Yoga for Social Justice
community donation-based classes co-taught by experienced, kind, and fun-loving teachers. 100% proceeds go to local Bay Area organizations working on behalf of disenfranchised people.
As my family protested along with thousands of people in spring 2020, I still felt so powerless against the deadly systemic racism in the US (and worldwide). As I was complaining "I wish I were a lawyer: then I could REALLY help people," my 10 year old daughter Catherine (see picture below) called me out: "What? You think you can't help them with Yoga????"
The recent powerful outcry against racism in the US has also highlighted just how rarified and 'caste-like' the Yoga world is: white, cis-gender, heterosexual, upper middle class. This is partly because of the un-equal access to resources (health, housing, income, food, education) resulting from racial and other inequalities.
Yoga for Social Justice is my commitment to go from just 'talking' to 'start doing', as we go about the challenging task of creating a society where everyone gets to thrive from the ground up. The proceeds from these classes are donated to organizations that are making a real difference on a grass roots level. A key component of this project is fostering community among yoga teachers. I'm excited to be partnering with amazing, great-hearted teachers in our worldwide network.
If you are interested in co-teaching one of our classes, or would like to recommend an organization to donate to, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
100 % proceeds have gone to the following organizations - take yoga & help us serve more!
East Oakland Collective
Feed the Hood
The Okra Project
Bay Area Legal Aid
Black Voters Matter