing, offerings and more about her can be found at www.kelleynicolepalmer.com.
Tuition for the training is $200-$300 USD sliding scale.
If you are able to attend at the Supporter or Sustainer Rate, your contributions support the ability to offer a lower rate to community members experiencing financial difficulties. We also offer payment plans as well as a limited number of partial scholarships for this course.
The deadline to apply for a scholarship for this November 2021 training is October 20th, 2021.
Before submitting an application, please take a moment to consider the intention of our scholarship program and equity pricing structure, which was created in order to amplify training access for those who hold marginalized identities and those experiencing significant financial hardship. If neither of those qualifications apply to you, we ask you to please consider other payment options, including our payment plans, or supporting others in our community who have decreased access to financial resources by enrolling as a Sustainer or Supporter, if this is accessible to you.
"I'd recommend Kelley Palmer's training to a friend because Kelley cultivated a brave space for us to learn, unlearn, explore and work towards happiness and freedom for all beings. She challenged me to show up and do better, and she shares so much wisdom. I enjoyed her stories, too! "
"It was one of the highlights of my yoga teacher training with Maha Vira Yoga 2019. Many of us were changed after that experience. We were forced to have the uncomfortable conversations that some of us try hard to avoid or fail to acknowledge due to our privilege.
It is my belief that EVERY yoga teacher should be required to attend this workshop prior to receiving teaching credentials because the truth is, this work isn’t all 'love and light,' not even in our sacred yoga spaces."
No, there are no prerequisites and anyone can join us!
This is not a space where folks will be putting you on the spot and asking you to have all the answers. This is a space for facilitated dialogue. Discomfort within this practice is where we learn and grow. This course is an invitation into an uncomfortable conversation that will be facilitated in a way to keep you out of shame and guilt and put you into a space of curiosity, learning, and expansion.
This is a space to engage with other people who realize a shift is necessary. If you feel isolated in this type of work or are tired of getting cussed out by your friends for “problematic behavior,” this is your space.
This course is for everyone. We are all living under the influence of systems of oppression. Our intersecting identities mean our power and privilege present in different ways depending on our environments. Also present is the internalized oppression that must be unpacked and released if we want to truly release the grip white supremacy has on our communities and yoga spaces.
Yes this training is 100% online. Here's how it works:
Yes, all sessions will be recorded and uploaded to your student portal within 24 hours of the live session.
We highly encourage you to attend live, as you will get more out of the interactive parts of this course. But you can participate via the recordings if that works best for you.
This training contains 12 hours of live content.
There are no prerequisites to join except the willingness to stay open to new information and resilient to change.
You will get the most out of the training if you attend via Zoom on a desktop computer with a webcam and microphone. However, you are welcome to watch and participate on your phone, tablet, or other internet-connected device. Appearing on video or speaking on the mic is not required at all.
We recommend installing the Zoom application on your device to get the full functionality.
Your student portal is web based and can be accessed through any internet browser.
You have access to the student portal for 1 year past the start date of the live portion of the training (August 18, 2021). You can download all videos to keep forever, but your access to the online portal expires after 1 year, so be sure to download your materials if you want them beyond that.
The course materials are for your personal use. We ask that you don't share them with anyone who hasn't enrolled in the course. Our instructors often share wonderful free resources with overlapping information, and we encourage you to share those widely.
Yes. This training is worth 12 contact hour CEUs. Eligible yoga teachers will earn CEUs through Yoga Alliance. Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a downloadable certificate you can submit for credit.
If our sliding scale pricing still isn't accessible to you, we do have a limited number of partial scholarships available. Please fill out this scholarship application to apply.
No, payment plans are not available. But you can apply for a scholarship here.
We’re so confident that you will benefit from the course that we provide a 30-day money back guarantee.
If you attend the live training and you already know the material or you just change your mind, we will refund your money.
Simply contact us within 30 days of purchase and complete an exit interview with us so that we can understand how to improve the course next time, then we'll get your refund sorted out. Easy!
We are seeing a rise in awareness that a shift is necessary. People are awakening. Big change only happens through individual actions that lead to a collective shift. You can be part of the solution.
This course is an opportunity for you to learn a new way of showing up in all your relationships, including your relationship to yourself, your teaching, your students, your yoga community, and your world.
This new way of showing up honors our individual and collective humanity and it also honors the roots of the yoga practice. We each have a responsibility to set down patterns and ways of being that cause harm.
Why keep waiting when you know it’s time to shift? If you feel called to this work of collective liberation, join me.
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