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Provoking thought & shining a critical light on yoga culture ~ while celebrating community, service, creativity, the independent spirit and good ol’ fun.

news, politics, yoga

a brief history of international yoga day

 in news, politics, yoga
I started researching this post fully intending on taking down International Yoga Day. Even though I really didn’t know what it was all about. I didn’t pay much attention to it when it was announced at the end of 2014 and started rolling in June 2015, but I do recall the controversy and overt nationalism.… Read more
activism, yoga

the meaning of union

 in activism, yoga
After years of co-creating a yoga community building project, when I moved to Victoria I found myself less connected to my local yoga community and more interested in the union at my workplace. One of the things that happened since my move west from Montreal three years ago is that I became a normal person with a job-job.… Read more
media, news, politics, yoga

internet wanderings: yoga, social justice & service

 in media, news, politics, yoga
Hanging out on the internet and consuming media, especially as long-form writing, is pretty much my favourite thing to do. It’s almost part of my spiritual practice. It definitely informs my life and how I engage with the world. In my internet wanderings, even while IAYB was on hiatus, I find myself paying attention to how yoga is portrayed in mainstream media.… Read more
daily life, yoga

the rebirth of something new

 in daily life, yoga
This is the blog post that I’ve been meaning to write for a long time. The thing is, I wasn’t sure if it would be a break-up post, or a let’s-work-things-out post. For the past year, IAYB has sat quietly waiting for… something.… Read more
activism, politics, yoga

the problem with diversity in yoga

 in activism, politics, yoga
Lately I’ve been feeling a little disillusioned and skeptical about the ideals of diversity and inclusivity within yoga communities. Not that I don’t think these are worthy ideals. As we have seen with the recent attacks on yoga for people of colour classes in Seattle, there is a need within yoga communities (and beyond) for spaces that are safe and enable access for people who don’t feel welcome in studio classes.… Read more
media, news, politics

building the world we want: the canadian election & the “yoga vote”

 in media, news, politics
The upcoming Canadian election has got me taking many deep breaths, mumbling mantras under my breath while reading the news, and fighting the urge to take a long savasana until everyone goes to the polls on October 19. Of course, checking out is not an option, even if the pre-election noise and frenzy are stressful and anxiety-inducing.… Read more