Last week’s blog post on Kula Annex’s positive space initiatives and Anti-Oppression Committee seemed to strike a nerve. While some people applauded the Toronto yoga studio for discussing privilege and oppression within the studio context, others expressed concern that classes designed for specific populations don’t establish equality or inclusion.
“How will we get to know each other and feel comfortable with each others’ differences if we are segregated?” asked one commenter.
A similar conversation popped up on the Yoga for Round Bodies Facebook page a few weeks ago, when somebody posted the question: “How exclusive this is, far from yogic!”
So, what does it mean to be “yogic” in this conversation? How inclusive are yoga classes for everybody/every body? (Take a look at this Google Image gallery for the search terms yoga+for+every+body and see how many of the books/products represent every body.)
As a teacher, how do you create an inclusive and accepting atmosphere in your yoga classes? As a practitioner, do you feel safer and welcomed in a class designed for your body type/ability/sexual orientation/race – or do you prefer to take part in “regular” classes?