The Yoga Narrative

Yoga is for everyone. Health and wellbeing are innate desires that we share as human beings. Our ability to maintain and nourish our physical and mental health should not be denied us or limited via indirect discrimination such as socioeconomic status. Most people would probably agree with the above statement, however, that is not always reflected in mainstream spaces. Be it the costs to use the space or the verbal and non-verbal cues that signal if someone’s presence is actually desired and appreciated in the space. Many mainstream brands are voicing their concern for diversity while doing very little to make their products and services truly inclusive.

OYA Reaches Communities Often Underserved

As the founder of OYA: Body-Mind-Spirit Retreats, I want to reach communities often underserved and underrepresented in the mainstream. OYA Retreats organises spaces that serve a specific population: Black women and women of colour. We do so by delivering holistic wellness events in the forms of urban (day) retreats, weekend retreats as well as community yoga classes. Beginning again on 14 January 2018 from 2pm to 3pm we will offer donation-based community yoga classes that will take place every second Sunday of the month at Eve & Grace. Our community yoga classes are especially important because so many women have told us that they would like to practice yoga more, but either cannot afford large studios or are a bit too shy to go to a larger studio because they don’t feel they have enough experience. OYA provides women with a chance to build confidence through experience at low costs. Donations are requested between £5 and £7. However, we would never turn anyone away on account of financial considerations.

We all want the same things: to be happy and free.

Blog Post Written by Stacie

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