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Diversity, Inclusion and Growth

Our School is committed to celebrating and expanding our diversity, strengthening our dedication to inclusion and continually growing.

Vision

The Anusara School of Hatha Yoga’s roots lie in the highest value of Yoga: Recognizing the sacred in every being and in every life. The School sees the unifying and valuable essence at the core of every heart and life among different nationalities, skin colors, genders, sexual orientation, body types and cultures. We are called to protect and expand this essence in our method through our teachers.

Mission

To dig down to the roots of separation from within ourselves and within the industry of yoga through education.

We are committed to digging deep into our shadow, to questioning what we have normalized and to building a capacity to sit with discomfort. Through this excavation, we will grow together toward the light of truth, love, and wholeness.

We invite you to be part of this effort to serve our global community in new and better ways.

Public Statement from the Board of Directors-June 23, 2020

Recognize the Sacred in All Beings ~ Unity within Diversity

The Anusara School of Hatha Yoga’s roots lie in the highest value of Yoga–recognizing the sacred in every being and in every life. The School sees the unifying and valuable essence at the core of every heart and life among different nationalities, skin colors, genders, sexual orientation, body types and cultures. We are called to protect and expand this essence in our method through our teachers.

The School’s Board of Directors, staff and volunteers are feeling the grief and pain of ongoing events happening right now in the United States of America (USA). These troubling incidents have exposed the deep and destructive forces of racism in ways that can no longer be ignored. This is a valuable opportunity for us to go within, take a closer look at ourselves and see where we can help move toward a more unified society.

Black people, Indigenous people and People of Color (BIPOC) have been wounded, mistreated and murdered by our societies, not only in the USA. We stand behind them with our unwavering support and solidarity. In these difficult times, we, as representatives of the School, are called to express the value of inclusiveness and respect in a stronger way with more integrity. We strive to live by the School’s core value of unity within diversity. We seek the recognition of the sacred in the heart of all beings.

As yoga practitioners, we are being called to fight for more justice and equity for all beings. The School commits to ensuring a safe environment for all people to practice yoga. As Anusara teachers, we pledge to embody our core value of unity within diversity. This starts with self-study, honoring the light within each of us and helping others recognize the light in themselves.

As a teacher-led school, we have an obligation to provide leadership in our efforts to become a global community where every person is fully valued, respected and treated with dignity. We commit to working toward meaningful and lasting change. As part of that change, we embrace the learning and unlearning that it requires.

We invite you to join us in developing and implementing an action plan aimed at more fully living our core values of recognizing the sacred in all beings and finding unity within diversity. We will surely stumble in this journey, but we will stumble bravely.


Public Statement from the Board of Directors issued on the anniversary of George Floyd’s Death ~ May 3, 2021

Anusara is a global community that heavily relies on Tantric teachings: We are all connected. Our love extends throughout the world. When there is pain, inequality and racism anywhere, it is our obligation to work towards healing, equality, growth, and enlightenment. 

Through our Tantric vision, we learn to stay grounded in our practices amidst grief, anger, pain. As students of yoga, we learn how to move through these challenging times with a commitment of anchoring to those practices.

Earlier last week, the United States of America took a step forward in affirming the value of life for all human beings.  Derek Chauvin, the police officer who cruelly took the life of George Floyd, was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.  All around the world, we breathed a collective sigh of relief for witnessing accountability.  We are full of gratitude for Darnella Frazier, the 17-year old girl who was passing by, who had the mindfulness and courage to record the event on her cell phone.  Without her action, the world may not have witnessed this very painful injustice.  We are thankful for the activists around the world who have stood up and demanded justice and positive change and growth.

At the same time, while we share our gratitude, we know that there is still so much more work to be done.The BIPOC (Black, indigenous and people of color) communities in the United States and around the world still experience a reality of deeply entrenched racism and disparity.  Our hearts and our support are given to people who still experience this.

We have stayed open to life–grounding ourselves in the hope for a better tomorrow. Grounding ourselves in the crack that this moment is creating, giving place for the light to shine for all of us. We use everything we have learned through Anusara yoga to commit ourselves to be the tools to help the light to crack open and to expand–helping us to live fully in this moment of change. 

We can clearly see the need to stick to our commitment and keep working with our Diversity, Inclusion and Growth Committee. We need to keep fighting against any form of racism or inequality. We need to create and expand the vision we hold–unity within diversity. We need to expand our horizons and find ways to promote accessibility in yoga. We need to create space for these important conversations, for educating ourselves in the reality that marginalized communities experience daily. 

All of us–as individuals and as a global kula–are called upon to commit ourselves to actions that work towards that. This includes individual teachers renewing their commitment to teaching and welcoming all students regardless of gender, race, religion, creed, nationality, cultural background, or sexual preference, and a deeper commitment by the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga to create opportunities for learning, growth, and support of all of our community. 

Let’s continue to educate ourselves.


Offerings

By offering educational opportunities to learn more about equity in wellness spaces, spiritual bypassing, and inclusive/accessible practices, we hope to reflect our commitment to diversity and equity more consistently in our teaching, branding/marketing, community values, and actions.

For more information and to get involved: Email Board members Jennifer Benning at jennifer.benning@gmail.com or Tezra Bryant at tez@alacrityassociates.com.