Hi Hannah, I am glad to receive your reply. I used to practice at a studio for years, 6x a week. I was dismayed then, that they were not well represented. I also voiced my concerns at that time, but I got strange looks. Just yesterday, they updated their policies to include 50% BIPOC in their teachers line up. BLM protests matters.
Yoga came from India, one of the poorest countries in the world. In the west it had become a thing of class, with the likes of Gywneth Paltrow and designer yoga clothes, instagram mania. All the esoteric teachings are lost on me when I hear a teacher go on whilst flashing her DKNY leggings. Yoga, teaches self awareness, applying our consciousness, if all yoga centres in the world do not act now, we are only moving along in deception. No amount of yogic/vedic affirmations can change our deep rooted attitudes. Yoga has the potential to create a refuge so deep we cut off from the world but this will be mistaken as at the root of yogic teachings is one of compassion and inclusion. We should have harnessed the awareness by now (having embraced yoga in the West) to realise that the our practice demands we ask questions on inclusion and discrimination.
I truly hope Glo does something about it and prove this isn’t just about branding. It should set an industry standard in order to motivate the rest to do the same.