I’m teaching a yoga class for survivors of domestic and sexual violence at a local women’s shelter. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot more about what differentiates a trauma-sensitive yoga class from a regular one. What’s particularly interesting to me about this is that I’ve been teaching (somewhat unknowingly) from a trauma-sensitive perspective since I received my RYT in 2010.
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In light of the various news articles coming out about Silvio Berlusconi and his attitude towards women, I felt compelled to look into how Italy as a country has fared in their treatment of women. For this, I checked in with the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. CEDAW, of which Italy has signed and ratified (unlike the damn U.S.), continues to be concerned with the country’s treatment of women. At their 2005 session, CEDAW stated...
Si viju lu diavulu non schiantu (If I see the devil I do not run). – Calabrese women’s song
A couple weeks ago, NPR had a really moving story about the domestic violence murder of Leidy Bonanno. Her mother, poet Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno, has just published a book of poems about her daughter's murder, titled "Slamming Open the Door."
On July 7 in 2003, Leidy Bonanno (21-years-old) was found dead in her apartment in Pennsylvania, strangled with a telephone cord by her ex-boyfriend, Joseph Eaddy. She had recently graduated from nursing school.
You can listen to the broadcast here. It's incredibly powerful.