Building Habits for Peace

pandemic: COVID-19. terrifying leadership – president? death of George Floyd. He was arrested because he was trying to buy a pack of cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. He was 46 years old. He died Monday in the city he moved to for a better life. Several people caught him through their iPhone cameras duringContinue reading “Building Habits for Peace”

Boundaries, Relationships and Culture

*Trigger Warning: Content may include strong material. Learning how to make new boundaries can be tough. Boundaries matter deeply in every segment of our society. An overarching idea of boundaries is present in our daily lives. These boundaries have an impact locally, nationally and globally. We are all effected by them and direly influenced byContinue reading “Boundaries, Relationships and Culture”

Uncovering Feminism through Covid-19

Corona Virus has isolated us, demanded a change within our mental mindsets, and tested our ability to maintain positivity. As humans, we have a strong component that separates us from computers and robots. We have emotions. Critical to the fabric of our humanity, we commit ourselves to this practice of working through our emotions. WeContinue reading “Uncovering Feminism through Covid-19”

Yoga Meeting: Prof. Gail Abrams

Professor Gail Abrams, a yoga/dance teacher and professor for years, made the time to meet with me over this weekend. She taught in a liberal arts college for 30 years and shared her deep knowledge on movement and the importance of movement through culture, history and time. Movement is highly indicative of the way weContinue reading “Yoga Meeting: Prof. Gail Abrams”

Yoga: Healing Domestic Violence

As human beings, we are vulnerable. We make mistakes. We are born with open hearts and minds. We allow some people to see that. And as inhumane as it can be, others may take advantage of that. Then, those actions, formative moments, or reminders get lodged into our memories as trauma. Domestic violence is commonContinue reading “Yoga: Healing Domestic Violence”

Reclaim your Body through Yoga

Living in a constant fear of being hurt isn’t normal. Living in reactions isn’t healthy. Living in anxiety is painful. Living is not a force, it is a flow. A flow of energies engaging our actions. Living in the present is beautiful, engaging, re-vitalizing and energizing. Living in modes of healing is motivating. Living inContinue reading “Reclaim your Body through Yoga”

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-blackContinue reading “Yoga Feminist Yoga”

Blurred Lines? No. Crossing Boundaries in Yoga

*Trigger warning* This article will have content that is disturbing and sensitive. She froze. “You don’t want to create a disturbance,” Ms. Evslin said. “You’re not sure what to do. And, you’re processing everything. Like, ‘What do I say? How do I handle this?’” [1] “The merits of the women’s statements are debated by someContinue reading “Blurred Lines? No. Crossing Boundaries in Yoga”

Decolonizing Yoga

Normative whiteness. Dominant European Beauty Standards. It’s everywhere, especially where I live and practice yoga. Southern California is filled with hip peeps exotifying and trying to demystify the experience of colonization. Colonization seeps into the fabric of our society. Yoga is a constant reminder of that colonization and oppression. It represents classicism, ableism and exclusionaryContinue reading “Decolonizing Yoga”

Yoga for Mindfulness

We are a part of an ecosystem. More minutely, our bodies are ecosystems. There are resources that we must feed to our body to maintain the chain of energy. Yoga is a practice of mindfulness. It’s a practice to supply the resources we need to fuel ourselves. We must understand the resources to preserve ourContinue reading “Yoga for Mindfulness”