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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.

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
activism, yoga

moksha yoga pulls together for first nations legal action

 in activism, yoga
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
body image, yoga, yoga therapy

hunger, hope & healing: an interview with sarahjoy marsh

 in body image, yoga, yoga therapy
Millions of North Americans suffer from disordered eating—compulsive or stress eating, and restricting—marked by obsessive food thoughts, guilt, and body-hatred. Lurching from overindulgence to deprivation, chronic dieters grasp at the latest diet fads. Even more startling, up to 24 million Americans of all ages and genders suffer from eating disorders: binge eating disorder, anorexia, and bulimia—linked to depression, they have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.… Read more
body image, pop culture, yoga

why i ditched yoga for a dance fitness class called partyfit

 in body image, pop culture, yoga
Okay, I haven’t ditched yoga entirely, but I have stopped attending asana classes in favour of a high-intensity dance fitness workout. At Partyfit, there are club lights and a disco ball and hot-bodied instructors in sports bras yelling “Wooo!” at random intervals while we follow their choreographed moves to top 40 songs.… Read more
activism, media, politics, yoga

race & yoga conference: possibilities, practices & politics

 in activism, media, politics, yoga
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