There’s a Yoga Studio in Seattle that is now holding a class on Saturday’s for ‘black’ people only. They welcome people of all experience levels, body shape, size, gender and age…just not white.
The class invites any sexual orientation and identifies which ‘people of color’ are okay to attend. The list includes: African American/black/of the African Diaspora, Asian, South Asian, West Asian/Arab/Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, First Nations/Alaskan Native/Native American/Indigenous, Chicano/Latino, or Multiracial/Mixed-Race.
So, why? Well, the 5 owners are all of color and have decided that colored people need to have a space to feel comfortable while practicing yoga and white people make them uncomfortable. I thought yoga was about not judging anyone? And paying attention to the ‘self’.
We know if this was reversed and colored people were asked not to attend, that it would be a headline on the evening news.
So, once more, a step backward in progress.
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