Yoga Talk Podcast 11: Is Yoga for the Rich?
Building a More Inclusive Community
Where can we find affordable yoga? And how can we make our classes more welcoming and inclusive? Kat and Michael discuss!
(Thanks to listener Holly for the topic suggestion!)
Talking points include:
Why does yoga cost so much?
- "Why Is Yoga So Expensive?" by EKACHAKRA at Om Shanti: A Yoga Blog
- Demographics of yoga practitioners
- Costs of “yoga culture” aside from just the classes
- Style.com article: Looking Like Money: How Wellness Became the New Luxury Status Symbol, by Hayley Phelan (We’ve referenced this before, but it’s a good one!)
The luxury of time
- “Is Yoga for the Rich?” by Karen Macklin at the Pranamaya blog
- "Ayurveda Is a Political Practice. Part One: Economic Justice," by Matthew Remski
Awesome people and organizations working to make yoga more accessible
- Yoga Service Council
- Off the Mat Into the World
- Lineage Project
- Street Yoga
- "Making Yoga Affordable to All"
- Living Yoga
The challenges and concerns of "bringing yoga" to groups one is not a part of
- "Examining Power, Privilege and Oppression in Yoga Service," by Jacoby Ballard at Decolonizing Yoga
Making our classes more inclusive
- "Teachers: Are You Accidentally Shaming Your Students? How to Make Class More Inclusive," by Amber Karnes
- “Is Your Yoga Studio Feminism-Free?” by Kimberly Dark at the Ms. Magazine blog
What about yoga teachers?/Affordable and inclusive teacher trainings
- The average annual salary of a yoga teacher
- "Yoga Teachers: Overstretched and Underpaid," by Ned Resnikoff at MSNBC.com (July 2014)
- Bureau of Labor Statistics data
- “How I Went Broke Trying to Teach Yoga,” by Jessica Pishko at Credit.com
- "Yoga Education for All," by Henry Cross at Elephant Journal
- Yoga Alliance Foundation scholarships
Where to find affordable yoga?
- Donation-based classes
- Community classes
- Benefits and annoyances of free classes in yoga clothing stores
- Grassroots practices/yoga meetups with friends/connecting online to meet in person
- Classes at YMCAs, Jewish Community Centers, and local rec departments
- Barter/trade/"karma yoga"
- More ideas from Go Ask Alice: "Yoga on the Cheap?"
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