Gabby Yates | Yoga Instructor & Founder, The Institute for Yoga & Peacebuilding | www.gabbyyates.com
- Saturday, August 18th 9-5pm
- Saturday, September 15th 9-5pm
- Saturday, October 6th 9-5pm
- Saturday, November 10th 9-5pm
This year long, 200 hour yoga teacher training is staff development for Homeless Prenatal Program staff. HPP has long been offering prenatal and mom and baby yoga to clients as part of their prenatal and parenting support. Using the successful model of the Community Health Worker training program, this project aims to give staff the opportunity to study yoga and teach yoga at HPP to transform challenging life experiences and trauma into insight and learning for themselves and the students in their classes. Drawing from and speaking to life experiences that are similar to their student’s experiences deepens the messages of healing, transformation and resilience that yoga promotes. By including the mind/body modality of yoga which engenders change at both the physiological and emotional levels, trainees in this program will have one more tool to address the underlying effects and factors of poverty to break the poverty cycle. From a social justice perspective, the 200 hour yoga teacher training at HPP will potentially increase inclusion and amplify the voices of marginalized and diverse communities in the dominant and mainstream yoga dialogue and contribute to a model that will serve them more succinctly.
Gabby is a yoga instructor and founder of Stay Engaged - The Institute for Yoga and Peacebuilding. She has been a student of yoga for 25 years and has been teaching yoga for 17 years. She has worked with marginalized communities due to violent conflict, poverty, environmental crisis and homelessness in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Mali, West Africa, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Gabby holds undergraduate degrees in Political Science and French as well as a Master's degree in Conflict Transformation. While working in Kosovo and Afghanistan for INTERSOS and Consultants for Collective Response as an Intercultural Dialogue Consultant reintegrating returned refugees, she facilitated reconciliation and dialogue workshops with local leaders that integrated yoga as a healing tool. She believes in the power of mindful, engaged dialogue to prevent violent conflict and she also believes in the power of yogis uniting their hearts and minds to build peace through health equity in their communities and beyond.