Diversity Equity & Inclusion

Our commitments to anti-racism and equity

June 22, 2020, 1:31 pm, OHMusings

Yoginos: Yoga for Youth is a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE). Currently, we have one full-time person and 15 part-time staff who are trainers, teachers, curriculum writers, and administrators (including Yoga & Mindfulness with Randi Jo); we grew 66% in 2020. Our national team is 25% BIPOC, and we are committed to expansion. We also represent an age-range spanning 30 years and live in 5 states. As a member of the Yoginos Yoga for Youth Leadership team, we are committed to the following action steps:

  • acknowledging that our implicit and explicit biases, privilege, and other societal factors have resulted in people who identify as BIPOC feeling not welcomed, seen, or heard by our organization and its associated activities. For these inactions, we accept full responsibility and sincerely apologize;
  • investigating our “white savior” tendencies;
  • intentionally listening, learning, and having those difficult conversations focusing on the systemic effects of White Privilege and its ongoing burden toward equity in society for BIPOC;
  • acknowledging that we participate in educational systems, the health and wellness industry, and in the larger US yoga communities. In many ways, these systems and institutions have centered whiteness and benefitted from systemic racism;
  • providing scholarships for BIPOC to create equitable training opportunities;
  • committing to the development of meaningful ongoing relationships with organizations, leaders, and trainers to ensure that moving forward, we provide learning opportunities that are antiracist in opportunity, equity, language, and perceived bias;
  • listening and learning about systemic racism and ways to teach antiracism and prejudice through the expanded curriculum for teachers and facilitators to use in classrooms, studios, and other locations, and offer strategies to support BIPOC students;
  • reviewing all classes, trainings, and communications for implicit and explicit bias;
  • investigating wholeheartedly both our use and general use of White Privilege to benefit social or economically oppressed groups.

More about Yogiños: Yoga for Youth®:

Yogiños: Yoga for Youth® is a research-based, trilingual, trauma-informed mindfulness and yoga program designed to empower all people to feel, connect to themselves and others, and act to heal with loving kindness and compassion. In sharing our OHMazing® mission—feel, connect, act to heal—we teach and support social justice, inclusion, and equity on and off the yoga mat.

We train individuals, entire faculties, and organizations to integrate and enact mindfulness—clear seeing of and healthy responses to reality—into their daily lives and community interactions. In creating our comprehensive methodology, we source research-based mindfulness practices, social emotional learning, and many yoga and movement modalities, including Patanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga. This multifaceted approach includes practicing poses, breathing, concentration, and ultimately cultivating kind connections to yourself, others and the universe on and off the yoga mat.

We offer scholarships to our trainings and workshops for BIPOC. For more information, please check out our website here or email us at info@yoginos.com


Thank you to the Solomon Fund for the generous grant! These funds will increase access to sports and recreational opportunities for Latinx children in our community. Our 2021/2022 after school Yoga and Mindfulness classes at the Park City School District will also be supported by a grant from the Solomon Fund of Park City Community Foundation. We are dedicated to their mission and are happy to support their continued positive impact.

Anit-Racism Resources for Kids

Talking About Race from the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Alterthenarrative.com Resource List for kids

Listen:

1619 -Podcast

Articles:

https://ruthking.net/the-untold/ – Story for white parents to tell their children

Infographics: 

Videos: 

On this page there is this engaging video about racial justice:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad2eNCZhWu8&feature=emb_logo

and this touching one on intersectionality:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzbADY-CmTs&feature=emb_logo

and this one on privilege for 12 and older:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX_Vzl-r8NY&feature=emb_logo

Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham READ ALOUD

Websites:

Books That Heal Kids:- with resources for many topics such as race, racism,diversity

Children Books About Race/White Privilege:

You can order today from these black-owned independent bookstores.

Booklists:

A Children’s Book List for Anti-Racist Activism/ 31 Children Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance:
Multicultural Equality (Walk in Anothers Shoes). A virtual library with read-alouds. This opens in Google Slides.

Books for Adults:

Books for Kids:

GREAT for TEENS / ADOLESCENTS/ ADULTS:

Videos:

Netflix:  

(FREE VIEWING THROUGH JUNE 2020):  Just Mercy – Watch for Free

Books: 

(highly recommend you read PRIOR to the movie!):“Just Mercy” book

FOR TEACHERS

Articles:

NativeAmerican Heritage Month Resource
In honor of National Native American Heritage Month, the Calvin Leete ABAR Committee would like to share resources aimed to encourage children and their families to develop a deeper appreciation of Native American culture.  

Books

Visit

The Institute of American Indian Studies is nestled in 15 acres of woodlands and trails. Outdoor exhibits feature a replicated 16th century Algonkian Village, Three Sisters and Healing Plants Gardens and self-guided woodland trails. Indoor exhibit displays artifacts and presenting information on prehistoric to contemporary Native Americans, children’s discovery room and more!

Links

PBS Native America – Four Part Series