Certification with Yoga Alliance, 200 hr Yoga Teacher

I am officially certified as a Yoga Instructor!

In 2017, I was awarded the Yoga Alliance Foundation Aspiring Yoga Teacher Scholarship. These competitive awards are given to yoga practitioners with ample leadership and/or community service experience, and who want to deepen their practice by teaching yoga in underserved communities.

This scholarship facilitated a big step towards my dream of teaching trauma-informed yoga to queer and transgender communities. In August I traveled to Nosara, Costa Rica to become a certified yoga insturctor (RYT 200) with Alchemy of Yoga and Silvia Mordini.

Be sure to stay in touch for updates on my class offerings in Toronto and yoga trainings. In the meantime, check out these incredible photos of the training taken by Alana Lundt at Earthbound Images.

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March 2019 Transgender Mental Health Symposium NY, presenting “Psychoanalytic Dreams of Polymorphous Sleep: Lacan’s Perversion and Clinical Transphobia”

pcgs.pngIn March of 2019, I will be returning to New York for an event organized by the Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality, a division of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. This bi-annual symposium explores the psychodynamics of psychotherapeutic theory and practice in the context of transgender identities.

“Our 6th biannual conference, March 29th and 30th of 2019, will focus on the interplay of clinical practice and theories of development. Presenters will explore issues such as; how are clinicians approaching psychotherapy and psychoanalysis while engaging with traditional and emerging developmental theories? Although this is a clinical conference, we encourage clinicians and academics across disciplines to broaden the dialogue on these topics, both as presenters and as attendees.”

I will be presenting a paper which takes up some of the central questions in my dissertation, namely, Lacan’s perverse structure in relation to clinical transphobia.

Psychoanalytic Dreams of Polymorphous Sleep: Lacan’s Perversion and Clinical Transphobia

This workshop draws upon Lacan’s idiosyncratic thinking on “perversion” – that is, as a structural response to encountering lack in the other – as a way to conceptualize clinical anxiety surrounding transgender subjects. Lacan’s thinking uniquely puts perversion into conversation with castration, and further, presents an arguably queered, non-linear development of the subject.

Beginning with an close investigation of Lacan’s threefold model of diagnosis, we will explore the meanings he assigns to neurotic, perverse, and psychotic structures. This primer in Lacanian theories of subjectivity will provide a robust framework for understanding why all those with a neurotic structure (the most common psychical structure) unconsciously fantasize about being a pervert. This fundamental fantasy can further illuminate one of the factors contributing to clinical transphobia – a projection of the analyst’s desire for unlimited access to a lost jouissance.

To elucidate, this talk will make creative use of the popular science fiction novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” by Phillip K Dick to consider how fantasies about androids mirror fantasies surrounding transgender patients. In both cases, the neurotic subject dreams that “there is no there there” (Stein 1937) (no castration), a wish that can be managed when applied to something outside the self. Thus in considering the analyst’s dream of non-human perversion, we will gain an understanding into the lingering resonances of this instantiating loss, as it appears in the clinic between analysts and their transgender patients.

Upcoming Workshop: “Moving with Intention: Consent and Gender in Yoga” at the Accessible Yoga Conference, Toronto.

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The Accessible Yoga Conference Toronto 2018 is here!
Looking forward to all the presentations from Accessible Yoga Canada including the World’s Largest Accessible Yoga Class on Saturday at 12:00. My workshop “Moving with Intention: Consent and Gender in Yoga” will be held on Sunday June 24th from 1:30 – 3:00. This workshop will help yoga teachers think critically about touch and adjustments in studio spaces, how gender informs experiences of touch, and how to facilitate trauma-informed consent culture as normalized part of yoga practice.
Thank you Jivana Heyman for all your hard work in manifesting this important space.
If you would like to register, visit the conference website http://www.accessibleyoga.org

Upcoming presentation: “Transgender Chimeras and the Politics of Listening” at the Trans Matters conference, Toronto

TransMatters-logo-300x300I am looking forward to the upcoming Trans Matters Conference, organized by the Centre for Feminist Research at York University. I will be presenting tomorrow, June 21st at 4:10 on the panel “Critiquing Clinical Care, Centering Trans Experience” giving a paper from my dissertation titled “Transgender Chimeras and the Politics of Listening.” You can also catch me chairing the panel “Trans-national, Trans-(g)local” at 2:30 on June 21st.
 
The keynotes are free and open to the public including Jin Haritaworn “Marvelous Grounds on Friday, and Gwen Benaway, “Holy Wild” on Saturday
 
 

Yoga International features info about my upcoming workshop on consent and gender

For those of you following my yoga equity work, I have been featured in an article on Yoga International about the Accessible Yoga Conference coming to Toronto June 22 – 24. Thank you Kathleen Kraft for this piece. Check it out:

The Accessible Yoga Conference in Toronto: What You Need to Know

“At the Toronto conference, classes will be offered in inclusive chair yoga, yoga for large bodies, pranayama for diverse populations, feminist yoga and the ethics of care, developmental movement, yoga for underserved seniors, living and teaching yoga with mental health challenges, best practices in therapeutic yoga, yoga for the special child, working with cancer patients, yoga for stress-related illnesses, yoga service and social justice, yoga for PTSD, building a sustainable practice, and consent and gender in yoga.

One of the presenters, Tobias Wiggins, will be covering the “hot” topic of consent in yoga. ‘The topic of consent has risen to the forefront in mainstream media of late, but what larger dialogues sometimes overlook is how consent (or the lack of it) is a part of the subtle fabric of everyday life,’ Wiggins says. ‘In yoga class, this often manifests in adjustments or touch without established consent, a dynamic that is compounded further by the gender identity of students and instructors. I love that the AYC is taking steps to expand [the conversation] about accessibility to [also address] social issues—like race, gender, class, and sexuality—these are topics that have a huge impact on our yoga practice and overall health.'”

read the full article 

Everyday Racism and White Allyship workshop for Campus Chaplains Gathering, May 15th

I’m excited to announce that on May 15th, I will be giving a workshop on Everyday Racism and White Allyship for the Ecumenical Campus Chaplains Gathering. The event will be held May 14-17 at Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre. 

