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Tobias Wiggins

PhD, RYT 200

Tobias Wiggins is an assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Athabasca University. He holds his PhD in Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies, with a research focus on transgender mental health and psychoanalytic theory. He is also a community organizer, social justice consultant, and registered yoga teacher.

In Toronto Ontario, Wiggins spearheaded trauma-informed Queer and Trans Yoga classes at Union Yoga, as well as offering yoga-specific social justice education at Yoga Equity Consulting. This work aspires to tackle systemic issues like transphobia, sexism, racism, and accessibility imbedded within the larger yoga communities. In 2017, he was the distinguished recipient of Yoga Alliance Foundation’s Aspiring Yoga Teacher Scholarship, which is awarded to yoga practitioners with a high level of leadership and community service expertise. He also produced and directed the popular open access video You Are Here: Exploring Yoga and the Impacts of Cultural Appropriation, which addresses yoga’s relationship to colonization and racism. He currently sits on the Yoga Alliance Equity Task force, advising on issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation. Wiggins’ upcoming writing on trauma and transphobia in yoga communities will be found in Embodied Resilience: 30 Mindful Essays about Finding Empowerment after Addiction, Trauma, Grief, and Loss (2020).

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