Yoga Feminist Yoga

We live in a society where whiteness is centered. The practice of yoga is centered on whiteness. Any bodies that don’t fit within this realm are marginalized. What is the intersection between the two? As a feminist praxis, yoga can be a tool to fight for social justice that is not reproducing colonial or anti-black shadows of oppression. In a book called Yoga, the Body, and Embodied Social Change: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis, the author challenges the capitalist, Westernized form of yoga that excludes any body of color. The platform of yoga can be an exercise of serious social reformation.

It is through this exercise of mindfulness people of color can feel empowered and strengthened to move confidently. Through flow and power yoga that is inclusive and centers the bodies, beings, spirits and voices of PoC, yoga can transform the landscape of what we observe as pure exclusivity.

Through intention, reformation and guidance of folks from marginal communities, we may find justice. Justice is something we must commit ourselves to in these practices of doing and being. Peace and energy is maintained through the recognition of doing what is true and appropriate. Yoga is a communal well-being effort. It is revolutionary through collective liberation.

[1] Yoga, the Body, and Embodied Social Change: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis. Ebook.

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