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 annephyfe@8limbsyoga.com

Join our Inclusion & Social Justice email list.

 

Ongoing Offerings

Yoga for People of Color, monthly, 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.

 

2018 Events

Yoga for People of Color, now twice monthly, by donation

Practicing Ahimsa: Nonviolent Communication Principles, 6-week series, coming again in fall 2018 at 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge

Unpacking Whiteness, 6-week series, June 6-July 18 (no class July 4)

Lay Down to Rise Up, Sunday, April 29, 12:30-3:00pm

 

2017 Events

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).

Thanksgiving Day Benefit Classes to support,Solid Ground,  a locally-based non-profit working to end poverty and undo racism and other oppressions that are root causes of poverty, November 23, 2017.

Radical Dharma: A Weekend with the Rev. angel Kyodo Williams, December 15-17, 2017.

 

Access 8

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 access8@8limbsyoga.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 annephyfe@8limbsyoga.com.

 

Community Partner

The 8 Limbs Community Giving Partner for 2017 was Solid Ground. Support this local non-profit working to end poverty through community. Donate now!

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

 

Resources:

Join the PNW Yogis for Social Justice Facebook Group.

Organizations:

People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond NW (Undoing Racism Workshops)

The Movement for Black Lives

Black Lives Matter

Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites (Seattle-based)

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) – Local chapter is called European Dissent

Off the Mat, Into the World

Bending Towards Justice

Online Articles

Yoga & Social Justice Webinar

8 Signs Your Yoga Practice Is Culturally Appropriated – And Why It Matters

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism

Food for Thought: Privilege and the Seat of the Teacher

Why Intersectionality Can’t Wait

Digging Deep: Thinking About Privilege

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

11 Common Ways White Folks Avoid Taking Responsibility for Racism in the US

What Privilege Really Means (And Doesn’t Mean) – To Clear Up Your Doubts Once and For All

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person

28 Common Racist Attitudes and Behaviors

On Racism and White Privilege from Teaching Tolerance: A Project of Southern Poverty Law Center

On Cultural Appropriation of Yoga

Is My Yoga Cultural Appropriation?

Exploring Yoga and the Impacts of 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

Radical Dharma by Rev. angel Kyodo WilliamsLama Rod Owens , Jasmine Syedullah Ph.D.

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