8 Limbs Social Justice Mission
8 Limbs is committed to being a supportive and welcoming place to learn and grow
through the mind-body practices of yoga.
To be both supportive and welcoming, we will examine, and work to dismantle, the systems of oppression that shape our world.
We aim to relate to yoga as a diverse set of historical and contemporary philosophies and practices marked by inequalities. This includes a commitment to deepen our understanding of the ways in which 8 Limbs has been part of, and benefitted from, local and national approaches to yoga that center white, sex/gender- and hetero- normative, economically advantaged, and able bodies.
We commit to investigating and evolving our practices, both as a business and as a community of teachers and practitioners.
We welcome your suggestions and feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join our Inclusion & Social Justice email list.
Yoga for People of Color, monthly, by donation
Queer Yoga, 1st and 3rd Mondays, by donation
“Holding Inclusive Space” Training for Yoga Teachers in all 8 Limbs Teacher Trainings
Partial scholarships for People of Color and LGBTQI+ people in all of our Teacher Training Programs
Unpacking Whiteness, 6-week series, offered once a schedule
Yoga for People of Color, now twice monthly, by donation
Practicing Ahimsa: Nonviolent Communication Principles, 6-week series
Unpacking Whiteness, 6-week series (next series October 24-December 12, 2018 (no class 10/31 and 11/21)
Lay Down to Rise Up, Sunday, April 29, 12:30-3:00pm
Lay Down to Rise Up for People of Color, last Saturday of the month (next class November 24, 2018, 12:30-2:00PM)
Radical Dharma: A Deepening Circle with Rev. angel Kyodo williams, December 14-16, 2018
Yoga for Social Change with Mary Imani on April 8, 2017 (free)
Body-Mind Tools for Tough Times with Chiara Guerrieri, Saturday, May 6, 2017, 1:30-4:00pm at 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge
Embodied Communication with Chiara Guerrieri, Saturday November 18, 2017, 12:00 – 4:00pm (this workshop is included for its focus on Nonviolent Communication, also called NVC, a powerful tool for social change).
Access 8 is one of the ways 8 Limbs is committing to making yoga more accessible. If paying full price for classes is not financially viable for you, we invite you to reach out to email@example.com to inquire about income-relevant tuition options and scholarships. To inquire about partial scholarships for People of Color and LGBTQI+ people in all of our Teacher Training Programs email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 8 Limbs Leadership Team and Social Justice Team are both currently engaged in discussion of our 2018 Community Partnership(s). Look for more information soon!
8 Limbs Blog
Several blog posts speak to our internal work around social justice at 8 Limbs:
Inclusivity, Compassion, and Action, October 21, 2015
An Ongoing Conversation, June 1, 2016
Cultural Competency: A Conversation – Recap, June 23, 2016
Anti-Racist Resources, July 14, 2016
Mission: Inclusion, August 1, 2016
What Wakes You Up, April 1, 2017
POC Yoga – After the Death Threats, October 24, 2017
Radical Dharma with Re. angel Kyodo williams, January 1, 2018
A Letter from the Social Justice Team, March 1, 2018
Join the PNW Yogis for Social Justice Facebook Group.
People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond NW (Undoing Racism Workshops)
Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites (Seattle-based)
Is My Yoga Cultural Appropriation?
Books & Films:
Race: the Power of an Illusion (PBS series)
The Way of Tenderness: Awakening through Race, Sexuality, and Gender by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts by Resmaa Menakem
What Writers of Color Say We Should Read Now – Star Tribune article
Books White People Need to Read – Goodreads List
Witnessing Whiteness and Living in the Tensionby Shelly Tochluk
Beyond Inclusion Beyond Empowerment by Leticia Nieto
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Citizen by Claudia Rankine
Yoga for a World Out of Balance: Teachings on Ethics and Social Action by Michael Stone