Woke Yoga: National Yoga Group Says It Will Not ‘Keep Politics Out of Yoga’ After Chauvin Verdict

Woke Yoga: National Yoga Group Says It Will Not ‘Keep Politics Out of Yoga’ After Chauvin Verdict


Not even yoga is safe from wokeness.

Following the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, the CEO of the Yoga Alliance, the largest nonprofit association representing yoga teachers, sent out an email to all members suggesting they bring discussions of race and racism into the yoga classroom.

“In the instance of Chauvin’s verdict, several takeaways are clear: the need to stick with the difficult work, to remain vigilant and energized against racism, and in the case of [Yoga Alliance/Yoga Alliance Foundation], remain steadfast in our mission to promote equity and accessibility in yoga and beyond. This includes holding space for these important conversations, investing in historically marginalized communities, sharing Social Justice Resources for the public and our members, in addition to engaging in ongoing internal reflection and education,” Yoga Alliance president and CEO Shannon Roche wrote in the message.

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Roche, who is white, then tried to head off anyone who suggested they “keep politics out of yoga” or “stick

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