Who We Love
The yoga world is changing – and it needs to. This is a practice that originated in India, yet in modern yoga in the US, most of what we see is fitness yoga studios with thin, white women. If you practice in studios like this, have you ever noticed or considered why? Yoga is a spiritual, mental and physical practice that at its root means unity. When a person says to me that yoga isn’t for them, it is usually because they do not see themselves represented. Also, many believe that yoga is primarily a physical practice that requires flexibility. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The physical shapes that we predominantly see are only a small portion of the practice – in fact only 1 of 8 limbs on the 8 Limbed Path of Patanjali.
Yoga is for everybody and the following teachers and organizations are making a tremendous impact within the practice and continue to do so in the yoga world. Some are right here in the Pittsburgh area. Much like the reading list, this is nowhere near complete and is meant to foster exploration and growth. There are so many more amazing teachers who are honoring the practice and creating spaces for all to practice. Who would you add?
- Yoga is Dead podcast
- Susanna Barkataki @susannabarkataki
- Ali Cramer @alicramer
- Dr. Lad and The Ayurvedic Institute
- GaneshSpace (our own founding teacher and board member!) @ganeshspace
- Trans Yoga Project @transyogaproject
- Nicole Cardoza’s Anti-racism daily newsletter
- Accessible Yoga
- Felicia Savage Friedman, YogaRoots on Location
- Alecia Dawn, YogaMotif
- Emily Anderson, All Bodies Welcome Yoga