Category Archives: politics

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

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

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

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

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

body image in yoga culture: YJ san diego conversation

body image in yoga culture: YJ san diego conversation

IAYB is in the middle of a cross-country move and right now taking it easy in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in British Columbia! Even though I’ve been spending a lot of time hanging out on beaches (and digging Kelowna’s body positive public beach art: see the featured photo), I’ve still been paying attention to the yogasphere.… Read more