It was my honour to sit down recently with someone I know from homospun meetings, Hannah Mang-Wooley, to talk about their new role on the Pride Society Board…
Today’s Q&A is with Daphne Shaed, transsexual woman living on Vancouver Island. Daphne is an activist for trans rights, women’s rights, and an advocate for social justice, anti-violence, and social equality. She writes a very engaging and personal blog as well as has been featured in a number of recent news and radio stories.
Welcome to our next installment of the Pink Pages Q&A, where we talk to interesting people doing interesting things. (We are thinking Q&A can stand for both “question and answer” or “queer and awesome.”)
Today’s Q&A is with Ron Stewart of Skyclad yoga. I couldn’t help but want learn more after my last Q&A with NiQ when she mentioned that one of the most interesting events on her LGBTQ calendar was for naked men’s yoga.
Jes: Why practice yoga naked? How is it different from practicing with your clothes on?
Ron: Practicing yoga Skyclad or “dressed in the quarters of the sky” invites us to look at our bodies in a new way: functional, structural, animal, sensing & evolving. Part of that is how we physically feel our bodies when we are moving and breathing with awareness and intention, while naked. Skyclad heightens our ability to be attuned to subtle shifts and physical sensations allowing us to find a deeper experience. That awareness is what yoga is about for me.
People have told me about overcoming negative body image issues and finding greater self esteem and confidence. Where some have unconsciously associated nudity with sex there is a chance to develop separation of the two, resulting in a broader way of being in the world, a healthier respect for their bodies, their sexual expression and boundaries.
Welcome to our first installment of the Pink Pages Q&A, where we talk to interesting people doing interesting things. (We are thinking Q&A can stand for both “question and answer” or “queer and awesome.”)
Jes: What motivated you to start an online calendar and newsletter?
NiQ: My on-line GLBTQ calendar was the result of a gap I personally felt within the community; there were all of these queer events taking place all of town (Victoria) that I would hear about (usually after the fact!) but other than the posters at the local queer bars there wasn’t anywhere else to find out about them so creating a calendar seemed the most logical thing to do. I also didn’t want to ‘limit’ my calendar to just Victoria events so I made connections with other GLBTQ sites/communities in B.C. to help bridge that gap & encourage folk to go to events out of town. The newsletter progressed from the calendar; it’s basically a way of reminding folk that the information is out there; all they have to do is ‘click.’
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