Solidarity with Seattle for Safe Space POC Yoga
In light of the recent intimidation, threats and shut down of a yoga class for people of color (POC) at Rainier Beach Yoga it's clear that there is a need for safe space POC yoga.
In Solidarity with Seattle the yoga community needs to change our practices around safe yoga space. The yoga community is you and me. Yoga students, teachers and studios.
What we need to create is safe space. Where everyone can rest a bit deeper, breathe a bit easier, since after all, that is what yoga is about.
Let's stand with Seattle and Rainier Beach Yoga, Teresa Wang and Laura Humpf and all their and other students seeking access to yoga that feels welcoming to them.
Sign this petition to help change the culture of yoga to be more inclusive.
YOGA STUDENTS - If you are like me and you aren't a studio owner, but you're a person who visits yoga studios or community centers to practice yoga, what we can do is consistently ask "When is your POC safe space yoga class? I'm looking for that class here."
YOGA TEACHERS- Ask your studio(s) to host a POC class. Offer to run one, or find a colleague who will.
If you are white, by all means still ask. As those with privilege, you often have lots of power to make change. You can say something like, "I'm noticing a lack of diversity here. I'd love to see this yoga space be accessible to more people. When is your POC yoga class?"
As yoga students and teachers of all backgrounds, by asking about safe POC space, we begin to normalize what should be available and inclusive to everyone.
STUDIOS - The call is for yoga studios to begin offering some affinity group safe-space and POC yoga classes. If you are a studio with no teachers of color on staff, what a great opportunity to notice that. And address the inequity by expanding your hiring pool. Sign the petition as your studios commitment to creating more inclusive safe space.
Safety and space to breath freely are a right that should belong not just to the norm but to everyone- people of color, queer, trans, healthy or unhealthy, all classes and all body-sizes and abilities.
BY SIGNING THIS PETITION YOU ARE TAKING A PLEDGE TO SPEAK UP IN SOLIDARITY WITH SEATTLE AND CREATE SAFE SPACE FOR POC YOGA.
Let's do this yoga community. Safe Space Yoga for all. It's time we put even more purpose to our practice.
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