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Recognizing Positions of Privilege and Power to Create a More Just World

Posted by Kimberlee Morrison on 10/29/20 4:00 PM

The dominant culture would not just separate us from ourselves, it also separates us from each other. This is a way to keep us from being able to realize our collective power. But how do we balance acknowledging our individual lived experiences, with the need to come together to create the necessary shift? We must eventually move beyond our identities to see our cosmic connection to each other, and the Divine Source, and work together to create a world that reflects this cosmic union.

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Topics: yoga, Guest Blog, Social Justice, Yoga Philosophy, Samskaras

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.

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

Five Essential Hasta Mudras for Powerful Intention-Setting

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 10/8/20 4:00 PM

A mudra (Sanskrit for “mark”, “seal” or “gesture”) is a sacred and symbolic gesture found in yogic, Jainist and Buddhist traditions. Hasta mudras, meaning hand gestures, are performed with varying intentions and believed to impact and direct the flow of prana (vital energy) throughout the body.

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Topics: yoga, Meditation, Yoga Philosophy, Intention, Mudra

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.

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

The Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga of Action, Love, and Knowledge

Posted by Kimberlee Morrison on 9/3/20 4:00 PM

Yoga mythology is full of stories of love and war, enlightenment and disillusionment, victory and defeat. Like all mythos, the epic tales from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana provide important insights for understanding our cosmic place in the universe, exploring the depth of human experience through a spiritual lens, and what it means to be engaged and connected to the unexplainable.

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Topics: spirituality, yoga, conscious community, Yoga Philosophy, Bhagavad Gita

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.

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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!

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

Be Who You Are: Pamela Luke’s Transformation Through Alternative Healing

Posted by Staff on 4/2/20 4:00 PM

What do we do after experiencing a tragedy? How do we come back from a major setback? Is there hope after living a life of self-destruction and despair? Is it possible to heal and move forward in a positive direction after our deepest hurts? By taking the initiative to make positive changes, to let go, and to say ‘yes’ to transformation and growth, we can connect with our truest self, and spare ourselves even more suffering.

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Topics: yoga, Mindfulness, Alternative Medicine, Reiki, Transformation, Alternative healing, Student Submission, Mind body Healing

Carolann Soltz Found Her Soul’s Work in Life Coaching and Yoga

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/18/20 8:00 AM

Carolann Soltz, a Spiritual Life Coach, has spent the last fifteen years fundraising, consulting and supporting non-profit organizations. She tells us: “While this is great work and has provided well for me financially, it never felt like soul-filling work; the work that I am called to do.“

In August 2018, Carol took steps towards her yoga certification and, in January 2019, enrolled in the Life Coaching program at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. While she didn't necessarily know what she wanted to do with all of this new training, she did know she wanted to take steps in the direction of her soul's longing.

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Topics: Great Graduates, Life Coaching, yoga, national life coaching month

Why Now (Yes, Now!) is the Best Time to Follow Your Passion for Holistic Wellness

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 8/12/19 3:00 PM

There are many people who hear the words “alternative medicine” or “holistic wellness” and meet it with immediate skepticism. However, as recently as one hundred years ago, what we now classify at “alternative medicines” were the only medicines available.

The scientific advances during the European enlightenment brought us antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, serotonin inhibitors and other drugs, which caused decreased popularity in so-called “natural” treatments. While the advances in medicine are truly revolutionary and the solution to many previously hopeless health problems, it also brought about the belief that science would eventually cure all mental and physical disease. As a result, “natural” treatments were deemed ineffective and old fashioned in the minds of many people.

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Topics: Motivational Monday, Massage, holistic entrepreneur, yoga, energy work, Hypnotherapy, Wellness Industry

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