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August 2020 Newsletter

It’s been a long, hot summer and I know we can all use some good news.

I’m so happy to share that we raised $225 for the House of Tulip in July! The House of Tulip is a Black Trans led organization working to create housing solutions for trans/gender non-conforming people in Louisiana. I will continue to donate 50% of live class proceeds to House of Tulip through the end of 2020. If you’d like to support them directly visit https://houseoftulip.org/make-a-donation or send some funds on Cashapp: $HouseOfTulip or Venmo: @HouseofTulip. 

As the pandemic rages on in Louisiana, I’m incredibly grateful to you and everyone who shares virtual space with me on Zoom, Patreon, and Instagram. Your support continues to carry me through. 

Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to return the favor!

-Marc

PS There’s more good news below…

May all beings be happy and free,
And may my thoughts, words, and actions contribute to the
Freedom and happiness of all beings, everywhere. 

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How to Adapt Yoga Postures for Your Body

My Patreon supporters have been raving about my new How to Cat/Cow video!

When I started my practice I really struggled to adapt yoga postures (asanas) for my body. At times, it was really frustrating and my teachers didn’t always offer me assistance. I know how hard it is to start something new, so I like to share the tricks I’ve learned along the way.

I hope the videos below offer you support in your practice. If they do help, maybe you’ll consider joining Fat Kid Yoga Club?

How to Sit Cross Legged (free to the public)

How to Downward Facing Dog

How to Child’s Pose

How to Step to the Top of Your Mat (free to the public)

How to Use Yoga Blocks (free to the public)

How to Pick the Best Yoga Mat for Your Body and Practice (free to the public)

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FKYC 2020 Members Survey

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Guided Meditation: Grounding and Connecting

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Guided Meditation: Belly Love

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What would you do? Anti-racism role playing from WHAT’S UP Pittsburgh

Do you know how you would react in a situation where another white person was saying or doing something racist? This came up during our community chat tonight and Drae suggested that role playing might be a good way to practice intervening.  

I did some Googling and found this great resource from  Working and Healing to Abolish Total Supremacy Undermining Privilege (WHAT’S UP) Pittsburgh.  It includes 14 scenario prompts that I’m planning to write out answers for. You might try doing the same. As always, please feel free to share any additional resources you may have.

You can find the prompts at:  https://wwhatsup.wordpress.com/scenarios-for-role-plays/ 

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Anti-Racism Resources for Yoga Practitioners/Teachers

I’d like to share with you some resources on yoga/spiritual practice and anti-racism and social justice work. This list is by no means complete. Rather, this collection includes teachers and resources whom I have learned from and encourage you to do the same. More importantly, I hope you will consider sharing these teachings with your friends/family/other yoga practitioners. I firmly believe it is our responsibility as yoga practitioners not only to stand in solidarity with Black people but to lift up BIPOC voices to educate other white people so that we may dismantle white supremacy. Please feel free to add additional resources in the comments.

Our Responsibility Right Now: Racism & Yoga a conversation between Kelley Palmer and Jivana Heyman

https://www.facebook.com/jivana108/videos/3297839850250636/

The Intersection of Yoga and Social Justice by Anjali Rao

https://breathetogetheronline.com/yoga/yoga-social-justice/?fbclid=IwAR1fpZHEbtKrHeqUe50sbaB-cG13mMWVz2bFaDhXWchXfKWKhy6c5ya-kMk

How to Decolonize Your Yoga Practice by Susanna Barkataki 

https://www.susannabarkataki.com/post/how-to-decolonize-your-yoga-practice

Yoga is Dead Podcast – Hosted by Tejal Patel and Jesal Parikh six episodes examing challenges related to racism, sexism, and capitalism in the yoga world.

https://www.yogaisdeadpodcast.com/episodes

ABCDYogi – international community where South Asian yoga & mindfulness teachers offer education to all students. Everyone is welcome to learn regardless of ethnicity, gender, or practice level.

https://www.abcdyogi.com/

Books

Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation by Rev. angel Kyodo Williams, Lama Rod Owens, Jasmine Syedullah https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29429650-radical-dharma

Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation Through Anger by Lama Rod Owens https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53133204-love-and-rage

Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World by Michelle Cassandra Johnson https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37683373-skill-in-action

Teachers

Susanna Barkataki – https://www.susannabarkataki.com/ and https://www.ignitebewell.com/

Rev. angel Kyodo Williams – https://angelkyodowilliams.com/ and https://radicaldharma.org/

Lama Rod Owens – https://www.lamarod.com/

Michelle Cassandra Johnson –https://www.michellecjohnson.com/

Luvena Rangel – http://www.thecurvyyogi.com/index.html

Kelley Palmer – https://peacefilledmama.com/

Constanza Eliana Chinea – https://www.embodyinclusivity.com/