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January 2022 Ambassador Spotlight: Sher Amos-Grosser

Jan 20, 2022

Every month we feature an Accessible Yoga Ambassador who is doing incredible work in their community. Are you a current Ambassador who'd like to be featured? Nominate yourself!

Sher Amos-Grosser (she/her)
, our Ambassador Spotlight for January 2022,  identifies as a dark-skinned, hearing impaired, college educated, American raised, of Spanish-Filipino descent, cisgender, spiritual woman, and she lives on ancestral Ohlone land, known today as Hillsborough, California.

Sher believes that we have the potential to support people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, background, experience, and ability. Sher has been in education and service roles since 1991, working at several nonprofits supporting local youth. Sher also taught in the most challenged public schools in downtown Los Angeles, East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park. Today, she teaches chair yoga through a nonprofit she founded named Edu-Wellness. Edu-Wellness supports public school teachers in the most...

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Getting Vaxxed Was My Act of Ahimsa

Jan 13, 2022

Protecting myself against COVID-19 was my way of showing love for the people in my community.

by Wolf Terry

This article was originally published in Yoga Journal in July 2021. Reprinted with permission.

Before the world went into lockdown in March 2020, the word “pandemic” had never been part of my regular vocabulary—and I’m willing to guess I’m not the only one. I am fortunate to be surrounded by people who could not only help explain the relevance and real-life impact of COVID-19, but also drive home the fact that stamping down the virus would be a community effort.  

One of my closest and oldest friends is an epidemiologist. Using both the plague (the topic of his doctoral thesis) and the flu pandemic of 1918 as examples, he helped me understand the harm an uncontrollable virus is capable of, as well as the lasting impact on our bodies, on ecology, and on humanity itself.  

The plague still exists, he told me. It can be...

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A Queer Dharma: Metta, Privilege, and Oppression

Jan 10, 2022

by Jacoby Ballard

This post is an excerpt from A Queer Dharma by Jacoby Ballard, published by North Atlantic Books, copyright © 2021 Jacoby Ballard. Reprinted by permission of North Atlantic Books. Buy Your Copy Now >>

The selected excerpt appears within the chapter entitled, "Loving Ourselves Whole." Dive deeper by joining Jacoby for his upcoming book club, beginning Friday, January 14, 2022. Sign Up Now >>

"Metta, Privilege, and Oppression"

There is a profound relationship between our personal practice and our collective experience, Larry Yang teaches. A connection exists between our internal and societal transformation. What we do in our practice is not just an internal experience. Our practice invites us to study the root of our behavior and whether it comes from love or fear. The soul has no gender, no race, no age, but is simultaneously richer for the particulars of our individual experience through race, age, gender, dis/ability, and other signifiers....

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Teaching Truly Mixed-Level Yoga Classes

Jan 06, 2022

by Jivana Heyman

Originally published on the Accessible Yoga Training School blog and reprinted with permission.

As the COVID pandemic continues on, the options of practicing yoga in person may once again be fleeting. But there are some real benefits of practicing yoga online, including heightened sensitivity to our inner experience and the possibility of avoiding the trap of competition that can appear in an in-person yoga class.

As yoga teachers, we need to help our students find safe and effective ways to practice whether it’s online or in person. One of the most helpful ways of doing this is to offer many variations and options for every practice that we teach. And even more importantly, to avoid a hierarchy in our teaching which can lead students to think that doing a more physically advanced practice equates with advanced yoga, when it really doesn’t.

Advanced yoga is heightened sensitivity to our inner world potentially leading to connection with our...

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COVID & Yoga: An Overview of Our January Programs

Dec 31, 2021

At the beginning of 2021, as the world continued to adjust to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Accessible Yoga likewise opted to continue expanding our online offerings to continue serving our community from the safety and comfort of home. Beginning in January 2021 with our first official Accessible Yoga Community Forum on mental health and trauma-informed yoga, and eventually expanding into a full slate of sample asana classes, teacher workshops, and continued forums on new topics each month. We're excited to continue offering these programs in 2022.
A year into this expanded programming, we're coming back around, full-circle, to the world-changing event that started it to begin with--our theme for January 2022 is yoga in the age of COVID-19. Our presenters this month will explore a range of topics related to the impacts of the pandemic on the yoga industry as well as how yoga practice can support our health and wellbeing as the situation continues to evolve.
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Welcome to the New Accessible Yoga Blog

Dec 24, 2021

Dear Accessible Yoga Community,

I know I don't have to tell you that the last couple of years have called upon all of us to reckon with the fact and force of change, perhaps to the greatest extent many of us have ever experienced. Speaking for myself, I can say with certainty that I've been absolutely humbled by the seemingly-breakneck pace and breadth of change that I seem to be experiencing around and within me. At times, I feel completely overwhelmed.

I'm not sure I'd call myself a warrior, and I certainly haven't been bequeathed divine sight. But in moments when I've started to feel like everything I think I know, and much of what I've looked to for stability, has suddenly been caught up in an unending whirlwind that I can no longer make out the shape of, I've started to identify somewhat with Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita, bowing in both awe and terror at the sight of Kṛṣṇa's true cosmic form revealed. I've spent a lot of time lately sitting in the presence of my own fear, naming...

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