Cambio Yoga Embraces LGBTQIA+ Inclusivity with Monthly Workshop

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In an effort to cater to the underserved LGBTQIA+ community in Colorado Springs, Cambio Yoga has launched a monthly workshop designed by and for individuals within this demographic.

Initiated by instructor Caleb Hall and colleagues, the workshop aims to provide a safe and supportive space for the LGBTQIA+ community to connect, enhance well-being, and embark on a journey of self-discovery through the practice of yoga.

With each workshop led by a different instructor, attendees can expect a diverse array of experiences and perspectives tailored to their unique needs. The inaugural session, held in April at the studio’s Austin Bluffs Parkway location, featured a 75-minute, non-heated session guided by Hall.

Amber Richman, co-founder of Cambio, emphasizes the importance of inclusivity within the yoga community. “We recognize that individuals have varying needs,” she says. “For those who find comfort and deep relaxation in a specialized class tailored to their identity, we are committed to providing that option.”

Accessibility is a key consideration for the workshop, with classes offered on a sliding-scale donation basis. Hall encourages anyone who may face financial barriers to reach out to the studio. Three-quarters of the proceeds will be donated to LGBTQIA+ organizations such as Inside Out Youth Services.

While similar workshops exist in Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins, the Colorado Springs and southern Colorado region have historically lacked such offerings. Kate Johnston, a Cambio instructor and therapist, sees this as an opportunity to provide a haven for the LGBTQIA+ community.

“Given the current political climate and the rise of anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation, our community is experiencing increased emotional distress,” says Johnston. “This workshop offers a sanctuary where individuals can connect with their queer and gender identities in a safe and affirming environment.”

While acknowledging potential concerns about the separation of minority groups, Hall and his fellow instructors believe that this workshop serves a specific purpose of fostering community and empowerment.

“It’s similar to a yoga-for-runners class,” says Hall. “This class is designed with a specific goal in mind—to provide a space where individuals can feel accepted and supported, regardless of their choices or experiences.”

Each workshop will vary in focus depending on the instructor. Past sessions have included a combination of yoga practices, journaling, and discussions aimed at addressing the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ community.

First-time yogis are welcome and encouraged to attend. Hall advises those feeling nervous to simply observe the class from a mat. “There is still much to be gained from the community aspect and the opportunity to witness yoga in a supportive environment,” he says.

About Cambio Yoga:

Founded in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Cambio Yoga is a community-focused yoga studio that offers a variety of classes, workshops, and other wellness-related services. With a strong emphasis on inclusivity and accessibility, Cambio seeks to create a welcoming and empowering space for all individuals.

Author:

Sarah Nelson is a freelance writer and yoga instructor based in Colorado Springs. She is passionate about promoting the transformative power of yoga for individuals from all walks of life.

Credit and Rights:

The content of this article is the property of OMG I Yoga and may not be reproduced or distributed without written consent.

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Cambio Yoga Embraces LGBTQIA+ Inclusivity with Monthly Workshop

Cambio Yoga Embraces LGBTQIA+ Inclusivity with Monthly Workshop

In an effort to cater to the underserved LGBTQIA+ community in Colorado Springs, Cambio Yoga has launched a monthly workshop designed by and for individuals within this demographic.

Initiated by instructor Caleb Hall and colleagues, the workshop aims to provide a safe and supportive space for the LGBTQIA+ community to connect, enhance well-being, and embark on a journey of self-discovery through the practice of yoga.

With each workshop led by a different instructor, attendees can expect a diverse array of experiences and perspectives tailored to their unique needs. The inaugural session, held in April at the studio’s Austin Bluffs Parkway location, featured a 75-minute, non-heated session guided by Hall.

Amber Richman, co-founder of Cambio, emphasizes the importance of inclusivity within the yoga community. “We recognize that individuals have varying needs,” she says. “For those who find comfort and deep relaxation in a specialized class tailored to their identity, we are committed to providing that option.”

Accessibility is a key consideration for the workshop, with classes offered on a sliding-scale donation basis. Hall encourages anyone who may face financial barriers to reach out to the studio. Three-quarters of the proceeds will be donated to LGBTQIA+ organizations such as Inside Out Youth Services.

While similar workshops exist in Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins, the Colorado Springs and southern Colorado region have historically lacked such offerings. Kate Johnston, a Cambio instructor and therapist, sees this as an opportunity to provide a haven for the LGBTQIA+ community.

“Given the current political climate and the rise of anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation, our community is experiencing increased emotional distress,” says Johnston. “This workshop offers a sanctuary where individuals can connect with their queer and gender identities in a safe and affirming environment.”

While acknowledging potential concerns about the separation of minority groups, Hall and his fellow instructors believe that this workshop serves a specific purpose of fostering community and empowerment.

“It’s similar to a yoga-for-runners class,” says Hall. “This class is designed with a specific goal in mind—to provide a space where individuals can feel accepted and supported, regardless of their choices or experiences.”

Each workshop will vary in focus depending on the instructor. Past sessions have included a combination of yoga practices, journaling, and discussions aimed at addressing the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ community.

First-time yogis are welcome and encouraged to attend. Hall advises those feeling nervous to simply observe the class from a mat. “There is still much to be gained from the community aspect and the opportunity to witness yoga in a supportive environment,” he says.

About Cambio Yoga:

Founded in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Cambio Yoga is a community-focused yoga studio that offers a variety of classes, workshops, and other wellness-related services. With a strong emphasis on inclusivity and accessibility, Cambio seeks to create a welcoming and empowering space for all individuals.

Author:

Sarah Nelson is a freelance writer and yoga instructor based in Colorado Springs. She is passionate about promoting the transformative power of yoga for individuals from all walks of life.

Credit and Rights:

The content of this article is the property of OMG I Yoga and may not be reproduced or distributed without written consent.



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