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Community Dynamics in yoga

Our world is beset with suffering and crises at every level. In the face of constant overwhelm, many of us turn inward and look to our communities for support. Social, academic, religious, and physically-focused communities gather around every imaginable kind of cultural currency. Yoga practice is unique in that it forms a rich overlap of circles and for many of us it also offers welcome spiritual nourishment.

How can we ensure the continued survival of our safe spaces? Moreover, how can we be sure that safe spaces like our practice community at Meadowlark are rigorously self-regulating to maintain healthy dynamics?

This topic goes beyond pandemic issues to encompass the critical discourse around high-demand groups, the explicit scope of practice, informed consent, pedagogy, and healthy working relationships that define safe and mutually enriching experiences in any method-based approach to skills practice.

Cutting through the jargon, we are talking about how we manage power....

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