• Yoga and Diversity: Documentary Explores Race, Gender & Class in Yoga

    Yoga and Diversity: Documentary Explores Race, Gender & Class in Yoga

    SEE PART 2: Yoga & Diversity: Gender & Sexual Identity A new documentary series called “Yoga and Diversity” seeks to explore the relationships between yoga, race, class, gender and more. Produced by a new non-profit called Global Mind Body, the four part series questions why yoga classes don’t reflect the […]

     
 
 
 

Videos & Articles

  • Confessions of a Fat, Black Yoga Teacher

    Confessions of a Fat, Black Yoga Teacher

    by Dianne Bondy [Editor's note: This is an excerpt from the new book "Yoga and Body Image."] You Teach Yoga? I’m always nervous when I head into a new venue to teach yoga. There was a time when I was also a little bit scared of being an imposter because […]

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  • Yoga & Body Diversity: 5 Ways to Be Inclusive When Teaching or Practicing

    Yoga & Body Diversity: 5 Ways to Be Inclusive When Teaching or Practicing

    By Kimberly Dark Yoga teachers are basically aware that it’s good to encourage students.  We’re expected to use encouraging language.  And yet, encouragement is a culturally bounded notion, and in a culture rife with fat hatred and size/age/ability hierarchy, encouragement can mean different things to different people. (Have you ever […]

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  • “Survivor Strengths:” Excerpt from “Survivors on the Yoga Mat”

    “Survivor Strengths:” Excerpt from “Survivors on the Yoga Mat”

    [Editors note: This is an excerpt from the new book “Survivors on the Yoga Mat: Stories for Those Healing from Trauma” by Becky Thompson. The book “skillfully draws connections between yoga and social-justice activism, demonstrating how a trauma-sensitive approach to yoga makes room for all of us—across race, class, gender, religion […]

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  • (More) Reasons Why Your Yoga Class is So White

    (More) Reasons Why Your Yoga Class is So White

    by Chanelle John When I saw the article, “Why Your Yoga Class is So White”, in the Atlantic last month, I practically jumped for joy. I couldn’t help but think,”Yes! Finally!” I have dedicated a significant amount of my intellectual energy studying the intersections of race, class, and culture. As […]

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  • A White Yogis 9-Step Guide Towards Action for Racial Justice in Ferguson and Beyond

    A White Yogis 9-Step Guide Towards Action for Racial Justice in Ferguson and Beyond

    by Jardana Peacock Calling all aspiring yogis and yoginis, yoga activists and healer types. Have you been watching what is going on in Ferguson? Now is the time to put our bodies in mindful action towards ahimsa (nonviolence), now is the time to use yoga to help heal the samskaras […]

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  • Why Trans and Queer Yoga?

    Why Trans and Queer Yoga?

    by Nick Krieger About a month ago, I took over the Monday night spot teaching “Free Trans and Queer Yoga (FTQY).” In a heartfelt offering, Rhani started this particular series a while ago, out of her house, clearing out the furniture in her bedroom on a weekly basis, and squeezing […]

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  • Exploring Yoga and Cultural Appropriation with nisha ahuja

    Exploring Yoga and Cultural Appropriation with nisha ahuja

    nisha ahuja explores yoga and cultural appropriation in this film by Toby Wiggins. “What is cultural appropriation? What are its roots? Who benefits from cultural appropriation? What strategies are there to address colonialism?” See more at http://yogaappropriation.wordpress.com/ About nisha ahuja nisha ahuja actor, physical theatre creator, writer, singer/songwriter, and arts […]

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  • Why Feminism Belongs in the Yoga Studio

    Why Feminism Belongs in the Yoga Studio

    by Kimberly Dark Come to a comfortable seated position; use the blanket to elevate your hips so you can sit with the spine straight. Close the eyes and rest the hands gently in the lap. So begins the yoga class. And just yesterday, as we sat quietly, receptively, in a […]

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  • Yoga and Diversity: People of Color

    Yoga and Diversity: People of Color

    This fourth and final installment of the “Yoga and Diversity” series explores people of color in the Western yoga community.

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  • Extreme Makeover: Yoga in the British Empire

    Extreme Makeover: Yoga in the British Empire

    by Melissa Heather “The colonial world, is a world divided into compartments” – Franz Fanon “Recognizing the radical differences that are part of yoga’s history can open up new possibilities beyond the limits of our current conceptual categories.” – Carol Horton While many teachers and practitioners in the North American […]

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  • Yoga and Diversity: Size and Body Image

    Yoga and Diversity: Size and Body Image

    Part Three: Body Image and the Western Yoga Community from Global Mind Body. “One’s first trip to a yoga studio can be an intimidating affair that leaves some feeling like the elephant in the room… literally. It doesn’t help when we’re constantly bombarded with images of skinny yogis in impossible […]

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  • Here’s Looking at You: Yoga, Fat & Fitness

    Here’s Looking at You: Yoga, Fat & Fitness

    by Kimberly Dark She was checking me out. No, really, you can feel that sort of thing, right? Her gaze lingered as I walked into the yoga studio – just that split second longer than usual acknowledgement. She caught my eye as I rolled out my mat. She looked me […]

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