Yoga for All
Welcome to Yoga for All, a healing justice revolution.
Healing Justice by the definition of Cara Page is a framework for responding to intergenerational trauma and violence in order to transform our communities and movements while building power and resilience.
ALLOWING OURSELVES REST IS A RADICAL ACT
OFFERING OURSELVES COMPASSION IS A RADICAL ACT
PROVIDING OURSELVES TIME IS A RADICAL ACT
Restorative yoga is known for its benefits for both body and mind . When there is much going on in our own lives from a global pandemic to continued systemic racism we may feel overwhelmed, drained, exhausted, anxious, scared, tense, etc. As these feelings become a part of our everyday living our nervous systems can get “stuck ” in a “fight or flight” response.
Mind Body based practices such as Yoga specifically Restorative Yoga can help to support us move through and get “unstuck” . The practice even once a week has the ability to help us feel settled, even with all that is going on, and expand the capacity to heal stress-related physical and emotional issues.
Myths of Yoga:
- I need to be flexible
- I have to look a certain way
- I need to be able to meditate
- I need to have money
- It's only for certain people
We are rejecting these ideas because the yoga practice is for everyone.
Pilates is a movement theory based on the creator Joseph Pilates. It was developed in the early 20th century. It is a low-impact exercise style that aims to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility. The six Pilates principles: breath, centering, control, precision, concentration, and flow all work to bring the mind, body, and soul into alignment
"If only they could see that yoga is about coming home to yourself, and that yoga is a practice for everyone.
I wonder how we got to this point? I guess it’s a combination of factors; a competitive industry with lots of money at stake, a colonizer mindset always looking to brand something, and our generally competitive nature. In many ways, the universal spiritual teachings of yoga are at odds with capitalism. So we’ve had to distort yoga to fit into our cultural norms.
The truth of yoga often isn’t shared or taught because it’s about giving people agency over their body and over their lives. It’s about empowering people to be truly independent. And that kind of independence may not be good for business."
By Jivana Heyman
San Francisco: The land of the Ramaytush People