• 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

  • 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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  • How Mindfulness Supports Social Change

    How Mindfulness Supports Social Change

    by Jey Ehrenhalt Socially engaged Buddhism is a strange concept. It’s hard to believe that a bunch of people sitting stock still in a room for days can create change. But let me explain. We all judge. We judge our peers, our environments, and we judge ourselves. We judge our […]

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  • Why Big Asana?

    Why Big Asana?

    By Angie Hay I spent the first twenty years of my life not loving myself much at all, and then somebody I loved stopped loving me. In retaliation, I took up bellydancing. This wasn’t an act of bravery or courageousness of any kind. I was grasping at straws. I went […]

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  • Yoga & Diversity: Gender & Sexual Identity

    Yoga & Diversity: Gender & Sexual Identity

    See part 1: Yoga & Diversity: Race, Gender, Class & Body Image in Yoga “This second installment in the yoga and diversity series explores the issue of inclusiveness in the Western yoga community from the perspective of gender and sexual identity.” Featuring Jacoby Ballard, Heather Douglas, Triston R. Whiston, Christi-an […]

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  • Evolutionary Transphobia: Reality Sandwich, Dani Katz & Transformational Culture

    Evolutionary Transphobia: Reality Sandwich, Dani Katz & Transformational Culture

    by Be Scofield TRIGGER WARNING: SEVERE TRANSPHOBIC CONTENT BELOW “Reality Sandwich has, I believe, played a key role in the birthing of the new consciousness that is now manifest in the world… and it has an even greater role to play in the future in guarding and nurturing the growth […]

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  • Queer Sangha, Fearlessness, and Generosity

    Queer Sangha, Fearlessness, and Generosity

    By Jacoby Ballard, Third Root Community Health Center  In yoga and Buddhism, long-time practices of mine, the sangha is regarded as a sacred container for the spiritual path. I think about that a lot in relation to queer community, and it has been an experiment in Queer and Trans yoga, […]

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  • From Gandhi to Kendrick Lamar: On the cultural defense of yoga and Hip Hop.

    From Gandhi to Kendrick Lamar: On the cultural defense of yoga and Hip Hop.

    by Roopah Singh Hip hop and yoga are iconic American success stories. Both forms started out as warrior arts, were narrowed in the name of profit, are now American cash cows, largely white owned, and powerful vehicles for the message that capitalism and its spoils are to be coveted. Both […]

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