How I spend my yoga privilege


Depression and anxiety are frequent visitors for me. The trick is to wait them out, not battle them directly. Instead I meditate daily and practice yoga asana - either through my gym membership ($35/month) or online (internet access $80/month). In my yoga teacher training (approximately $3500), I learned to meditate. Practicing regularly reminds me that I’m not my thoughts, especially not the ones that say, “You suck. You’re a horrible person.” This is only depression talking.  Yoga asana reminds me that I am patient and strong enough to wait out this enemy. Physical practice connects my mind to my body and [...]

How I spend my yoga privilege2021-09-14T17:04:42+00:00

Why I’ll always find time to volunteer


Volunteerism is an important family value of mine. From as early as I can remember, my Grandma and Mom have been avid about donating time and financial resources to their communities. There was an expectation that, if we had privilege, we should reinvest in our communities to help elevate the people who didn’t. The benefits of volunteering are plentiful. Here are four reasons I will always make time to volunteer. Purpose We are all searching for purpose in our lives.  My personal “purpose mission” is to leave the world in a better state than I found it. Caring about others is [...]

Why I’ll always find time to volunteer2020-04-23T10:57:39+00:00

A New Way to Pay for Yoga Outreach Workshops


Yoga Outreach is trying out sliding scale payments for our exciting new Knowledge Development series in Vancouver beginning fall 2019. That means folks will have three options at check-out for each course: Tier 1 - Pay the true cost of the class, including the facilitator’s time, the facility, and administrative costs. This is what we would charge all students in the absence of a sliding scale.  Tier 2 - Pay this amount if you can’t attend at the full price, but you have a steady enough income to cover your basic needs, plus a few treats each month. Please consider drawing [...]

A New Way to Pay for Yoga Outreach Workshops2019-07-12T14:22:37+00:00

Lessons in Conference Planning – After Boundaries and Bridges 2019


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 didn't "get" what [...]

Lessons in Conference Planning – After Boundaries and Bridges 20192021-11-10T18:12:33+00:00

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


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 normal hustle of daily life to receive a treatment of [...]

Salons are fun, but can’t provide SELF care.2021-11-10T17:57:10+00:00


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