Join Wambui Njuguna-Räisänen & Kino MacGregor along with a panel of experienced teachers for a multifaceted discussion on the intersection between race & spirituality within the context of Ashtanga yoga. This by-donation event will explore how we can begin to show up for the difficult, tender conversations that this tenuous time invites us into. Join us in this in-depth discussion with a team of well-respected thought leaders and teachers.
Panelists include Prachi Patankar, Shanna Small, Kira Williams, and Marcos Silva in conversation facilitated by Wambui Njuguna-Räisänen and Kino MacGregor.
This event is by donation, no minimum donation required. All proceeds will be donated to National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights and Kalief Browder Foundation. These organizations are dedicated, respectively, to putting an end to caste-based discrimination in South Asia and dismantling anti-Blackness through alternatives to incarceration in the USA.
"What if we approached racism as a spiritual obstacle? How might we relate to it differently?"
- Kristen Trudo, The River Daily
From spiritual bypass, to cultural appropriation and settler colonialism, to whiteness and white supremacy, awareness of the ways our industry participates in interconnected systems of oppression increases every day. With this awareness comes a deep responsibility to learn, unlearn, and engage in our work with accountability. The onus of responsibility to dismantle interconnected systems of oppression, with racism as a core system, lies not only ‘out there’ in the world of law, politics, and governance, but within each and every one of us.
In an industry that offers so many tools that can be used to mindfully address injustice, yet frequently avoids facing and discussing these issues directly, we are challenged to ask ourselves difficult questions. Can we, for example, continue to think we’ll attain moksha, or liberation in this lifetime, if we continue to engage in these practices without understanding how our approach is bound up in whiteness, white supremacy, and settler colonialism? As Kristen Trudo has posed, what happens when we approach racism as a spiritual obstacle? How might we relate to it differently?
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