Posts in Yoga
Diversity in Yoga

In preparing to write this blog, I did a little digging to see what people are already saying about the lack of diversity in yoga. Maybe it’s because I am a spicy quesadilla but much of what I saw was missing some very pertinent information… examples of what lack of diversity looks like. Why does this matter? It’s not about harping on what is wrong it is more about shedding light on how minorities (not just race but anyone who is not fair skinned, thin, flexible, etc.) feel in the yoga community. If we can be transparent about what is happening, we can then be a stand for making sure it doesn’t happen in our smaller communities. We can not make a positive shift without everyone’s participation.

With that said, I can only speak from my OWN experiences and those that have been shared with me first hand from close friends… because those experiences have also contributed to the way I view the yoga community. In the spirit of transparency some of what I will say may land with you and some of what I will say will seem foreign or literally not be what you have experienced in the yoga community. There is no real right or wrong in this, just perceptions and realities that cause people to show up in a way. If you are deathly against anything I say and trust me, many of you will be, know that your opinion can not change what has transpired…

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Authentic Conversation

“Choosing our own comfort over hard conversations is the epitome of privilege, and it corrodes trust and moves us away from meaningful lasting change.- Brene Brown for the win #daretolead

 

Reminder to self... this is not the first time a young white women has experienced me as mean or as a bully annnndd it won’t be the last... the good thing is that I was raised by a white woman who has given me hope and has shown me that all white women do not hide behind their privilege or inherent biases. My heart and mind don’t have to be hardened by a few and they WON’T... the work that I am invested in is buried in stories, lies, self sabotage, doubt, fear, etc and as always.. I’m HERE FOR IT!

My 2019 looks like a lot of work in Leadership Development and Diversity in the yoga community.”

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Yoga Love & Mom Life

The other day I was looking back through old videos on my phone and I ran across one of me teaching Sahara Sun Salutations. She must have been four maybe five years old aka it was adorable! I started practicing yoga right after I had Sahara in 2008 and it was more of a means of releasing stress and losing additional weight…

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Houston Yoga Scene

I took my first yoga class on Thanksgiving Day in 2008 with my sister Amaris. We ended up at the Bikram Yoga Studio off of Rice Blvd. I’ll spare the details of my experience as I don’t know a person who doesn’t have a Bikram story…

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Instagram...back then

One day about about 6 years ago, I was teaching a flow class and as I began to demo "crow" pose, I quickly realized that I could get into the pose...as long as I was holding my breath! I could not breathe let alone give instructions to my students. At that moment, I realized…

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Yoga as a Business: IC or Employee

I once heard a yoga teacher say “It shouldn’t matter how many students are in my class, my time is valuable!” To give a little background, my undergrad is in Business with a concentration in Finance so I understand time, value, time value of money, profit, loss, and...

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