Living Yoga’s Social Justice Culture Education Initiative

We are providing research materials, discussion prompts, and suggestions for ways to engage in this work as well as supporting Racial Affinity Groups. Inspired by the work of Ruth King, and others, we are choosing to promote a racial affinity group model approach to this work. We believe this approach (education in small racial affinity groups) minimizes re-traumatization and promotes individual growth. It is our experience that individual growth creates a ripple effect that brings along family, friends, students, colleagues, and communities.

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What are Racial Affinity Groups?

Racial Affinity Groups are groups that are made up of individuals with the same, or similar, racialized identities.

In a Racial Affinity Space, White people do the work to support each other in understanding how whiteness shows up in their lives. Black people do the same for themselves, LatinX people, etc.

Why small groups?

Large group processing often overburdens and potentially re-traumatizes those who experience more direct cultural oppressions. This might show up like the expectation, subtle or even subconscious, that a Black person must speak on behalf of all Black people, or a Transgender individual for all Trans folx, or that White people are supposed to listen only, not contribute.

We believe we all have learning to do, and action to take. We also believe we will make mistakes in this process. Making these mistakes in small, racial affinity groups, allows us to minimize the potential for re-traumatization. It also affords us the freedom to come together in larger community trusting that we are all dedicated to doing the work.

What does this all mean?

This means joining (or forming) a group of 2-4 people who share your racialized identity and want to engage in supported education with each other using the resources we provide.

  1. Join a group, create your own, or work alone if you prefer.

  2. Living Yoga will provide a Monthly Topic and Inspiration Quote from a shared resource such as a book, article, or podcast.

  3. Spend an hour or two with the resource materials on your own.

  4. Come together once a month with your group, or set aside solo time, to process.

Living Yoga class at Tabor Space

Living Yoga class at Tabor Space

Living Yoga Student at Columbia River Correctional Institution

Living Yoga Student at Columbia River Correctional Institution

Where do I sign up?

You can start right away using any of the resources linked below, on your own.

If you’d like to be a part of a White bodied group please email christopher@living-yoga.org

If you’d like to be a part of a B.I.P.O.C. bodied group please email info@living-yoga.org

*At this time, the B.I.P.O.C. individuals involved in our Social Justice Culture initiative are choosing to meet in one larger group to better understand how Racial Affinity Groups work for them.

If you don’t know where you belong and would like support in joining a group, please email info@living-yoga.org