Category Archives: activism

the problem with diversity in yoga

the problem with diversity in 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

moksha yoga pulls together for first nations legal action

moksha yoga pulls together for first nations legal action

It’s not unusual to see yoga organizations and studios champion for a cause, raising funds with yoga marathons and endless rounds of sun salutations. The preferred causes in the yoga world tend to be related to food, animals, or women in developing countries, especially in connection with established global non-profit organizations.Read more

race & yoga conference: possibilities, practices & politics

race & yoga conference: possibilities, practices & politics

Even the most casual observer of yoga sees it as a practice associated with white people in the West. The dominant image of the North American yoga practitioner is a white, slender, able-bodied woman. But there a rising groundswell of practitioners who are thinking critically about this image, and confronting the implicit racism within modern yoga culture.… Read more

trauma-sensitive yoga & transformation: interview with nicole emily marcia

trauma-sensitive yoga & transformation: interview with nicole emily marcia

This is part of a series of interviews with faculty at the 2015 Victoria Yoga Conference, Jan 30 – Feb 1 in Victoria, BC, Canada. For the full line-up and schedule of the conference, visit victoriayogaconference.com.

We all have our stories.… Read more

how do we talk about yoga, privilege & power?

how do we talk about yoga, privilege & power?

A few days ago, The Atlantic published an article  about the correlation between vaccination rates and illnesses in rich Los Angeles neighbourhoods. While the article has nothing to do with yoga , the accompanying image is a person doing yoga on a stand-up paddleboard.Read more