My mind was blown yesterday by the amazing conversations this post prompted. I got phone calls, e-mails, DM’s and not to mention all the conversations on Instagram and Facebook. If you are interested in the conversations on Facebook, including a response from Mark Robberds, one of the conference presenters, go here.
Also, feel free to look me up on Instagram, wellness_yogini, to see the conversations there and the InstaStory.
One of the conference organizers reached out to me as well. Apologies were given and so were explanations. I won’t put any of that here because it defeats the purpose which was to bring awareness to the lack of representation of people of color in the world of y
Here is the thing. We have to start somewhere. When I say “we” I am not talking about just the organizer, I am talking about the yoga community as a whole. Saying you understand is not enough.
Many people were like, “why don’t you put together a conference?” You guys, I had to raise money to take a one and a half hour plane ride to go see Sharath in Miami. I do not have the money to organize a conference of that magnitude. I can either further my education or just further yours. I cannot put the money down on
I write this blog for free. That I can afford to do. It is funny. People often are like, “she did that to get traffic to her blog”. Ummm..there are no ads on my blog. I don’t get paid for clicks. Traffic only helps if you like what I write, share it and call me to do a workshop. I don’t write for that, clearly, because I have not booked any workshops from this blog. I have only done workshops for people who know me personally or word of mouth. I sell a few books and T-shirts but not enough to pay any of my bills except for maybe Netflix. I digress.
So what can broke people do? What can people who currently teach yoga, run conferences, write blogs, or do broadcasts via podcasts, or your own yoga platform do?
Start with your everyday life. Start with what you already do. You planning a conference? Find qualified people to speak who can bring diversity to the event. Own a yoga studio? Look for diverse teachers. Write a blog, run a podcast or have a yoga channel? Look for diverse people to interview and feature. Broke person who just loves practicing yoga? Follow and interact with a diverse group of people on social media and in your home studio. Share their stuff and invite them to your gatherings.
Continue this conversation. Continue to question your t
Shanna Small has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga and studying the Yoga Sutras since 2001. She has studied in Mysore with Sharath Jois and is the Director of AYS Charlotte, a school for traditional Ashtanga in Charlotte NC. She has written for Yoga International and the Ashtanga Dispatch. Go here for more information on AYS Charlotte. For information on workshops, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.