We are in the process of developing a clear, comprehensive mission statement addressing our commitment to diversity and inclusion at the Shala. It is a work in progress, and we thank our diversity committee—Sasha, Shevy, and Megna—for their help.
We at the Shala recognize how in both the global and in our personal yoga community there has been a lack of diversity, inclusivity, and representation. We believe all people should have access to yoga and its benefits, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, age, religion, culture, or socioeconomic status.
Our yoga practice reminds us that spiritual growth and social change are two sides of the same coin. We cannot bring about justice and equality for all without turning our gaze inward to see where we (as individuals and as a community) are failing. We need to hold ourselves accountable in bringing about the changes we want to see in the world. With clear intention and tapas (fiery discipline), we are committed to the work of fostering a safe, welcoming, inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment for growth and learning.
It is of the utmost importance that our policies, trainings, workshops, and teaching practices support greater social change and contribute to consciousness-raising both within and outside of the studio. It may be a slow process with many bumps along the way, but we do this together as a sangha (community) We welcome your feedback as we course-correct in our initiative to make the world a safer, more just place for all.