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White yogis, do your work

All yoga teachers must be wary of ego as we step into daring to say we “teach” yoga. It’s a slippery boast to say we know this sacred practice of enlightenment and can help others navigate the path. For those of pale-skin European blood, saviorism is particularly insidious and to be called out in this

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When a sexual trauma survivor still feels like a victim

As I stirred my tea this morning I realized the rippling dreadful and defeating sensation I’ve been feeling lately.   I am participating in a daylong event that includes a trauma survivor workshop. I haven’t felt like a survivor that much lately although I teach yoga to survivors of sexual trauma and I give presentations

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Just B Yoga closed for #MeToo Tarana Burke event

Today, Just B Yoga will be participating in the first-ever #MeToo Teen Summit, with Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement. The summit is being sponsored by the Firecracker Foundation and is inviting teen survivors of sexual assault and supporters of those survivors.   According to Tashmica Torok, director of the Firecracker Foundation, “This is

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Just B Yoga founder, Belinda Thurston, to speak at social justice summit

Last year I had the pleasure of meeting Nancy Candea, director of Yoga Impact and the International Yoga Therapy Institute. She had heard of the work Just B Yoga does with accessibility and inclusion and wanted me to share the concept with her teacher trainees in New Jersey via web cam. (see video below) It

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Just B Yoga helps make social justice workshops trauma-informed

Just B Yoga founder, Belinda Thurston, has been contracted to work with the Ingham County Health Department to revise its Health Equity and Social Justice Workshop. The workshop has been doing groundbreaking work for nearly a decade, training employees and the public about how privilege and oppression affect access to public health. Belinda is being

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Sexual trauma, teens and transformation

It’s a modern day Breakfast Club of sorts. A gymnast. A martial artist. An honor student. A book worm. Teenage girls. Stressed about school and dating. In love with social media and music. Worried about college. They are bonded each week knowing they’ve all suffered something horrible in a special yoga class I teach with

Teen Yoga Therapy Demonstration Class this Sunday

LANSING, MI – September 23, 2015 – The Firecracker Foundation’s Teen Yoga Committee is proud to host a Teen Yoga Therapy Demonstration to highlight the benefits of trauma sensitive yoga therapy for survivors of sexual trauma.  This demonstration will take place on Sunday, October 4 from 4:00-6:00 PM at Just B Yoga located at 106

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Take Back the Night Yoga: From Victim to Survivor to Warrior

About a year ago I was upset with a friend and not understanding why. She hadn’t done anything offensive or mean. She was extremely nice, often giving me gifts and being helpful. I had asked to stop, but to no avail. I was actually starting to feel bad that I was in the wrong for

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Lansing yoga nonprofit to teach yoga to teen survivors of sexual trauma

Our nonprofit sister, Free Being Yoga Network, is beginning programming tomorrow with the Firecracker Foundation to teach yoga to teen survivors of sexual trauma. This will be a weekly class for survivors 13 and older. When I began Just B Yoga four years ago it was with the hope to explore the benefits yoga could

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