I was introduced to rage. Real rage. It is a feeling that had been buried so deep inside of me. It never manifested itself as that anger you direct toward someone to where they can feel your energy and heat, and emotional violence churning inside your body from 10 miles away. I've been angry before,…Read more Rage and Love
Today we discussed poverty and how racism plays out every day in our lives. We discussed the manifestation of racism and how and where people live, eat, sleep, are educated, what businesses exist in which neighborhoods......but most importantly why racism is the root cause and not simply classicism. We also were challenged to consider differently…Read more Poverty, Empowerment, and Entitlement
Tonight we begin our undoing racism training with the Peoples Institute for Survival and Beyond. We have some incredible trainers who are working with us and guiding us through this intense weekend. We are also joined by about 20 people who are not part of our cohort. In fact this is the first weekend training…Read more Introductions to Racism
We all learned today to expect pain. Not just the physical discomfort of building strength and resilience in our tissue, bones, and muscles, but the emotional and mental pain that comes with learning your truth. The real truth. The truth that comes out when you are asked to confront your humanity. We discussed two of…Read more It’s not yoga if there is no pain
Our first evening back after a few weeks away we were asked to reflect on how we've been practicing the 8 limbs. There is a large group and everyone was given space to share. Everyone largely spoke about reflecting on the April sessions. I think it's fair to say we were all impacted by what…Read more Reunion and reflection
I love order. My father, a man I adore is a military veteran. I love that he cuts his fingernails straight across. I found joy in a beautifully made bed with perfect hospital corners. I don't mind dirt, but only in my official gardening or "dirty" clothes. I own a pair of white leather opera…Read more Formation and formality don’t matter!
At the end of our first class we were asked to reflect on the day. I have a strong feeling I'm going to do that a lot. I also learned I should probably bring a journal every day to class. In fact, I think through this journey of becoming a yoga instructor, my daily practice…Read more Reflections