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"Community Yoga" During my morning meditation this question floated through that I thought I would pose to you and pay it some attention. Why or when did you start using terms like Community Yoga? It typically references a class that costs less, is perhaps free, normally at a less than convenient time, and open to the whole of the community (these are assumptions). Why are all of your classes not community classes? Is the whole community less welcome or less able to attend your other classes? Are you creating division by segregating 'community'? Often our intent lands in a way that was unintended but I'm having trouble shaking this idea that while 'community class' sounds great from a marketing prospective, could be a backwards way of perpetuating division.
There are a number of inner dialogues I can think of that would bring up thoughts of not enoughness when I hear, "come to our community class"... meanwhile others can attend a "normal class". Thinking out loud over here, but what would it be like instead, to have a studio where all classes are simply classes. Where our pricing structure was such that we didnt need to sell a 'community class'. We are all a part of the 'community' and a space without the power over/power under mentality with some classes for the community and some for those who can afford it seems more in line with union. Where are our spaces that step back, take a look at who's in the room and collectively offer a place where humans can simply practice yoga together without underlying shame for not being able to make a 'regular class'? In a media driven, power hungry society that is constantly creating division, where can we push back and reimagine what community means and truly have each others backs? If you're in, be fully in, if that doesnt work for you, then own that, just dont play the edge at others expense (literally and psychologically) because it looks like a good business model. My hope through all of this is that we really can begin to look at our spaces with a new lense, get creative, work together, push limits and collectively grow and heal💕
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