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Day 8.3

We ended this journey much like we started it. We were honest and raw, angry and sad, hopeful and hopeless. The difference today was our breath, our community, and our understanding. This training has been the most important commitment I have ever made to myself. As I reflect on the person I was 8 months… Continue reading Day 8.3

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Day 8.2

Learning about disability justice was such an eye-opening experience. I've been in spaces where ableism was discussed, but I've never had such a thorough introduction to its origins as a tool of white supremacy. Dustin's ability to bring the historical context into the space was as important as his depictions of the current work being… Continue reading Day 8.2

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Day 7.3

The series of short films produced by the California Newsreel - "Race: The Power of an Illusion," were...disturbing. Our society's dependence on the idea of race perpetuates stereotypes that have real life consequences in every community of color. Researching the Food Justice Movement highlighted this fact. When people of color, specifically black folks, have to… Continue reading Day 7.3

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Day 7.2

Oy. The existence of internalized racial inferiority and internalized racial superiority existing in one body is a lived experience for me. Growing up, I was constantly praised and given awards (by both black and white teachers). Though I'm sure they touted my academic ability, I am realizing that my proximity to whiteness being "palatable" had… Continue reading Day 7.2

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Day 6.2

Healing is created by doing the personal work. This phrase resonated with me so fully. After experiencing emotional abuse, my self worth was a shell of what it was. I continually questioned my thoughts and my feelings. The asanas within yoga have pulled me back into my body, and the pranayama keeps me here moment… Continue reading Day 6.2

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Day 6.1

The entire month of September was a held breath. Over-scheduled, over-stretched, over-stimulated. October will be just for me. Claimed now, and manifested by my tactful scheduling and saying no. Friday was a day of sadness and renewed faith for me. Death of a kind patient, and renewed faith in lifelong love and God, even in… Continue reading Day 6.1

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Day 5.3

The joy of being outdoors to experience our physical yoga practice is one that is immeasurable. To feel nature surrounding you, breathing with you, and even walking across your mat with you...it is all that one can hope to be. Immersed and fully present to what Mother Nature has allowed us to see. The food… Continue reading Day 5.3

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Day 5.2

Cultural sharing was one of the most enriching parts of this weekend. Hearing the backstories of people with whom we share so much of ourselves is both eye opening and comforting. I am blessed by their words, and their presence. So much physical practice this weekend. My body is happy.

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Day 5.1

Exhausted. Friday nights are tough. So much of the weight from the week lands on Friday evenings. The final exhale out as I sit surrounded by strong, successful, and loving women. Exploring the sutras is like a breath anew. A reason to keep my mind and eyes open. A reason to continue pushing into the… Continue reading Day 5.1

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Day 4.3

I started formal therapy two years ago. At the time, it was one of the hardest, yet most rewarding experience of my life. This YROL training is that reincarnated. The transformation that I feel in my perception and proprioception of myself and my needs is life altering. I have been aware of the work that… Continue reading Day 4.3

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Day 4.2

Trauma informed care was a phrase that I had heard, but never internalized or applied to my own trauma. The trauma that I, that we, continue to hold in our hearts, our heads, and our bodies is killing us. The experience that I shared with the class was one of unexpected loss. During the time… Continue reading Day 4.2

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Day 4.1

What a community we have created. In the midst of our wild, draining weeks we end up together with words like excited, warm, grateful, and happy still being pulled into our sad, exhausted, and overwhelmed selves. Thank God for this space and these people.

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Day 3.3

All white people must be racists because of the deeply ingrained racism that exist in all of the systems that we navigate. The structure of these systems was always, and entirely,  created to benefit white people (or Europeans earlier in history, as our wonderful presenters indicated) - at the detriment of people of color. Sitting… Continue reading Day 3.3

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Day 2.3

Sunday, a two-part harmony. Listening to the speakers discuss their connection to the Earth was humbling. Their words incited a longing inside me to be that connected to...anything. My heritage, my ancestry, my purpose. There was something so certain about their relationship with one another, animals, and everything else that exists on Turtle Island. It… Continue reading Day 2.3

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Day 1.2

Today was intense. As a person who identifies as biracial and who is identified by others as black, I have my own preconceived ideals surrounding my identity. Those ideals were (and are) shaped by my experiences. Hearing other individuals share their opinions was eye-opening at best, and discomfort (and sweat) inducing at worst. I now… Continue reading Day 1.2