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We're Learning + Listening: March Edition

In order to grow and understand the many viewpoints of humankind, we must continue to seek knowledge. There has been a rise of anti-Asian attacks on the elderly in America recently and we understand that these experiences are nothing new. In this month’s resource guide, we are including some Asian voices so that we can better understand the model minority myth and how it supports white supremacy. We hope you’ll join us!  What We’re Reading Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Yuri Kochiyama: Heartbeat of Struggle by Diane C. Fujino Afro Asia: Revolutionary Political & Cultural Connections Between African Americans and Asian Americans: by Fred Ho and Bill V. Mullen Revolution of the Soul: by Sean Corn...

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Teacher Spotlight: Q&A with James Sander

James began practicing moving meditation and flow arts in 2004 by-way-of Tai Chi Chih and healing hands. Hatha yoga found him during an intensive experience in the winter of 2012 via the Veterans Administration. Yoga and meditation stirred his curiosity immediately.  He began practicing transcendental meditation the following year. And since, he’s never halted his exploration of contemplative arts whether the modality is the mantra, meditation, asana, breath-work, and flow.  1. How did you discover yoga and how has it impacted your life?  A November morning in '11 and I arrived for work at Microsoft. I raised my badge to open the door. My body was hit with the most intense anxiety. My body said, "No! We will not work...

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We're Learning + Listening: February Edition

Let’s be real. Every month should be Black History Month. But regardless, we’re continuing to compile resources that educate and support equality, social justice and empowerment. If you missed our resource guide last month—check it out. In the meantime, here’s a fresh list of reading material, podcasts and other resources that have been curated by the Urban Sanctuary tribe.  What We’re Reading Do Better: Spiritual Activism for Fighting and Healing from White Supremacy by Rachel Ricketts  Egyptian Yoga: The Philosophy of Enlightenment by Muata Ashby Egyptian Yoga: Postures of the Gods and Goddesses by Muata Ashby Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo ...

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Teacher Spotlight: Q&A with Soly C

Soly first discovered yoga as a teenager with severe health problems. Both then and now, yoga has been her favorite form of therapy and self-love. She has studied both Sacred Hot Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga and has completed 500 hours of training since 2017. Her goal as a teacher is to gift every student with a sense of peace and belonging in their body and in the world around them.  1. How did you first discover yoga? How did it shift your life? I first discovered yoga as a 16 year old in very poor mental and emotional health. About a month after realizing that I had a brain tumor, an endocrinologist recommended that I incorporate yoga into my life...

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Things Change When You Choose Actions Over Words

Taking action can come in many forms and we welcome them all. Last year was a year to take stock in yourself and how you showed up in the world. This year is an extension of that. Work still needs to be done, not just for the individual but for the collective. One of our favorite ways to stay connected, educated and mindful of ourselves is by learning. When our eyes are opened by knowledge of a good book, podcast or documentary, we want to share it with you in hopes that you will read it, get inspired and share it with someone else. Spreading the word about decolonization, anti- racism, hope and joy is what will help us heal...

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