I wholeheartedly support the Black Lives Matter campaign, and the protests the surround it. I recognise that this is not about me and I so I have spent some time reading, listening and educating myself, before I decided what this statement should be. My wholehearted desire is to uplift the voices of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC)/Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, to be vocally anti-racist and to challenge racism when I encounter it.
As someone who is involved in the education of others, I recognise that I have an opportunity to do some small part to counter unequal access of BAME people/BIPOC – and other marginalised groups – to the courses that I offer. BAME/BIPOC are under-represented in yoga spaces and have unequal access to yoga training due to many social, cultural, and economic barriers. Therefore – in addition to my commitment to activism – I wish to offer fully-funded access to my Yoga for Cancer online training course to BAME/BIPOC yoga teachers who feel called to do this work.
I also recognize the intersectional nature of discrimination and inequality, and equally offer scholarship places to yoga teachers who identify as LGBTQ+, disabled or neurodivergent or who are otherwise marginalised.
The in-person training is offered via Yoga Campus and we are discussion about how we make this offer for their specialist courses.
Here is the Yoga Campus statement. https://www.yogacampus.com/features/news/diversity-equality-and-inclusivity
In addition, I also acknowledge the ongoing enquiry and conversation that western teachers and practitioners of yoga need to be having about the decolonisation of yoga spaces, and I commit to deeper engagement in this conversation.