Intertwining Toolkits - for Yoga Teachers Contemporary body pedagogics and its challenges

22-22 July 2018

Berlin, Germany

Diana Thielen

As people who teach movement, we are constantly faced with various requirements.

Are we responding to them consciously?

For instance, new folks enter the classroom on an (ir)-regular bases, carrying their own history. We don’t know what they expect from us, we don’t know their physical habits are, as well as what is their movement experience.

In addition, we ourselves are embedded in diverse life contexts. Whether we’re aware of it or not, we carry attitudes, experiences, and expectations, both toward our students and toward ourselves.

(Body positive/queer-) feminist analysis can help us to position ourselves, to establish a point of departure for inquiring into topics such as:
What kind of body image do we carry with us?
How can we design a participatory learning atmosphere? (Is this even desired?)
Do we have to know everything as teachers? How can we support learning, experiencing and embodiment?
How important is it to think about the language we use?

Diana will share her experience, reflections, questions and tools with the group. She will draw the information from her studies in education and gender studies, as well as from the Axis Syllabus body of knowledge.

We will dive into topics that are complex, intertwined, but also fun and, we believe, truly empowering!