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The Privilege of Food

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The Privilege of Food

Food is important--we all need it to survive. Many of us have varying dietary restrictions/needs, while some of us choose our own. This is all great, except when judgments are made and privilege is not acknowledged.  I'm not vegan; I'm not even vegetarian, but I also don't really identify with being a carnivore, even though I do eat meat from time to time. I try to be as conscious as I can with regard to what I put in my body. I believe we all should be aware of this. My issue, however, comes about when I hear people placing their diet on a pedestal--a "my-diet-is-better-than-yours" pedestal. It's judgmental, and it's ridiculous.

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The "Business" of Yoga

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The "Business" of Yoga

As many of you know, I have been doing Power Yoga Teacher Training for the past 2.5 months. It has been an amazing experience, and just recently finished. I completed the training through a corporation, and while I love this particular place and its many amazing teachers, it has been difficult negotiating my feelings of "corporate" yoga with my desire to keep the traditional, unmaterialistic viewpoint that is yoga's foundation. First, I should say that, yes, I understand yoga has become a big business in the Western world. There are thousands of yoga studios all around the U.S. teaching many different styles of the ancient discipline. I understand that yoga has become more than a "fad." My problem is a personal one... do I want to further my yogic development by teaching rich, white women who have easy access to it, or do I want to bring yoga to those who can't easily access it--those who would never take a class, or be able to take a class, had it not been offered to them in a more inclusive way?

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