• Why Yoga is not a safe space for all – Part 1

      What we believe to be Yoga, the community, the collective voice, the healing, the vibrations, has always been a place of exclusion, and though it has presented as a safe space for some, this has not been the case for all.

    Like all people in society, we must open our minds to change. The foundation of Western Yoga
    currently set in place is not one made of solid ground, but one that is made from the ideologies
    of white supremacy. You may be reading this thinking, how can I be a white supremacist. Western
    Yoga in the same vein of white feminism, your feminism, or your ‘Yoga’ is only programmed to
    go so far.

    You have been conditioned to care, but not for everyone or the collective well being.
    When white people fight for equality or to make safe spaces, they only do so for white bodies.
    Most often forgetting that intersectionality is a necessary component of safety for all. Race,
    sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, disability, and nationality must be addressed in
    the quest to find a thriving inclusive community. Because the oppression of non-white people,
    has been the bases of growth for most white led companies, and the sole construct of the
    society we live in today, we must all do are bit to dismantle and eradicate the white supremacist
    that live in our minds.

    The understanding of your limited view is the first step to reaching the awaking that we all so
    crave. Self-realization. We most all work to dismantling the patriarchy, for cis men this will come in
    the form of renouncing your privilege, recognizing your misogyny, the need to categorization
    and who is deserving of what. Actively holding yourself accountable for these changes. For cis
    women this will work in pushing the patriarchy out of certain aspects of your life, how you
    perceive your sexuality, humanity, and purpose on this earth, and the support of cis white
    ideologies.

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    For white LGBTQIA this comes in the form of recognizing how your whiteness allows
    you privilege that is not the same for your BIPOC brothers and sisters, and even though you
    struggle with identity and placement, there are certain factors that will never arise for you
    because the world has been imperialized by white bodies. For the rest of us, it is dismantling the
    inner workings of our patriarchal adjacent minds to fit into spaces that were not made for us,
    and have been complacent in the working of white supremacy. We must take up the spaces we
    desire, to build a world made without the taint of white colonialism. Stand proud and true in
    thyself because YOU ARE WORTHY. This is the part of the renouncement work we all must
    do.

    Let go of the old, broken, and corrupt, and use this space created by yourself to actualize your
    highest potential. We know that when the community is working in tandem our frequencies are
    heightened. The subtleties that are left alone until they become big open raging wounds are
    looked upon more frequently, and with a greater understanding. The concept of self love
    spreads from just the singular body into the communal one.

    Have we not already seen the effect of such in the world of buddhism and the benefits of
    chanting. We must radicalize ourselves, to save our world. Now, don’t get scared by the word
    radical. It is so easy to think of it as one that is aggressive and fearful, because that is the
    conditioning that has been put into place. Love is a radical idea. True love is the definition of
    radical. The concept, the ideology is as safe as they come. The yoga in your mind must be able to see the worth of all sentient beings to see the worth of
    one. The one is you, the all is everybody else.

    By Yemie Sonuga

    Yemie Sonuga has spent the last half decade expressing her love through yoga. She is a 200-hour RYT yoga teacher, and a forever student. Yemie teachings are based in Vinyasa, Meditation, Dharma Yoga, and Visualization. Her approach to teaching is one of encouragement. Empowering you to believe in yourself, allowing the dismantling of fear, and the re-imagination of your true self. She has taught yoga across Canada and the US. Yemie offers a weekly Zoom class, as well as group Visualization sessions. She holds a Masters Degree from the Royal Scottish Conservatoire. Follow her @yemiesonuga.