How many of you have thought of yoga as a privilege? Let me rephrase: how many women out there have thought of yoga as a privilege?
If you didn’t know, yoga is a health and fitness tradition that was traditionally designed for men. Back in the day, if a woman wanted to practice yoga, she was forced to leave her community and abandon her family. It’s only recently that western women have flooded yoga studios and integrated yoga into their daily routines.
Eastside Yoga, which is a popular east Austin yoga studio, feels that more people need to know about the sexist roots of yoga in order to continue spreading it throughout the community of women as well as to people who might not readily have access to a yoga mat.
As a privileged college student, you might not think twice about having yoga available to you, but the truth of the matter is that there are many people in our society who don’t have access to this calming, meditative and beneficial exercise routine. In order to spread yoga into places of limited access such as homeless shelters, prisons, schools and recovery clinics, Eastside Yoga, in partnership with Community Yoga Austin, is holding a fundraising film screening and bake sale.
Yogawoman will explore the male-driven past of yoga as well as spread light on the politically subversive nature of women practicing yoga. Specifically, this fundraiser will help bring no-cost yoga classes to east Austin’s Kealing Middle School. Kealing Middle School is one of only four magnet schools in Austin.
For those of you who don’t know, a magnet school is designed to shape the minds of some of the best and brightest students in their community. Since magnet schools create a blended cross-section of the brightest students in their district, many of them might very well be from low-income families who might not be able to send their children to regularly scheduled yoga classes.
Even if you’ve never practiced yoga, you’ll be able to chomp on delicious cookies, watch a cool film and enjoy the peaceful, serene atmosphere of this eastside favorite.
Friday, April 6, 7:30 PM
1050 East 11th St
Suggested Donation: $5