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.

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

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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FTM & AFAB Surgical Groups host “Physiotherapy for FTM and AFAB people” with Michelle Fraser on February 28th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

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Please share widely! This public workshop is open to all those who identify as FTM, transmasculine, or AFAB (assigned female at birth) trans people.
For more information, please contact Tobias at the Sherbourne Health Center

 

Physiotherapy for FTM and AFAB people
with Michelle Fraser 
February 28th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
at the Sherbourne Health Center, room 4066
 

Workshop Summary 

Have you ever wondered how physiotherapy might support your overall health, or aspects of your gender transition, but were unsure of where to start?  In this dynamic workshop, we will build the foundation for knowledge surrounding mobility, function, and quality of life for FTM and AFAB trans people. Topics will include effects of hormones on the body, binding and the body, anatomy and function of your pelvic floor, the connection between emotions and your pelvic floor, what you can do to promote health both before and after potential surgery/surgeries, and how to recognize post-surgical complications. Familiarize yourself with different aspects of bodily health with Fraser through lecture, discussion, and embodied movement.

Important content information: This workshop will have content that could be triggering to some. Please read over this list closely, to make sure you would feel comfortable attending. This workshop will contain:

– anatomical drawings of genitals (to illustrate the location of the pelvic floor muscles, for example)
– gendered anatomical language (when possible Fraser will use gender-neutral language to refer to genitals, however, she might occasionally, if necessary, use some anatomical language)

– physical breathing and muscular activities (which you can elect not to participate in!)
– discussion of internal aspects of genitals (as the pelvic floor muscles are located internally)

Accessibility information:
– The Sherbourne is physically accessible with elevators and accessible washrooms
– If you need ASL or childcare please contact Tobias shc.transsurgerygroups@gmail.com
– More access information, including accessibility policy http://sherbourne.on.ca/clients-visitors/accessibility/

 
About Fraser
 

Fraser is a physiotherapist, pelvic health and queer advocate and educator who works with persons of all gender identities experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction or interested in understanding the complexities of pelvic health.  She is on a mission to empower people in Canada and internationally to take charge of their pelvic health, which can often be a life changing experience for anyone who has suffered pelvic health dysfunction. She is also a certified yoga instructor, has earned her Masters of Education at OISE specializing in global health education, and has been involved with teaching physiotherapists pelvic health and advanced orthopedic skills both in Canada and in Nicaragua. She is an associate instructor with Pelvic Health Solutions, where she helps physiotherapists understand how to evolve towards LGBTQ-informed practice.