Asheville Yoga Center Supports Building Bridges

One of the most inspiring aspects of a yoga practice is that it encompasses all human beings regardless of background, race, gender or opinion. Your practice is a safe place to let go of all the things that do not serve you in order to give thanks for yourself exactly as you are. It is a space for bodies of all shapes and sizes to find peace. As a yoga center, Asheville Yoga Center strives to bring the same value and appreciation to those who come to class every day when we open our doors. This month, we are honored to support Building Bridges, a nonprofit that works to dismantle racism by fostering relationships that respect diversity, seek understanding and encourage action through educational programming. Aligning with our support of this organization, we challenge you to live more inclusively in your life. We hope these tips are inspiring and helpful along your own journey.

Communicate Mindfully

Whether it is in a yoga class or in daily life, verbal communication and body language are powerful tools that can easily be misconstrued if not approached the right way. If you want to show inclusiveness in your life, this is a great area to work on first and foremost. Be respectful and open to other people’s contributions. Even if you don’t agree with what they say, it is important to welcome new ideas.

Be Careful About Making Assumptions    

People come from a diverse array of backgrounds and life experiences. Our differences are our strengths, and we can learn so much from others. In your everyday interactions, approach others with grace and acceptance in the same way that you find acceptance when you practice yoga.

Remain Open & Curious

Being open to inclusivity is a process; as with any process, it is important to be open and curious while you continue to learn and grow. Above all, this translates to openness toward people and situations that give us the opportunity to challenge our beliefs and cultural patterns.

Supporting a More Inclusive Community

This month, you can help make strides toward inclusivity of our local community. We invite you to join us in supporting Building Bridges by being a part of our Day of Giving on Thursday, March 26. We will donate 10% of drop-in and community class sales directly to Building Bridges for the work they are doing in Western North Carolina. If you would prefer to give a monetary donation, boxes will be available in the Studio from March 1 until the end of the month.

At AYC, we strive to make this a safe space for all, because every human deserves to live happily and freely.