#MyPath50: Bringing Inclusive Mindfulness and Yoga to Non-traditional Communities

#MyPath50: Bringing Inclusive Mindfulness and Yoga to Non-traditional Communities


MyPath Teacher Training Intensive

Downtown Los Angeles

September 7-8, 2019

Mindfulness and yoga practices can be critical tools for reducing experiences of violence and trauma. Yet, despite the evidence of benefits, there are many barriers to effectively introduce these tools to communities that are often disenfranchised and disconnected. The MyPath Teacher Training Intensive focuses on creating skilled instructors that are able to bring mindfulness and yoga out of the studio and into the community in ways that are both meaningful and sustainable. The training will be facilitated by Drs. Robin Petering, Nicholas Barr and MyPath Peer Ambassadors with lived-experience of homelessness. 

The 12-hour MyPath Teacher Training intensive is designed for social workers yoga teachers, mental health professionals, educators, activists, or anyone who is interested in promoting radical wellness as tools for health and empowerment in non-traditional communities. After the training, teachers can integrate directly into ongoing #MyPath50 programs or bring similar programs to their community. Additionaly, there will be options for ongoing learning and support post-training. The training will include in depth discussion, experiential and in vivo learning on the following topics: 

  • Evidence-based research and theory in support of trauma-informed yoga practice

  • Youth Homelessness and Homelessness in Los Angeles 101

  • Traumatology, the Nervous System and the Body

  • Power and Privilege: Barriers to Mindfulness and Yoga in Non-Traditional communities

  • Crisis de-escalation, managing groups, trauma informed engagement best practices

  • Exploring Your Resources and Bringing to Non-traditional Communities

  • Best practices in teaching Mindfulness and Yoga in Non-Traditional Settings

  • The e-MyPath Facilitator Manual 

Register for the #MyPath50 training here. Space will be limited to 25 students. Registration costs $300.  Cost should never be a barrier. Persons with lived experience of homelessness and persons of color, LBGQ, transgender or gender nonconforming encouraged to apply. Email hello@findyourlens.co for scholarships and accessible pricing.

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Dr. Robin Petering is the CEO and founder of a community-engaged research and organizing entity, Lens Co. Lens Co is based in Los Angeles and is focused on improving the lives of persons who experience homelessness through strategic inquiry, community organizing, and systems change advocacy. She is a 500 hr registered yoga teacher that trained under Noah Maze. She has been teaching community based yoga since 2015.

Dr. Nicholas Barr is a postdoctoral fellow interested in improving mental and behavioral health outcomes in populations at high risk for adverse experiences. His research agenda focuses on investigating the protective effects of mindfulness and emotion regulation.