Episode 047 :: Carol Horton :: Yoga, Mindfulness, & Social Justice

| July 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Carol Horton

Carol Horton joins us to speak about the practice of yoga and mindfulness, their relationship with one another, and their embodiment in the realm of social justice.

Why do you practice mindfulness, or related disciplines like yoga? Is it to clear the mind, get a little relief from stress, or as a medical intervention in the treatment of an illness exacerbated by stress? Or perhaps you have more traditional motivations to your practice, defining mindfulness within a larger religious framework, and you’re seeking enlightenment?

Whatever your reasons may be, you might notice a shifting in how you relate to others, to yourself, in how you are in the world. There are wider implications than strictly personal development goals, and our guest is here to help us unpack some of the potential social ramifications to practice.

Carol Horton, Ph.D., is a writer, educator, and activist working at the intersection of mindful yoga, social science, and social justice. Author and co-editor of two books on contemporary North American yoga, Carol contributes to a wide range of online and print publications and is a popular yoga blogger. She offers yoga workshops, teacher trainings, and public lectures on modern yoga history, yoga culture and ethics, trauma-sensitive yoga and other topics at leading studios in Chicago and worldwide. A Certified Forrest Yoga teacher, Carol trained with Ana Forrest, an internationally recognized pioneer in yoga for psychological and emotional healing. She has taught yoga in several studios, as well as a jail, homeless shelter, community health center, and residential foster care facility. Currently, Carol serves as a teacher with Yoga for Recovery, a Chicago nonprofit offering classes to women in Cook County Jail, and at Chaturanga Holistic Fitness in Chicago. Dedicated to yoga service and outreach, Carol serves on the Board of the Yoga Service Council, and was a co-founder of Chicago’s Socially Engaged Yoga Network (SEYN). A former political science professor, Carol holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is the author of Race and the Making of American Liberalism, published in 2005 by Oxford University Press. She has extensive experience as a social research consultant and has written numerous reports for nationally recognized foundations, nonprofits, and public agencies. Since 2013, she has served as a program development consultant for yoga service organizations, including the Ferrer Foundation, Chaturanga Seeds, and Yoga for Recovery.

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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