As a white woman teaching yoga, I must acknowledge the cultural appropriation and power dynamics that come with this practice. Although yoga originated in India, it has been widely westernised, leading to the erasure of its cultural roots and the exploitation of the communities from which it originated. 

Navigating this space has been an ongoing journey, requiring a lot of self-reflection and unlearning of harmful and stereotypical beliefs about yoga’s origins and practitioners. I prioritise offering classes that are accessible and welcoming to all, regardless of race, gender, or ability. 

One approach I use is constantly educating myself by seeking out resources that amplify the voices of BIPOC in the yoga community. I also strive to create a space where everyone can share their experiences and insights, recognising that as a teacher, I am not the authority on yoga. 

My goal is to honor the roots of this practice while making it inclusive and accessible for everyone. It is essential to acknowledge the history and cultural significance of yoga and ensure that I am not appropriating or misrepresenting it in any way. 

I believe that by constantly striving to do better, we can create a positive impact in the yoga community and beyond. As a white woman teaching yoga, I have a responsibility to do this work with care, humility and respect. 

If you’re interested in practicing yoga with me, I offer classes in restorative yoga, yin yoga, pranayama, and meditation. Please get in touch to learn more. Together, we can create a more welcoming and respectful yoga community.