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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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.

FTM & AFAB Surgical Groups host “Holistic Healing from Top Surgery” with Lauren Pragg

Holistic Healing from Top Surgery: Navigating Pathways to Health for Trans Men and AFAB people

with Lauren Pragg

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What: Holistic Healing from Top Surgery
part of the FTM and AFAB Surgical Support Groups (see below for more info about the top surgery support group)*

For Who: Trans Men and AFAB* people who have had, or who are considering top surgery

When: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Where: Room 2008 at Sherbourne Health Centre, 333 Sherbourne St, Toronto.

Contact: shc.transsurgerygroups@gmail.com

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/235364750312920/

Workshop Description 

This workshop will seek to demonstrate the ways holistic nutritional healing can help trans men and AFAB people prepare for & recover from top surgery. Many of the issues addressed will encompass physical, emotional, and mental health. The workshop will focus on providing whole food recommendations but will also incorporate supplement and herbal recommendations, along with lifestyle guidelines (both pre and post operatively). Ideally these recommendations could be used in conjunction with western medicine to offer a variety of options for healing, and the greatest opportunity for long-term health.

Lauren Pragg is the child of Trinidadian immigrants. They grew up in Scarborough and still live in East Toronto. Lauren has spent over ten years in graduate school studying identity, gender and sexuality. They have most recently begun training as a Holistic Nutritionist at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. They believe that food is energy and medicine we integrate into our bodies every day, and that understanding how it can heal and harm us is a foundational aspect of health. They hope to collaborate with health care practitioners across all spectrums to offer truly holistic care and research.

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this workshop is a part of the AFAB & FTM surgical support groups run through the Sherbourne

Top Surgical Discussion (“pre-op”) & Post-Operative Group

When: Last Tuesday of the month

This group is open to trans men and AFAB people who are considering top surgery, and to those who have undergone top surgery. Through peer-to-peer support, the meetings aim to provide information about surgery options, surgical processes, navigating Ontario health care systems, trans resources, mental health, and sexuality. The discussion aims to help participants create a lasting support network of trans people from a range of social locations and experiences. The group will also host guest speakers on a variety of issues, dependent upon the participants’ interests and needs. Pre-registration is not required.

Contact Tobias for more information – shc.transsurgerygroups@gmail.com

 

*AFAB stands for “assigned female at birth,” and is an umbrella term that encompasses those who identify as gender variant, Two-Spirit, genderqueer, male, trans man/masculine, transgender, transsexual, and non-binary etc, who have been assigned female at birth. Not all those listed under this umbrella may identify with AFAB terminology.

Sexuality Studies Institute 2017 lecturers

The Summer Institute for Sexuality Studies faculty has been finalized! 

Make sure to check out the institute’s official website for updates. I will be posting about the public events soon…..

http://siss.info.yorku.ca

Dr. David Eng (University of Pennsylvania)

The SISS 2017 thematic focus originates from the call of David Eng for building analytical linkages between psychoanalysis, queer theory and ethnic studies, which he had vocalized in a number of publications. He is well-known to students of queer and critical race theories as an author of canonical books The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Liberalism and the Racialization of Intimacy (Duke, 2010)and Racial Castration: Managing Masculinity in Asian America
 (Duke, 2001), and also as a co-editor with Jack Halberstam and José Esteban Muñoz of the special issue of Social Text: What’s Queer about Queer Studies Now (2005). The SISS 2017 will particularly benefit from Eng’s expertise in queer theory, transnational racial relations, the history of law, and his analysis of race in psychoanalytic clinical cases.

 

Dr. Amber Jamilla Musser (Washington University)

Amber Jamilla Musser’s expertise includes three pivotal theoretical perspectives of the SISS 2017: queer theory, critical race studies, and psychoanalysis. Musser has researched and published on brown femininity, whiteness, affect, masochism, and interracial relations. Her recent book Sensational Flesh: Race, Power and Masochism (NYU Press, 2014) offers an innovative methodological perspective employing masochism as a diagnostic tool to understand systemic racism, patriarchy and colonialism. Musser’s lecture will introduce students to her current work on contemporary art and the concept of brown jouissance.

 

Dr. Trish Salah (Queen’s University)

Trish Salah’s work is situated in the areas of postcolonial, feminist, and sexual minority literatures; comparative analysis of race and racisms; sexualities, genders and modernities; transnational cultural production; psychoanalysis and affect theory; sex work; transgender studies; and un/popular culture. Her books of poetry Wanting in Arabic (Mawenzi House, 2013) and Lyric Sexology (SPD, 2014) creatively explore diasporic trans and queer subjectivities, and employ the lyric as a lens to read transgender fantasies encoded in feminist, autobiographical, anthropological, and psychoanalytic archives. At SISS 2017, Salah’s unique expertise in transgender and diasporic cultural production will be employed in the creative and experimental writing workshop on poetry, perversity and power.

 

Dr. Aparna Mishra Tarc (York University)

Aparna Mishra Tarc is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education York University. Her scholarship examines the dynamic place of pedagogy in the ongoing subject formation of person.  Mishra Tarc is the author of many articles and the book Literacy of the Other: Renarrating Humanity (SUNY Press).  She is currently working on the book length project Pedagogy in the Novels of J.M. Coetzee (Routledge).