Rae Johnson on Embodying Social Justice (#85)

About the Guest

Rae Johnson, PhD, RSMT is a scholar/activist and registered somatic movement therapist who chairs the Somatic Studies in Depth Psychology doctoral program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. The author of several books, including Elemental Movement, Knowing in our Bones, and Embodied Social Justice‚ Rae teaches and trains internationally on embodied activism, somatic research methods, and the poetic body.

In this episode, we discuss:

  1. Personal experience always emerges out of socio-economic context
  2. Importance of joining the personal with the professional
  3. Moving past oppressors vs. oppressed and finding a common ground about our pain
  4. Somatic literacy and illiteracy, cultivating somatic intelligence
  5. Not all yoga is somatic, feeling yourself from the inside out

Unless we transform the wounds of oppression in our own bodies and then by extension into our own embodied relationships with others…no amount of macro-sociological institutional legislative change will last because we keep producing the inequities at the grass roots levels.

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