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Saturday, November 9 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Yoga Philosophy Improves Classroom Discourse

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This presentation offers principles and practices of yoga to improve classroom equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The session begins with centering through mantra, pranayama, and mudra (chant, breath control, and gesture, respectively) to set intent and to control the vital energy.

In opening the question of equitable classroom discourse, participants reflect on how they hold contemplative, inclusive learning spaces and personal talk patterns.

Next, the presentation illustrates linguistic features of classroom talk dominance and how it can quash diversity and inclusion. It asks participants to share their perspectives on resolving problems of classroom talk in order to increase equity.

Following, the presentation offers suggestions to improve the discourse that frames classes by engaging ideals of pratipaksha bhavana (mindfulness of opposites) and sattva (positivity and peacefulness). Participants share ideas from their own classrooms.

The session closes with reflection, centering, and mantra.


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
904-08 Lincoln Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01105

Attendees (6)