Practice to Awaken
Dear community, I am here with you grieving and outraged by the murder of George Floyd. I am here with you grieving and outraged by the murder of Breonna Taylor and countless other Black people who have been killed at the hands of the police. By countless Black and brown people who have died of COVID19 at a disproportionate rate to white people because of systemic racism and unjust healthcare systems. We must be outraged. And still, we must practice.
When I say practice, I mean yoga. But I don't just mean yoga. I mean prayer. Laughter. Community. Song. Dance. Rest. Whatever it is that renews your spirit - and for you that may not be yoga.
Or it may be yoga, but in a different setting or with a different teacher. I totally support that, and I hope that you take care of your body and spirit this week in ways that are meaningful for you. I invite you to take a look at the resources page of my website for folks and organizations I love who work around the healing justice axis, many of whom are actively sharing digital practices and support during this time.
More expansively, a practice is what we repeat. It's the habits we build and the actions we take. Racial justice is a practice. Solidarity is a practice. Activism and accountability are practices. Here and here are some resources to support those practices. And of course, we cannot practice to numb out what's going on in the world around us. My intention in my teaching and my own practice is to awaken more deeply. Awakening is nuanced depending on our racial and other identities, so I'm speaking especially to my white family, friends, and comrades (and to myself, let's be real): we must be engaged in a process of continual awakening. I hope that our practice can support us in grounding ourselves so we can show up authentically. So we can practice solidarity, safety, respect, and liberation in our lives. This is what it's all about.
May our practices of healing and organizing be mutually supportive. May they nourish us in visioning and creating a more liberated world. Where all are free from harm. Where all are safe. Where all are loved and loving.
Thank you for all you do.
Here with you,
PS: I will be donating the proceeds of my Saturday afternoon yoga class and my Wednesday night class this week to Reclaim the Block, an organizing group on the ground in Minneapolis where George Floyd lived. Reclaim the Block organizes to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety. If you're unable to join me for class but you'd still like to donate, you can do so here.