Anti-Racism + Yoga

Satya Yoga Trips

Sayta Yoga Trips provide the framework for experiencing the Equal Justice Initiative with the addition of Yoga, Meditation, Reflection and Conversation.

One of the five charactaristics of Yama in the eight limbs of yoga, Satya means to speak the truth, but yet the truth should not inflict harm upon others. Satya should not be in conflict with our efforts to behave with ahimsa. Satya creates the foundation for truthful communication that forms the basis of a strong relationship. Anonymous Yogi

People who attend Satya Yoga Trips want to use yoga and meditation as a tool to do the soul work of dismantling racism with like-minded, compassionate people. Our intention is that together, we will hold each other up over the weekend to face truth and embrace our ability to affect change in ourselves and return home to our families, circles and communities with greater awareness of ourselves, where we come from as a nation and as a people, and how we can move forward with mindful action and speaking satya to power, both on and off our mats.

The Memorial for Peace and Justice was conceived with the hope of creating a sober, meaningful site where people can gather and reflect on America’s history of racial inequality. EJI partnered with artists like Kwame Akoto-Bamfo whose sculpture on slavery confronts visitors when they first enter the memorial. EJI then leads visitors on a journey from slavery, through lynching and racial terror, with text, narrative, and monuments to the lynching victims in America.

In the center of the site, visitors will encounter a memorial square, created with assistance from the Mass Design Group. The memorial experience continues through the civil rights era made visible with a sculpture by Dana King dedicated to the women who sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Finally, the memorial journey ends with contemporary issues of police violence and racially biased criminal justice expressed in a final work created by Hank Willis Thomas. The memorial displays writing from Toni Morrison, words from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a reflection space in honor of Ida B. Wells.

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Satya Yoga Trip: An Anti-Racism Yoga Weekend

Satya Yoga Trip: An Anti-Racism Yoga Weekend

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Be Uncomfortable

Greatness begins beyond your comfort zone.
—Robin Sharma

Remain Hopeful

Hope is not a prediction of the future, it's a declaration of what is possible.
—Harbhajan Singh Yogi

Break the Silence

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people, but the silence over that by the good people.
—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Close the Proximity Gap

Get close to the people that are suffering and excluded... and we'll find our power.
—Bryan Stevenson

Change the Narrative

If you want to learn about a culture, listen to the stories. If you want to change the culture, change the stories.
—Michael Margolis

Face Fear & Anger

Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.