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Accessible Yoga Podcast

Join Amber Karnes and Jivana Heyman for powerful conversations with thought leaders at the intersection of justice, knowledge, and practice.They break down the harm that is done when spiritual teachings are used to ignore or downplay the harm that happens in our own lives, our yoga communities, and the world. The episode shared is titled “If yoga is peaceful, why are y’all so angry all the time?” You can listen via AY online.

There Is No Neutral with Michelle Johnson

Michelle Johnson discusses how she has combined her passion for social justice with her yoga and healing practice. She shares how trauma impacts the mind, body, spirit, and heart and how spiritual spaces and yoga communities can have a restorative impact on lives. Michelle Cassandra Johnson is an activist, author, yogi, healer and social change influencer.

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Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris!

Today we celebrate the announcement and historical moment for Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris!! It doesn’t go unnoticed in the world of Global Majority Yogis that a South Asian and Black biracial woman is storming the doors of the White House as we speak. We commend Kamala for facing adversity and showing that there are truly inspirational leaders in the BIPOC community. 

2020 is more than the Presidential election. State legislators and governors will also be up for election this November. These are just as important, so it is critical that you read up on the candidates in your state!

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“My name is pronounced “comma-la”, like the punctuation mark,” Kamala Harris writes in her 2018 autobiography, The Truths We Hold.

~ Kamala Harris


Skill In Action

by Michelle Cassandra Johnson

  • Skill in Action clearly defines power and privilege, oppression, liberation and suffering, and invites readers to take steps to make changes in their lives to create a world that allows all of us to be free. 
  • The end of each chapter includes a sample practice so that readers can put the wisdom gained from the book into action in their lives. 
  • These sample practices include: breath work, asana, meditation and interpersonal relational work

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Create an equity discussion group

  • What does the concept of “social equity” mean to you?
  • Are there “social equity” concerns in your community? If so, what are they? If not, should there be?
  • When it comes to achieving social equity, do your values line up with the redistribution of wealth and resources? Is everyone entitled to a certain quality and standard of living?
  • Is the idea of social equity on your top 10 list of concerns? Why or why not?

Additional Books written by the Presenters

Accessible Yoga: Poses and Practices for Every Body

by Jivana Heyman

This visionary book revolutionizes yoga practice and makes it truly accessible to everyone—in every body, at any age, and in any state of health. Yoga practice has so much to offer us physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, but many of us feel discouraged to practice because we see young, slim, flexible, well, and able-bodied people dominating yoga spaces. 

Meditation Practice

What is Right Knowledge?

” pratyaksa anumana agamah pramanani “


  • pratyaksa – know something by perceiving it directly
  • anumana – deductive knowledge through the method of inference
  • agamah – testimony of authority on a subject or an object
  • pramanani –  right and validated means of knowing anything

In this yoga sutra Patanjali is discussing the first of the five Modifications of the mind, the right knowledge. He says that what we call the  right knowledge can be acquired by three valid means – pramanani – only.  Knowledge itself is a modification or something that is not permanent. Knowledge of what is real, and right as we believe it keeps changing under the kind of influence – klishta or aklishta- the mind is in. The kind of influence the mind is at a particular moment is again decided by the karma. The same object can have different realities under different influences of the mind.

Thupten Jinpa shares how you can practice these different ways of viewing your Meditation and Mindfulness practice in “Using Meditation to Gain Knowledge of Mental Reality.”

  • There is the classic mindfulness meditation, wherein the individual learns to pay deep attention to the minute processes within the flow of his or her breath or mental processes, while remaining undistracted by other sensory or discursive thought processes. 
  • Then there is the meditation in the form of taking something as an object, such as when the person takes the fundamental truths of one’s condition like the utterly transient nature of one’s life, for instance, as the object of deep contemplation. 
  • Then there is the meditation in the form of cultivation of positive mental qualities, such as compassion and loving kindness. Here compassion and loving kindness are not so much the objects of meditation; rather, the person seeks to cultivate these qualities within his or her heart. 
  • There is also the practice of meditation as visualization or simulation, such as where the person visualizes himself or herself as going through the various stages of the experience of dying.
  • In addition, there is the meditation in the form of prayer where, for example, the meditator aspires to attain the enlightened attributes of the Buddha for the sake of bringing about the welfare of countless sentient beings.

Show Support

Many of you have asked how you could show support and invest in our panelists for their Emotional Labor, sharing of service, and support their projects even further. Below we have provided you with each panelists website, and investment links.

Michelle Cassandra Johnson Venmo – @Michellecassjohn

Jivana HeymanPayPal –

Keisha Battles CashApp – $KieshaBattles, Venmo – @Kiesha-Battles

Amina Naru CashApp – $poshyoga

Shankari Goldstein Venmo @shankari-goldstein, Cashapp $shankarigoldstein

Yogi J Miles Venmo @Yogij, Cashapp $Yogij