Cultural Awareness for Yoga Teachers
5 Ways for Yoga Teachers to be Respectful to Aboriginal Culture by Eve White (Wiradjuri woman)
I am proud of my Aboriginal heritage I am a Wiradjuri woman from country NSW a little town called Parkes. Our Aboriginality was not embraced in the past, which is why I’m so passionate about keeping this beautiful culture alive and this is why I have created a Cultural Awareness course for yoga teachers.
As a yoga teacher for the last 8 years whilst discovering more about my Aboriginal heritage, I was finding so many synchronicities in these ancient cultures. Every-time we open a yoga class we are holding ceremony connecting with breath and mother earth, to connect with the long lineage of culture and ceremony beneath our feet makes each class more meaningful and potent.
From a modern-day perspective we look at the world as if it is simplistic but through a complex lens, from an Aboriginal perspective we look at the world as if it is complex but through a simplistic lens.
"The basic protocols of Aboriginal society, like most societies, include respecting and hearing all points of view in a yarn. Narcissists demand this right, then refuse to allow other points of view on the grounds that any other opinion somehow infringes their freedom of speech or is offensive. They destroy the basic social contracts of reciprocity (which allow people to build a reputation of generosity based on sharing to ensure ongoing connectedness and support), shattering these frameworks of harmony with a few words of nasty gossip. They apply double standards and break down systems of give and take until every member of a social group becomes isolated, lost in a Darwinian struggle for power and dwindling resources that destroys everything. Then they move on to another place, another group. Feel free to extrapolate this pattern globally and historically." excerpt from 'Sandtalk' by Tyson Yunkaporta
Let’s look at ways that yoga teachers can be more respectful when teaching On Country.
Want to learn more? Join Eve online for a FREE webinar on Saturday 16th January 2021 www.bhaktirose.com.au/culturalawareness