My Equity Statement

Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu: May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may my actions contribute to the happiness and freedom of others.

Sanskrit mantra

As a yoga practitioner and teacher, I am committed to creating safe and inclusive containers for healing, self-study, and liberation. I warmly welcome and support all who seek the many gifts that the practice of yoga offers, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious belief or background, ability, and body size. Come as you are, and know that you are welcome, seen, and valued as the whole person you are, right now. 

Many yoga spaces in the West, as well as the wellness industry as a whole, have caused and continue to cause harm by upholding and perpetrating systems of white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism, spiritual bypassing, and colonialism. I recognize my responsibility in actively working to address the harms and being part of the solution.

As a white yoga practitioner, student and teacher, I respect the origins and traditions of this ancient practice. While I truly believe that yoga is for all people, it is my responsibility to honor the teachings and practices of this tradition with origins in a culture that is not my own.

I seek out readings and invest financially in training and consultation from BIPOC and LGBTQ teachers on how I can best show up for these communities. I acknowledge my own privilege and accept the responsibility of helping to dismantle systems of oppression.

I am as dedicated to unlearning as I am to learning, to leaning into my own discomfort in order to listen more deeply, avoid spiritual bypassing, and examine my own biases. I acknowledge that my impact will always carry more weight than my intent.

Yoga teaches us that our life’s purpose is to be of service, love, and seek liberation. As a practitioner, it’s not enough that I seek my own liberation. I have to seek the liberation of all people. 

This is my commitment, and my journey. It will be flawed, but it will be real. I humbly ask that you hold me accountable. I promise that I will always be willing to listen, with an open heart.

Published by Kerri Michael

Ginger on a mission.

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