Tobias Wiggins (RYT) has been practicing yoga for almost 20 years and in 2018 became a 200 hr certified yoga insturctor. He is the distinguished recipient of the 2017 Yoga Alliance Foundation‘s Aspiring Yoga Teacher Scholarship, which are awarded to yoga practitioners with a high level of leadership and/or community service experience. In 2014, he produced and directed the popular open access video You Are Here: Exploring Yoga and the Impacts of Cultural Appropriation. He currently offers yoga-specific social justice education at Yoga Equity Consulting, work which aims to tackle systemic issues like transphobia, sexism, racism, and accessibility. After his teacher training in the summer of 2018, he plans to bring accessible, trauma informed yoga to marginalized communities.
A NOTE ON RACISM AND CULTURAL APPROPRIATION:
Yoga Equity Consulting
At Yoga Equity, I offer accessible consultation, training, and strategic planning related to social-political issues and yoga. I hold over 10 years of experience offering anti-oppression education, and a deep passion for creating social change. You can hire me to work with you one-on-one, at your studio, or to give a public talk.
Winner of the 2017 Yoga Alliance Foundation Aspiring Yoga Teacher Scholarship
The Aspiring Teacher Scholarships are awarded by the Yoga Alliance Foundation, to yoga practitioners with plenty of leadership and/or community service experience, and who want to deepen their practice by teaching yoga in underserved communities. As a recipient of this scholarship, in 2018 I become a certified instructor and hope to bring yoga into my mental health support work with LGBTQ+ communities. More updates to come!
You Are Here: Exploring Yoga and the Impacts of Cultural Appropriation
In 2014, I collaborated with nisha ahuja to make a short film about yoga and cultural appropriation. This piece followed a workshop that was held in Toronto Ontario, where nisha had taught similar content. There was such an outpouring of requests for this material to be accessible online, that we decided to turn it into a teaching tool. For more information, visit the film’s official website https://yogaappropriation.wordpress.com