Recent alumna Chanelle John (BA ’13) joined us to lead two events during the Undergraduate Program residency. Drawing on her experiences as an entrepreneur, yoga teacher, and activist, Chanelle gave her workshop, “Working for Liberation: How Inspired Entrepreneurship Can Support Social Justice” to a packed room in the Clockhouse.
“How can you build a business that supports your life, honors your principles, and serve the greater good? How can healers, creatives, and justice workers be compensated for their expertise? How can our professional lives serve social change? If you’ve ever contemplated those questions you’re not alone.”
And mid afternoon, we were treated to Chanelle’s “Whole Soul Health Vinyasa Flow All Levels Class.”
“Whole Soul Health classes are intentionally non-judgmental and welcoming to folks of all shapes, shades, and sizes. These classes are intended to be safe spaces for POC, LGBTQ, people in bigger bodies, and anyone seeking a diverse and inclusive yoga environment. For those new to Vinyasa yoga, it is a flowing practice that emphasizes the connection of movement and breath. Please dress in comfortable clothes you can move in. “
Chanelle is a yoga instructor, business owner, wellness educator + writer based in her home city, Boston, MA. Prior to founding her business, Whole Soul Health, she received her BA from Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. Her scholarship charted the intersections of race, identity, culture and critical thinking. This path of study and a life-long commitment to social justice deeply inform Chanelle’s teaching pedagogy. Her classes aim to make yoga accessible to people of all shades, sizes, ages, abilities,
and identities. In addition to teaching yoga, Chanelle facilitates workshops and presentations about yoga, diversity, and wellness for communities of color. She brings this expertise to her role on the Leadership Team of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition and Co-Founder of the Yoga Diversity Initiative.