State of Union Yoga is a groundbreaking community that uplifts and amplifies the voices and experiences of Black and Brown Yoga teachers
Dismantle & Disrupt
Do you want to see a community space where the Black cultural experience can be discussed safely?
Do you wish to see the yoga industry engaged in social justice work but don’t know how to use your platform or are afraid you’ll get it wrong?
Are you a studio or brand owner who wants to elevate representation of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in your space?
In an industry where Black yogis have far too often been invisible, this is a call to action for our yoga communities to create positive change through meaningful dialogue.
The State of Union Yoga was created by Black and Brown yoga teachers, as an act of conscious protest to uplift and amplify BIPOC and their voices within the yoga community.
We are calling on the entire yoga industry to explore and unpack topics such as dismantling white supremacy, politics and community care, Black history and heritage, race based trauma, equity in our yoga culture, self inquiry, compassion, cultural humility, accessible yoga, cultural appropriation, how to become a better ally, and more.
We’ll use embodied practices to self-reflect and sit with discomfort, feature town halls and guest panels to discover solutions and uplift those already doing this work, and follow up each lesson with tools and resources to take vital action and mobilize our communities.
Listen & Amplify
Our panelists and interviewees are social justice pioneers, thought leaders, elders and young changemakers who have been laying the groundwork for decades. By using our voices and our lived experience, we can connect our culture and build bridges with allies who will create radical change.
This is a CALL TO ACTION to mobilize our yoga communities to dismantle white supremacy
This community is open to Yoga practitioners, membership organizations, ashrams, yoga studios, lifestyle brands, and festivals to begin to lean into the deeper and truly uncomfortable parts of these practices and dialogues.
Listening to these conversations will begin the crucial first step to heal the wounds of harm that have been upheld.
Anti-Racism Tools and Resources
A limited number of scholarships are available for Black and Indigenous People of Color who are experiencing financial difficulties.
In support of our commitment to service as yogis, we will ensure that 50% of every purchase (after taxes and service fees) goes to each presenter's charity of choice. We strive for an equitable and trauma free future, so the remaining 50% of every purchase will be given to the presenters equally to pay for their emotional labor.