Category: spiritual activism

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Finding connection amidst confusion, calamity and crisis

From the fear and uncertainty and grief of the pandemic, to the rage and fury of the continued racial oppression-terror-erasure in our country, I have asked my creator, “what am I to do or say?” As an Afro-Asian woman of color, as a trauma survivor, as an elder, I ask it. As a mentor to

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Workshop: Four Directions Healing

Do you feel disconnected from heritage and ritual? Was ceremony central to your ancestors but is absent from your daily life? Do you find yourself seeking mindfulness, meditation and other “new age” practices in hopes of solace but find something lacking? Join us for the Four Directions Healing workshop at Just B Yoga June 9,

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Hope as a practice

I honestly haven’t thought much about the components of hope. And I sit and think about everything! It had become a word that was a bridge conveying a desire. Hope FOR something else. It also is a trademark symbol of the Obama campaign. Today I am humbled by the depths of what I’ve come to

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When a sexual trauma survivor still feels like a victim

As I stirred my tea this morning I realized the rippling dreadful and defeating sensation I’ve been feeling lately.   I am participating in a daylong event that includes a trauma survivor workshop. I haven’t felt like a survivor that much lately although I teach yoga to survivors of sexual trauma and I give presentations

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Love the hater, forgive the hate

Recently, while at a protest against the separation of children from their parents at the southern border, I found myself surrounded by friends. It seemed every few moments someone came up to give me an embrace. I was touched at how many people I know from different walks of life, some attached to Just B

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#Metoo, Buddhism and Healing

My first experience with Buddhism was at a monastery in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. in the late 1990s. I took a fellow journalist to an introduction to meditation. It was in a listing in the alternative newspaper and it was free.   It was led by Lama Norlha, the abbot there.   My friend was itching

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Just B Yoga founder, Belinda Thurston, to speak at social justice summit

Last year I had the pleasure of meeting Nancy Candea, director of Yoga Impact and the International Yoga Therapy Institute. She had heard of the work Just B Yoga does with accessibility and inclusion and wanted me to share the concept with her teacher trainees in New Jersey via web cam. (see video below) It

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Just B Yoga helps make social justice workshops trauma-informed

Just B Yoga founder, Belinda Thurston, has been contracted to work with the Ingham County Health Department to revise its Health Equity and Social Justice Workshop. The workshop has been doing groundbreaking work for nearly a decade, training employees and the public about how privilege and oppression affect access to public health. Belinda is being

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All are welcome at Just B Yoga, even if you voted for Trump

Facebook message to Just B Yoga: “…Also, in response to Thursday’s post, does the studio’s philosophy of diversity & inclusion extend to those who are non-political or who have alternative political views? I presume the answer is yes… (Alternative, as in alternative to yours.)” Of course my answer was yes. And this blog post could

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Yoga with hand pan performance: Believe

There is a stillness inside of every note that Jeremy Arndt plays. It’s a palpable soft cloud of energy carried by some of the most beautiful vibrations ears can perceive. That’s how I feel when in the presence of his hang drum (hand pan) and didjeridoo. That’s what I wanted to help people feel and

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Here’s how yoga helps me #resist

I got up this morning and I had my sit meditation. It was a struggle. I resorted to mantra in order to have a focus. Om mani padme hung. Compassion. I got some tea. Then I started my asana practice. It was staggered. My body sluggish. My heart heavy and worries deep. The mounting crises

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Yoga + Social activism = peanut butter and pickle sandwiches

I love Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwiches. Initially, the mere mention of this combination would cause me to make a sour face.  I couldn’t comprehend how brine and peanuts could co-exist.  However, confusion and intrigue encouraged me to try one and I loved it. I think that I can say the same thing about Yoga

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