Lessons in Conference Planning – After Boundaries and Bridges 2019

2019-06-10T20:01:05+00:00

The Inspiration - why host a conference about bad stuff? On May 25, Yoga Outreach hosted its first ever conference: Exploring Boundaries, Building Bridges: Connecting Yoga, community, and self. We started by booking Matthew Remski, who had recently published a book about the aftermath of sexual abuse revelations in a well-known yoga community. While planning this author visit, we realized that there was even more to talk about. In the case of Pattabhi Jois, victims were fearful of coming forward against this popular important leader, and communities around the world reacted with complete denial, vicious anger, or suggestions that victims simply [...]

Lessons in Conference Planning – After Boundaries and Bridges 20192019-06-10T20:01:05+00:00

The West’s bias toward a good/bad binary makes us vulnerable – and not in a good way

2019-06-05T14:48:50+00:00

“People who are unwilling or unable to take an honest look at their own shadows might be equally poor at seeing other people’s shadow sides. This makes them vulnerable to manipulation and abuse.” A Conversation with Liana Yip, Registered Clinical Counsellor Yoga Outreach: Liana, how far is too far ...spiritually? Liana Yip: When I came back from studying yoga in India - intended to supplement my Master’s degree in clinical counselling - I felt a renewed purpose in my life, entirely devoted to the spiritual path, God, and the Universal. But at the same time I felt increasingly disconnected to this [...]

The West’s bias toward a good/bad binary makes us vulnerable – and not in a good way2019-06-05T14:48:50+00:00

Salons are fun, but can’t provide SELF care.

2019-05-14T11:28:33+00:00

The difference between mainstream "self-care" and caring for oneself A conversation with Insiya Rasiwala-Finn, yoga teacher, writer, and Ayurvedic counsellor   YO: When you read “self-care” in a mainstream magazine or on a billboard, what does that bring up for you? IRF: This is so pertinent right now. I was just scrolling through my email – which attracts a lot of junk mail unfortunately – and a button on an email from GOOP (Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness site) popped out, promising mobile manicures and spa treatments. That is exactly what self-care has come to mean in mainstream culture: taking time out of the [...]

Salons are fun, but can’t provide SELF care.2019-05-14T11:28:33+00:00

How do you know if you’re Spiritually Bypassing?

2019-05-06T11:22:13+00:00

"A yoga studio can be this weird place where you do something together but remain alone, boundaried by a strip of rubber, a Mona-Lisa smile, and a fixed gaze. The premise is that “going inside” is all that’s needed for your life — and all life — to improve. That can be framed in the jargons of self-improvement or spirituality, equally. " -- Matthew Remski, author  Yoga Outreach had the opportunity to interview Matthew Remski, author, yoga-culture critic, and keynote speaker at Exploring Boundaries, Building Bridges: Connecting Yoga, community, and self YO: The term Spiritual Bypassing (SB) is becoming more common [...]

How do you know if you’re Spiritually Bypassing?2019-05-06T11:22:13+00:00

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