If we hold it to be true that each of us is an interconnected piece of a larger whole, that we are yoked to one another as the Sanskrit word 'yoga' implies, then we have the opportunity to begin exploring our responsibility to one another, to the planet we share, and to the cultures we co-create. Every decision we make is inherently political, from who we vote for, to how we resist harm, to whether and how we move or care for our bodies. We can try to resist this truth, OR we can truly start to live into our values and to honor the greatness of the unique, individual role in collective transformation and liberation that each of us has to play.
Below, yoga teacher and activist Anjali Rao shares some of her top resources for those working - or desiring to work - with reverent intention at the intersection of yoga and social justice.
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson
We Will Not Cancel Us: And Other Dreams of Transformative Justice, adrienne maree brown
How to Be an Antiracist, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Discourse on Colonialism, Aimé Césaire
Anjali Rao is a yoga teacher, social justice activist, multi-cultural training specialist and a cancer survivor. She is an Indian American immigrant from Bangalore, India. Her work explores yoga philosophy and history integrating marginalized voices using story- telling, imagery and poetry. She teaches intensives integrating social justice and yoga, is a part of teacher training faculty, conducts workshops and is a speaker at wellness conferences .
Being diagnosed at 37 for early-stage Breast cancer, and recovery for multiple surgeries brought her to her first Yoga-Asana class. She knew by the end of the first class that this practice would change her life in big ways. Her passion is to share this alchemical practice and philosophy with people across ages, genders and abilities.
Anjali serves on the Board for Accessible Yoga, an international non-profit and grassroots organization dedicated to sharing the teachings of Yoga with everyone. She also serves on the Board of HERS Breast Cancer Foundation, a non-profit that helps survivors and those going through treatment regardless of financial status.
Join Anjali for her upcoming course, Yoga & Activism: A Blueprint for Collective Transformation. This program integrates tenets of yoga philosophy, along with concepts from sociology, taking an action-oriented approach to co-creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive communities.
In this virtual offering, you will:
Gain deeper understanding of key classical yoga philosophy concepts as it relates to social justice work.
Learn about culture, power and positionality.
Explore self-care strategies and practices for activists.
Cultivate individual discernment into where we have agency and our role as yoga activists.
Co-create a culture of inclusion and equity by designing a sustainable and authentic blueprint that can be implemented in one’s community of choice.
Fridays, April 8, 15, 22 & 29
3-6pm Pacific (Los Angeles)
6-9pm Eastern (New York)
Recordings will be available for those who register but are unable to attend live! Scholarships and payments plans available.