What we are doing

  1. We are in allyship with Conscious Roots. Our first Anti-Racism Series begins July 26.
  2. Since 2016, we offer 1-2  Universality Scholarship for BIPOC and marginalized groups to attend Swan School
  3. We encourage brave dharma talks on current social subjects in our yoga class, if teachers choose.
  4. Swan River Yoga will offer monthly fundraising yoga classes in support of local and world-wide organizations who work to end racism and social injustice in our world. 100% of the proceeds from each fundraiser will be donated.  Our intention is to contribute raised funds from specified yoga classes to organizations chosen by each teacher. We will continue to add to our list of classes and organizations as we learn more.

 

Our statement on Black Lives Matter posted June 7, 2020. We look forward to listening, learning and always doing better. Swan River Yoga stands behind the Black Lives Matter movement and the black community in togetherness.

We firmly stand against oppression, systemic racism, white supremacy, degradation, violence, abuse, aggression, brutality, putting others down, harming others, abusing others, degrading others, divisiveness, inequity and inequality.

We recognize there is a part of a shared humanity that is broken. One race broken means we are all broken, separate and divided. This is why black lives matter.We know we can not fully understand. That is why this is humbling, but we stand with you.

We are committed to continuing this ongoing conversation, to practicing integration, education, unlearning, reflection, listening and putting into action the core principles of unity and dignity for ALL beings.

We too will continue to learn and do better, together.

May we listen, reflect, integrate, care, learn and act on this important moment in our lives peacefully in human decency, respect and unification, adding more love to the collective.

Recommended Resources

Read (please buy from Black-owned bookstores)
• ANYTHING by Ibram X. Kendi
• ANYTHING by Ta-Nehisi Coates
• ANYTHING by Angela Davis
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
Me & White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad (hard copies are sold out, but ebooks are available!)
Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga to Create a Just World by Michelle Cassandra Johnson
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Waking up White by Debby Irving

Watch
• 13th (Netflix)
• When They See Us (Netflix)
• The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (Netflix)
• What Happened, Miss Simone? (Netflix)
• Dear White People (Netflix)
• Fruitvale Station (Netflix)
• 12 Years a Slave (Netflix)
• Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap (Netflix episode within a series)
• Get Out (rent on iTunes)

Listen
• A Decade of Watching Black People Die (Code Switch Podcast)
• Kaepernick (Still Processing Podcast)
• The Systems that Protect the Police (The Daily Podcast)
• The Big Question (About Race Podcast)
• Brene Brown with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist (Unlocking Us Podcast)
• Jessica Lanyadoo on Racism and Astrology (Ghost of a Podcast)
Conscious Roots Radio Episode 66: the state of america, part 1 (part 2 airs this coming Tuesday from 4-5pm central on WHIVfm!)

Organizations to Support
Black Lives Matter
Black Visions Collective
• The Kentucky Branch of the NAACP
Color of Change
Mutual Aid Networks
Movement for Black Lives
Unicorn Riot


Conscious Roots – we are creating a new series of coaching workshops in the next couple of weeks focused on unpacking white supremacy culture and examining white privilege. We’re a business that’s focused on equity, inclusion, and racial justice by creating provocative content and engaging learning experiences. Our team is 100% Queer, majority People of Color, majority non-binary, and majority coming from low-income backgrounds.