This workshop is for queer people — an introduction to how mind/body (somatic) work can be a resource for addressing the lingering effects of homo/transphobia and gender oppression. Constance will introduce awareness practices, skills that build resilience and resources for grounding and presence in the body.
In the workshop, we will explore the question: "How has homophobia and/or transphobia impacted your body?”. With discussion (large group, small group and pairs) and experiential mind/body practices interspersed with relevant lecture.
- What does shame and humiliation do to the body? How does being victimized live in the tissues?
- How does the knowledge of “being different” create hyper-sensitivity and hyper-vigilence?
- How often have you experienced the fight or flight response, when the only option was freeze?
- What does internalized homophobia/transphobia do to your body?
About the facilitator of this Workshop
Constance Clare-Newman is a queer femme dyke who has been working in the field of somatics for over 18 years. Constance has been an Alexander Technique teacher (1800 hours) since 2001, and has studied many other somatic modalities and trauma work. She is also a sex educator and teaches dance, yoga and movement for all people who have bodies. Constance has taught at many performing arts organizations as well as yoga centers, workplaces and in private practice. She has helped hundreds of people out of pain and into an easier, more effective and more pleasurable relationship with their bodies.