Challenging flow class with next level core workout. Love the sliding vinyasas!
Vernita Pearl Fort is an evolutionary systems ecologist, an economist, and a Research Scholar at the University of Illinois Global Institute. For 25 years, she worked as a US career diplomat in 40 countries across Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia. With a background in dance and performance pedagogy, Vernita is also a licensed yoga teacher. She engages this tradition’s philosophy and many world philosophies, as she centers justice. She also advances the healthy anatomical organization and movement of the human body. Vernita’s research shows how our systems of cultural political-economy and our systems of consciousness, undergird today’s interlocking crises of: 1) poverty, inequality, and survival migration; 2) hierarchies of dominance including systemic racism; 3) climate, ecology, and pandemic emergencies; and 4) violence, war, and nuclear threat. But she also shows how we have accumulated unprecedented knowledge and tools for changing these systems. As a Black woman working across diverse fields, Vernita supports individuals, communities, nations and g/local institutions in “change-making,” wherein participants: 1) Assess the systems we inhabit; 2) Envision preferred futures; 3) Define goals consistent with the collective good; and 4) Design and take concrete actions that deliver healing, human flourishing, participatory democracy, and life-sustaining justice. With compassion, Vernita offers this support through teaching, facilitation, public speaking, performative pedagogy, writing, and research. Her research names today’s critical juncture, and the transformative shifts it insists we create, The Peoples’ Great Turning. Learn more and connect with Vernita here.