I never said that I get a wound when non-desis do yoga. There are other forms of cultural appropriation and colonization that can be far more harmful. The harm that I speak of has to do with representation of my culture. My family, friends, and I have been mocked and discriminated against because of our culture and religion - our symbols, clothing, diet, rituals, and language. But then I turn around and see white people doing the same things and being rewarded for it. So while I don’t get physical wounds, I resent the fact that everything my people do has to be filtered and diluted through white people before it becomes acceptable. I’m sorry if you don’t think that’s harmful.
I understand that the history of yoga in South Asia is complicated. There are several layers of colonialism & religious and caste discrimination that intersect with the history of yoga. Who does yoga even belong to? Brahmins, Hindus, all South Asians? What about South Asian Muslims? Well in the US, it seems to belong to skinny, upper/middle class, white women. While I am not able to speak extensively on yoga in South Asia, I understand that yoga in the US, similar to South Asia, has a complicated relationship with class/race/religion/etc.
I know that bhakti yoga is going to continue thrive as a billion dollar industry in the US, and there’s not much turning back (until Americans find a new fad). I know that my white neighbor doing her asanas isn’t threatening my physical safety. However, I know that yoga can’t be separated from a history of colonialism, and the inability for Americans to realize that is harmful.
Howdy! Great day! Where I live it’s raining and this is my favorite weather ever! I love dancing in the rain and I hope one day I can do yoga under rain, that would be awesome, don’t you think?
Day 9. High lunge twisted
How to: Step your right foot forward between your hands, with your feet hip-width apart. Place your left hand on the floor directly under your shoulder and twist to the right. Keep your hips square as you reach your right arm toward the ceiling, keeping your back leg straight and your back long can make you to keep better the balance.
#enjulyyourpractice you can join us wherever you want!
There were a few elderly men sitting on a bench near and were giving me and my sister(the photographer) weird looks!
This is a great pose for arm, shoulder, and oblique strengthening! It also has many modifications and variations for ALL LEVELS! Make sure to use your obliques to help reach your hips up higher in any of the variations.
beginner modification: place your top leg on the ground in front of you for balance support, an other option is to keep your top hand on your hip instead of reaching
intermediate variation: stack your feet, legs and shoulders. turn your gaze to look up
advanced variation: “play” reach your top leg up, and keep pressing out through the heel. you can also try coming into a side plank tree variation! (no photo)
This is called the spirited toddler flow. It is a 90 second class & not for the faint of heart.
Tara Stiles: Easy Strala Stretch
Stretching in the morning is the most amazing experience of the day. Just feeling your body opening up after sleep and becoming awake, one muscle at a time, is incredible. After doing this, I felt as if I had learned to breathe again, because every breath felt so fresh and energizing in my lungs! Take your time to stretch and get focused in the morning, but most importantly: Have an awesome day!