I provide workshops on racism and white allyship through my social justice consultation.

If you are interested in having me come teach or give a talk, please be in touch.

RACISM AND WHITE ALLYSHIP

This workshop will provide a robust introduction to topics of racism and white privilege, primarily in their more subtle and institutionalized forms. We explore key terminology, including the normalization of racism, intersectionality, and the invisibilization of white privilege. Together, we will work towards a better understanding of the “everydayness” of racism.  This session provides key tools for deconstructing individual and institutional privilege, as well as strategies for effective allyship.

Updated FTM and AFAB Surgery Resource List (Toronto and GTA)

The FTM and AFAB Surgical Support Groups at the Sherbourne Health Centre are three peer-to-peer groups that provide surgical support (pre-bottom, post-bottom & top) for trans men and AFAB* identified people.

A list of resources is actively being compiled through these groups. We have started to include client testimonials from the various services. If you would like to add a resource or confidentially record your experience (positive or negative) on the document, please send me an email at shc.transsurgerygroups@gmail.com. You can also reach me there for more information about the groups or to sign up.

FTM and AFAB Surgery Resource List (Toronto and GTA)

Table of Contents

Academic Research

Binders

Clothing

Electrolysis

Important Surgical Forms

Infirmary

Peeing

Metoidioplasty and Pre-op

Physiotherapy

Sex

Post-Phallo

Surgeons (bottom)

Meeting with your Surgeon

Surgical Supplies

Therapists

Travel

General Surgery Guides

Urologists

Upcoming presentation: “Healing Psychoanalysis: A Perspective on Intergenerational Trans Mental Health” at the University of Victoria

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I’m excited to announce that I will be presenting at the Moving Trans History Forward Conference, at the University of Vitoria, BC. which takes place from March 22nd – 25th 2018.

The theme they have selected for this year is “From Generation to Generation,” and I will be presenting along with Isaiah Bartlett, LCSW on

Healing Psychoanalysis: A Perspective on Intergenerational Trans Mental Health

Panel: Saturday March 24, 2018 at 10:45 am
Session 19, “Upper Lounge” in the Student Union Building

Presentation abstract:

Psychoanalysis has a long and notorious history of pathologizing gender variance. Many contemporary practitioners still write of transgender people’s inherent psychosis or delusion, and queer people have been prohibited from undergoing analytic training.  As a result, clinical psychoanalysis has become an increasingly rare and unpopular form of therapy for many queer and trans-identified clients.

This presentation emerges from Wiggins’ and Bartlett’s unique shared experience of undergoing a psychoanalytic psychotherapy as trans-identified clients, with trans and queer identified analysts. We explore notions of the political unconscious, how psychoanalysis can provide a unique type of psychological healing for gender variant clients, and how our past experience of “laying on the couch” informs our community-based mental health work, today. We further question what forms of healing can be passed, both consciously and not, between generations of queer and trans identified mental health providers.

Summer presentation at the “Accessible Yoga Conference,” Toronto, June 22-24

I am excited to announce that this summer I will be leading a workshop on topics related to consent, gender identity, and yoga at the Accessible Yoga Conference, in Toronto Ontario. Check out the event on Facebook.

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Moving with Intention: Consent and Gender in Yoga

With Tobias Wiggins
Sunday, June 24th, from 1:30 – 3:30

To have “intention” means to be mindful, to be attentive in our actions and to plot our course with a gentle deliberation. We often begin our yoga practice by setting intent – a simple thought to guide our movement, and to return to as a foundation. Interestingly, in medicine the word intention carries a different meaning. It is the process of closing a wound, and the restoration of health.

In this workshop, we will explore this double meaning of intention in discussions surrounding the key topics of consent and gender, as they relate to yoga. Broadly, we will consider how trauma-informed feminist consent politics can deepen our practice and transform studio spaces, by using mindful touch to promote community healing.

People who experience gender marginalization – such as women, transgender people, and non-binary people – may have complex or difficult experience of navigating yoga spaces because of sexism, transphobia, and other intersecting systems of oppression. These hierarchical systems are typically enacted and reinforced in subtle ways, often going unchallenged despite even the best intentions. In this session, we will unpack issues of gender identity and expression as they relate to consent culture, developing tangible tools for safer yoga spaces. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences of touch and consent in yoga, and in particular, how their gender identity has shaped their experience. All gender identities welcome!

 

 

You are welcome to make use of my code “Tobias” to get 10% off registration. Scholarships are also available.

Early Bird Pricing-Level I – $290 (C$375) by February 28th
Early Bird Pricing-Level 2 – $350 (C$450) by April 30th
Full price: $390 (C$500)

 

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Workshop at Bathurst United Church: Anti-racist allyship 2, a discussion on March 11th, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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Anti-Racist Allyship Workshop, Discussion

When: Sunday, March 11th, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

About: A follow up to the anti-racist allyship workshop that took place at Bathurst United Church, Sunday Feb 18th, 2018.

As part of Bathurst United Church’s series on decolonization and postcolonial theology, they are making use of regular worship service time next Sunday for a workshop on anti-racism and white allyship. I will be giving an introductory talk and will be leading a participatory discussion on strategies for addressing more subtle forms of racism. Topics include white privilege, practical tools for developing allyship, and intersectionality.

All are welcome. Feel free to contact me for more information, or for access to preparatory readings.