For many of us, the words “yoga practitioner” conjure a very specific — and very narrow — image. Although yoga philosophy emphasizes inclusion, individual expression, and non-judgment, modern yoga, particularly in the United States, has gained a reputation for being an exclusive, elite physical fitness activity. Yoga District’s aim is to turn this misunderstanding of yoga on its head. A major part of our operation is our non-profit outreach arm, Yoga Activist, which brings free yoga to underserved communities like shelters, nursing homes, and inner-city schools. Moreover, we strive to make classes at our six Yoga District studios affordable and accessible to all by offering low class fees, a sliding scale, and work-study internships. Yoga is about connection, breath, health, and release, and we believe its profound benefits belong to everyone.
For a fascinating look at inclusivity and exclusivity in the practice of yoga, check out this article on the new documentary series, “Yoga and Diversity,” produced by the non-profit Global Mind Body.