If yoga is peaceful, why are y'all so angry all the time? [Podcast Episode 1]
Jivana Heyman & Amber Karnes discuss spiritual bypass, why the yoga teachings are not just about “love and light”, and figuring out “your lane” in social justice by honoring your body, knowing yourself, getting beyond shame, fear, and confusion, and managing your mind.
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Welcome to the first episode of the brand new Accessible Yoga Podcast, hosted by Jivana Heyman and Amber Karnes. In episode 1:
- Amber talks about her work: community-building around yoga, social justice, and body image
- Jivana shares his background with yoga and social justice including how he got started with yoga, how Accessible Yoga came to be, and how his participation in AIDS activism laid the groundwork for his work today
- How a community of practice (like the global Accessible Yoga community) supports marginalized practitioners and teachers to be of service and stay connected to one another
- Yoga is not just about a personal practice to make us feel better, our opportunity is to use our practice to create more well-being for all
- “Yoga is supposed to be peaceful, why are y’all so angry and negative all the time?” We discuss spiritual bypass and why the yoga teachings are not just about “love and light.”
- The harm that is done when spiritual teachings are used to ignore or downplay the harm that happens in our own lives, our yoga communities, or the world
- Yoga gives us the tools to sit with discomfort, but only using yoga to end our own suffering means we miss an opportunity to use our practice to be of service and lessen suffering for others
- Jivana shares about his experience working in AIDS hospice and how that shifted his understanding around healing, death, and yoga
- Service is the expression of an expanded mind and an ability to stay open to others’ humanity
- Figuring out “your lane” in social justice by honoring your body, knowing yourself, getting beyond shame, fear, and confusion, and managing your mind
- We’ll also share with you our plans for this podcast going forward
Each week we’ll leave you with a powerful question. We encourage you to sit in inquiry with this question, write about it, discuss it with another community member on this path.
This week’s question comes from Rachelle Knowles (she offered this during her workshop on the Bhagavad Gita during the St. Louis Accessible Yoga Conference last year).
“If the battle is inevitable, what kind of warrior do you want to be?”
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