An Inclusive online Conversation
with Gail Parker
Saturday, November 17 from 10-11:30am PST meeting via the Zoom platform.
Ethnic and race based traumatic stress injury are relevant but underrepresented
topics in the yoga community in general, and in trauma informed yoga practices.
These forms of trauma and stress are real, unique, and distinct. As the yoga
community becomes more ethnically and racially diverse, yoga has an
opportunity to address a need by including practices that are relevant to ethnic
and racial experiences of stress and trauma.
In this webinar we will define ethnic and race based traumatic stress as an injury,
not a form of pathology, what makes it unique, how it differs from PTSD, our
vulnerabilities regarding addressing race and ethnicity as yogis, and we will
include a practice that demonstrates the benefits of Restorative Yoga.
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Gail Parker, Ph.D., C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, is a psychologist and a certified yoga
therapist. Her broad expertise in behavioral health and wellness include forty
years as a practicing psychotherapist. Dr. Parker is a life long practitioner of yoga
and is well known for her pioneering efforts to blend psychology, yoga, and
meditation as effective self-care strategies that can enhance emotional balance,
and contribute to the overall health and well being of practitioners. She has a
special interest in utilizing and teaching Restorative Yoga and meditation as self-
care practices for managing ethnic and race based traumatic stress. She is a
guest lecturer in the Beaumont School of Yoga Therapy in the department of
Integrative Medicine at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak Michigan, where
she teaches mind/body strategies for reducing stress and healing emotional
trauma to aspiring yoga therapists. She is a nationally and internationally
renowned media personality, educator, author, and thought leader.
Dr. Parker was a faculty member in the ground breaking Co-Curricular Yoga
Therapy Program at Wayne State University School of Medicine, teaching Yoga
Therapy to first and second year medical students as part of their academic
curriculum. She was an adjunct faculty member in the Ross School of Business
at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, teaching “Effective Managerial
Coaching and Counseling” to executives for ten years, where she was also an
Executive Coach customizing and conducting leadership development programs
through the Department of Executive Education.
Dr. Parker has appeared as a psychologist expert on local and nationally
syndicated talk shows, including seven appearances on the “Oprah Show”. She
was featured as a health and wellness expert on the benefits of yoga and
meditation, in a nationally syndicated PBS health talk show series called “Feel
Grand”, hosted by Emmy Award winning actress, Jane Seymour.
In 2006 Dr. Parker appeared in the inaugural edition and three subsequent
editions of “Who’ Who in Black Detroit”, a publication celebrating African
American achievements. In 2011 she was honored by the Michigan Chronicle as
a “Woman of Excellence” and is featured in volume one of Vital Signs, A Real
Times Media tribute to African American achievements in the health care
industry. She serves on the Michigan Department of Civil Rights
MDCR Race4Equity task force, whose mission is to combat health care
disparities in Southeast Michigan.
Dr. Parker has authored The Art and Skill of Restorative Yoga: A Self-Care
Guide, and Restorative Yoga for Resilience: A Practitioner’s and Teacher’s
Guide, and a blog called Taking Yoga Off Your Mat. She is a featured author in
the book Yoga Rising: 30 Empowering Stories From Yoga Renegades for
Every Body. She is married and the mother of one son.