Join us for the first in a series of on-going kundalini workshops and classes for self-identified black, brown, indigenous and people of colour.
Life experiences can deeply condition us to believe that we are not good enough as we are. We may have grown up believing that we have to change, conform, and adjust our being to fit in, to be accepted, or to survive. Over time, we evaluate situations and pick and choose which aspects of ourselves to show to others and which aspects to hide in order to feel safe or included. We may have limited our self-expression, our growth, and our emotional freedom at the expense of feeling a distorted sense of belonging. In this workshop, we’ll share some ancient techniques from the Kundalini yoga tradition to help us get in touch with the lost or hidden fragments of ourselves so that we can reclaim our wholeness. We’ll explore strategies for safe expression of pain, suffering, and other emotions that need to surface and be released.
There will be an opportunity to listen to each other’s stories, to validate each other’s truth, to breathe together, to move together, to meditate together and to heal together.
Tea and light refreshments will be served.
All genders welcome.
Queer & trans positive space.
For self-identified black, brown, indigenous people of colour.
All identities, expressions, bodies, sizes and levels welcome.
Date & Time
Sunday November 13th
1:30 – 4:00 pm
About the Teachers
Demetria Jackson is a body positive activist and plus-sized, trauma sensitive, yoga instructor who, before finding Kundalini Yoga, actively avoided yoga classes like the plague. Having experienced it all from condescending tones, to uncomfortable stares, to being offered little to no modifications, and being singled out in class as an assumed beginner without any prior conversations, Demetria knows how hard it can be to muster up the courage to come to a yoga class when your body doesn’t fit the so-called norm.
Demetria frequently works with beginners, clients in larger bodies and clients with a variety of bodily constraints and/or disabilities including (but not limited to) sore knees, tight hips, achy backs and tender wrists. She loves to teach her students how to use props to support their practice and work with their unique body, rather than against it.
Committed to bringing Kundalini Yoga into communities that aren’t able to access to the practice, Demetria works with Freeing the Human Spirit to share this transformative practice with inmates in Toronto Detention Centres.
Demetria is known for her high-vibe playlists and soulful classes that open the heart centre and challenge the body and the mind giving her students the opportunity to release blocks, heal themselves and experience radical transformation.
Shivalee Paliwal spent most of her years as a classic type A personality – always on the go, filled with a sense of urgency, and looking for the next thing to tackle. Her lifestyle lacked balance and consequently impacted her health and well-being. Being of Indian descent and having been exposed to yoga growing up, she had a natural affinity to the practice and philosophy. Shivalee describes yoga as her ‘self-healing toolbox’ which allows her to continue to keep up and engage fully with life’s excitement and challenges while also building a strong, healthy, and balanced self.
Shivalee holds her certification to teach Kundalini Yoga, has over 10 years of experience teaching classical and contemporary dance, holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, is an honours mathematics major, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and is trained and experienced in adult education.