SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 3-5PM ET A BIPOC-led and centered discussion open to all *Community Gift, $5-$50
The 84 billion dollar yoga industry is in its most fragile position at the moment. Studios are closed, teaching contractors are out of work, and no sustainable plan has been proposed. We witness daily the ravages of the dysfunctional dog-eat-dog economic structure of the yoga industrial complex. Simultaneously, the racism that undergirds our society has never been more glaring. Are there more ethical and sustainable alternatives? How do we correct the intertwined racial and economic inequity in our yoga communities as the pandemic rages on? Can we come out of the pandemic stronger, more equitable, and more sustainable?
This online discussion with Hong Gwi-seok, Osiris Feliz, Deidra Demens, Claudia de la Cruz, and Ava Ansari holds space for yoga practitioners, healing justice organizers, somatic artists, teachers, and studio owners to reflect on these critical questions; exchange survival tactics to maneuver the difficulties of the current situation; and speculate on yoga and its role in disrupting capitalism and building toward a better future. We will discuss specific approaches to yoga teaching rooted in yoga as a “public good.” Participants will leave with new visions and tools for assessing and adjusting economic, moral, and communal models for yoga teaching, embracing yoga’s potential to disrupt racist, capitalist structures.
*Community Gift: $5-$50 (Sliding scale based on your financial capacity - your generosity supports IYDC Solidarity Fund for Racial Equity) to PayPal friend @IyengarYogaDetroit or Cash App $IyengarYogaDetroit