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Diversity & Inclusion action plan

OVERARCHING OBJECTIVE

This action plan seeks to recognise, address and combat racial, structural and social inequality within YogaLondon. This draft will be reviewed and expanded upon as we learn, grow and receive external advice from D&I stakeholders, whom we are currently reaching out to.

1. LISTEN & EDUCATE OURSELVES
As we begin on our journey of self-improvement, we recognise that we have unconscious bias and therefore need to educate ourselves in order to fully comprehend how to best take positive action.

  • Build a D&I advisory board
    • Reach out to activists and diversity voices in the yoga community
    • Bring on board a London-based inclusion trainer in an ongoing advisory capacity
    • Refine this Action Plan with our advisors
  • Implement training resources and share learnings internally
    • Dismantling racism training for our team
    • Reading materials shared amongst staff
    • Internal forum to share information 
  • Get feedback from our faculty and broader community
    • Grads & students: D&I survey went out in the 12th June newsletter to help us gain a deeper understanding of diverse backgrounds’ experiences at our school, and to open the conversation with those willing to help us.
    • YL team: share this work-in-progress with the team to get their input and ideas.

2. TAKE VISIBLE ACTION
This is important for us to share our journey with our community, to hold ourselves accountable:

  • Share this aspirational plan publicly – here and relayed on our social channels and newsletter. 
  • Join the ‘amplify melanated voices’ campaign in our own way by making our next interview a black voice from our community. We want this to become a regular series of interviews to promote and amplify people with diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to people with diverse ethnic or social backgrounds.
  • Ensure all the YogaLondon channels showcase teachers and students from diverse backgrounds, therefore signalling we are open to all as recommended by change activists.
  • Report on our progress and new iterations of this plan publicly on a quarterly basis, for accountability reasons.

3. IMPLEMENT DEEP CHANGES
As we want to change ourselves structurally, we believe taking actions that will take longer to implement, but will have a lasting effect, is paramount:

  • Provide training for our teaching team and “back-office” staff. We’re currently reaching out to training providers, with a view to deliver the training as soon as possible.
  • Adjust our 200-hr curriculum to include a specific class focused on diversity and inclusion in yoga, plus key topics embedded throughout the course, starting September 2020.
  • Design and add a 500RYT anti-racism CPD, subsidised by YogaLondon to ensure as many students as possible can educate themselves on this topic, starting Autumn 2020.
  • Offer free community yoga classes in under-served areas of London, delivered by YogaLondon students and grads so they can gain experience as a teacher.
  • Start a bursary programme, to give access to free YTT. We aim to partner up with relevant charities, who will select a candidate on our behalf; we will begin by selecting two charities for 2020.
  • Gather data to monitor ethnic ratios within the business and take positive action to regroup from groups that are under-represented. Our long-term goal would be to have an ethnic make-up in line with the London population.
  • Appoint board member(s) with diverse backgrounds, to help keep this D&I focus to the forefront of our business decisions from the top down.

PROVISIONAL TIMELINE
To be reviewed and updated as part of our quarterly progress update.

Diversity & Inclusion action plan

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Black Lives Matter: let’s educate ourselves

Black Lives Matter: let's educate ourselves

Here is a selection of online articles compiled by Yoga Alliance, which address racial injustices.

  • Al-Jazeera focuses a series of pieces on ending police brutality, as well as looks at reviews of racism around the world.
  • Curve Magazine writes about how LGBTQ organizations are uniting to combat racial violence.
  • Ebony Magazine posted an op-ed asking corporate America to stand up to racism.
  • Essence Magazine posted an article on what would have been Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday, including action items that can be taken to serve justice in her name.
  • Mashable shared mental health resources for black people trying to cope right now.
  • MindBodyGreen posted links to 75 black trainers, yogis, and fitness professionals’ accounts to support.
  • Out Magazine shares five ways you can support protestors wherever you are.
  • SELF posted a list of ways that black people are taking care of their wellbeing.
  • The Spokesman-Review covered how one yoga teacher helped set the intention for protests in the state of Washington.
  • The Washington Post published a piece on how residents are being encouraged to eat at black and brown-owned restaurants across the U.S.
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YogaLondon Teachers’ Lockdown Classes

YogaLondon Teachers' Lockdown Classes

Do you miss our teachers as much as we do? Here’s how to stay connected with them during the lockdown.

