“There’s always someone looking for help, whether we notice it or not. I think that we don’t need to create a reality separate from the actual reality.”
Such a meaningful conversation today with Tejal Patel, a first-generation Indian American yoga teacher, writer, podcaster, and community organizer. Tejal aims to educate and empower individuals and groups worldwide to practice yoga holistically and through a social justice equity lens.
➖ 14:10 Yoga is not a gift given to the world, it’s a relationship
➖23:31 Cultural appropriation vs appreciation
➖32:51 Social justice and yoga are intrinsically linked
➖37:21 What to do with our discomfort?
➖44:21 How you can take action and join larger collectives
➖46:00 Lululemon’s negative climate impact
Tejal can be found organizing and teaching at the revolutionary Tejal Yoga online studio, a primarily South Asian teacher-led yoga community focused on social justice actions and authentic, culturally rooted spiritual practices: www.tejalyoga.com
Connect with Tejal on IG: @tejalyoga
This discussion is filled with practical ways we can all begin to examine the inequalities in the communities and systems we’re a part of, along with many tangible pathways to taking action right now. Tejal’s clarity, conviction and well-spoken wisdom will leave you with much to consider.
Thanks for listening!