Decolonising Yoga

Re-imagining yoga today 

Decoloniality in yoga .

                                                                                                               

Somatic resonance: how might we teach with an embodied, relational attunement, to be in true service to another and to create safer, non judgemental spaces, This involves meeting people where they are at, validating them, hearing their dilemmas and respectfully entering into their hearts.

Conscious positionality: how does it help to understand one’s own bias and social cultural reference point. There is a virtue and truth that comes from acting in alignement with one’s social power and considering the impact it has on our decisions and actions.

Power with, rather than power over : how can we use our authority (as a guide, facilitator and wise counsel) to hold and create liminal space (free and protected) without interfering, rescuing or controlling.

Agency: how could we support agency through slowing down and choice as well as being with states of not knowing. Can we give freedom to express vulnerability, grief or anger and make space for people’s real experiences, emotions and complexity.

Invitation: how might we foster an invitational and non judgemental environment for body soul healing wisdom to come forth. How might we create the circumstances for Atman to wake up within the internal pranic system.

Enrichment: Yoga has been watered down to the point where  asanas taught have little foundation in the bio-energetic system of Ayurveda, replicating a gymnastic or ballet aesthetic form.  We look to reclaim the depth and sophistication of yoga through Ayurvedic understandings of body/mind ( samkhya) as well as yoga psychology, eg  Patanjali sutras.  In this way, yoga can be used confidently to support at depth, therapeutic change. 

                                                                       ( the voice of a South Asian yoga practitioner grieving the rupture of ancestral spiritual traditions)





Understanding cultural appropriation in yoga

Ongoing on line course. 
June is full, next one scheduled for September 2020


Yoga is a powerful psycho -spiritual tool. How you use it, for what purpose and for whose benefit will depend on your intentions as well as your unexamined biases and beliefs.

Without personal and critical awareness, harmful power dynamics related to control, hoarding and exclusion get perpetuated.
Cultural appropriation is not to be confused with the natural evolution of ideas and cultural exchange in society.
Tackling it should not create divisions or induce shame.
The cultural appropriation debate can be hijacked by intensity and anger but it stays unresolved due to intellectual & spiritual by passing.

Each week there will will be a power point presentation of relevant educational material. I will facilitate Ayurvedic hatha yoga to support self- inquiry and group exchange. I aim to build an intimate, titrated and trauma informed approach to learning. We will be a small group and the webinar will be spread out over 4 weeks.

Here are the weekly themes:
1 How decolonial & liberation thinking helps us situate cultural appropriation and understand it harms.
2. Embodied history: how our histories attach to our bodies and how cultural appropriation denies belonging, representation and dignity.
3. Reflexivity as a process that enables accountability and ethical practice.
4. Brave warrior approach to deal with Whiteness, White privilege, internalised and horizontal racism.

Who is this for?
This webinar is NOT for every yoga teacher or therapist. It is for those:
*Who have the emotional bandwidth to engage with the nuances and critical components of this issue.
* Who have an ongoing commitment to anti- racism, social responsibility and collective liberation.
*Who are ready to deep dive in a non -defensive and honest way.
* Who wish to get to grips with how privilege binds us.
*Who are invested into responsibility and reducing harm.
*Who wish to make an exit from the yoga industrial complex and/or use yoga therapeutically.

What next: If you are interested here is the info.
Sliding scale: £48-£120 – which works out as £12-£30 a session.
 
Monday evening 7 p.m- 9.15 p.m GMT.


Register at sofya@sofya.co.uk. I will send out a registration form and link.



 





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