YOGAX NEWS

Check out what's new at YogaX.  Our team is busily developing programs and resources.  We will post updates to this page for a while before they become a permanent feature elsewhere.  

YogaX Graduates Its First Yoga Teacher Cohort 

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Please help us celebrate our first cohort of Yoga Teachers, graduating from our 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program with Healthcare Emphasis.  These teachers are ready to apply yoga in healthcare and wellness settings and gained tremendous skill sets that allow them to make yoga accessible, inclusive, and equitable.  

Here are some of their comments about what they learned and appreciated:

  • I learned that a yoga teacher needs to be aware of visible and invisible disabilities and sensitivities of students.  … A yoga teacher needs to be aware of her/his/their own cultural biases and forms of discrimination … A yoga teacher needs to be educated on racial justice/injustice. 

  • The professional ethics module was a good reminder about the importance of the duty and responsibility of a yoga teacher to always think, say, do, behave, and teach in an ethical manner with the safety and sensitivity of all students in mind.

  • I learned that language definitely impacts students.  … to offer options for all bodies.

  • I appreciated the strong integration of scientific principles throughout the lectures and training.

  • I learned how breathing can give feedback to all the koshas and how breath can be a tool to change energy. 

  • Thinking about the postures as ways to become centered, grounded, and calmer; to integrate the multiple layers of self; learning to use the asana as a focal point for meditation instead of mere physical exercises – that was all new to me. 

  • Usage of props; thinking of other people’s bodies and anticipating variations; integration of the koshas into cuing an asana practice; cues to enhance mindfulness – a lot of valuable information.

  • The trainers introduced and explored the interior practices in a much more accessible and approachable way; they grounded it in terminology that most folks are familiar with.

  • My prior experience had been fairly aphilosophical, so I greatly appreciated learning thought the lens of yoga philosophy.

YogaX Stands with Blacklivesmatter and Antiracisms Protest 

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The past weeks have brought into intense and undeniable view the centuries-old violence toward and oppression of the black members of our society.  The murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, David McAtee, Rayshard Brooks, and so many others before them have highlighted the brutality of hatred and the violence of blindly condoning it.  The health disparities of the COVID-19 crises have brought into stark view the brutality of racism in our healthcare and public health systems.

White supremacy and dominance are deeply embedded in every part of our world and culture, including western yoga practice. All of us at YogaX must begin to speak out actively and take direct action to dismantle such hatred, lest we will remain a part of the systems that perpetuate white supremacy and violence against Black lives.  We must be true to our belief that every moment is a yoga moment – a time to practice yoga’s principles of compassion, lovingkindness, and social action for justice in our thoughts, words, and actions. It is only through taking an active role in society and combatting hatred that we can contribute to the betterment of the world and justice in our communities.  

As a largely white team, all of us recognize that this is only the beginning of the work we must do proactively. We stand in full support of the Black Lives Matter movement, the protests and other actions against anti-Black racism, police brutality, and antiracist work to dismantle white supremacy in the yoga community.   As a trauma-sensitive community of yogis, we appreciate that trauma-sensitivity is inherently linked to acknowledging racism and white supremacy.  The embodied experience of trauma is influenced by our racial identities and lived experiences; we are fully committed to exploring, acknowledging, and honoring these differences.

  

We take full responsibility for our growth and evolution; we are grateful to those who choose to spend their precious energy helping us learn. We welcome all feedback you have for us and we promise not to shy away from engaging in difficult conversations.  We are grateful to be in community with you and for learning, growing, and healing together.    

   

The YogaX Team 

Bringing You Life-streamed Classes  

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Join one of our almost daily live-streamed classes.  Start by clicking here to see what is available and to preregister.  

Additionally, in the spirit of giving to our communities of helpers, YogaX members stand prepared to provide free live-streamed yoga services to caregivers, helpers, service providers, or similar groups at Stanford and partner organizations.  

 

If you are interested in helping your group thrive with a tailored live-streamed yoga class, feel free to reach out to us.  Depending on what you need, we may be able to offer you a yoga practice that is developed specifically  for your group and your needs.

To access individualized classes for your group, email us at yogaxteam@stanford.edu. 

News about New Online YogaX Practices

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We now offer

  • Mindfulness moments here

  • Guided meditations here 

  • Breathing practices here

  • Movement practices here

  • Live-streamed online classes here 

  • Ideas for pose modifications/adaptations here

  • Antiracism resources here

  • Social justice and yoga resources here

  • COVID-19-related resources here

Keep checking our Resources and Practices Pages as we are adding new content daily to help support you and your family as we are collectively practicing resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wishing you health. 

YogaX in the News 

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We are excited to let you know that YogaX is getting attention in the media.  In recent weeks, we have been interviewed for magazine articles and podcasts:

To learn more about YogaX, you can read about us in Om Yoga Magazine.  YogaX is featured in Om Magazine's celebratory 100th issue of September 2019.  The article entitled Where Science Meets Soul features YogaX and invites your comments at editor@ommagazine.com.

​You can also listen to a Podcast by Stephanie Cunningham of "Changing the Face of Yoga", interviewing Dr. Chris Brems, Director of YogaX.  

 

YogaX was interviewed by the Northern Lights Student Newspaper at the University of Alaska Anchorage about how to meet the COVID-19 crisis with yoga as a tool to build resilience and coping capacity.  

YogaX was interviewed about how to using yogic breathing practices to deal with Election Day stress.  You can learn about how to breath to calm your nerves in this article published by Self Magazine.  

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