Social Change, Where Does Yoga Fit In?

Recharge Then Resist

The third installment of Yoga Kitchen & Co. happened Sunday, January 29, 2017 and I met the morning feeling ineffectual given the current political climate the United States is in. The borders to the “land of the free and home of the brave” were closed via executive order by the current President to seven Muslim countries and here I am making a yoga playlist. WHAT?!? Why am I not protesting like I did on January 21st at the Women's March here in New York City instead just guiding yoga? I should be doing more. How can I give my practice meaning?

I had to remind myself that yoga is a tool for change rooted in compassion, connection and so much more. Yoga Kitchen & Co. is about cultivating sisterhood through collective wellness and communal self-care. The goal has always been to create a resilient female focused community that gathers in beautiful, open and inviting spaces to nourish the body on all levels.

Journalist and political activist, Gloria Steinem recently said, "The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day; a movement is only people moving." The body is a reflection of our environment. This isn’t about political parties; this is about the long road ahead of us to keep up the good fight to protect human rights, making sure there is justice and equality for all. To do so, we have to take moments to heal ourselves. It's going to get harder before it gets easier but it's crucial we keep moving forward united and healthy.

You all are magical AF! Don't be afraid to take up space and serve the world in all your badassery. Yoga Kitchen & Co. is here to support YOU: helping you to step your self-care game up; cultivating style, grace and ease; connecting, deepening, owning your strength; and encouraging you to take positive action on the regular. Thank you for your joy, your humor, your openness and willingness to take a timeout from the outside world to turn your attention inward for a few moments. Thank you for sharing those moments with me.

 

+in this together+ Ladies doing it for themselves, keeping it weird along the way. * Body nourished. Intentions set. Vision boards made. Minds clear. Vibrations on high. 2017, we are ready to cause a positive ruckus. * "What we speak becomes the house we live in." ~Hafiz These yogis gave me life today! I am floating away feeling hopeful, recharged and optimistic for the road ahead. So grateful for the opportunity to grow/share community, love, and support with these wonderful warrior women. You showed up in body, breath, laughter, smiles and heart. THIS is self-care. It doesn't have to be a singular thing; self-care can be communal. A special thank you to those that were unable to join us but donated anyway. A portion of the proceeds will benefit @exhale2inhale, an organization that brings the healing power of yoga to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in shelters and community centers as well as to the staff the serve them. Shoutout to our friends at @kindsnacks for making this a fabulous event. * Yoga Kitchen & Co. is a gathering to cultivate sisterhood; rooted in compassion and connection; nourishing the body on all levels, striving to build and create a resilient community. Lots more coming your way! The next Yoga Kitchen & Co. will be Sunday, February 19th with special guest @AlexiSurtees, founder of @Ovary.co. This one is not to be missed! Bring a friend, this sisterhood is rising. Stay Tuned! #strongertogether #nyc #Brooklyn #StralaYoga #selfcare #community #sisterhood #fwsNYC