UNITY IN ACTION

My personal yoga practice has always been about doing the inner work, because i believe if i don’t feel good about myself as a human and a teacher then i can’t fully be of support and hold space for the students i teach and the humans in my life. I can’t give what i don’t have.

Life has always been, to me; about using ourselves to our fullest capacity, and my main mission in my work has been to encourage my students to believe in themselves and shine their brightest light. It has become more and more clear to me that i have privileges that black and brown humans don’t have. That it’s often easier for me as a white human to realise my potential in a world that favours my skin colour.

I have inner work to do because i have done very little to speak up against racism and especially as it relates to yoga, health, wellbeing in the yoga and fitness space. Recent events in America have illuminated it so clearly to me that i have to commit myself to do better. I have to continue to educate myself because i believe it begins with me becoming more aware. If i try to do something about it, then i can do something about it. 
I apologise that it has taken me so long.
With my apology i will take the responsibility of doing better.

I want to show by my actions that i stand in solidarity in the fight against racism and injustice.

I am in the process of writing down my action plan. I will share it with you here on the blog, as a way to keep myself accountable.

I have signed up for Nicole Cardoza’s Anti-Racism Daily Newsletter. It is an incredible resource. https://www.nicoleacardoza.com/anti-racism-daily
Please consider supporting her. It takes a lot of time to produce this type of editorial. 

I have shared a few thoughts on my YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/m652566j5OY

Here are 3 books i read a few years ago, and that i am re-reading again. I learned so much from them. Looks like a lot of people are starting to educate themselves. I see that they are sold-out at the moment, as are other books i wanted to get. I am sure the publishers will replenish the shelves soon, so keep checking your bookstore.

Why i don’t talk about race to white people – Reni Eddo-Lodge.

FYI – This book is from a British perspective and teaches British race history.

BRIT(ish) – Afua Hirsch

FYI – This book is from a British perspective and teaches British race history.

White Fragility – Robin Diangelo 

There is controversy around this book since it centres the voice of a white woman talking about race, and the argument is that as white people we should only listen to black (and brown) voices. I am onboard with that, [and although i personally will only learn from non-whites moving forward] i got a lot out of this book. It is very clear and can be a good gateway (for whites) to understand white fragility, white privilege and whiteness. 

FYI – This book is from an American perspective and teaches American race history.

White Spaces Missing Faces – Catrice M. Jackson 

This book is available. Grab it while you can! I have ordered this book and getting ready to read it when it arrives on Wednesday June 10th.

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