SWIHA Blog

Showing Up to Cultivate Inclusive Spaces: Guest Blog by Kimberlee Morrison

Posted by Kimberlee Morrison on 10/15/20 4:00 PM

I started my yoga practice at home, when my grandmother gave me Richard Hittleman’s 28-day Exercise Plan. The cover depicted a thin, blonde woman in what looked to me like a contorted shape; an image that has many variations and has become the dominant depiction of what a yogi looks like. I’ve also spent most of my professional, academic and athletic life as one of few (or the only) BIPOC people in the room. So it wasn’t all that surprising that I found myself surrounded by bendy white women in my first studio yoga class. Since this was a normal experience for me — being or perceiving myself as the only BIPOC person surrounded by white people — I didn’t think twice about showing up again.

Read More

Topics: yoga, Social Justice, Inclusive Spaces, Racial Equality, Showing Up

What Does Colonization Have to Do With Our Modern Yoga Practice?

Posted by Kimberlee Morrison on 9/17/20 4:00 PM

Early yoga systems were available, accessible and heterogeneous, offering a wide range of philosophies, meditations, and rituals designed to liberate the mind, body, and spirit from suffering. However, over time it became a tool of oppression in India’s caste system under British colonial rule. It was during British rule that the Indian elite were given the power to enforce colonial control, and the upper caste implemented systems that eventually criminalized the practice of yoga altogether.

Read More

Topics: yoga, asana, Social Justice, yoga history, Sanskrit

Ahimsa: A Call to Stand Courageously Against Evil

Posted by Kimberlee Morrison on 8/6/20 4:00 PM

Yoga means union: The union of oneself and the divine source; the union of mind, body and spirit; the union of your internal Self with the self that manifests in the world. Yoga is not intended to be a passive practice of self-mastery, it’s a system for living that provides us with an ethical framework — the Yamas and Niyamas — for how we should treat ourselves, and how we should treat others.

The first pillar in this framework is Ahimsa (nonviolence or non-harming) which is often used to justify veganism as the standard diet for yogis. Stopping here makes ahimsa a one-dimensional practice focused on reducing violence against some beings (animals), while failing to look at the broader picture of reducing our harmful impact within society.

Read More

Topics: yoga, Yoga Sutras, Social Justice, Ahimsa, Yoga Philosophy

How Does Spiritual Bypassing Perpetuate Violence?

Posted by Kimberlee Morrison on 7/23/20 4:00 PM

Editor’s Note: In keeping with SWIHA’s commitment to uplift BIPOC voices in the spiritual community, today’s guest blog is by Kimberlee Morrison, writer, yogi and founder of Love Revolution Yoga. She uses her voice and her yoga to create inclusion, understanding and empowerment. This blog gives insight in to ways that BIPOC folks in spiritual spaces are made to feel uncomfortable when speaking about injustice within their community and the anxieties unique to their experience. Thank you, Kimberlee!

Read More

Topics: yoga, black lives matter, Guest Blog, Social Justice, Spiritual Bypassing

Subscribe to Email Updates



Recent Posts

Posts by Topic

see all