It's a beautiful feeling to be surrounded by positive vibes, incredible music, and amazing people. But, more often than not, or at least more often than in my previous years, I am in places where I am one of the few white people around. This is kind of monumental, at least for a lot of… Continue reading PRIDE pop-up festival! (though this title may be deceiving)
This is weekend was packed full of intensity, interspersed with power, partner, and (much needed) restorative asana practice. We focused on how the 8 limbs of Raja yoga can be integrated into social justice/anti-racism work. It all began with a heart breaking scenario that Felicia created, to have us think deeply about our reactions to… Continue reading “If it’s to be, it starts with me.” -Norris Henderson
Well, the baby birds are pretty much grown. But, instead of pushing us out of the nest to watch us fly away on our own, mama bird Felicia expands her nest and simultaneously provides us with encouragement to build our own. Along with the encouragement to find our own voice with which we will speak… Continue reading Baby birds 🐣
Questions I ask myself ALOT lately: -How does and has my whiteness impact people of color in my life? -How does and has my whiteness impact humanity as a whole? Well, I am not going to try and write those answers out now. It will take a great deal of thought and time in this… Continue reading whiteness. sickness.
I am thankful beyond words for having the opportunity to explore the ins and outs and upside-downs of racism in the United States today, yesteryear, and centuries ago. Through our fearless leaders Rockie, Dr. Mike, and Martin, we marched forward into territory in which I am not very comfortable or necessarily familiar. And, this is all a… Continue reading White privilege is about what doesn’t happen to you.
Though it was Day 2 without our Felicia leading, we held our own! Starting with a gentle yoga class at the studio in the Kingsley, taught by three of our students and then leading right into a 30 minute chair yoga class as part of a health fair, we eased our way into the day.… Continue reading Student teachers ran this show today!
As our revered instructor is off making more yoga history happen for Pittsburgh, we were treated with a visit by guest instructor Joanne Spence. She taught us a chair yoga class. I was a bit skeptical, as there is such stigma attached to chair yoga, i.e. It's for "old" people. So not true. Joanne showed us… Continue reading While the teacher’s away, the students will… Sit in their chairs!
Well, here we are. More than half way through this training course. Training is a funny word though. I mean, we train animals to do tricks and to be obedient. But, that does not necessarily apply to this class of yoginis. We throw around words like enlightening and transformative during our sessions, as if we… Continue reading Month 7, The Breakthrough
Without one, we cannot have the other. So much of this yoga training is deeply intertwined with antiracism, to the point that many of yoga's roots grow and blossom into the branches, leaves, and flowers of antiracism. But what does that mean? Well, this weekend we discussed the eight limbs of Raja yoga and how… Continue reading Yoga = Antiracism = Yoga
Oh boy. Today our task was to compose our own 60 minute yoga class, practice it, and then teach it to a fellow classmate. To be perfectly honest, I was not super confident. I mean, yeah I've pretended to teach classes during my home practice, but that seemed more like pretending that you are Julia… Continue reading Teaching our first class
We came through the ice and snow and made it safely to gather together once again. Every week that goes by, I find more and more love in my heart for these amazing women! Being a part of this group that Felicia has facilitated has opened my eyes and heart so much more than I… Continue reading Connected and warm in the ice and cold
Back together again for our fourth session! I feel like we've never left, that there has not been weeks in between our meeting with each other. We began our weekend with a very open and honest sharing of how our month has progressed, as in our daily lives. I think this a a beautiful way… Continue reading Sharing the love
Dark, light, and all shades in between. Strong, beautiful and sometimes weak. That is who we are. Today started with a lesson on Raja yoga, and its components. That was followed up by a lovely walk over to Ace Hotel for a much needed restorative yoga class. After a walk back, we had lunch outdoors… Continue reading
Today we worked on creating our own obituaries. This was certainly no easy task. We incorporated our strengths from StrengthFinder, our strongest three intelligences, and a few of our weaknesses. Some of us were also able to incorporate our numerology readings. Once we started, many of us realized that even if we were finished writing… Continue reading Obituaries and sutras!
Once again, this evening has been a journey of self discovery. I am feeling blessed to be surrounded by my fellow students. It is so interesting everyone's thoughts on life and who they are in this life. We started with the idea that there are multiple intelligences for humans, and we were able to reflect upon… Continue reading Evening Reflections
This is the beginning of an incredible journey for myself and my fellow students. The curriculum is filled with in-depth and exciting information that I already know will be an important part of my life from this point forward. The past three days have been filled with warmth and enlightenment through discussion. On this third… Continue reading Week 1 – Beginnings and Awakenings