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Equity in Yoga – Inclusion & Diversity – Creating a Welcoming, Inclusive & Relaxing Space

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we review factors that impact equity and diversity in yoga classes.

Objective

Understand the factors that impact equity and diversity in yoga and become familiar with specific ways to mindfully and proactively address these factors.

Description

Describe media bias, the mainstream emphasis on Modern Postural Yoga (MPY) and other factors that impact equity and diversity in yoga classes. Consider the feeling of being out-of-place and how the nervous system responds to such feelings. Set goals for creating a safe space and describe small things that can make a big difference. Describe considerations that may be particularly relevant when teaching women of color. Cite specific ways a teacher can build a diverse and inclusive community. Give an example of “tokenism” when creating and launching programs.

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