Yoga won’t fix this, so what will?

A sign in a shop window says 'Dear customer, Thank you for your support during this time. I am now having to shut. Please stay safe everyone. Much appreciation.' And a closed sign hangs below it.

Lockdown, Circuit Breaker, Tiers, Electoral Colleges, Furlough. None of those words were on the tip of my tongue this time last year. Yet I am pretty sure they all featured in my dreams last night.

You don’t need me to tell you how difficult things are. How challenging to navigate our personal and political selves in the midst of a world that looks very different to the one we have lived in up to this point.

It’s confusing, overwhelming. 

People are grasping for answers, floundering in conspiracy theories, feeling unheard and abandoned. 

The inequalities and inequities of our deeply racist societies are being laid bare by American politics but are all too real here in the UK as well. Deep down we know that even if Trump goes, the rot that he represents prospers on.

Climate change is pressing on, regardless of our human dilemmas and predicaments

Yoga won’t fix this.
But YOU can. 

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Yoga and Black Lives Matter: Reflections, Resources and Yoga

Woman sitting surrounded by flowers at a Black Lives Matter protest

I am writing this at the end of a week that has turned my world upside down. Maybe it has turned yours too. Actually, I hope it has because the effect of the Black Lives Matter movement and the acceleration in awareness that has been achieved this week should be turning everything on its head.

I have invested a lot of time and energy in creating safe spaces in my yoga classes. But I turned my gaze away, couldn’t quite look at, the issue of race, of colonialisation, of white privilege in yoga.

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