International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural, & political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. In honour of this year's campaign theme "Be Bold For Change", I taught workshop style classes which focussed on how to utilize and align one's body within exercises / poses to feel empowered and achieve sustainable well-being. The hands, shoulders, core, legs, and feet received lots of empowerment coaching!
I also encouraged increasing one's awareness of how social political justice is a determinant of personal mental & physical health. In support of this perspective, I recommended reading the recently published books by Vancouver based former lawyer, law professor and gender expert Maureen Fitzgerald, PhD. I highly recommend the following books:
Motherhood Is Madness: How To Break The Chains that Prevent Mothers From Being Truly Happy by Maureen Fitzgerald, PhD
Occupy Women: A Manifesto for Positive Change In A World Run By Men
by Maureen Fitzgerald, PhD
I would also recommend watching the following movies:
What Happened, Miss Simone? A 2015 documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, civil rights activist labeled as the "High Priestess of Soul."
Mustang A 2015 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Turkish-French film director Deniz Gamze Erguven. The film is set in a remote Turkish village and depicts the lives of five young orphaned sisters and the challenges they face growing up as girls in a conservative society.
Thank-you to Marianne Lehnart for recommending that I watch these movies!
Yoga & Movement Teacher,