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February 8, 2021

Race Based Stress and Trauma with Dr. Gail Parker

In this episode, I’m having a timely and essential conversation with Dr. Gail Parker who is the author of a book I just finished reading – Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma. We’re getting real in this episode to shine a light on what stress looks like when it comes to race-based trauma and how it affects all of us, not just those directly impacted. It’s an important conversation and one that I think you will learn something from. Dr. Gail shares some tools we can use to support ourselves and I take some powerful questions from our live audience. Listen in now…

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Dr. Gail ParkerDr. Gail Parker, Ph.D., C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, is a psychologist, a certified yoga therapist, a lifelong practitioner of yoga, and author of Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma.

She 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.

Her broad expertise in behavioral health and wellness includes forty years as a practicing psychotherapist. She is the President of the Black Yoga Teacher’s Alliance Board of Directors.

You can learn more about Dr. Parker by visiting her website at: https://www.drgailparker.com/

Show Notes

  • About this Episode

    Suzanne is joined by Dr. Gail Parker, a psychologist and a certified yoga therapist. She is a nationally and internationally renowned media personality, educator, author, and thought leader.

    Topics Include: - Race-based traumatic stress injury - Colorblindness - Vulnerability in conversations around race - Meditation and Yoga - Navigating race as a wellness coach - And other topics

  • Highlights

    [0:36] - Suzanne introduces today’s guest, Dr. Gail Parker.
    [8:55] - What is race based traumatic stress injury, and how is it different from post traumatic stress?
    [18:28] - Race based stress and wellness coaching. The importance of using a holistic wellness approach.
    [30:55] - Can we be colorblind? Can we get to a point where we don’t see or acknowledge race?
    [36:16] - The necessity of vulnerability in conversations around race and ethnicity.
    [46:02] - Addressing race specific health disparities.
    [50:51] - Suzanne shares her experience of reading Dr. Parker’s book.
    [51:58] - Dr. Parker take questions from our audience.
    [55:34] - How does intergenerational trauma transfer? Does it transfer genetically?
    [58:02] - If someone you care about is in denial about racism or their own trauma, how can you preserve the relationship without allowing them to continue to be naive about the subject.

  • Resources

    To learn more about Dr. Parker, please visit her website at: www.drgailparker.com

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