If yoga is truly for everyone why does it lack so much in diversity? Yoga is booming in America, which means more and more people are getting on their mats to practice – that’s great! – but there’s something missing. You don’t have to look far – the nearest yoga class, yoga magazine, yoga festival – to see that the typical student is a fit white female. Why is that? Is yoga not accessible enough? Are there not enough yoga teachers of color? How can we open the practice to more people?
All of these questions and more will be addressed at the next Deeper Learning panel discussion facilitated by YogaCity NYC. Panelists Dana Flynn (yoga teacher, co-founder Laughing Lotus), Jyll Hubbard-Salk (founder of Urban Asanas), Will Duprey (yoga teacher, founder Hathavidya), Megan Garcia (author of “MegaYoga”) and Leslie Booker (Lineage Project, Urban Sangha Project) will gather together in NYC Friday, September 19, 2014 for a discussion on How to Open the Practice to More People.
According to research, about 20% of all Americans practiced yoga in the past 12 months. But look around any yoga studio and most of the students are fit white females. While the yoga media reinforces this reality, teachers and studios need to diversify in order to include the rest of the country in this valuable practice.
How do we, as leaders in the NYC yoga community, do this in ways that are inviting and successful? We live in a city, known as the “melting pot” where over 800 languages are spoken and that multi culturalism is just not represented in our studios.
This discussion is FREE, open to all and intended to explore issues of race, age, size and gender. Panelists will talk about their personal experience of overcoming prejudice as well as discuss ways to bring yoga to a broader range of students in the community.
WHAT: How to Open the Practice to More People – Panel Discussion
WHEN: Friday September 19, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
WHERE: Laughing Lotus 636 6th Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10011
To learn more about the panelists and to register Click HERE . Space will fill up so register asap!
The talk will be followed by an open discussion so attendees are encouraged to show up with questions!
September is a bit of a ways away but we want to help get the ball rolling. Please share in the comments below any questions or thoughts you have around the subject of diversity in yoga. Let’s keep the conversation going!