Since I’ve started practicing Yoga, I have observed a few things.
- There’s not enough representation of women of color in the yoga communities.
- Not enough black women do yoga.
Contrary to popular belief, there is a handful of us who loves the idea of yoga, but very few of us have taken the initiative to start practicing. A part of my observation reveals that what we’re challenged with in our daily lives may have a huge part in why many of us don’t practice, when in fact, these challenges should be the very reason why more of us should.
Being a woman PERIOD in this society is hard. Being a BLACK WOMAN in this society is a lot more difficult.
- We are the backbones of our families despite our fragility.
- We raise sons in a cruel world where they’re considered a threat because of the color of their skin.
- Society downplays our fierceness yet imitates us with cultural appropriation
- Black women are the most disrespected in general society and sadly our male counterparts have a lot to do with that.
- The corporate world dismisses our intelligence.
- The beauty industry brainwashes our little girls into believing our dark skin and natural hair is not beautiful enough.
- We scream strength when we really need a hug.
- Our diets are not the best. We know it but eat the way we do anyway.
- Expenses are through the roof
- More time for work, less time for fun
As we navigate through life as mothers, life partners, daughters, friends, employees, entrepreneurs, etc. while carrying all of the aforementioned on our shoulders, it’s easy for us to fall into a path of limited motivation.
Believe it or not, yoga can change how we feel mentally, emotionally, and physically!
As I’ve explained here, there are AMAZING benefits of yoga. Yoga gives you the ability to progress mentally, emotionally, and physically. With yoga, you’ll not only increase flexibility and endurance but you’ll also increase self-esteem. As a form of meditation, it’ll also help you learn to breathe and live in the moment. You’ll also be given the urge to eat healthier. When you eat light, you’re able to execute poses better.
Yoga also alleviates stress and anxiety. With all we, as black women, go through today, yoga is exactly what’s needed.
It’s up to you to take that initiative. Starting yoga proves that you care about yourself. If attending a yoga class is not in your budget or time frame, start practicing safely at home. (FYI, that’s how I started. Although, a class is preferred so you’ll get the training you need from a teacher who can guide you safely and without injury). It sends such a positive message to your heart and mind that your overall well-being is a priority. The more you practice, the more you’re capable of growing. You just have to start! Go here for the six types of yoga for beginners.