Adding to the conversation of accessibility, diversity, and inclusivity, Queering Yoga is a new project set on expanding awareness and education around the trans community in yoga. As a documentary film, the intention behind Queering Yoga is to provide real-life perspectives and insights to empower, educate, and integrate.
Ewan Duarte, the project’s Director and Producer states:
As a Queer/Trans filmmaker who is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about Queer/Trans cinema and history, there currently isn’t a documentary in existence that represents Trans and/or Queer identified yoga teachers exploring the intersection of yoga and these identities. Queering Yoga is an intimate portrait about the Queer/Trans yoga movement.
Currently, the project is in the production stages with interviews still in the works. In order to complete the documentary, the filmmakers are asking for help via a crowdfunding campaign on indiegogo.
The yoga world as a whole seems to be making more of an effort to be more inclusive, but if you’re a yogi identifying as transgender, for example, you might not feel so included. This documentary intends to help change that. If you’re reading this as someone identifying as heterosexual, maybe you were blissfully oblivious and had no idea, but that’s the point of the doc, too.
More info about the project and what “queering yoga” means:
Queering Yoga explores the intersection of Queer/Trans identities and the burgeoning tradition of yoga. Participants share their stories of transformation and healing through yoga. Queer/Trans filmmakers along with Queer and/or Trans yoga teachers are creating a film by and for our community!
“Queering yoga”— as in making a binary, hetero-normative and Western culturally-appropriated spiritual fitness practice work for us as LGBTQIA spectrum people, as well as bringing cultural sensitivity, acknowledging access, oppression, the origins of yoga and how POC folks feel entering a space that is largely straight, white, upper/middle class, cisgender and female. We are stretching/queering yoga to include a lot of people, not simply queer identities.