We launched yoga last year with a beautiful community event in San Francisco, a yoga class followed by some food and conversation. Some of our community joined us virtually as Jessica Seid. Our atlasGO ambassador led us through a great yoga class.
This was the beginning of introducing mindfulness to the application, including yoga and meditation as new activities. It has led us to widen our scope and look at atlasGO as a place of wellness beyond simply distance sports. Today, a lot of our atlasGO Campaigns include other mindful activities like gardening and cooking.
As we get ready to celebrate the International Day of Yoga on June 21st, we cannot turn a blind eye to the beautiful revolution taking place with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and how we need to do better, specifically in the yoga community.
What’s currently happening in the US with the #BlackLivesMatter movement is a beautiful wake-up call to many of us who have sat in our privilege that we all need to come together to create change.
As a way of introduction, I loved the message Rachel Cargle originally posted in 2017 and, in light of recent events, has reshared for the wellness community.
So how can we each begin to do the work?
I personally started with my own experience looking at specifically the practice of yoga, as we celebrate this international celebration. I have been lucky to practice in a lot of different San Francisco yoga studios and I have very rarely rolled out my mat next to a black yogi or yogini. Out of the 35 yogis and yoginis that were a part of my yoga teacher training, not a single one was black. I then started looking at my instagram following, how many black yoga teachers was I learning from? Very few. Then, as I continued on my teaching journey, I looked out at the studios and rooms I was holding space for, noticing that 90% of the rooms were filled with white women.
So how can we do better to include this community?
I believe it starts with looking inwards and asking ourselves some difficult questions, and learning from these black voices.
In honor of this movement and this beautiful practice, I would love to celebrate this day by inviting you to read and learn from black yoga teachers, speaking about their own experience with yoga as a black yogi or yogini.