As someone who lives to promotes peace, kindness and self-care it's too easy sometimes to want to stay in a bubble of good feelings and personal spiritual practice. But the reality of living as contemporary yoga practitioner, is that the real test of my yoga practice is what happens off the mat in to a world where the most harrowing violence and injustice takes place every single day.
The public rise of the KKK this week in Charlottesville, VA resulting in the death of a black woman when a car was driven in to a crowd, was incredibly traumatic for me to witness. I was filled with emotion watching images that looked like something from the 50's, a crowd of hundred marching in to the night with flaming torches. Hearing the chants "White lives matter" and "You will not replace us" left my whole body tingling with rage and heartbreak. At some-point I had to switch off, especially because my children were around and they are too young to take these burdens on, I chose to stop watching and reading, but the hum of the event still moves through me. I have shed many tears this week. For the violent tendencies in me, you and our culture at large.
I long for us all to feel so full, so whole, and complete the we never have to react in a way that hurts, injures or kills another.Read More