 

ABI BARBER

Banish any yoga nerves and step on the mat with Abi, who is offering classes every day of the week: everything from Morning Movement & Meditation; Slow Flow, a gentle practice suitable for everyone; and Vinyasa Flow, a more dynamic practice with plenty of room for wobbling and laughing! Suggested price £5-10 depending on duration. Find out more: www.abibiyoga.co.uk

 

ALICE TROW

Her style a mixture of strength and softness, Alice is live-streaming classes on YouTube every Monday morning and Tuesday evening. No need to book – just turn up and she’ll be there, leading you through varied and creative sequences to help you find your flow. Price is £6 a class, £20 for 4 classes or £35 unlimited for the month. Find out more: https://www.alicetrowyoga.com/classes

 

ANAIS MANIAVAL

Anais, YogaLondon’s French Fox, is making the most of her bilingualism by leading a Gentle Flow in French on Wednesdays and a Vinyasa class for all levels in English on Thursdays. Suggested price £5-10 or free for anyone who has lost their job because of the pandemic. Find out more: www.anaisyoga.org 

 

CORRIE MCCALLUM

Our Captain, Corrie, teaches an empowering and fluid style, free from those standardised alignment cues. She blends osteopathy, pain science, somatics, sports science, pilates, psychology and dance to tailor her classes to students. Vinyasa Flow classes and workshops running Tuesday to Thursday; price £6/£10. Find out more: www.stretchbreathesmile.com

 

FRANCESCA SANLORENZO

Philosophy guru Francesca shares her highly experienced teaching that places emphasis on the breath-work, enabling students to develop strength, flexibility, focus and balance both on and off the mat. She offers sessions on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, which connect body movements and breath. Donations accepted as payment. Find out more: www.bunow.co

 

JESS LEITCH

Jess currently offers 5 classes per week online, a mix of slow flow, flow & restore and restorative. All classes are taught with the intention of exploration, growth and self-understanding. Jess is also offering workshops and an online course on emotional resilience. YogaLondon students can sign up to her newsletter for a free class as a thank you for their support during this trying time. Price: £8 for 75 minutes. Find out more: shakeyourbuddhi.com/online 

 

JO HARRIS

Join Jo’s classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Rise and Shine is an open level Vinyasa flow class to energise and get you started for the day. Slow Flow is a moderately paced mindful flow. Pregnancy Yoga is suitable for women from 14 weeks onwards. Price: £8 for drop in or £25 for a 5 class pass. Find out more: www.joharrisyoga.com  

 

JOSHUA LECLAIR

Get ready to play! Joshua teaches high-energy classes on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. They’re led by alignment, presence, a sense of play, and encourage students to invite balance into their lives while pushing their boundaries as a yogi and an individual. His passion for theatre and dance merges with yoga to fuel these playful classes. Come prepared to play, find your edge, try new things, and not take anything too seriously! Find out more: yoga.joshualeclair.com

 

LUCINDA BEATTY

Restorative yoga expert, Luci, offers Vinyasa Flow sessions for all levels, as well as Restorative Yoga. Classes run every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and on alternate Fridays. Linking to the breath throughout, the attention is drawn to different parts of the body – finding balance by awakening lazy muscles and relaxing those that do too much work. Suggested donation: £10, feel free to pay what you can. Find out more: lucindabeatty.com

 

SANDRA PATERNOSTRO

Our very own Cheeky Yogi, Sandra, is leading classes on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, offering different flows and variations for all levels. Prices range between £8 and £12 and you can enjoy a free taster class with code YOGALONDON100! Find out more: www.yogaflowsandra.com

 

Have you joined one of our teachers’ online classes? We’d love to see the pictures! Tag us on instagram 🙂

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Yoga Teacher Training in India

Yoga Teacher Training India

So, you’re considering a yoga teacher training in India…where to begin? Rather, how to begin? You’ll find a plethora of information on the web, teacher training schools all touting themselves as the best in India, but what is it that you need and how on earth can you narrow down your options? In this article, we’ll review some of the best yoga teacher training schools in India, we’ll look at the top four reasons to complete your yoga teacher training in India, as well as the most popular destinations for yoga in India.

Many yogis consider a yoga teacher training in India due to the popularity and the prestige of saying, “I did my training in India!” It somehow sounds more authentic, more dedicated, a reflection of how much yoga means to you and your commitment to your practice and teaching. However, there are several things to consider before embarking on this journey. (more…)

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Do Yoga ANYWHERE this holiday season

Do Yoga ANYWHERE this holiday season

We are right in the middle of the holiday season! That time of year when yoga studios close down and personal practice is SO hard to come by. But, yoga is the perfect antidote to family gatherings and office parties. How does a yogi keep practicing when the festive spirit takes hold? (more…)

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