Social Justice & The Bhaktishop
Love is a powerful and fierce practice, and real compassion is our best response as conscious beings. Love is the first step. Then, action.
In November and December, this community raised over $8000 for various organizations that are dear to us, from Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock and Planned Parenthood to the ACLU and Human Rights Campaign. January and February so far have seen nearly $2000 go to Sankofa Collective, Planned Parenthood and Standing Rock Legal Defense Fund. We have no intention of stopping now. Stay tuned for some more events and opportunities in February to continue to be active in giving, participation and community-building!
Thank you for caring about the world we inhabit, and for taking an active role in your own way. All of us are vital to the process of civil discourse and have a responsibility to act both locally and globally to do what we can, with the gifts and talents we have, for as many as we can. Not everyone is moved to take action in the same ways, or via the same avenues. There are marchers and noisemakers, those with money to give but no time to spare, those that make art and encourage freedom of expression, those that write articles, sing songs, run for office, make phone calls, teach teachers, hold hands, heal hearts, and more. All are needed, and no action is too small to take.
We aim to create a place where those seeking opportunities to make a difference can come and find actionable steps they can take every day to allow their voices to be heard, to take care of each other, and to move toward love and compassion for all beings. We recognize that social justice is inherently political, and that there may from time to time be items we suggest or stances that we take that are not to your particular politics, or that are not a good fit for your belief systems. Please, if that is the case, just move on to the next item and choose to act in favor of something that does fit your paradigm, or ask questions about it so we can encourage a safe place to discuss ideas in an open and civil environment. Listening to each other is what we desperately need more of these days, and we encourage that.
Here are some ways in which we are currently serving the community and beyond, and some ways that you, too, can get involved, raise your voice and use your energy toward the freedom from suffering that yoga speaks about, and that you can work to change. We have a powerful community, and we at The Bhaktishop are grateful to harness that power.
If you are someone that is inspired to make calls to your elected officials and ask for the changes you want to see, please click here for phone numbers, action steps, and calling/writing scripts. It is a very easy way to be in touch with the people we elected and to have your voice heard.
In an effort to broaden equity in the field of yoga, each year we will offer at least one or more Equity Scholarships for a Person of Color to attend our yoga school training program. We recognize that it is difficult to do the work of diversifying when some populations do not see themselves represented in the yoga practices, studios, and publications/media around them.
We believe that there is a deep need for diverse voices to teach yoga in all communities. We are also committed to supporting and cultivating the people, language and approaches that most effectively communicate yoga teachings and informed community-building work. Please inquire here if you or someone you know are interested in these scholarships.
The community, business and teachers of The Bhaktishop are deeply invested in staff training, meaningful self-education, and building the knowledge, skill and human resource necessary to invest in a more equitable business model. We're creating conversations about race, inclusion, trauma-informed practices, and equity on a daily basis here, and aim to make use of these skills in a broader capacity in the yoga community.
And so we don't forget what we are all in it for, here is a lovely kirtan chant from Lisa Mae and Monicka. Please don't forget to sing, dance, write poems, and read stories. We are capable of great things in love and intimacy.