Conversations with Michelle Emmanuelle

A Series to Discuss Steps Toward Anti-Racism

Michelle Emmanuelle's intention is to create a space of accountability and support for those who are committing to authentic and sustainable steps toward anti-racism.

She is African American and a descendent of the Cree and Seminole First Peoples. 

 

She is a dancer, choreographer, educator, yoga teacher (RYT 500), and wellness coach.

She is based in San Francisco, where she is an active yoga practitioner at several studios.

Part 1 : Foundations & Your "Why"

Where we start is with the inner work to build a strong and sustainable foundation by looking at our personal "why" for going down this path. We must be willing to listen and change our language and behaviors, if we want to create spaces that value and have healing potential for Black, Indigenous, and other people of color within our communities.

 

As a first step to this practice, we are, with intention, making a point to listen to Black voices sharing stories and guidance, before taking action in this important revolution for sustainable unity.  

 

Part 1 of the conversation happened on Juneteenth 2020. This conversation is appropriate for all people, not only yoga teachers or students:

  • View a Video replay of Michelle's talk (65 minutes). See a clip above.

  • Or download a Written Summary with key takeaways and quotes. This is a comprehensive three-page summary.

Step 1: Donate

Please donate directly to Michelle for her work via Venmo: @M8elle.

 

Suggested amounts:

$30 - Video

$15 - Written Summary

Fine print - the video and written summary are Michelle Emmanuelle's copyrighted content. They may not be reproduced or distributed without her prior consent. The links to access will expire on August 31, 2020. The video is not available for download. 

Step 2: Request Access

Part 2: Accountability

This conversation happened live on July 10. It focused on working toward accountability and the path to own unique actions.

 

Actions must be more than a checklist of cookie cutter steps. They must be more than a balm to the current discomfort we are feeling. Our actions must be authentic to our personal "why" and will look different for each of us.


Michelle shared stories from the Black Yoga Community for discussion in small groups. You can can read these stories and a summary of the conversation. You will also be able to view the limited video replay of Michelle's opening and closing words (25 minutes). 

Step 1: Donate

Please donate directly to Michelle for her work via Venmo: @M8elle. Suggested donation $20-40.

Fine print - the video and written summary are Michelle Emmanuelle's copyrighted content. They may not be reproduced or distributed without her prior consent. The link to access will expire on August 31, 2020. The video is not available for download. 

Step 2: Request Access to Summary & Video

 

Part 3: Community

Friday, August 14th

4 - 5:30 pm PDT

This month's conversation will focus on deepening our connection as a community (in larger group conversation). Michelle will lead us through a discussion of what is uniting us, what is separating us, and how we are coming together as humans. This is not to say we are all the same and certainly not to invoke the spiritually bypassing statement that "all beings matter." There is a large gap between heard and lived experiences. And it is important to recognize that there is accountability through unification and reconciliation. In this meeting we will be looking to harness our collective energy in order to hold ourselves accountable and to bring a unifying presence to this anti-racist work. 

Please fill out the registration form to receive the Zoom link. 

 

You'll also receive a copy of Michelle's "Community Check In" email which includes reflections to prepare for this month's conversation.

 

Michelle will also incorporate activities to tap into our creativity. Make sure to have some paper and your choice of colored utensils (pencils, pens, crayons, etc) available. 

Please donate directly to Michelle for her work via Venmo: @M8elle. Suggested donation $20-40.

 

Your privacy is important, and we will never share your information.

 

Connect with the Organizers

Michelle Emmanuelle

Dancer, Choreographer, Educator, Yoga Teacher (RYT 500) & Wellness Coach

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Estee Fletter

Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), Mentor & Teacher Trainer

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Brynne Duty

Physical Therapist (DPT),  Yoga Teacher (RYT 500) & Fluid Alignment Champion

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Emily Hedges

 Yoga Teacher (RYT 200), Questions? Contact at emhedgesyoga@gmail.com 

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