My yoga practice started with Swami Muktananda and Siddha Yoga when I was 9 years old. I am forever grateful to the teachings of Baba Muktananda and Gurumayi Chidvilasananda who I admired and looked up to as a child in India. A portion of my business supports the philanthropic work of the SYDA Foundation through their Prasad Project., the Muktabodha Indological Research Institute, and the Prison Project.
My yoga practice continued with Swami Rama of the Himalayan tradition now guided by the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD. These teachings were provided through Yoga North. A portion of my business supports the philanthropic work of the Himalayan Institute.
It is my personal responsibility to make individual reparations* to people of color. If you are a person of color and would like to train with me or have a one on one SomaYoga session, please accept a 50% discount when you schedule with me. If you don’t feel like you would want this discount for yourself, please choose an organization, non-profit, or underwrite someone for a session, and I will remit payment/services.
*What reparations are NOT. If you are reading this as that I am assuming people of color cannot afford my classes and that I’m offering charity, you are missing my intent. Reparations are a recognition that for 400 years this country has oppressed and marginalized people of color. I am doing my small part to offer reparations in my corner of the world. If you’d like to learn more, I urge you to read more about this in the articles linked below.
In addition – I support the following people with a percentage of my business every month. I highly recommend you follow them, learn from them and pay them for their labor:
Dr. Tee Williams – Engage Change
Individual Reparation – Article by Michael Eric Dyson*
Michael Eric Dyson – Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
The Case for Reparations – Ta-Nahisi Coates
THINGS I LIKE
Books & Articles
11-Step Guide to Understanding Race, Racism, and White Privilege
“White Spaces, Missing Faces” and “Antagonists, Advocates and Allies” by Catrice M. Jackson
“Women, Food and God” by Geneen Roth
“Well Fed: Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat” by Melissa Joulwan (try the czech meatballs!)
“Well Fed 2: MORE Paleo Recipes For People Who Love to Eat” by Melissa Joulwan
“It Starts with Food” by Melissa & Dallas Hartwig
“Happiness is Your Creation” by Swami Rama, Compiled by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
“Anatomy of the Spirit” by Caroline Myss
“Own Your Glow” by Latham Thomas
Girls Gone Strong – A collection of incredible women from across the country who share the latest information on training, good eats, health and wellness.
The Church of St. Felicia and Alexis P. Morgan – Everything she writes and creates makes my heart and head expand. You can support her work here.
Wild Mystic Woman and Layla Saad – Deep, soulful, important work.
More Social Less Media – A human exploration of presence in your life. Follow him on Instagram and enjoy his incredible pics too.
Shishi Rose – Racial Justice Educator. Pay her here.
Sassy Latte – Every post teaches me something and makes me think.
Nayyirah Waheed – Poetry that will change you.
Rupi Kaur – Poetry that will change you.
Dallas Hartwig – I love his outlook, his brain, his curiosity. He’s a seeker. Plus – the pics.
Decolonizing Fitness – Learn about gender justice and some great fitness. Also check out the “Affirming Spaces” Training Manuals.
TED Talks & Videos
Mwende Katwiwa – Black Life at The Intersection of Birth and Death
Verna Myers – How to Overcome our Biases – Walk Boldly Toward Them
David Williams – How Racism Makes Us SICK. Such an important TED. Please watch.
Jill Bolte Taylor – My Stroke of Insight – Gahhh! SO GOOD.
Brene Brown – Listening to Shame – Gamechanger
Brene Brown – The Power of Vulnerability
Ron Finley – “Let’s grow some s*&t!”
Your Body May Shape Who You are – Amy Cuddy – So powerful. So true.
Robin DiAngelo – Deconstructing White Privilege
Talithia Williams – Own Your Own Body’s Data – Loved her approach to take responsibility for your own health using simple data.
Brittney Cooper – The Racial Politics of Time