at Laughing River Yoga
Free and incentivized programming designed to support and sustain the health and wellness of our BIPOC community members.
The Yoga Equity Project
The Yoga Equity Project strives to extend the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga and meditation to everyone by addressing the inequities that have historically kept many people from accessing yoga spaces.
After receiving an overwhelmingly positive response to our paid BIPOC Affinity Space Series, the message was clear. There is a need for more freely offered Affinity Spaces and wellness opportunities for BIPOC in our community. Inspired by the Yoga Equity Project modeled at Otter Creek Yoga, we started to wonder...
How will it be possible to sustain this programming without any substantial increase in income or attendance at the studio? How can we continue to support the needs of BIPOC students in our community at no cost to them? What is the future of the Yoga Equity Project at Laughing River Yoga?
The future will be shaped by our BIPOC yoga instructors (Sasha, Candace, Mireya, Malaika and Joshua) and guided by our founding tenets.
We designed the Yoga Equity Project with LRY's founding tenets as a guide:
1. No one is free until we are all free
The Yoga Equity Project strives to confront the disparities that exist in the community by removing the financial barriers preventing some students from participating in wellness opportunities such as yoga.
2. We believe in the power of yoga to heal
We work to create healing affinity spaces where BIPOC students can let down their hyper-vigilance. We acknowledge not everyone is treated equally and work toward repair in our community.
3. Yoga Changes the World through Transforming Individual Lives
This project invests in BIPOC students and instructors to counteract racism and honor the beauty and value of Brown and Black lives.
4. Your Essence is Unconditional Love
We strive to create a more diverse studio environment for the benefit of all.
As of April 15, 2022 we raised $12,950 to support the
Yoga Equity Project at Laughing River Yoga!
Our Goal: Raise $10,000 in 30 days
With $12,950 we will we be able to pay BIPOC yoga teachers to design and freely offer yoga programs for the BIPOC community all year long, starting with our first freely-offered & incentivized BIPOC Affinity Space weekly drop-in class on Tuesday evenings from 5:45-7pm live & live-streamed from the Chace Mill. Participants will be paid $20 for attending class. Class style and instructors will vary from month to month, giving students the opportunity to try out new class styles and get to know our team of BIPOC teachers!
Tentative Class Schedule:
May: Malaika DosRemedios- Gentle Yoga & Pranayama
June: Mireya Guerra- Vinyasa
We are so excited to have the space to work more closely with our amazing advisory council of BIPOC yoga teachers. They will be the ones brainstorming, designing and teaching the curriculum. Their wisdom and experience is a true asset! Stay tuned for more BIPOC-centered and BIPOC-led offerings at LRY.