What is holistic yoga
Holistic yoga exists to serve all and do harm to none. It is grounded in healing practice and seeks to acknowledge each person where they are at, as an individual regardless of skin colour, religion, socioeconomic status, gender identity or sexual orientation. Holistic yoga is a non Guru centric yoga practice where you are always the master of your own body. It includes but is not limited to practices such as Yoga Nidra, Asana (posture based yoga), relaxation, meditation, mudras (gestures) and pranayama (breathing & energy practices).
Working with our mats in a circle allows us to connect on an equal footing and to see and hear each person in the room. Questions are welcome, your voice is welcome!
Holistic yoga has occasionally been referred to as a tautology but the reasoning behind the specific name is inspired by the need for a practice which centres healing and inclusivity. In the past, and to this day, yoga has sometimes been taught in ways which have excluded, exploited people and/or colonised the practices. This has disproportionately, negatively affected BAME people and has enabled abuses to occur.
All yoga origins lie with the indigenous people of South East Asia and it is the honourable thing to do to acknowledge these facts if we are benefiting from the teachings. Hopefully we do more than that, by centring the voices of those who need to be heard for example, it is a starting place we can hope to build upon.
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