全美瑜伽联盟RYS200 + RYS300认证学校

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下文由悦上瑜伽翻译自全美瑜伽联盟主席兼CEO,Shannon Roche,发给我校的信件。

Black Lives Matter | A Community Invitation to Address Racism
发件人:President & CEO of Yoga Alliance, Shannon Roche

时   间:2020年6月2日(星期二) 下午2:26


瑜伽联盟和瑜伽联盟基金会谨向乔治·弗洛伊德(George Floyd)的家庭和社区,以及布伦娜·泰勒(Breonna Taylor),艾莫德·阿伯里(Ahmaud Arbery)的家庭和社区,以及许多因警察暴力和种族恐怖而被缩短生命的人们致以最深切的慰问。我们与您站在一起。

呼吸。练习和教授瑜伽的我们以深刻而直接的方式理解呼吸。我们知道,呼吸在赋予生命,在改变着生命,并且对于这个地球上的每一个生命都是共享的,平等的。我们确切地知道乔治·弗洛伊德(George Floyd)的遗言,这回响了六年前埃里克·加纳(Eric Garner)的遗言-“我无法呼吸”-是什么意思,以及从他身上夺走了什么。



乔治·弗洛伊德(George Floyd)的谋杀案以及布雷娜·泰勒(Breonna Taylor),艾莫德·阿伯里(Ahmaud Arbery)以及他们面前的其他许多人的谋杀,是数十年来最阴险的种族歧视的结果。在美国,这一历史始于土著人民的被暴力导致的流离失所,其次是对黑人,家庭和社区的剥削和虐待,在此基础上建立了美国。正是这种情况导致了这样一个时刻:一场大流行病可以在我们的有色人种中造成不成比例的破坏性影响。正是在这种情况下,一个外出慢跑的男人可能会被枪杀,或者是执法人员觉得有正当理由在自己家里射杀一个看电视的女人,或者跪在一个男人的脖子上,偷走他的呼吸。





Dear Yoga Alliance members,

Yoga Alliance and the Yoga Alliance Foundation wish to express our deepest condolences to the family and community of George Floyd, as well as the families and communities of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so very many others whose lives have been cut short due to police violence and racial terror. We stand with you.

Breath. We who practice and teach yoga understand breath, in a deep and intimate way. We know that breath is life-giving, that it is life-changing, and that it is shared, equally, among every living being on this earth. We know exactly what George Floyd’s last words, which echoed those of Eric Garner nearly six years before—“I can’t breathe”—meant, and exactly what was taken from him.

We speak of yoga as a “practice” intentionally, even in reference to the most senior, most learned teachers among us. In doing so, we acknowledge two important truths. The first of these demonstrates that, for all of us, there is no end to our life’s work of learning, and growing and transforming based on those learnings. The second, which can be hard to grapple with and see, is that the indicators and markers that we use to try to make sense of who we are ourselves, and who we are in relation to others, are nothing more than constructs that we create.

These constructs serve our own, deeply human, need to understand and define ourselves. In one way or another, the search for this understanding is what brought many of us to yoga. However, like most concepts and definitions, our understanding of ourselves is often easiest to comprehend when juxtaposed against something or someone else. In our searches to define ourselves, we open the door to—in fact, we necessitate—understanding those whose lives appear in any way different from our own as “other,” regardless of our intention.

George Floyd’s murder, along with those of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others before them, is the result of decades and centuries of that most insidious form of othering—racism. In the U.S., this history began with the violent displacement of indigenous peoples, followed by the exploitation and abuse of Black people, families, and communities, from which the foundation of this country was established. It is what has led to a moment when a pandemic can create an impact shown to be so disproportionately devastating within our communities of color. It is what has led to a moment in which a man out for a jog can be shot to death, or a moment when a law enforcement officer can feel justified in shooting a woman watching television in her own home, or kneeling on a man’s neck and stealing his breath.

Racism and hate, as this community should recognize, know, and practice, is the opposite of yoga. It is the opposite of everything that we know yoga to teach us. Ending this kind of hatred, at its core, is yogic work.

Yoga Alliance and the Yoga Alliance Foundation are committed to this work, as I am personally. Our plans are constantly evolving as we deepen our learning, and they are imperfect—we do not have a neatly packaged plan to roll out here, and we will likely make mistakes along the way. In fact, I have already made some—we should have issued this statement many days, if not years, ago. We made the mistake of focusing on finding the right words—but prioritizing taking the kind of time necessary to find the “right” words in this moment is a privilege, when what the community needs is words of solidarity and action instead of words of poetry. I recognize this, and I am committed to doing the work and leading our organization into more explicit supportive action in the days, weeks, and years ahead.

Yoga Alliance and the Yoga Alliance Foundation will keep showing up, imperfectly, including in this moment. This will be uncomfortable—for us, certainly, and perhaps for you. But it is in this discomfort where our yoga community, especially those of us who are white, can be part of the essential work to deconstruct systems of oppression and the stains of racism. This is our duty. This is our responsibility. This is our dharma.

I believe this community can take on this challenge with bravery and courage—welcoming and working through discomfort to greater understanding and growth, as that is familiar to those of us who return to our mats every day. We invite you to join us.



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