Welcome to our conversation!

The Diversity in Yoga site is  place for thoughtful conversation.  In our culture, we continue to have a huge issue with inclusion and exclusion, systematized and institutionalized oppression, misunderstanding and deep wounds on all sides.  And yet, we are still not facing this issue fully.  This conversation requires patience, kindness, open mindedness and courage.

As yoga students, we are dedicated spiritual practitioners, and our spiritual path clearly lays out a way to operate and communicate.  The DIY site is a place for people who specifically want to USE their yoga to talk about yoga and inclusion.  Therefore, we have some guidelines that all posts must meet.  These are based on the yamas and niyamas, or most basic ethical precepts of yoga.  Please make sure to review the Conversational Guidelines before posting.

Let the conversation begin.

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2 responses to “Welcome to our conversation!

  1. well said, molly. let’s talk, folks. fun to be had… ~ sasha

  2. This is such an important (and vast and overwhelming) topic. I love that this conversation is started. My initial thoughts (from my own humble and limited point of view):
    The obvious beginning point of discussion in my mind is the fact that “yoga” has turned into an industry that appears to be unavailable to many because it’s perceived as an exercise that requires special clothing, materials, access to studios, amazing physical ability/ flexibility, etc. I think that these things (among others, I’m sure) can make it intimidating to a lot of people. And then add on to that the fact that many/most studios are out of reach to diverse communities due to location and cost (I’ve stopped attending studios due to cost many times).
    How can yoga studios reach out to the community and extend an invitation when these perceived barriers exist? And how can we, as yoga practitioners and teachers, get the word out that yoga can be available to everyone? Especially when not everyone can afford even the lowest end of a sliding fee scale class? I think so many studios offer a “sliding fee” but then aren’t able to articulate what that means- it’s the rare studio that makes yoga available to everybody, regardless of ability to pay (a great example would be Samarya Center’s Community Outreach Program). And, lastly, this type of scale may not be affordable to many studios, and many studios may just not want to put out the effort to offer yoga to everyone due to the financial constraints that would place on them. Although this doesn’t necessarily fit within what I understand to be the ethical precepts of yoga, it’s very much a capitalist world, and even yoga teachers and studio owners need to pay the bills…
    I would just end by saying that my own experience is that yoga can be practiced anywhere from a fancy yoga studio to the dirty floor of a community center with people who are just trying get off the streets to warm their bones (and lots of in-betweens). I prefer the dirty floor yoga any day.

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