Yoga and Racial Justice
Saturday, March 16th
1pm - 3:30pm
People come to yoga for many different reasons, one of which is to check out versus checking in. The difference is so subtle that we usually don't even know we are doing it. This is also referred to as spiritual bypassing and it shields us from the truth, it disconnects us from our feelings, and helps us avoid the big picture.
There are many people who believe that we have progressed as a society but by tuning into current events there seems to be a chasm between progress and reality. Now is the time to put our bodies in mindful action toward ahimsa (non-violence). Now is the time to use yoga to help reveal the samskaras (Impressions, ideas, or actions; taken together that make up our conditioning) of racism, oppression and injustice and create new ways of thinking, being, and living.
Conversations about race and racism can be difficult and uncomfortable, but allowing ourselves to feel that discomfort without becoming defensive or withdrawn is the only place to start.
This workshop will offer a practice of asanas, pranayama, and meditation that will allow us to be present and open. We will explore our roles in how we are potentially perpetuating racism, oppression, and injustice, and identify ways we can begin to form new samskaras around deconstructing our ideas and behaviors cause himsa (violence) to others.