Christa Janine, 200hr E-RYT, is a health and wellness professional who has been teaching yoga since 2012. Since then she has launched a successful virtual fitness studio hosting private and sold-out group classes weekly, a life coaching business running group and individual programs, and several workshops for yoga study and business. She has navigated the yoga and fitness industry for over 8 years in many markets throughout North America and discovered a lack of diversity and inclusion. She experienced not only herself but fellow BIPOC being passed over for promotions, class times, and formats and being questioned about their teaching experience from students. Identifying as a change agent and an individual who believes in equality in all spaces, she now focuses energy on educating individuals and companies on the importance of Diversity & Inclusion in the yoga and fitness space.
The five objectives of the workshop are as follows:
Define what "Diversity & Inclusion" means
Discuss the demographics of the yoga industry
Hear personal anecdotes about BIPOC's experiences in the yoga industry
Identify ways the yoga industry can actively work to become more inclusive
Discuss why representation matters
The interactive workshop will be broken down into three main components with time for Q&A at the end. The first 15-20 minutes will be dedicated to discussing the "obvious," the fact that the industry is predominantly white. The next 20-30 minutes will be spent hearing anecdotes from BIPOC who have entered into the yogic space, but weren't welcomed or didn't feel included. The 30 minutes after this will be dedicated to ways your studio can be more inclusive and inviting to all communities. The last 10-15 minutes will be left available for your staff to ask questions or share their own personal stories.