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The Bhagavad Gita – An Introduction

Our first week of reading the Preface and Introduction to The Bhagavad Gita by Jack Hawley has concluded. We are excited to take this walk with you through this text this summer!

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The Bhagavad Gita – Summer Book Club is Here!

Summer Book Club at The Yoga Place begins in June! Read along with us in this classic yoga text, “The Bhagavad” Gita, to connect more deeply to your practice of yoga in life and beyond!

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The Sprouts from “Embrace Yoga’s Roots”

We have finished our journey with “Embrace Yoga’s Roots” by Susanna Barkataki, but the work has just begun. What will sprout from the roots of yoga for you?

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Liberation!

Chapter VI in Embrace Yoga’s Roots gives us the actionable steps toward the liberation that yoga promises. The ethical foundations of Yama and Niyama are the root of all action – on or off the mat…in the studio and beyond.

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Listen, Lift Up, Take Action

Chapter V in Embrace Yoga’s Roots begins to give us tools and suggestions to reconnect in our yoga spaces and communities. We must acknowledge that we do not live in a vacuum and that it takes creativity to stay integrated and involved.

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Leaning into Reconnection

Chapter V in “Embrace Yoga’s Roots” starts to give us a pathway to reconnection. Knowing and acknowledging where we have separated from the roots of yoga is only the first step, and individual growth is just the beginning.

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Accomplice over Ally – Equity over Diversity

In sections 3 and 4 of Chapter IV in Embrace Yoga’s Roots, we look at clarity of terms and roles we play within our yoga communities and beyond. How Iyengar Yoga as a traditional approach intersects with the social realities of Western Yoga is quite fascinating and something to reflect more upon.

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Power and Privilege in Yoga

The first two parts of Chapter IV in Embrace Yoga’s Roots have us reflecting on how power and privilege show up in our Western Yoga spaces.

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Western Yoga “Norms”

Finishing Chapter III in Embrace Yoga’s Roots makes us look at how systemic oppression has made its mark on Western Yoga communities, and asks us to consider how we might “do a better job of practicing inclusion and representation” within our yoga communities.

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Appropriation, Sterilization, and Trauma in Yoga

Parts 2 and 3 in Chapter III of Embrace Yoga’s Roots helps us confront some of the appropriation, sterilization, and trauma associated with Western white dominant culture taking on (and over) the practice of yoga.