We’re sharing a few of our favorite resources to help you educate yourself, stay informed and take action against racism and its effects.
Whether we intend to or not, we are reinforcing white supremacy in our society unless we are actively pursuing anti-racist policies. We at Lighthouse don’t want any part in white supremacy, and we’re sure you don’t either.
There are vast amounts of books, articles, podcasts, and more out there to help you educate yourself, stay informed and take action. We’re pointing you in the direction of a variety of resources available, and below you’ll see we’ve highlight a number of books, podcasts and social media accounts more directly related to yoga and yogic teachings.
Here’s a good list of Anti-Racism Resources, which is a good place to start.
We also encourage you to check out this working document on Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources, with the goal of facilitating growth for white folks to become allies, and eventually accomplices, in anti-racism work. This document is invaluable as it is structured in a way to best promote development of awareness and consciousness.
Defund the Police: What Does it Mean?
Here are some recent articles that explain what “defund the police” means to our community and our safety. The fundamental idea is to invest in communities rather than policing to ensure public safety for all. It might sound a little counter-intuitive at first, but when you read the explanations, it starts to make sense.
- Washington Post
- American Friends Service Committee Statement
- The Guardian
- The Atlantic
- New York Times
- Rolling Stone
Please support our local, Black-owned bookstore and order from Loyalty Bookstore and be sure check out Loyalty’s more comprehensive list of recommended anti-racism books.
My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem (top pick!)
How to Be an AntiRacist by Ibram X. Kendi (local author)
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (challenge your assumptions about race)
Beloved by Toni Morrison (historical fiction)
This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins
We’ve selected a few podcasts that highlight the intersection of race, racism, yoga and mindfulness.
Code Switch from NPR (not yoga-related but great info!)
CTZN Podcast from CTZNWell (yoga teacher and social justice activst Kerri Kelly and others)
DC Yoga Podcast Interview with Dr. Monea Abjul-Majeed (Episode 27, 9/5/2019)
Podcast with Two_Singhs on the current situation in America: Interview with Kundalini Yoga instructor Vedya Amrita Kaur